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September 11, 2015

Hinman Remembers 9/11

by Francois Fayad

Remembering to remember is a powerful act, a sacred statement that the bonds that unite us are stronger than the forces that seek to divide us.

July 07, 2015

Safety and Security of LNG Powered Cruise Ships

by Kevin Mueller

Historically, cruise ships utilize large diesel engines and transmissions (similar to vehicles) to generate the power needed for propulsion. As cruise ships became larger and the demand for electricity substantially increased, diesel-electric engines became the norm with hybrid propulsion systems. While improvements have been made on the propulsion system with more advanced propellers, fundamentally the power system for cruise ships have remained unchanged for years. The technology to power ships using alternative fuels such as LNG has been available for quite some time, but the infrastructure needed for wide-spread operation does not fully exist.

November 03, 2014

New Proposed Perimeter Barriers for the Department of State

by Hinman Team

A very interesting video of a crash test performed by Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) has been circulating the internet recently. The test evaluated a new perimeter barrier designed for the State Department to use at U.S. Embassies. As frequent consultants on U.S. embassy projects, Hinman Consulting Engineers knows how difficult it can be to balance stringent security requirements and design aesthetics.

October 16, 2014

Hurricane Storm Surge and Storm Tide

by Hinman Team

The United States has been experiencing increased frequency of high intensity hurricanes over the last decade, as predicted in climate change models. Six of the top ten most expensive natural disasters in US history have been tropical storms – two of which have occurred in the last 10 years. The United States has some of the most advanced codes and construction processes in the world, however, natural hazards continue to cause record breaking monetary losses.

September 30, 2014

Preparing for an Autonomous Future: Drones

by Hinman Team

While military drones have revolutionized modern warfare and made drone a politically and ethically loaded term in the past decade, smaller types of drones are about to start reshaping how we think about and regulate the space above our heads. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) made for personal and commercial use, which predominantly take the form of multi-rotor copters and small planes, are poised to become a big part of our lives in the near future. However, as these autonomous aerial vehicles become more prevalent, they have the potential to become a new threat for security and anti-terrorism experts to consider.

August 28, 2014

This Month, Hinman Remembers: 2010 San Bruno Pipeline Rupture and Fire

by Eve Hinman

This September 11th will be the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the WTC and Pentagon.  As horrendous as these events were,  I would like to use this opportunity to turn our attention to a disaster type that is not related to an external villain, but is emblematic of a growing menace that is self inflicted and largely ignored: our aging infrastructure. We tend to take for granted that we will have water, electricity, and natural gas in our homes and workplaces. The pipes and wires that provide these services are largely unseen below the ground. As our population continues to grow, these networked systems become more complex and challenging to manage. The newer pipes need to be bigger and stronger, while the old ones are asked to perform at higher levels.  The end result is that when accidents happen, the magnitude and losses are amplified.

June 30, 2014

This Month, Hinman Remembers: Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant Flooding

by Eve Hinman

In June 2011, the drought ended. Excessive snow and rain caused the Corps to release significantly more than their planned bursts of water due to fears of over-topping. The resulting flood caused extensive damages along the river, including Omaha. The Cooper Nuclear Power Plant was prepared after the 1993 flooding and performed well. Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant, which was closer to the water burst released by Gavins Point Dam, however, did flood.

April 15, 2014

Hinman Remembers: The 2013 Boston Marathon

by Hinman Team

Growing up seven miles from the starting line of the Boston Marathon, I spent many mornings of my childhood as one of 500,000 spectators lined up on the side of the road to cheer on the runners.  I have seen Dick Hoyt, who has run 31 marathons, pushing his son Rick, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and is in a wheel chair.  Last year was going to be their last run, but now the Hoyts have a new reason for running for the 32nd time.  They will run to honor the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

March 24, 2014

Responding to Disaster in the Internet Age

by Hinman Team

That’s all changing as our society becomes immersed in the internet age. Researchers estimate that in the year 2002, 23 Exabytes of data was recorded and replicated. While that is an incredible amount of data, we now upload and transfer that much every week. On average, in the minute it takes to read this, over 200 thousand photos will be uploaded to Facebook and over 300 thousand tweets will be sent. This explosion of information is changing how our society responds to disasters in a variety of ways.

February 26, 2014

Hinman Remembers: Fukushima Daiichi

by Eve Hinman

This month we remember the earthquake and tsunami which occurred almost three years ago on March 11, 2011 off the Pacific coast of Japan in Tohoku. It was the largest earthquake known to occur in Japan and the fifth largest on record since about 1900. However, it is most remembered because of the disaster it triggered at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility. It was the largest nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

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