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August 23, 2016

New FAA Drone Regulations & Restrictions

by Fred Jorgensen

New rules set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), taking effect in August, open the sky to the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and legislate the current guidelines for personal use. The additional rules for commercial use are: a pilot registration system and protocol to waive certain FAA restrictions. The waiver system is the most significant new rule. With the proper waivers, companies can now legally provide customers with a wide variety of UAS based services.


September 10, 2015

Fire & Blast: Like Two Peas in a Pod

by Kevin Mueller

I had the privilege this past week of attending and presenting Hinman’s current research on a simplified multi-hazard analysis approach for crude-oil train derailments at the 1st International Conference on Structural Safety under Fire and Blast. Approximately 80 delegates from 14 countries within North America, Asia, and Europe convened in Glasgow, Scotland for the 3 day conference to discuss recent advances and issues surrounding the behavior of structures under fire and blast loads.


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.


July 01, 2015

Designing Glazing Systems Under the Updated UFC 

by Kim Gayo

Are you interested in learning more about the updated UFC? 

Join our very own Matt Nebel, alongside Jeffrey Nielsen of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), as they present “Designing Glazing Systems Under the Updated UFC 4-010-01, AT/FP Requirements”, hosted by the Society of American Military Engineers on Thursday, July 9, 2015.


April 13, 2015

ASCE Structures Congress 2015

by Kim Gayo

Headed to ASCE’s Structures Congress on April 23-25 in Portland? Be sure to catch our very own Hinman Engineers throughout the conference presenting the latest in protective design. Get the scoop on our Engineers and topics here!


February 05, 2015

Protecting Our Infrastructure From Hydrocarbon Fires

by Kevin Mueller

The 2013 “Report Card for America’s Infrastructure,” published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), rates the current state of our country’s infrastructure as a D+. Anyone who went through the public education system in the United States knows that D+ is barely above failure. The estimated investment for infrastructure alone needed by the year 2020 is $3.6 trillion, just under the entire 2016 United States government budget submitted by President Obama to Congress. While the task may seem daunting considering the required investment comes out to over $11k per capita (based on the United States Census Bureau online population clock), government at all levels and the civil engineering community are working to try and reverse course.


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.


June 06, 2014

New Proposed Oil Transportation Calls for Rational, Risk-Based, Mitigation Approach

by Evan Reis

On March 24, 2014 the Bay Area News Group reported that the Phillips 66 oil company had submitted a draft environmental report proposing to ship crude oil through the Amtrak passenger rail network in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The company is considering rail shipments to its Santa Maria refinery that would average five trains per week with 80 tank cars - roughly 4,800 feet per train.


February 24, 2014

Typical Corrosion Protection on Exposed Steel Structures Forgets About Fire Hazards

by Hinman Team

As a structural fire consultant, the polyurethane topcoat jumps out at us as a fire hazard. It’s basically painting fuel directly onto the steel elements!


September 11, 2013

The Right Tool for the Job

by Hinman Team

As an avid home improvement enthusiast, I quickly learned that availing yourself with the most appropriate tool greatly expedites any task and boy, do they have a tool for everything. I think this also translates well into the field of engineering – specifically blast engineering – there are a number of ways to calculate a blast load and the effect of this on your building – but which is the most appropriate for you? Well, it depends…


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