Hinman Hi-Tech Labs

Hinman’s answer to innovation, research, and science means you’ll benefit from cutting edge differentiation, affordability and growth.

We recognized that in this fast-paced generation, brilliant ideas are too precious to miss.  By harnessing the many creative and innovative ideas Hinman engineers bring to the table, we deliver the best ongoing user/client experiences.

Hinman developed HI-Tech Labs®, a small but professional internal department, and charged them with  new technology research and development to enable continuous product and quality improvements. Led by a team who inspires enterprise insight beyond current needs, the group uses strategic thought to anticipate emerging requirements and disruptive outcomes in global safety.

HI-Tech Labs® take great pride in our offerings and strive to ensure Hinman teams continue to exceed expectations.


Services

Technology

From small jobs to multi-story LEED Platinum building designs, to blast analysis and overall cost benefit studies, HI-Tech Labs(R)' tools provide Hinman the ability to meet client requirements - in cost and architectural integrity - no matter the protection level.

The market boasts an array of off-the-shelf analysis and modeling tools but to use them well requires  a complicated combination of programs.  HI-Tech Labs® offers a proprietary software suite that aids analysis in worldwide hazards and threats to buildings and campuses. Built on a Matlab® platform, our tools take artificial intelligence, Chaos Theory, and ongoing research developments and combine them with the latest criteria and requirements to provide users with a tool capable of delivering needed solutions. 

Hinman’s highly skilled and motivated professionals, dedicated to producing high quality protective design and collaboratively meeting evolving needs, distinguish our firm from the competition.

An array of non-linear structural dynamics analytical tools, ranging from lumped mass models to advanced finite element analysis, allow Hinman to evaluate structural complexities and select cost effective and appropriate methodology to meet project needs.  Our resources include in-house, proprietary computer models and select government sponsored software packages that evaluate the structural response to extreme loads and progressive collapse potential.

Blast Analysis Modules (BAM®)

Hinman's Blast Analysis Modules (BAM(R)) evolve in our never-ending quest for improvement.  They are continually reviewed and validated against current industry-standard methodologies and experimental data.

Our in-house software suite, BAM, includes close to 100 modules used to determine explosive air-blast parameters and resulting structural behaviors of critical components such as windows, walls, cladding elements, columns, slabs, beams and girders.  Because every building has unique characteristics, our models are designed to accommodate a variety of material properties, support conditions, connection details, air-blast parameters and geometries, allowing them to accurately predict building behaviors under severe loading conditions.

Numerical methods are used to evaluate response, solving governing differential equations as functions of time and incorporate strain hardening effects, damping and non-linear material behavior. Evaluation outputs include: displacement as a function of time, peak displacement, ductility, support rotation, reaction loads and rebound effects. 

●  Technical capabilities of BAM® include:

●  Determination of loading conditions

●  Determination of structural response

●  Progressive collapse analysis

●  Evaluation of results

●  Detection and prevention of material shuttering

●  Design of nonlinear dynamic systems

●  Occupant Injury

●  Risk assessment

●  Probable maximum loss detection

●  Probable damage prediction

●  Cost-benefit identification

High-Fidelity Modeling LS-Dyna

Hinman uses high-fidelity modeling to help clients validate performance and reduce construction costs.

Our firm employs the state-of-the-art multi-physics software LS-DYNA, developed by the Livermore Software Technology Corporation (LSTC). LS-DYNA is a finite element analysis package used for a range of engineering simulations including: automotive crashworthiness testing, non-linear dynamic seismic structural analysis (incorporating fluid-structure interaction), blast and impact analyses and analyses of structural performance in fires.

Hinman staff has used LS-Dyna for 10 years and have extensive experience running high-level engineering analyses for extreme loading including impact, blast, vibration, earthquake and progressive collapse. Hinman’s unique combination of industry experts and superior technological capabilities continues to afford our clients the most appropriate and economical protection solutions.

Innovation

Hinman encourages innovation and has a reputation for translating highly technical knowledge into elegant, practical and affordable design solutions.

Long ago, Eve Hinman made a commitment to stay on the industry forefront. The firm believes in research and new technology investment to continually improve our team’s knowledge and techniques. 

GreenBlast™

Global Warming and Terrorism are two of the biggest threats facing the world today. The more we deplete our natural resources, the more we need to protect what is left.  

At Hinman, we’ve made it our business to protect the built environment which constitutes 40% of the CO2 emissions in the USA today. 

The federal government has been instrumental in protecting the natural environment by bringing antiterrorist design principles and green technology to general design practices. Federal clients such as the General Services Administration and the Department of State have adopted sustainable practices and “Design Excellence” programs that require integration of aesthetic, protective and sustainable design practices. 

Hinman combines global warming and sustainability solutions with suitable design risk protection. At first, the two may seem contradictory but we’ve discovered that many risk design features are synergistic. We call this integration approach, GreenBlastTM design; a method that protects both built and natural environments.

Green technology provides facility resilience that improves response capabilities during and after an event of any type, including accidental or natural hazards. Improving resiliency through the use of renewable energy resources is one way to reduce risk of failure and improve operational continuity. 

Ecologically sound site selection and design can reduce the impact of natural hazards which may also potentially reduce access to vehicles (storm retention ponds as moats, heritage trees as anti-ram barriers, and elevation changes to thwart vehicle access). 

Cost-Benefit Studies

Effective risk mitigation strategies weigh the balance of protective benefits against implementation costs. 

Hinman’s proprietary Cost Benefit Indicator (CBI) helps clients make rapid building determinations about exposure to extreme loading and expected costs using building geometry data and site configuration metrics. CBI generates building-specific cost-benefit graphs that indicate your “sweet-spot”— the place where your associated cost and protection level make sense. This data empowers clients with high-level, strategic and protective-design output such as: 

  • New building optimization and site configuration data
  • One on one comparisons of existing buildings and potential sites
  • Lease space comparisons within a building(s)
  •  Portfolio Prioritization

As a project progresses, CBI can be used to consider detailed design parameters. Side-by-side upgrade scheme comparisons allow clients to make informed decisions that meet risk and cost goals.

Damage Detection Indicator

In traditional blast engineering, threat sizes and locations must be known or reasonably assumed in order to provide structural damage estimates caused by extreme events, structural geometry, structural member sizes or material properties.  This means that, to quantify damages, structures need to be first designed, and then analyzed for extreme loading effects - a lengthy and costly engineering process requiring repeated iteration before desirable designs are achieved.

To reduce wasted time and expense, we have developed an alternate analytical methodology using Info-Gap and Chaos Theories. Our quantitative methodology can estimate the most likely structural damages without requiring a full structural design.

The models, based on topology, derive expected damage possibilities and quantify them using Chaos Theory before applying Info-Gap theory. Info-Gap theory identifies likely damage scenarios by increasing robustness. 

Robustness Indicator

The structural robustness indicator is based on the concept of structural integrity, uncompromised by small variations in initial assumptions.  This approach enables us to evaluate the "effectiveness" of one structural configuration over another.

With unlimited resources, nearly any structure can be configured (strengthened) to withstand initiating damage. In reality and in terms of cost-effectiveness, it makes more sense to strengthen some structures over others. To determine the magnitude of various perturbation effects and enable us to show you how easy it would be to strengthen structural systems against initial damage, we employ principles of the Chaos Theory, whose concept is illustrated in Figure B.

By comparing Structure 1 and Structure 2 we can determine that Structure 1 appears to be more robust.