Introduction to Antiterrorism Design Consulting: SEMM Seminar

Seminar: Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials: Civil and Environmental Engineering | March 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Eve Hinman, Eng.Sc.D., P.E., President, Hinman Consulting Engineers

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Enhancing security through building design requires a complex series of trade-offs. Security concerns need to be balanced with many other design constraints such as accessibility, initial and life-cycle costs, natural hazard mitigation, fire protection, energy efficiency, and aesthetics. Because the probability of attack is very small, there is a strong desire to minimize physical security to maximize functionality. At the same time, because the effects of an attack can be catastrophic, there is a desire to save lives and minimize business interruption in the unlikely event of an attack.

This presentation will provide the background needed to intelligently think through the key issues related to bombings targeting buildings and provide effective practical solutions for likely threat scenarios.