Innovative Engineering will be exhibiting about Blast Design at The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Small Business Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center.

ATLANTA - GeorgiaChron -- The job of a blast design engineer is to understand the risk and consequences of an explosive event, and then to develop methods for reducing the potential harm caused to people and critical assets.

How can you be sure your building is protected and built with the latest standards in physical security?

A prevailing myth about the Physical Security design process is that a consultant can begin their involvement with the project after 35% design of the project is complete. This is too late though, as by this time, sites have been selected and laid out, and the building structural and envelope systems have already been selected.

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Risk assessment forms the basis for physical security and bomb blast design. Assets should be categorized and prioritized, threats should be identified regarding aggressors and potential tactics, and you must be aware of any vulnerabilities that could be exploited by these aggressors.

IEI routinely conducts peer reviews of both structural and physical security designs on behalf of the federal government. A fundamental concept used in blast design is the Conservation of Energy Principal - energy cannot be created or destroyed. However, a blast can hit a building and transfer its energy, much like a bowling ball knocking down pins.

Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 04-010-01 identifies 21 standards that must be considered for physical security and blast design.

These standards include but are not limited to: standoff distances, unobstructed space, access roads, parking conditions, progressive collapse, and structural isolation. Standoff distance refers to the intentionally designed physical distance or means by which protection is integrated into facilities, personnel, or any other type of asset from a potential threat.

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About Innovative Engineering: As a medium-sized structural engineering firm, IEI is small enough to ensure principal involvement and a nimble response while large enough to handle most any project. We routinely practice coast to coast with additional experience in Puerto Rico, Guam, and internationally. IEI engineers are NCEES Model Law Professional Engineers (PEs) and Structural Engineers (SEs). IEI has registrations across the country, including state specific registrations, and can easily obtain registration in other states by Comity. Fill out our contact form or call one of our offices today! For the headquarters in Atlanta, call 770-517-5507, and for our Seattle office, call 206-279-4360.

Source: Innovative Engineering Inc.

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