Various terrorist attacks over the last thirty years have considerably increased the perceived risk of similar incidents at other facilities. In the past, mitigation of this threat has been the exclusive domain of a few highly specialized firms and individuals utilizing proprietary techniques and tools. Today it is important that "ordinary" design and security professionals have at least some awareness and capability in this area, especially since a vehicle bombundefinedthe most popular terrorist weaponundefinedcan damage or destroy not only the target structure, but also others nearby. This presentation will provide an overview of site, architectural, and structural considerations for reducing the vulnerability of buildings to the effects of an explosion. Attendees will be introduced to relevant guidance from government agencies and industry organizations.
Jon A. Schmidt, PE, BSCP, is the Director of Antiterrorism Services at Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City, Missouri. He is nationally recognized in the field of building design to mitigate terrorist attacks and other intentional threats, and is a frequent author and speaker on related topics. Mr. Schmidt has been prominently involved in the development of standards and guidelines for structural security and blast resistance, having served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Building Security Council (BSC) and vice-chair of the ASCE Codes & Standards Committee on Blast Protection of Buildings.
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