Testing and simulation go hand in hand. Simulation gives you the ability to plan for the test in advance, while the information validated through testing improves the accuracy of the simulation.

Phillip Thompson is responsible for all aspects of Thornton Tomasetti’s defense business in the U.K. and Europe. This encompasses the fields of naval survivability, building protective design and advanced modeling techniques including project management, R&D and strategic development.

Explosive Effects Specialist
Phill has more than 25 years of experience in explosive effects and computer simulation, specializing in the effects of explosions and collisions on buildings, facilities, ships and submarines. He is the inventor of the airgun shock testing method now used by several NATO navies. He has conducted extensive research into terrorist attack on critical industrial and commercial infrastructure, design of explosive protective systems, design and management of large-scale explosive trials and holistic vulnerability assessment of facilities.

Ministry Agency Background
Prior to joining Weidlinger Associates, which merged with Thornton Tomasetti in 2015, Phill headed a specialist group of 20 scientists and engineers at the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s Defence Evaluation and Research Agency. While there, he had project management and technical responsibility for multimillion pound research projects in the fields of naval structural design, vulnerability assessment and airblast loading.

Outside of Work
Phill has a busy family life to match his busy work life. He is married with two daughters, one at university and one in secondary school. The family enjoys taking long European road trips with Verona and Venice, Italy and the Alps among their favorite destinations. Phill has a keen interest in photography and enjoys all sorts of outdoor sports, whether on land, sea or snow. He also has a lifelong interest in rugby, previously as an active player and referee but now as a spectator.

Expertise
• Explosive effects on structures and equipment
• Underwater weapon effects
• Military engineering
• Maritime structures and survivability
• Conduct of large scale testing and trials