We have unparalleled experience in protective design and security services for the U.S. and U.K. governments, including:
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
We pioneered the analysis of DoD structures in response to blast and shock. Our advanced material models and specialized nonlinear finite-element methods are extensively validated against explosive test data. Our work has contributed to the DoD’s Unified Facilities Criteria.
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Facilities
After the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City, we co-authored the NIST Best Practices report on disproportionate- collapse prevention. We developed software to accurately analyze the performance of curtain wall systems in response to bomb-blast loading, and we helped develop GSA, Interagency Security Committee and Public Building Services criteria for security and the prevention of disproportionate collapse.
We have provided the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) with structural and protective design engineering for hundreds of embassy facilities. After a 1983 car- bomb attack in Beirut, we developed new guidelines for OBO. Our Engineering Guidelines for Design of New Office Buildings provided industry standards for improving the physical security of embassy compounds.
U.K. Ministry Of Defense (MOD)
We have provided specialist security consulting to MoD on more than 100 projects over 30 years. Our experience includes master planning and design for new-build projects as well as blast upgrades, physical and electronic security improvements. We also helped the MoD develop more effective hostile vehicle mitigation standards.