Modern Protective Structures 2018

July 9-13, 2018

Arlington, VA


The tragic events of September 11, 2001 highlighted the need to build and retrofit structures to better protect occupants in the event of a terrorist attack.
This Modern Protective Structures short course will present the latest research on designing buildings to save lives. It will also provide engineers and architects with practical information on performance and design requirements for hardened facilities. In addition, a review of blast damage assessment issues will provide forensic and rescue personnel with information that is vital to rescue and investigative efforts after a catastrophic structure failure.
The course will examine these topics:
  • fortification science and technology
  • analysis, design, assessment, and retrofitting
  • industrial explosive safety
  • antiterrorist design
  • hazard sources
  • physical security
  • blast damage assessment
The course will feature hands-on, guided analysis and design activities, including case studies and simulations. Participants will be given computer programs to assist in the analysis and design of protective structures, as well as a design manual and reference materials.
Sponsored by the University of Florida and the Center for Infrastructure Protection and Physical Security (CIPPS), and endorsed by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP)