Stabilization of Buildings Workshop   [open pdf - 57MB]

"Because science and technology are crucial to mitigating natural and manmade effects on critical infrastructure and ensuring the continuity of their services, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has established a goal to accelerate the delivery and understanding of enhanced technological capabilities. In support of this goal, the DHS S&T Infrastructure and Geophysical Division (IGD) is creating a program to investigate the enhancement of building stabilization after an improvised explosive device (IED) attack. To that end, the DHS S&T Directorate was pleased to sponsor the Stabilization of Buildings Workshop. Through white paper discussions and breakout sessions, participants in the workshop explored topics such as monitoring and assessing buildings that are near failure, real-time decision making methods, first responder access during an emergency, and cost-effective stabilization techniques that could be implemented immediately following an IED attack. The Stabilization of Buildings Workshop sought to: 1) Discuss search and rescue issues facing first responders to the scene of the building attacked by an IED 2) Explore hazard mitigation techniques for first responders 3) Review case studies of building performance of buildings subjected to blast loads 4) Investigate methods of monitoring and assessing the structural integrity of damaged structures 5) Introduce innovative materials to be implemented in building stabilization 6) Expose and learn of state of the art equipment, techniques, and strategies for stabilizing buildings 7) Bring together private organizations, federal agencies, and universities to discuss research, techniques, and future needs for improving building resiliency against blast threats and protecting first responders".

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Stabilization of Buildings Workshop. August 25-27, 2009
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