"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 Infrastructure and Geophysical Division (IGD) of the Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security established a program to investigate the enhancement of building stabilization after an improvised explosive device (IED) attack. To that end, DHS S&T sponsored the 2010 Monitoring and Sensing of Near-Collapse Buildings Workshop. Through white paper discussions and breakaway sessions, participants in the workshop investigated the critical monitoring and sensing technology for assessing the stability of a building struck by an IED to interpret, analyze, and distribute data, in real- or near-real-time. The availability and transfer of information is vital to stabilizing a structure for rescue efforts. The results of this workshop will be used to create a research clearinghouse and a state-of-the-art report outlining the available and potential technology that could be used to aid first responders in the stabilizing buildings. These efforts are anticipated to lead to a technology transfer to the private sector, which will allow the rapid deployment of products to stabilize buildings after they have been impacted by IEDs."
United States. Dept. of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/
2010 Monitoring and Sensing Activities Workshop. University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. April 6-7, 2010