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Near-Collapse Buildings Workshop for Emergency Management Personnel   [open pdf - 31MB]

"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 Near-Collapse Buildings Workshop for Emergency Management Personnel. Through white paper discussions and breakaway sessions, participants in the workshop investigated the on-site needs and concerns of emergency management personnel (firefighters, search and rescue, police, and emergency medical personnel). The decisions of emergency management personnel and rescue engineers on site are critical to the stabilization of a building susceptible to collapse. The results of this workshop will help facilitate research and development of state-of-the-art technologies and methods to stabilize structures after an IED attack. 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."

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2010-04-29
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Public Domain
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United States. Dept. of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/
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Near-Collapse Buildings Workshop for Emergency Management Personnel. Disaster City, Tx. April 28-29, 2010
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