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Performance Based Design for Manmade Hazards

CEE 298 Winter Seminar Series
Sharon Gallant, KPFF
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 4:30 pm
Shriram 104

The frequency of terrorist events has increased at an alarming rate over the last decade, especially those directed at highly populated, public venues such as transit and entertainment facilities. As a result, the field of protective design has become increasingly critical to protecting people and property through ‘hardened’ design that considers both the life safety and mission critical performance of facilities to a full range of adversarial threats. 

The expanded terrorist targeting of non-military facilities, coupled with advances in computational mechanics and material science have allowed designers to become more ambitious in the development of protective measures.  The implementation of these measures in structures has become more cost effective as design strategies shifted from risk-averse strategies to a risk-based approach to mitigate hazards, allowing application of physical security protection more readily to both public and private facilities.
This presentation will provide an overview of physical security design that addresses security design concepts, such as ‘design in depth,’ and defensive design measures in response to explosive, ballistic (i.e., fire arms), forced entry and vehicle ramming attacks. There will be a focus on explosive load modeling and hardening design for graduating levels of performance using nonlinear analysis methods.

Leading the Protective Design Group of KPFF Consulting Engineers, Sharon has over 25 years of professional structural engineering experience in delivering protective design consulting services for both manmade and natural hazard mitigation design. Sharon works closely with both government and private clients to identify their risks and prioritize the implementation of corrective design measures through an integrated, multi-hazard approach. Previous to joining KPFF, she was the Project Director at Hinman Consulting Engineers for 10 years and an Associate Principal at Degenkolb Engineers for 15 years. She has authored numerous publications, was the PM overseeing the development of the General Services Administration’s Alternate Path Analysis & Design Guidelines for Progressive Collapse Resistance and is currently serving as coeditor and lead chapter author of the forth coming ASCE’s Structural Design for Physical Security Manual of Practice. She has a BS-CE Degree from San Jose State University and MS-SE Degree from Stanford University.