Capabilities | Progressive Collapse & Blast Analysis Design

Blast Analysis
Progress Collapse of a building

Progressive Collapse Analysis & Design

During progressive collapse events, the majority of people located in collapsed areas of the building are typically killed or seriously injured. ARA works with the A&E's structural team to develop the progressive collapse resistant engineering design and/or review the design of the structural engineer for the particular project. ARA determines potential collapse by analyzing the structural response of a building for the case where a key structural load-bearing element is removed from the existing structural configuration. ARA authored the U.S. General Services Administration's Progressive Collapse Analysis and Design Guidelines. ARA provides thorough recommendations for modifying the design to meet progressive collapse requirements. ARA also authored and uses the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) Progressive Collapse Guidelines which are mainly applied to DoD facilities.

Blast Analysis & Design

ARA's Security Engineering group has assisted the federal government and commercial clients with blast consulting services since the mid 1980's. ARA's internationally recognized engineers, along with our explosive testing capabilities, allow us to solve our clients problems related to blast effects in an efficient and cost effective manner. ARA's services include design, assessment, analysis, modeling, and large scale explosive testing which allows ARA to evaluate everything from building structure and facade response to air blast, effects of fragmentation, as well as human response to blast loads. Our professionals have vast experience in renovation and retrofit of existing buildings as well as the design of new structures intended to resist potential terrorist attack. ARA provides blast consulting support in any phase of a project, to include Concept Development, Design Development, Construction Documents, and Construction Documents back check, including on-site surveys and inspections during select phases.

  • Progressive Collapse Analysis for the General Service Administration Progressive Collapse Analysis for the General Service Administration

    Progressive Collapse Analysis for the General Service Administration

    • Assess the potential for progressive collapse in GSA facilities
    • Evaluate risk reduction measures to reduce the potential of progressive collapse
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  • Window Vulnerability Analysis Showcase ProjectsWindow Vulnerability Analysis Showcase Projects
    • Assess the protection performance of the exterior window systems at GSA facilities
    • Evaluate hazard/risk reduction measures to reduce potential hazards due to flying glass fragments
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  • Progressive Collapse Analysis and Design Guidelines for New Federal Office Buildings and Major Modernization Projects Progressive Collapse Analysis and Design Guidelines for New Federal Office Buildings and Major Modernization Projects Progressive Collapse Analysis and Design Guidelines for New Federal Office Buildings and Major Modernization Projects
    • Developed the guidelines to address missing or vague definitions and key issues from previous guidance.
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  • Protective Design & Security Implementation Guidelines Protective Design & Security Implementation Guidelines Protective Design & Security Implementation Guidelines
    • Enable non-blast and non-security consultants to better understand the requirements, technologies and issues associated with advanced building security technology.
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  • Protective Window System Retrofit Installations Protective Window System Retrofit Installations
    • Videos demonstrating the application of Protective Window System Retrofits
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  • Progressive Collapse Guidelines June 2003Progressive Collapse Guidelines June 2003
    • Assist in the reduction of the potential for progressive collapse in new Federal Office Buildings
    • Assist in the assessment of the potential for progressive collapse in existing Federal Office Buildings
    • Assist in the development of potential upgrades to facilities if required
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