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ARA Blast Analysis Helping Save Lives and Money

August 2011

ARA's Southern Division recently completed blast analysis of Easi-Set WorldWide's SlenderWall® architectural precast concrete/steel stud building panel system. The analysis conformed to standards from the Department of Defense (DoD) Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) for medium-level blasts at conventional construction standoff distances for a primary-gathering building and the Department of Homeland Security's Interagency Security Committee (ISC) Security Design Criteria for low-level blast requirements.

Blast analysis has been a core ARA capability since the mid-1980s. During that time, ARA has provided blast analysis services for a wide range of entities including the General Services Administration, Department of Defense, Department of State, Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs. ARA has also provided these services for many commercial customers, including airports, A/E firms, window and door system manufacturers, precast manufacturers and other blast-resistant product manufacturers.

Additionally, ARA has used their experience in blast analysis and design to help develop security criteria for various government entities, including the UFC's Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings used by the DoD, the ISC Physical Security Criteria for Federal Facilities used by the GSA, and the FAA's Security Criteria outlined in Chapter 6 of Order 1600.69. 

ARA's work in blast analysis is an embodiment of our vision as the company that government and industry turns to for innovative technologies and solutions to critical human problems that will make our world safer, make us more secure, and make a difference in our daily lives.