Protecting People Against Terrorist Attacks – Design Course Series

RedVector is excited to announce three courses comprising four hours of new, mobile-ready audio-driven content covering building design considerations for protecting against terrorist attacks.

Terrorism expert William L. Coulbourne, P.E., who has a BS in Civil Engineering, and a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering. Mr. Coulbourne has been involved as an investigator or Project Manager with every major hurricane, tornado and flood since 1995, and was involved in a building collapse caused by terrorism and a tsunami in Japan.

Protecting People Against Terrorist Attacks Course Series provides guidance to engineers, architects, building officials, and property owners in the design of shelters and safe rooms in buildings. This series presents information about the design and construction of shelters in the workplace, home, or community building that will provide protection in response to manmade hazards.


Protecting People Against Terrorist Attacks: Design Considerations for Safe Rooms and Shelters

The fact that data for manmade threats are scarce and that the magnitude and recurrence of terrorist attacks are unpredictable makes the determination of a particular threat for any specific site or building difficult and largely subjective. This interactive online course teaches you about potential manmade threats and design considerations for shelters. You will learn about explosive threats and chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) attacks and the level of protection needed for shelters to protect people against terrorist attacks.


Protecting People Against Terrorist Attacks: Structural Design Criteria

There is no way to effectively know the size of an explosive threat. Different types of explosive materials are classified as High Energy and Low Energy and these different classifications greatly influence the damage potential of a detonation.

This interactive online course will teach you about explosive threat parameters and measures needed to protect shelters from blast effects. You will learn about structural systems and building envelope elements for new and existing shelters. You will also learn about protective design measures for the defined building types and design guidance and retrofit issues. The purpose of this course is to offer comprehensive information on how to improve the resistance of shelters when exposed to blast events.


Protecting People Against Terrorist Attacks: Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (CBR) Threat Protection

As contaminated air infiltrates a safe room, the level of protection to the occupants diminishes which can result in injury or death. This interactive online course teaches you how to add CBR protection capability to a shelter or safe room. You will learn about the design of shelters and how they are used to protect against chemical, biological, and radiological, and explosive (CBRE) attacks. Fallout shelters that are designed to protect against the effects of a nuclear weapon attack are not addressed in this course.

This course will guide you through the process of designing a shelter to protect against CBRE attacks. The intent of this course is not to mandate the construction of shelters for CBRE events, but rather to provide design guidance for professionals who wish to design and build such shelters.



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