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Blast-Resistant Course Hits Texas
Posted by Geoff Weisenberger on January 9, 2008 at 3:02 PM.

Blast-Resistant and Anti-Terrorism Design, a short course for engineers and architects, sponsored by Protection Engineering Consultants, will take place February 4–8, 2008 in San Antonio. This intensive course will cover significant topics in blast-resistant and anti-terrorism design, including:


  • Physics of blast and structural response
  • Blast test methods and data
  • Analytical and computational methods for blast loads predictions and structural response
  • Analysis and blast-resistant design of building, cladding, and framing components
  • Design and analysis for steel, reinforced concrete, reinforced masonry, and timber
  • Anti-terrorism design
  • Progressive collapse design
  • Design/analysis of windows, frames, and mullions


Presenters will provide software and design aides as well as multiple opportunities to use these tools in practical, problem-solving applications, enabling participants to gain experience and confidence. Bound course notes and software will be provided.


A special feature of the course is a shock tube testing demonstration. On Thursday, February 7, course participants will attend a shock tube test at a facility in the northern San Antonio area. Shock tubes are commonly used to simulate explosions for evaluating structural components. Using the software and knowledge acquired in class, participants will predict the response of a structural element, such as a wall panel, door, or window, then will discuss the data and results in class the following day.



Monday, Feb. 4 – Friday, Feb. 8, 2008



Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.



Best Western Hill Country Suites

18555 Highway 281 North

San Antonio, Texas 78258

210.490.9191 or 866.784.8346



The Best Western Hill Country Suites is offering short course participants a special rate of $94.99. If you choose to stay at the Best Western, mention “PEC Short Course” when you call. The cut-off date for reservations at this rate is Jan. 11, 2008.


Participants may, of course, make their own arrangements for accommodations, and there are numerous exceptional locations in the San Antonio area.

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