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What We Do

Trust our 40+ years of industry expertise.

Over several decades, we have earned a trusted reputation for providing cost-effective solutions for risk mitigation through the design of numerous new buildings and building upgrades around the world, utilizing both consequence and risk-based methodologies. Our engineers have extensive experience analyzing building components and designing buildings that are resistant to exposures from blast, fragment/debris, thermal, and toxic hazards. Our combined experience in blast-resistant design and structural testing promotes comprehensive and effective solution approaches.

When you work with BakerRisk, you will benefit from the combined knowledge of our team members, who specialize in blast effects, structural design, and process safety risk methodologies. BakerRisk engineers are involved from preliminary discussions of concepts through the building construction process. Our proprietary software seamlessly supports design and analysis work with methodologies that have been validated through decades of experimental testing and incident investigation experience.

Services

Protective building design, testing, and support.

Incident Support

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Industrial Building Design (Explosion Hazards)

  • Feasibility and conceptual studies for blast buildings
  • Structural blast design of new buildings
  • Structural blast evaluation of existing building
  • Structural blast design of upgrades to existing buildings
  • Risk-based design and analysis
  • Blast resistant window and door design and upgrades
  • Finite element analysis (FEA)
  • Critical infrastructure and equipment protection
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Industrial Building Design (toxic and thermal hazards)

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Government/Compliance

  • Anti-terrorism / force protection
  • Security Vulnerability studies
  • Explosives safety design
  • QD Siting
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Hazard Containment Enclosure Design

  • Pressure testing enclosure design
  • Explosion containment design
  • Explosion venting and protection design
  • High velocity projectile protection

How We Do It

The BakerRisk building design approach.

BakerRisk provides a range of blast resistant analysis, studies, and design services using our specialized tools and industry experience.

Screening level studies

Consequence and risk-based Facility Siting Studies often require a thorough review of many buildings located at a site for a large number of potential explosion accident scenarios. These evaluations require efficient models to estimate Building Damage Levels (BDLs) for the predicted blast loads and are often based on simplified Single-Degree-of-Freedom (SDOF) analysis. These SDOF models may be refined based on available explosion accident or test data, where applicable. An example of this is our Building Evaluation and Screening Tool (BEAST), which was developed for the Explosion Research Cooperative (ERC) to serve as a screening level database of building response models for standard buildings types.

Dynamic component analyses

Most analyses and designs of blast-loaded buildings and building components utilize SDOF analysis methods to calculate the dynamic response of individual wall, roof, or ancillary components. The maximum responses are compared to criteria published by government and industrial guidance documents, regulations, or standards. We perform SDOF analyses using various programs as applicable for a given project such as SBEDS (developed for the DoD), ISADS (developed for the ERC), and other in-house programs. If improved accuracy is required, Multi-Degree-of-Freedom (MDOF) models are often developed.

Finite element analyses

When complexities in the structural configuration or loading environment require high fidelity models, our experts conduct Finite Element Analyses (FEA) to meet your needs. BakerRisk routinely uses industry available programs such as LS-DYNA, DYNA-3D, ANSYS, and SAP2000 for detailed FEA studies. In addition, we combine these analyses with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis when the interaction between structural response and applied loads becomes an important factor, such as when lighter weight structures are subjected to blast loads.

Validation testing

An added benefit of using our structural engineers to tackle your most important structural concerns is the confidence we provide by knowing that our methodologies have been validated against incident investigation data and full-scale structural response tests.

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Support

New building design solutions.

BakerRisk utilizes decades of testing and design experience to guide our approach when it comes to new building design. Additionally, BakerRisk has been an industry leader and technical contributor when it comes to the development of blast design standards and recommended practice documents. The goal of the building design process is to deliver a solution that can be implemented to reduce the risk to the building occupants. It also allows our expertise to remove the unnecessary conservatism that would translate to higher construction costs.

Below is a listing of documents toward which BakerRisk has contributed:

  • ASCE – Design of Blast-Resistant Buildings in Petrochemical Facilities
  • ASCE – Structural Design for Physical security
  • API RP 752/753/756: Facility Siting Regulations and Compliance
  • ACI 370R Report for the Design of Concrete structures for blast effect
  • PCI Design Handbook: Appendix A Blast resistant design of precast, prestressed concrete components

Upgrades

Enhancing buildings with protective designs.

BakerRisk has extensive experience in strengthening existing buildings through the design of blast-resistant structural upgrades. These upgrade designs are the product of understanding how structural systems respond to blast loading: knowledge gained through our involvement with structural blast testing, advanced analysis, and accident investigations. While reviewing the response of a building to explosion hazards, its resistance to other hazards, such as thermal and toxic hazards, should also be reviewed. It is often possible to incorporate thermal and/or toxic mitigation measures within the blast-resistant upgrade design.

Steps of a Building Upgrade:

  • Understand the existing conditions
  • Feasibility & conceptual design
  • Final design construction drawings
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Software tools

Risk-based building design solutions.

Leveraging BakerRisk’s proprietary software tools SafeSite3G©, QRATool©, and RMTool©, we provide a range of cost-effective risk-based building design services to meet specific client needs.  These services can range from conceptual “best practice” design support to detailed design building support, but typically include one or more of the following:

  • Masterplan support for greenfield and brownfield building location and design optimization
  • Building siting and construction type feasibility analyses
  • Conceptual building design and material optimization
  • Risk-based specification services
  • Final Design and construction support activities

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See our design services in action.

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Our Specialists

Meet our protective structural engineering experts.