Threat And Vulnerability Assessments

Quantify and assess multiple diverse threats and hazards, including their consequences.

EQE, through our affiliate K&C, is a leader in developing and defining realistic threat environments in collaboration with our clients. State-of-the-art physics-based analytical models and access to extensive test data allows EQE to effectively quantify the consequences associated with a diverse range of malicious, extreme and exceedingly rare events, as well as natural phenomena. Equipped with a representative and quantitative assessment of the threats to personnel, property, equipment, and business continuity our clients are able to utilize risk management strategies to effectively mitigate the threats to their portfolios.

Services include:

  • Multi-Threat Vulnerability Assessment and Mitigation
  • Property Damage and Cost Study (e.g., PML)
  • Structural Resilience Study
  • Human Vulnerability Assessment
  • Blast Vulnerability Assessments (BVA)
  • Impact Vulnerability Assessment (Missile/Aircraft/Vehicle)
  • Perimeter Security Study
  • Transportation Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment
  • Energy Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment
  • Ballistic and EMP Threat Assessment
  • Combustible Dust Explosion Assessment
  • Petrochemical Explosion Assessment

Protective Design and Engineering

Robust, resilient, and cost-effective designs for onerous man-made and natural threats

EQE creates custom engineered solutions that can meet your unique needs, requirements, schedule, or budget. Our licensed Structural, Mechanical, and Civil Engineers have experience developing concepts, designs, and generating construction packages for delegated or performance-based requirements. EQE is unique in that our designs can be modeled, using our high-fidelity analysis capabilities, or validated with field or laboratory testing.

Services Include:

  • Protective Design
  • Airport Protective Design: Security & Blast Design
  • Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Anti-Terrorism/Force-Protection (AT/FP), United Facilities Criteria, UFC 4-010-01 DoD Minimum Anti-terrorism Standards for Buildings
  • Designs to Resist Disproportionate Collapse
  • Blast-Resistant Design
  • Bollard Systems Design
  • Impact-Resistant Design
  • Ballistic Protection,
  • Fire-Resistant Design
  • Design of Hardened Military Structures, United Facilities Criteria, UFC-3-340-01 Design and Analysis of Hardened Structures to Conventional Weapon Effects
  • Nonlinear Structural Analysis and Design
  • Progressive Collapse Analysis, United Facilities Criteria, UFC 4-023-03 Design of Buildings to Resist Progressive Collapse

Sample project

EQE, in cooporation with our affiliate K&C, provided a security enhancements study and protective design for a U.S. Embassy overseas.

Technical Services

  • Perimeter Fencing/Walls
  • Vehicle Crash Protection
  • Vehicle/Personnel Inspection
  • Entrance Gates
  • Guard Booths
  • Blast Retrofit
  • Progressive Collapse Retrofit
  • Seismic Design
  • Window Designs
  • Deliverables

Protective Design US Embassy
Protective Design completed

  • Site Survey/Assessment
  • Investigation/Study
  • Program Development
  • Construction Documents
  • Construction Administration

The security upgrade for this U.S. Embassy facility included the following primary areas of work:

  • Two new entry control points with hardened perimeter guard booths
  • Perimeter protection with active and passive vehicle barrier systems
  • Blast mitigation/progressive collapse avoidance
  • This particular project offered a diversity of challenges ranging from the impacts of a fluctuating political climate to the engineering complexities associated with unknown and varied existing conditions. Through a combination of extensive on-site documentation, interaction with city officials, and an integrated team effort among the designers, building owner, building users, and the contractors, the project design and construction was completed successfully.

The upgrade of the perimeter security systems included a new pedestrian CAC facility, a new vehicle screening CAC facility, anti-climb fencing, and anti-ram walls, bollards, and active barriers.

EQE also performed a blast vulnerability assessment and progressive collapse avoidance study for one of the primary building structures on the compound. Based on the results of the analysis, the team developed the necessary mitigation solutions. The design, as implemented, included the strengthening of existing columns with a carbon fiber wrap and the introduction of sacrificial design elements. EQE was on site throughout the installation of the carbon fiber wrap.

In all, EQE supported this project from conception to construction. Our designers participated in on-site negotiations with the local architectural review board and government officials and then concluded the project by overseeing the construction of the critical design elements.