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AT/FP

Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection

The design and construction of today's office building has become more specialized with the need to protect against damage caused by explosions and other man-made hazards.

The primary areas of concern when protecting against an attack are to minimize the blast related damage and the damage caused by a progressive collapse of a building's structural support system.

Progressive collapse is a successive failure in a building's structural support system.

  1. An event causes damage that cannot be absorbed or contained.
  2. Adjoining structual elements are stressed to the point of failure.
  3. In turn, further structural failure occurs leading to a degree of damage disproportionate to the damage caused by the initial event.
  4. Progressive collapse is also known as disproportionate collapse.