Blast resistant design of structures was hitherto limited to use in refineries, petrochemical plants, storages for LNG, LPG, etc., nuclear containment vessels, blast pans in defence airports, and the like. With the increase in urban areas and their population, the above facilities which were earlier outside the urban areas have now become surrounded by them and hence the total scenario has changed as such. Besides it is now becoming necessary for public buildings, public transportation facilities and the like on account of the rise in anti-social activities especially terrorism. Hence the Indian practice of designing structures for blast resistance was limited but now needs to cover a wider spectrum.
The seminar is aimed to bring the international best practices for the benefit of engineers in India and will focus on the procedures and practices used in the analysis, design and retrofit of structures subjected to blast loads from accidental, industrial and terrorist explosions. The seminar will delve on the provisions of UFC 3-340-02 'Structures to Resist the Effects of accidental Explosions' (2008) and the recently revised ASCI Publication 'Design of Blast Resistant-Buildings in Petrochemical Facilities'. Baker Risk will also be presenting cases based on their own extensive experience in this field. Indian case studies will also be presented by local faculty.