One Day Blast Course


This one day course is intended for practising engineers who wish to gain an insight into current methods of structural analysis and design against blast loads. The course will show how significant blast resilience and resistance is possible with careful design, planning and detailing of a structure. The course will commence with blast load evaluation for detonations both outside and inside buildings and the problems of load quantification in complex urban geometries.

Then, structural response to blast loading will be addressed with reference to ‘equivalent single degree of freedom’ analysis and the development of pressure-impulse diagrams for response assessment. Case histories of building response to blast will be presented. This will be followed by an outline of the principles and guidelines for protective design against the effects of blast including discussion of suitable materials for protective design, dynamic design in reinforced concrete and the approach adopted by the main design documents. Finally, the course will address practical design and the application of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) technical guidelines regarding the structural design of blast resistant facilities.


This course will be presented by Bob Shelton (Senior Lecturer in Protective Structures, Cranfield University at the Defence Academy) and Piroozan Aminossehe (Independent Consultant).


For members of IStructE and SECED: £250 + VAT @ 20% = £300.00
For non-members: £300 + VAT @ 20% = £360.00

Further information

This course is organised jointly by SECED and IStructE (North Thames Region). For course programme and booking form, download the flyer. For further information, please contact Brendan Van Rooyen (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). For questions regarding booking, please contact Colin Davies (tel: 01707 645 791, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Event Details

Event Date 08/11/2016 8:00 am
Individual Price £360.00
University College London
Gower Street
University College London

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