Design solutions for the blast protection of structures: Industry experiences from Young Professionals


Renewed focus on the threat posed to the built environment by terrorist attacks has intensified the demand for blast resilient structures. Robust blast protection measures, however, often clash with architectural requirements for optimised structural designs that enable a sustainable use of construction materials. This talk will address the challenge and will focus on the industry experiences of young professionals working for a blast consultancy. Protection measures implemented in the blast design of building façades, infrastructure projects and stadia will be presented, while the importance of blast testing and hostile vehicle mitigation measures will also be discussed.

As part of SECED Young Members’ Subcommittee (YMSC) aim to promote collaboration amongst students and young professionals, this talk marks the beginning of a new series of seminars. These will include a new two-part presentation format, where background information for each topic will be first presented. Therefore, a summary of basic concepts of blast engineering will be introduced by a PhD student, followed by a presentation of industry experiences from young professionals working for a blast consultancy.

About the speakers

Socrates Angelides University of Cambridge

Socrates Angelides is currently a PhD Student in the Department of Engineering, at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the blast response of glazed façades, developing analytical models for the post-fracture response of laminated glass panels.

Haydn Jones D.J Goode & Associates Ltd.

Haydn Jones is an Incorporated Engineer and member of the Institute of Civil Engineers. He has been working for D.J Goode & Associates Ltd after graduating from Anglia Ruskin University in 2015. His experiences in the security industry include providing consultancy services for major infrastructure projects, carrying out design of blast resilient doors for manufacturers, and assessing key public assets against acts of terrorism.

Helen Smith -  D.J Goode & Associates Ltd.

Helen Smith is a Chartered Civil Engineer who has been working for D.J. Goode & Associates since she graduated from the University of Bath in 2006. Helen has been working on a variety of projects covering a wide sphere of security and blast related design. Initially undertaking the design of facades subject to blast loading she has also spent time assessing explosive processing sites with a view to licensing with both the MoD and the HSE.

Tom Mann -  D.J Goode & Associates Ltd.

Tom Mann is a Graduate Engineer and a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He has been working for D.J Goode & Associates since graduating with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Swansea University in 2018. His experience in the blast and security industry include cladding and façade design on major infrastructure projects, military assets and public event spaces.

Sarah Parker -  D.J Goode & Associates Ltd.

Sarah Parker is a Chartered Civil Engineer who has been working for D.J. Goode & Associates since 2012. Since joining the company, she has worked on a wide variety of projects within the blast and security industry including the blast design of facades and doors, explosive storage justification and licencing and the design of MOD firing ranges.


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Further information

This online meeting is organised by Young SECED. For further information, please contact Valentina Putrino (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Event Details

Event Date 30/06/2020 1:00 pm
Event End Date 30/06/2020 2:00 pm
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