ASCE is seeking members to serve on a committee to develop standards for blast resistance design and construction of new and existing structures. The committee that will undertake this task is being reconstituted, with the potential for a first meeting to take place during ASCE/SEI’s 2015 Structures Congress in Portland, Oregon, April 23-25.
First published in 2011, ASCE/SEI 59-11 Blast Protection of Buildingsis being revised to improve current content and expand its scope. Blast Protection of Buildings provides minimum requirements for planning, design, construction, and assessment of new and existing buildings subject to the effects of accidental or malicious explosions. The standard presents principles for establishing appropriate threat parameters, levels of protection, loadings, analysis methodologies, materials, detailing, and test procedures. It provides a comprehensive presentation of current practice in the analysis and design of structures for blast resistance. Commentaries on the requirements are also included. The standard supplements existing building codes, standards, and laws, but is not intended to replace them.
Members interested in joining the committee may submit an online standards committee application to apply for participation in this effort. For more information, please contact James Neckel, ASCE’s Codes and Standards coordinator.