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									                Wednesday 27 January 2010
                                       at 6:00pm
                  at the The Institution of Structural Engineers
                            11 Upper Belgrave Street
                                      London
                                    SW1X 8BH


Key aspects in designing topsides structures to
              resist blast loading
The loads generated by hydrocarbon explosions form a major consideration in the design of
topsides structures and significant research and development over the last 20 years has
updated industry understanding of both how to characterise the design loads, and then how to
design and detail the structures to resist them. This presentation will examine some of the
reasons why blast resisting structures are required and then review some of the tools and
approaches which are used to generate blast loads for both FEED and detailed design, and
the methods used to present these loads. The selection of appropriate explosion loading
parameters to be used for a design or assessment is a key input to any structural analysis,
and approaches to aid with this will be described. With blast loading being a highly dynamic
event, a careful consideration of structural response is required, such that conventional static
assessments are of limited use. Bridging the gap between major hazards assessment, safety
and risk engineering, and structural design and detailing is an important challenge facing
offshore engineering practitioners. The presentation will conclude with some examples of
blast resistant structural design and assessment, highlighting some of these key
considerations.

                     Presented by
 Simon Thurlbeck – Managing Director, MMI Engineering
                          Ltd
 Michael Hasson – Principal Consultant, MMI Engineering
                          Ltd
Simon Thurlbeck – Managing Director, MMI Engineering Ltd

Dr Simon Thurlbeck is a Principal of MMI Engineering, Managing Director of MMI's UK
business, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Manchester. A Chartered Engineer,
he holds a BSc and PhD in Structural Engineering, and has some 25 years experience in
consulting and management related to engineering risk and integrity assessment, primarily for
offshore structures. Simon started his career with Earl and Wright in 1984, designing jacket
structures, and has had a career encompassing research and consulting.

Simon’s areas of technical interest have focused on structural integrity and extreme loading
effects on structures and plant, and the assessment and mitigation of risk. His risk
assessment and mitigation consulting has included hazards associated with fires and
Offshore Engineering Society, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA
   Contact: Tel 020 7665 2236 Fax 020 7799 1325 E-mail oes@ice.org.uk

                         Or visit our website: www.oes.org.uk
explosions posed by accidents and malicious acts, along with detailed structural integrity
interests focused on fracture and fatigue. In addition to a wide portfolio of consulting activities
in the oil and gas industry, he has launched and managed a number of Joint Industry Projects
that have addressed industry specific issues on integrity assurance and risk mitigation,
including fire protection, subsea integrity, and on-line monitoring systems.

Michael Hasson – Principal Consultant, MMI Engineering Ltd

Michael Hasson is a Principal Consultant with MMI Engineering and has a Bachelors Degree
in Structural Engineering and 12 years of post-graduate experience, a large amount of it
gained in the assessment and design of structures subjected to explosion, through his
involvement in accident hazard assessments in the oil and gas sector, the emerging clean
energy technology sector, and security projects.

Michael has undertaken the assessment and design of blast resistant structures, installed
both onshore and offshore in the UK and Europe, using techniques ranging from iso-ductility
through to detailed non-linear finite element analysis. He has wide experience in the
characterisation and modelling of explosions, as well as other hazard modelling in support of
risk analysis. With a particular interesting in developing retrofit solutions to upgrade blast
resistance of existing facilities, he has developed some novel solutions to minimise imparted
loading on existing structures, whilst providing enhanced protection to vulnerable elements.
With an apprenticeship in structural steel fabrication, his approach reflects the sometimes
competing demands of effective blast resistance and practicality of fabrication and
construction.




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   Contact: Tel 020 7665 2236 Fax 020 7799 1325 E-mail oes@ice.org.uk

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 Key aspects in designing topsides structures to
               resist blast loading
         Wednesday 27 January 2010
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