The protection of crowds, public spaces, sensitive buildings and critical infrastructure is a key concern worldwide, with the threat of terrorism ever present.
The Advitech Group has formed a team of engineering and simulation experts who, together, support the protection of public infrastructure through the planning and design of safe buildings and public spaces. We harness engineering and simulation technology to deliver practical and cost-effective solutions.
Through the following specialist skillsets, we help governments and major facility operators create safe spaces which balance the need for active community spaces with protection from terrorism and other hostile actions.
Our team conducts comprehensive assessment of risks and recommendation of infrastructure security measures to address threats and defend human lives and property.
Our blast experts offer third-party independent threat and vulnerability analysis, along with advanced explicit dynamics modelling and simulation, to understand the likely impact of blast waves and phenomena on building structures.
- Threat Consequence Vulnerability Risk Assessment (TVRA)
- Blast Effects Analysis (BEA)
- Structural Resiliency Study (SRS)
- Security Protection Plan (SPP)
Through detailed design by our team of structural, civil and mechanical engineers, we ensure that mitigation systems are suitably engineered to protect against various risks, including hostile vehicles, ballistic and blast attacks.
Product and system designs are assessed against relevant international standards including: Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee (ANZCTC) guidelines, BSI PAS 69 (installation), BSI PAS 68, and ISO IWA Parts 1 & 2, and US Dept. of State.
We collaborate closely with an Australian manufacturer of PAS 68 tested and approved Heavy Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) barrier systems.
Our simulation consultants use MassMotion software to simulate crowd movements in public areas, providing clear information about crowding, usage patterns and safety under normal and emergency conditions. MassMotion simulations allow us to experiment with an unlimited number of designs to predict pedestrian dynamics and determine the impact of evacuation scenarios on pedestrian flow. In the case of terrorism events, scenarios could analyse a range of factors including risks to first responders, and the impact of secondary attacks.
As part of our Smart Cities capabilities, we offer monitoring of public spaces using IoT technology. Our sensor-based data platforms deliver real-time information which can enhance day-to-day activities, support longer-term strategic decision making, and could prove invaluable in an emergency situation. Monitoring functions could include video, noise, weather and more depending on requirements.
We have an established relationship with an experienced architecture firm to ensure the aesthetic side of public space design is balanced against security needs. Our architects recognise that effective urban design involves the careful consideration of all social, cultural and aesthetic issues to create unique spaces that are memorable and functional.