Testing | Verifying | Improving
Often times, people order BRM’s and simply request it to have a certain blast rating. That rating can be determined by engineering calculations on the exterior structural envelope of the building. However, HMB has taken this an added step to not only “verify” that the external structure comports to its blast rating but also verifies that its construction methodologies actually do protect lives.
The exterior structures were identical but the interior framing systems were different. Baker Risk designed one and the other was HMB’s design. Both buildings were fully outfitted with computers, wall mounted cabinets, microwave, refrigerator, dishes, etc. and had censored test dummies that provided a wealth of data. This test proved that no two buildings are created equal and that there are factors other than the structural envelop that need to be considered when saving lives.