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Automated Explosion Effects Modeling

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The DoD and the Services have developed explosives safety siting regulations to govern the planning and maintenance of military and DoD contractor facilities. These regulations have traditionally been extensive and involved. For the most part, we have done a good job in maintaining high standards of conformance. We are all aware that the cuts in the DoD budget have resulted in reductions of manpower and facilities, but perhaps we havent realized that we are losing a lot of expertise in the engineering and design communities as well. Government expertise in explosives safety is extensive. The private sector also has a great deal of explosives safety expertise. The trends of significant reductions of government spending in explosives safety related RTDE programs and blast-resistant construction is taking a toll on this expertise. As existing talent retires or moves into other areas where work opportunities are more abundant, development and training of new explosives safety experts is moving very slowly. The end result is that we may be approaching a time when the demand for government explosives safety experts could outpace the supply. The need exists for automated tools to make explosives safety experts at all levels more productive and cost effective to assist DoD installations with their safety requirements. Automating the predictions of explosives effects is a multi-dimensional process. It must meet the needs of users that have a wide variety of requirements. No one solution will be acceptable or useful to all. Automation requirements range from precise implementation of engineering and scientific principles that require extensive knowledge and judgement to approximate predictions that can assist those with little background or expertise in explosives safety. This paper examines potential tools for use by the both the explosives safety oriented engineerscientist, authorities and planners.

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  • Safety Engineering
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Ammunition and Explosives
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Computer Programming and Software

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