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Permasteelisa Group at Safeguarding Australia 2015

Permasteelisa Group at Safeguarding Australia 2015

May 2015 - Permasteelisa Group participated at Safeguarding Australia 2015, the 12th national security annual summit held on 13th and 14th May 2015 in Canberra.
The conference takes a look at the present day threats to society in general and covers a broad base of topics including cyber security, the socio-ethnic nature of terrorism, extremism and discussions about protection in general.


Marc Zobec, deputy Technical Manager of Permasteelisa Group, was invited to give a lecture to the Blast Design and Modelling Workshop with the presentation "Blast Enhancement of Glass Facades: Engineering Solutions for a Design Paradox", focused on physical protection in terms of actual systems and methods of enhancing building security. The presentation outlined research, development, design solutions and case studies of engineering test methods, tools and techniques to successfully overcome today’s design challenges allowing architects to maintain freedom of expression whilst providing adequate security to occupants.


It is a real though unfortunate fact that terrorist attacks are an ever present threat with the primary goal of causing maximum outrage and fear in society and disrupting everyday life. In order to achieve this, "soft" targets such as commercial and recreational buildings are primary targets with the main form of delivery being blast attacks.


Current architectural trends though favor the maximization of natural daylight and views and with the advent of solar and thermal control glass coatings, fully glazed buildings are becoming increasingly more desirable. In the event of blast attacks, the primary cause of injuries are due to glass fragmentation and over pressure. Therefore the initial logical approach would be to limit the size of glazing, therefore not only limiting the architectural form and expression of the building but also the way occupants interact within the building itself.


Such constraints create a design paradox. Permasteelisa Group has developed technical solutions able to provide protection to buildings through the curtain wall, and these achievements were explained to the audience of the summit.


  • Date: May 13-14, 2015
  • Location: QT Canberra, Canberra, Australia
  • Hosted by: Research Network for a Secure Australia in collaboration with Safeguarding Australia Events

For more Info: safeguardingaustraliasummit.org.au


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