Geosyntec undertakes survivability assessments and audits to examine potential vulnerabilities within safety systems to emergency or major accident events. We can inform our clients whether their safety systems will be able to perform under necessary conditions.
We specialize in identifying hazardous events and relating these to the requirements of each safety function; detailing each systems survivability requirements; assessing system performance when subject to each identified hazardous event; and specifying which systems are vulnerable and the likelihood of failure.
Geosyntec undertakes such assessments and audits to support clients in sectors including oil and gas, and security. For example, within the oil and gas sector, we consider the impact of an explosion event on the fire protection systems to assess whether they would remain available if there was a fire following the explosion event. For active systems we assess the protection afforded to fire water pumps and the deluge pipework supports against the effect of a defined explosion overpressure.
Passive fire protection systems need to remain intact in an explosion event and as part of a condition assessment, so we assess their adhesion substrate for coating systems, and for removable systems, we assess the fixing arrangements. To support this work, we undertake hazard consequence assessments to accurately define the events and detailed response modeling using a variety of modeling tools, including finite element analysis (FEA).
We work closely with architects on the design of new buildings, ensuring that under blast loads, the structure will break down in the safest way possible. This involves using FEA and supporting hand calculations to demonstrate that specifications and design configurations proposed are acceptable under a number of possible hazardous scenarios.