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Darrell D. Barker

Vice President, Advanced Engineering

Darrell Barker is Vice President of Advanced Engineering for ABS Group. Prior to his current position, Darrell was Vice President of Extreme Loads and Structural Risk. He manages a unit of more than 70 engineers conducting advanced modeling and simulation to assess the effects of extreme wind, seismic, and blast loads, as well as fatigue and fracture effects, on a wide range of structures and equipment.

Darrell has more than 30 years of professional experience in blast resistant design and construction. He has conducted threat assessments of more than 200 facilities for government agencies across the country and internationally. Darrell has analyzed explosion hazards in petrochemical facilities and explosives processing operations. He has developed innovative solutions to protect buildings and personnel against these risks and has conducted shock tube and high explosives test programs to validate analytical models. Additionally, he has conducted explosion accident investigations to determine proximate and root causes, working with clients to mitigate risks and provide safe operations.

Darrell is a recognized industry leader in the field of explosion hazards mitigation. He actively participates in industry technical committees developing guidelines and best practices for explosion hazard assessment and mitigation. He is a contributing author for publications produced by ASCE, ACI, and ASME. He has published more than 40 papers on explosion hazards, protective construction, dynamic analysis, and blast testing.

He received a BSCE degree from the University of Arkansas and was elected to the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering. Darrell is a registered professional engineer in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.


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