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Darrell D. Barker

Vice President, Extreme Loads and Structural Risk

Darrell Barker is Vice President of the Extreme Loads and Structural Risk division of ABS Group, based in San Antonio, Texas. With over 37 years of experience in blast resistant design and construction, Darrell is a recognized industry leader in this field and speaks extensively on the subject to industry groups and government agencies. He has published more than 40 papers on explosion effects research and development as well as practical approaches to protection of structures against explosion hazards.

Darrell manages a unit of 50 professionals located across the U.S. specializing in structural analysis and design for building structures and offshore equipment subjected to extreme wind, seismic and blast loads. This division conducts structural reliability analysis for clients domestically and internationally who require innovative solutions to challenging problems.  

Darrell is active on several industry committees which address blast resistant design including the American Concrete Institute and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has been a contributing author for technical publications, including Design of Blast Resistant Building in Petrochemical Facilities and the AISC Design Guide 56 Design of Blast Resistant Structures. He also chaired ACI Committee 370 on Short Duration Dynamic and Vibratory Effects and is a founding member of the Protective Glazing Council.

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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