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Facility Siting For Emergency Shelters

February 19, 2014


Gary Fitzgerald

Gary Fitzgerald is one of ABS Consulting's primary engineers for petrochemical building facility siting and has extensive experience in VCE blast load calculations, modeling high explosives, pressure vessel bursts (PVBs), BLEVEs and chemical runaway reactions. Gary evaluates explosion consequences that include blast loads, cratering and fragment generation and he has extensive experience using AUTODYN 2-D and 3-D hydrocode to model condensed phase and compressed gas explosions and structural response from these events.

Processing highly hazardous materials always includes the risk of toxic and/or flammable releases that could potentially threaten the lives of workers. However, with proper design and location of workplace structures, the risk of injury or death in the event of an accident can be significantly reduced.

This presentation will review specific requirements for Emergency Shelters in API RP 752/753 and how to satisfy them in a Facility Siting Study.

What You Will Learn:

  • Requirements for Emergency Shelters in API RP 752/753
  • When explosion hazards must be accounted for in Emergency Shelter evaluations
  • Factors to consider when evaluating buildings for long duration exposures to fire and toxic hazards
  • Analysis tools and methods that can be used to show compliance
  • How to test buildings for toxic gas leakage and use that information

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides technical advisory and certification services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,500 professionals in over 30 countries. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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