Explosive Blast Modeling Program

CISA’s Office for Bombing Prevention’s Technical Assistance Branch offers an Explosive Blast Modeling Program which uses current blast modeling technologies and tools to provide physics-based, 3D modeling for anti-terrorism and force protection against IED attacks.  Assessments can be conducted on existing critical infrastructure facilities or open-air special events such as parades, concerts, or other large gatherings. These assessments help identify and visualize gaps in the existing access and standoff allowed at venues, critical infrastructure facilities, and special events.

EBM Process

EBM typically works with a regional Protective Security Advisor to assess the most likely threats for a venue to develop the model and inject the threats where needed. 

EBM Results

The EBM program use current blast codes and building codes and other analysis to generate accurate results on the facilities assessed.   EBM results can help a facility owner or event security planner visualize structural effects of a building to better understand the standoff required or visualize the effects against a crowded area to help with medical mitigation and planning efforts.

Specific reports can be generated for planning purposes such as

  • Skull Fracture
  • Eardrum rupture
  • Lung Collapse
  • Fragmentation probability
  • Peak overpressure
  • Shock impulse

Contact Information

To submit a request for modeling your facility or event, click here.

To request more information about the EBM Program or to schedule a briefing for you or your stakeholders, please contact EBM@cisa.dhs.gov(link sends e-mail).