Session 3.7 Incorporating Explosives Analysis into Real Property Planning

APA Federal Planning Division


Thursday, April 26, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. CDT

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Panel members have collaborated on real property planning and MILCON programming projects at undisclosed locations in Europe as part of the European Deterrence Initiative (EDI). The EDI is shifting toward long range development rather than identifying programs on a year-to-year basis. Many of these installations have real property assets storing or moving hazardous materials, which have not been sited for optimal installation long range development. Their explosives quantity distance (ESQD) arcs conflict with the developability of existing off-base inhabited buildings, future on-base inhabited buildings, and other explosives handling real property assets. USAF goals have shifted toward armament, and USAF are planning what can be pre-positioned across the area of responsibility (AOR). DOD installations worldwide have or are programming projects that require explosive hazard analysis.


Explosives Hazard Reduction (EHR) studies identify and quantify explosive hazards, and apply technological and operational solutions to problems identified during the analysis. The primary study objective involves reducing the explosives risks associated with storage, handling, loading and transporting munitions. This results in placing future facilities in the optimum location within an ESQD clear zone. EHR studies provide tangible results for commanders that translate into increased munitions storage capabilities, reduced explosives hazards, and more efficient combat aircraft parking and operations. Many of these capability increases are gained at little or no additional cost by more accurate application of criteria and improved planning efficiencies. The EHR Study Program has tremendously improved USAF’s operational capabilities, and also assured optimal logistics survivability and minimized risks from explosives. EHR Studies have provided a road-map for future development / beddown requirements and ensures proper execution of mission critical construction projects. Additionally, the explosives site plan development services of an EHR study enhances senior leadership support / buy-in and shortens the lengthy review / approval process. Costly and embarrassing mistakes were avoided early in the planning cycle at a number of USAF installations around the world. Had they not been identified early on in the EHR study, these same future facilities would have been constructed and caused a severe impact upon the mission capability of the installation.


Learning Objectives:

-          Identifying Red Flags: when is explosive hazard analysis necessary?

-          Balancing Host Nation Requirements and Identifying Governing Criteria: will the Host Nation provide buy in on safety planning proposals?

-          Programming the Correct Project: how have previously programmed projects gone wrong?

-          Data Collecting for Conducting Explosives Analysis: how can planners help explosives safety experts?

Getting DDESB Approval: what is the process and how can planners help ensure success?


Juergen Mueller

Command Planner with the USAF

Jim Wassenberg

Technical Director with Integrated Systems Analysts, Inc. Read More

Diane de Gonzalez

Senior Planner with Louis Berger

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