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VSL Infrastructure Protection

Security audits, vulnerability assessments and protective analysis, design and construction of resilient solutions for critical infrastructure at risk from extreme events

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Infrastructure Protection – a turnkey proposition for physical asset protection

VSL Infrastructure Protection conceives, designs and constructs resilient protection solutions for critical infrastructure at risk of extreme events; including blast, projectile, impact, seismic and fire effects. With specialist knowledge in global construction, and access to leading-edge research and technologies, VSL Infrastructure Protection reliably delivers quality, innovative construction protection solutions to mitigate risks.

As part of a world-wide group, VSL Infrastructure Protection can access suppliers and resources globally, offering turnkey infrastructure protection solutions, including: vulnerability assessment and design services, supply, local project management and construction. VSL’s expertise across the full infrastructure protection range allows bridging the gap between assessment, design and construction, while at the same time minimising delivery risks and offering true turnkey solutions.

Whether it is for a new building or to increase the resilience of an existing asset, VSL Infrastructure Protection understands the challenges and finds solutions with the clients that best suit their requirements and expectations.

VSL’S Products and Services

VSL Infrastructure Protection offers engineering and construction services that enable VSL to deliver global turnkey asset protection services. In partnership with international specialist engineering consultancy firms and through a broad knowledge of security product suppliers, VSL offers the following services:

Security and vulnerability assessments

To determine the consequences for a structure, its operations and occupants due to an extreme event including blast, accidental explosions, projectiles, vehicle impact, earthquakes and fire.

Every structure and critical infrastructure asset, regardless of typology, is subject to a unique set of risks within the built environment. Vulnerability Assessments determine the effect of a potential extreme event on an asset and the impact a failure of a structural or architectural element will have on the asset, its operation and people in or around it. VSL Infrastructure Protection offers vulnerability assessments for a full range of extreme events, including blast effects from explosive devices and accidental explosions, impact from vehicles or other objects, projectile effects from firearms and other ordnances, fire and seismic considerations.

The offer includes :

  • Security Audits
  • Blast & Ordnance Vulnerability Assessments
  • Seismic & Fire Assessments
  • Structural Assessments

Assessments either begin with a review of available engineering information or (if necessary) a site visit by our specialist engineers to document the as-is structural condition and obtain sufficient information to generate a 3D computer model of the asset and surrounds. VSL IP consults with stakeholders during the initial phases to agree upon a scope of threats to be considered in accordance with their internal or industry guidelines, or the outcomes of a risk assessment.

We undertake desktop analysis to determine loading on the structure, vulnerabilities of the asset and evaluate the Level of Protection (LOP) provided by the various structural elements using in-house and specialist tools. The results are depicted on a 3D illustration of the asset using an easily understandable system.

Our team of construction and physical security experts considers a wide range of mitigation solutions to improve the Level of Protection provided, initially by securing the boundaries and maximizing stand-off, followed by shielding the asset or protecting individual components, and finally by strengthening to improve the resilience of structural and architectural elements. We ensure that construction considerations feature earlier in the assessment and design process, thereby reducing delivery risk for our clients.

Using our global construction expertise, we present an improved LOP that can be expected for each of the upgrade recommendations in parallel with Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) cost estimates for each option. We provide conclusive recommendations on the best option available based on our engineering and construction knowledge, enabling our clients to make an informed decision when weighing up the costs of a physical upgrade against the Level of Protection provided.

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Protective analysis & design

From conceptual design through to design, detailing and construction methodologies.

VSL manages and undertakes protective analysis and design with a focus on providing physical protection solutions and details that suit client and project requirements in any environment taking into account local construction capabilities and practices.

The offer includes :

  • Analysis and design of a construction focussed solution.
  • Complex event response modelling.
  • Extensive use of 3D modelling during design, ensuring constructability.
  • Wide experience of protective technologies and country specific construction methods.

To provide effective turnkey asset protection solutions, we use a layered physical protection approach to reduce the effects of extreme events on our client assets. We consider the local environment and area surrounding the asset, as well as the asset itself.

Working on new construction and retrofit solutions that increase the resilience of assets, we consider our clients’ challenges and understand their need for asset protection. Our design solutions are tailored to meet the client requirements and reduce the vulnerability of an asset.

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Construction delivery

Construction services across all stages of delivery including planning, procurement, supply, delivery, on-site works and project management, commissioning and maintenance to protect critical infrastructure with physical protection measures.

VSL is a global construction expert. Our expertise and experience enables us to supply a range of construction services including:

  • Quality assured procurement and supply.
  • Specialist staff and labour.
  • Remote construction support.
  • In-country project supervision.
  • In-country project management.

Within our construction delivery expertise, VSL Infrastructre Protection is focused on providing the following construction solutions in a safe, economic and sustainable manner:

Physical Perimeter Security

Including security fencing, boundary walls, boundary wall enhancements (VSL Anti-Spall Liner) and vehicle barrier systems (shallow mount fixed post and retractable bollards, gates, vehicle barrier arms).

Asset Shielding

Including overhead protection and shielding walls

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Structural Systems Resilience

Including progressive collapse prevention and cable protection

Built Infrastructure Enhancements

Including intruder, ballistic and blast resistance for walls, doors and windows, as well as entire building areas and rooms

Specialist Resilient Structures

Including guardhouses, temporary accommodation, control, safe and mail rooms

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Expertise in construction management, delivery and on-site installation allows VSL to provide a complete turnkey solution delivered inclusive of project commissioning, and further for project maintenance. This eliminates interfaces between multiple parties, ensures the constructed solution meets the design intent, and minimizes delivery risk and effort required by our clients.

Associated Services

  • Infrastructure repair and strengthening
  • Infrastructure preservation

Advantages of VSL’s offer

Integrated solutions for a turnkey offer

VSL has the capability to offer an integrated service from assessment of risks, concept proposal, design, construction and commissioning. Our service is often extended to provide maintenance This avoids interfaces between multiple parties, and allows clients to deal with one entity.

Customised services

Throughout our projects, we have built a great network of partners and suppliers for designing and sourcing special materials and services. That allows VSL assembling customised offers and services to any client needs.

Long term relationships

We aim to build strong and long term relationships with our clients and suppliers across the globe.

Specialists

The VSL Infrastructure Protection team is dedicated to working exclusively in this speciality area. At VSL we have a team to manage and deliver critical infrastructure protection and nothing else.

How it works

VSL Infrastructure Protection undertakes assessment and design, proposing independent options that will perform and meet the clients’ requirements. We ensure the design can easily be constructed in the local environment. We select materials that meet the required performance and design intent.

V-Blast

This proprietary software is used to illustrate blast effects on critical infrastructure assets. It allows VSL Infrastructure Protection to show the pressures and impulses of a blast event on building envelopes and coupled with response curves for various building materials (i.e. masonry walls, concrete beams and columns) depict the level of protection achieved by the critical asset. Comparisons and cost-based evaluations of protective measures and other upgrades can be suitably depicted by this software.

VSL Anti-spall liner

VSL Anti-spall liner is an integrated multi-layer liner solution for increasing the blast resilience of masonry and concrete walls that limits secondary fragmentation effects. Studies have shown that secondary fragmentation effects pose significant danger to building occupants and equipment. VSL Anti-spall liner can be applied to new or existing walls to ensure they act as an effective blast shielding barrier thereby reducing the blast load that is exerted on the protected asset.

VSL Infrastructure Protection provides engineering analysis and design services for this Technology and a full turnkey delivery solution that can be deployed world wide.

To provide effective turnkey asset protection solutions, we use a layered physical protection approach to reduce the effect of extreme events on our clients’ assets. We consider the local environment and area surrounding the asset, as well as the asset itself.

Working on new construction and retrofit solutions that increase the resilience of assets, we consider our clients’ challenges and understand their need for asset protection. Our design solutions are tailored to meet the client requirements and reduce the vulnerability of an asset.

Turnkey Asset Protection

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With our ability to offer both design and analysis services as well as physical construction and delivery, we are able to offer turnkey asset protection. We believe this is of vital importance. It ensures delivery of safe, quality assured, risk managed construction solutions. Our clients get the advantage of dealing with one point of contact, via their assigned Key Account Manager, rather than a multitude of suppliers and contractors, saving time and increasing the ease of communication.

Our approach to turnkey asset protection ensures that construction considerations are ever-present throughout the project cycle. This reduces the margin for error with our original design and technical team being continuously involved from project conception to commissioning, ensuring the installed solution meets our client’s requirement and the design intent.

  • We undertake assessment and design, proposing independent options that will perform and meet the client and project requirements
  • We ensure the design is easily constructed in the local environment
  • We select materials that meet the required performance and design intent
  • We deliver the project on-time and use local resources where possible to enhance sustainability and value for money
  • We reduce project risks with proactive project management throughout the delivery process

Physical perimeter security

Including security fencing, boundary walls, boundary wall enhancements (VSL anti-spall liner) and vehicle barrier systems (shallow mount fixed post and retractable bollards, gates, vehicle barrier arms).

Boundary walls and fencing

Anti-climb security fencing, blast resilient anti-ram boundary walls to ensure extreme threats are kept at stand-off to the critical infrastructure asset and ensure secondary fragmentation of boundary walls is minimized.

Boundary wall enhancement

We offer multiple upgrade solutions to enhance or reinforce existing walls that surround sensitive premises. Our boundary all enhancements focus on anti-ram and anti-climb measures as well as reducing the impact of secondary fragmentation.

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VSL Anti-spall liner: a spray-applied, highly durable mitigation measure to significantly reduce secondary fragmentation of reinforced concrete or masonry walls when subjected to blast.

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VSL Type 2 upgrade system: a modular, pre-fabricated system that enhances concrete wall performance for vehicle and people-born explosive threats.

Vehicle barrier systems

Physical perimeter access control is ensured using anti-ram bollards, gates and barriers. We calculate the required rating based on site conditions and vehicle approaches, and can offer design, supply, installation and maintenance of shallow mount and retractable bollards, boom and wedge barriers, sliding gates.

Asset shielding

Including overhead protection for indirect fire threats and shielding walls if stand-off cannot be achieved or the threats are significant.

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Structural systems resilience

VSL Infrastructure Protection offers solution to increase the structural resilience of buildings by preventing progressive collapse. We use a number of methods and have access to proprietary software to design column retro-fit solutions, such as: column jacketing with carbon fibre reinforced polymer or steel or cable jacking.

Built infrastructure enhancements

Including intruder, ballistic and blast resistance for walls, doors and windows, as well as entire building areas and rooms.

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