CASE STUDIES

On April 20, 2010, an explosion and fire erupted on the Deepwater Horizon, an offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven platform workers and injuring 17 others. It took 87 days to cap the oil gusher and the US Government estimated the total spill at 4.9 million barrels (210 million gallons) – the largest oil spill in history US history. View Full Case Study
The Bernat Mill in Uxbridge Massachusetts, once the third largest yarn mill in the U.S., is now known as the site of one of the region’s most devastating fires. In July 2007, a fire erupted in the 400,000 square foot mixed use business complex. Although 400 firefighters from 66 communities responded to the blaze, the complex was completely destroyed. The property and business losses suffered by 65 businesses following the fire were estimated to be many millions of dollars. View Full Case Study
A series of missteps and mismanagement let to an unfortunate sequence of events which resulted in the total loss of the refuse building at the Bay County Waste-to-Energy Incinerator in Panama City, Florida on February 12, 2012. A fire broke out in the refuse pile and quickly spread due to multiple, long-standing fire protection impairments. View Full Case Study
Two workers were severely burned at an industrial tank lining facility in Roanoke, Virginia. We developed a computer model to determine regions where combustion could have occurred during contact cement application. This two fluid, gravity stratified, computational fluid dynamics model of hydrocarbon vapor formation was verified with smoke experiments conducted in the actual plant. The results ruled out ignition from an overhead heater pilot or exhaust fan blade/shroud contact as claimed. View Full Case Study
Two separate fires occurred at the Malden Mill textile plant in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The latter, a catastrophic fire, destroyed approximately one square block of the textile production facility resulting in total damages of approximately $500 to $800 million, making it one of the costliest industrial fire losses in United States history. View Full Case Study
A massive 220,000 lb steel pressure vessel exploded sending fragments, some in excess of 30,000 lbs, hundreds of feet. A 2,000 pound fragment was found resting on railroad tracks a quarter mile away. The roof and walls of the plant were blown off from by the force of the explosion. Reconstruction of the plant cost more than 17 million dollars. View Full Case Study