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An Introduction to Antiterrorism Assumptions for Building Design

COURSE NO: F03-004
An Introduction to Antiterrorism Assumptions for Building Design
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course discusses the location, size, and nature of terrorist threats that are unpredictable and their corresponding measures. The standards discussed here are based on a specific range of assumed threats that provides a reasonable baseline for the design of all inhabited buildings.


Designing to resist baseline threats will provide general protection today and will establish a foundation upon which to build additional measures were justified by higher threats or where the threat environment increases in the future. While those baseline threats are less than some of the terrorist attacks that have been directed against personnel in the past, they represent more severe threats than a majority of historical attacks. It would be cost prohibitive to provide protection against the worst-case scenario in every building. The terrorist threats addressed in these standards are further assumed to be directed against personnel. Threats to other assets and critical infrastructure are beyond the scope of these standards.


This 3 PDH online course is intended for civil engineers and other professional engineers and construction managers interested in design of facilities resistant to terrorist threats.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning about the location, size, and nature of terrorist threats, which by their nature are unpredictable
  • Learning about baseline explosive weights
  • Understanding how vehicle bomb are assumed to be a stationary vehicle bomb, and the assumption inherent in the stationary vehicle bomb is that the aggressors want to park the vehicles covertly without being noticed as doing anything unusual
  • Understanding how waterborne vessels will be assumed to contain quantities of explosives associated with either explosive indicated, depending on whether or not a controlled perimeter has been established
  • Understanding how indirect fire weapons are assumed to be military mortars with fragmentation rounds containing explosives
  • Understanding how direct fire weapons include small arms weapons and shoulder fired rockets that require direct lines of sight
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the document titled, “An Introduction to Antiterrorism Assumptions for Building Design”.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
An Introduction to Antiterrorism Assumptions for Building Design (2.3 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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