EMP Consulting

In 2016, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 was signed and passed, which revised the Homeland Security Act to include EMP & GMD Planning, and required the Department of Homeland Security to recommend strategies to protect Critical Infrastructure.  The DHS also published “Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Protection and Restoration guidelines for Equipment and Facilities” that defined EMP Protection levels.

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy released “Electromagnetic Pulse Resilience Action Plan” which set 5 goals:

  1. Improve and Share Understanding of EMP
  2. Identify Priority Infrastructure
  3. Test Protection Approaches
  4. Enhance Response and Recovery Capabilities and
  5. Share Best Practices

In March 2019, the President signed an EMP Executive Order, which focuses on 5 tasks:

  1. Identify national critical functions and associated priority critical infrastructure at greatest risk from EMPs
  2. Improving understanding of EMP effects
  3. Evaluating approaches to mitigate the effects of EMPs
  4. Strengthening critical infrastructure to withstand the effects of EMPs and
  5. Improving national response to EMP threats

This helped start the conversation regarding EMPs, and how we protect our infrastructure today. There are many groups and organizations working towards a better understanding of the risk of an EMP event, and the effects EMPs can have on equipment. The North American  Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the Federal EMP Commission have strongly stated that EMP protection should be considered at major Control Centers that regulate the bulk power system in the United States.

Robert E. Lamb's Expertise

Robert E. Lamb is a leader in integration of EMP and RF mitigation techniques in Utility Control and Data Center facilities. We are currently involved with multiple clients regarding specific strategies to protect their facilities from natural and man-made threats.

Robert E. Lamb’s expert architects and engineers have completed Detail Design for multiple major EMP-protected Transmission Control Centers. Utilities of all sizes are also consulting with us on implementing EMP protection, for their primary and/or backup control centers in the future. We collaborate with experts in the industry to ensure we are using the most up-to-date and advanced engineering and design practices to protect your facility against EMP threats. We collaborate with leading EMP-shielding and filter manufacturers to integrate their products and processes into our designs and construction. We work with our clients to determine the level and scope of shielding needed for each facility, we address each type of threat separately, and tackle each with the appropriate strategy in our Planning, Design, and Construction phases.

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