Delta’s Counter-Terrorist Barriers Protect Historic Hoover Dam
Barriers Will Stop and Destroy a 15,000 Pound (66.7 kN) Vehicle Traveling 50 MPH (80 KPH)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VALENCIA, CALIF. – April 27, 2004 – Delta Scientific, the leading manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, today announced that its DSC501, a very high security, shallow foundation barrier, is used as part of homeland security protection efforts at the Hoover Dam. The 60-year-old Hoover Dam, located about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nev., is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders. The dam is an integral part of water delivery and energy generation for the entire Southwestern United States.
“Protecting America’s infrastructure and its national landmarks is a prime concern of the U.S. Government during these difficult times,” says Scott Altizer, High Security Systems Applications Engineer at Delta. “With Hoover Dam, we have both. That’s why authorities selected the DSC501. It is an advanced counter-terrorism barrier system that meets the government’s highest certification levels. It was designed for the U.S. Navy and is used at military bases around the world as well as at U.S. embassies.”
Set in a foundation only 18 inches (46 cm) deep, the Delta DSC501 is able to survive and operate after a 1.2 million foot pound impact. Upon extracting the truck, the barricade is certified to be fully functional and perform 27,000 cycles with no wear.
The DSC501 is used in areas, such as at Hoover Dam, where buried pipes, power lines and fiber optic communication lines pose potential excavation issues. The shallow foundation also reduces installation complexity, time, materials and corresponding costs. The DSC501 is suitable for high water table locations and areas with corrosive soils.
Front face warning lights warn drivers that the barricade is in the “up” position. There is also an open area on the front for signage. Open channel construction allows the option of specifying hot dip galvanizing. To raise or lower the barricade, the DSC501 uses Delta’s proven hydraulic power systems and controls. The anti-terrorist barrier is operated with Delta control panels, card readers, keypads or radio controls.
“Whether installing barricades within an urban infrastructure or needing to quickly implement anti-terrorist measures on a remote military base, this barricade system provides security professionals with a new tool that installs faster and more efficiently,” Altizer adds.