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Mock City

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A mock city simulates our worst nightmares.
updated 03.29.13

  • Mock City
    Mock City
  • Founder Geoff Burkart modeled his Mock City after real-life disaster areas.
    Founder Geoff Burkart modeled his Mock C…
  • The dummy lies amid the rubble of a concrete structure collapse like that of the Murrah Federal Building from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Human role players can be planted at various points in the site using hatches and an underground network of cinderblock tunnels.
    The dummy lies amid the rubble of a conc…
  • Actors can also be placed in the attics above the homes of "Flood Town", a contained neighborhood mimicking New Orleans\
    Actors can also be placed in the attics …
  • Meanwhile, twenty-seven cameras relay the rescue work back to the command center, located in the main building a mile south.
    Meanwhile, twenty-seven cameras relay th…
  • To add authenticity, Mock City is replete with tiny details to bedevil rescue workers: Obstructions like simulated smoke and electrical sparks, human debris like clothes and furniture, and even turnstiles at the entrance to its replica subway platform, where a train of castaway D.C. Metro cars is lined up on a 1,600-foot railway built in the tunnel that was designed to transport missiles for fueling
    To add authenticity, Mock City is replet…
  • Even the road to Mock City—1.1 miles of interstate-quality four-lane—can be fraught with peril, littered with some of the 300 cars and SUVs washed out by Superstorm Sandy and donated by General Motors, or a bus bought from a local school district, then flipped and smashed with a crane and forklift to provide a setting for vehicle extrication training.
    Even the road to Mock City—1.1 miles of …
  • In addition to Mock City, Guardian Centers owns roughly 500 undeveloped acres, offering plenty of room for expansion. “It’s important not to become static,” says Tim Maloney, a former Marine who is now the center’s vice president of operations.
    In addition to Mock City, Guardian Cente…
  • There are also means by which the existing grounds can be modified for different scenarios. Many of the floors of the two collapse sites are on hinges, which can be adjusted with a 275-ton crane to different grades
    There are also means by which the existi…
  • Maloney and Co. can also “customize” their props, like the subway car that was loaded with sixteen pounds of explosives and detonated in a controlled explosion by the GBI demo team to simulate the 2004 Madrid train bombing.
    Maloney and Co. can also “customize” the…