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Noise & Vibration Measurement

AAD are responsible for deployment, calibration maintenance and data extraction from over 70 noise monitoring sites installed over a wide geographical area.

The experience of our field instrumentation engineers is probably unsurpassable; AAD are able to make noise/vibration monitoring station installations at short notice and we are also geared to acquire and supply measurement data for our clients or our consultants (and sometimes both) for interpretation and action.

Measurements are made and results are evaluated according to a wide range of standards and guidelines. Our expertise includes short and long term noise and vibration level measurements and assessments. Our noise measurement and assessment expertise supports matters including town planning and statutory nuisance for all noise source types; our vibration measurement and assessment expertise supports matters including cosmetic, minor and major damage risk to buildings, human response, whole body vibration and motion sickness.

The most frequently used standards and guidelines include the following:

Noise

BS 4142:1997 Method for rating industrial noise affecting mixed residential and industrial areas
BS 7445:1:2003 Description and measurement of environmental noise
Guide to quantities and procedures
BS 7445:2:1991 Description and measurement of environmental noise
Guide to the acquisition of data pertinent to land use
BS 8233:1999 Sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings - code of practice
ISO 1996-2:1987 As BS 7445:2:1991
BS 7445:3:1991 Description and measurement of environmental noise
Guide to application to noise limits
ISO 1996-3:1987 As BS 7445:3:1991
PPG 24: September 1994 Planning and Noise
Building Regulations 2000 Approved Document E and BB93
Guidelines for Community Noise World Health Organisation (WHO) 2000
WHO Guidelines Popular term for the above

Vibration

BS 6472:1:2008 Guide to evaluation of human exposure to vibration in buildings, vibration sources other than blasting
BS 6472:2:2008 Guide to evaluation of human exposure to vibration in buildings
Blast-induced vibration
BS 7385:1:1990 Evaluation and measurement for vibration in buildings
Guide for measurement of vibrations and evaluation of their effects on buildings
BS 7385:2:1997 Evaluation and measurement for vibration in buildings
Guide to damage levels from ground-borne vibration
BS 8461:1:1987 Guide to measurement and evaluation of human exposure to whole-body mechanical vibration and repeated shock
BS EN ISO 5349:2:2002 Mechanical vibration
Measurement and assessment of human exposure to hand-transmitted vibration
Practical guidance for measurement at the workplace
ISO 8569:1996 Mechanical vibration and shock - measurement and evaluation of shock and vibration effects on sensitive equipment in buildings