Acoustics and Noise Control
Oct 2 - 3, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-1018-ONL24
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):
10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)
After participating in the course, you will be able to:
- Know and understand the basic terminology and metrics used to quantify and assess noise
- Perform basic acoustic calculations such as the addition of noise sources, distance sound attenuation, room acoustic parameters
- Read and understand an environmental noise impact assessment report, including the terminology and methods
- Understand acoustical criteria and ratings associated with various architectural specifications
- Know and understand the importance of hearing conservation and methods to reduce hearing loss for workers
Acoustics and noise control are components of many industrial and architectural projects. Professionals and technical workers sometimes need to deal with acoustics and noise control issues at some point in their careers. The objective of this course will be to learn the fundamentals of acoustics, the terminology and metrics used to quantify and assess noise and to gain a further understanding of how Engineers deal with acoustical issues for environmental noise, noise control inside buildings, HVAC noise, and occupational health noise.
The course material is structured to provide theory/background and examples and demonstrations to illustrate the various topics covered. There will be demonstrations of various acoustical measurement equipment and software.
In particular, sound level meters, vibration monitors, environmental noise modelling and assessment software, and other audio and visual demonstrations. Questions are welcome and encouraged to stimulate interest and dialogue.
- Basic acoustics, terminology, measurement metrics, physiology
- Analysis of sounds
- Energy equivalent sound level, FFT, octave and 1/3 octave band frequency analysis
- Measurement and audio demonstrations
- Measurement techniques
- Sound sources such as machines, roads, pipelines
- Environmental noise, sound propagation outdoors, assessment criteria
- Noise modelling software demonstration
- Architectural acoustics, sound absorption, sound transmission, assessment criteria
- Noise control methods such as barriers, enclosures, vibration isolation
- HVAC acoustics and noise control methods
- Occupational noise issues
Who Should Attend
Engineers • Architects • Technologists • Health and Safety Officers • Environmental Scientists • Oil and Gas Practitioners and anyone else who has encountered noise issues as part of their work.
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time
Please note: You can check other time zones here.
- Review of the content of the seminar
Fundamentals of Noise and Vibration
- Noise and vibration definitions
- Units of measurement
- Noise and vibration generation
- Noise propagation
- Sound and hearing
Basic Acoustics, Terminology and Background
- SoundMeasurement (dB sound levels)
- Physiology, Weighting Networks (dBA, dBC)
- Addition of Sounds and Sound Power
Analysis of Sounds
- Fluctuating Sounds
- Measurement Times• Averaging
- Broadband, Octave Bands, 1/3 Octave Bands; with example
- Point / Line / Area
- Road noise sources
- Effects of traffic composition
- Rules of thumb
- Various Types of Sound Sources
- Sound Propagation
- Environmental Effects
- Road Noise barriers
- Noise Modeling Software
Environmental Noise Regulations
- Alberta Energy Regulator (AER Directive 038)
- Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC Rule 012)
- City of Edmonton Noise Bylaw and Urban Traffic Noise Policy (UTNP C506)
- City of Calgary Surface Transportation Policy
- Other jurisdictions (Ontario, Vancouver)
- Sound Absorption(absorption coefficients• reverberation time)
- Indoor Noise Levels(NC / RC)
- Sound Transmission, Sound Transmission Class (STC)• measurements and lab results
- Impact Insulation Class (IIC), measurements and lab results
- Building noise isolation techniques
- Building mechanical noise sources
- Sound transmission, absorption, and re-generation in duct work
- Noise mitigation methods
Occupational Hearing Conservation
- Principles of hearing loss
- OHS regulations
General Noise Control Methods
- Control of building mechanical noise and vibration sources
- Control of industrial noise sources
Steven is an Engineer and principal partner with ACI Acoustical Consultants Inc., an Edmonton-based Engineering Consulting company specializing in noise and vibration.
Mr. Bilawchuk specializes in environmental noise impact assessments for oil and gas projects, utilities such as pipelines, and municipal transportation projects such as roadways and LRTs. Mr. Bilawchuk also works on architectural acoustics projects, including schools, office buildings, hospitals, etc. and conducts acoustic commissioning testing for various buildings such as schools and hospitals. Mr. Bilawchuk has conducted numerous 1 and 2-day courses on acoustics and noise control for industry, government, and educational institutions.
In addition to his work with ACI, Mr. Bilawchuk has worked as a sessional instructor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Alberta, teaching a senior level course on Acoustics and Noise Control.
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Fee & Credits
$1295 + taxes
- 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
- 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
- ECAA Annual Professional Development Points
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