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Measurement and Assessment of Groundborne Noise and Vibration presentations

Modelling of Groundborne Vibration - James Talbot

 

Groundborne Noise and Vibration - Instrumentation & Data Processing - Mike Breslin

 

Understanding the dynamic properties of soil and rock -Rupert Thornely Taylor

 

Red Book Launch - Tom Brodowski 2

 

A review of the guidance on groundborne noise and vibration assessment criteria David Hiller

 

Sensitive Equipment and Operations Criteria - Tim Street

 

Vibration measurements - where it can go wrong - James Block

 

Predicting groundborne sound and vibration from HS2 -Oliver Bewes

 

Evaluation and assessement of building vibration with respect to human response - Henriette Howarth

Consultants appointed to key trade association role

Two specialist consultants have been appointed to the Board of a national trade association.

 

The Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) welcomed the new appointees who bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Board.

 

Louise Beamish of WSP joins the Board for the first time, while Rob Adnitt of Adnitt Acoustics, returns to the board after an eight-year hiatus.

 

An acoustics consultant for more than 20 years, Louise leads WSP’s 50-strong team providing advice to a range of clients across many sectors.

 

Louise said: “I am passionate about my own development and that of others. I believe in creating opportunities for all and look forward to being part of the ANC Board, to feed into the continued success of the acoustics industry.”

 

Having previously served as a board member of the ANC from 2006 to 2012, Rob Adnitt was Treasurer from 2006 to 2010 and Chair from 2010 to 2012.

 

Rob has worked in acoustics since graduating in 1989 and has worked on a variety of committees and groups within the industry, shaping strategy, reviewing research, generating policy and giving oversight on issues including governance, inclusion and sustainability.

 

Rob said: “As a regular attendee of ANC meetings, I’m glad to re-join the Board at this point as the upcoming period will be a challenging and interesting time for the acoustics profession.

 

“I will be bringing my experience to the Board, not just in the field of acoustics but also in the more general area of board governance and strategy.”

 

Featuring 110 member companies, ANC is the voice of professional consultancy in acoustics, noise and vibration.

 

Its purpose is to highlight how ANC members lead the way to improve acoustics for the whole of society – and to promote high standards and good practice in the industry.

 

Paul Shields, Chairman of the ANC, said: “A significant strength of the association is the expertise our Board members bring and their commitment to the industry overall.

 

“We now welcome Louise and Rob to the Board along with their experience and knowledge of the sector.”

STEM Ambassador takes the lead for Future Acousticians

An Ambassador for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects has been appointed as the Chair of a group promoting careers in acoustics.

 

Vicky Stewart, an Associate acoustic consultant and National STEM Co-ordinator at Atkins, has stepped up to the key role with Future Acousticians group, within the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC).

 

Future Acousticians aims to encourage people to study relevant subjects with a view to entering the industry.

 

And Vicky has experience of this herself, having joined Atkins following an industrial placement as a student in 2001.

 

Now an Associate at the firm, Vicky leads her own team of acousticians and specialises in assessing the impact of noise from large infrastructure projects such as roads and railways.

 

Since 2009, Vicky has volunteered in schools promoting STEM subjects and since then has become synonymous with STEM at Atkins in the UK, becoming National Coordinator in 2016.

 

In recent years, Vicky has turned her focus to promoting acoustics as a career choice outside the industry and has been involved in number of initiatives with the ANC and the Institute of Acoustics. In her appointment as Chair of Future Acousticians, Vicky has been co-opted to the ANC Board.

 

She said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the role of Chair of Future Acousticians at the ANC.

 

“I’m looking forward to working with the group and bringing my experience and expertise to the table.

 

“My priorities as Chair will include improving the visibility of acoustics as a career option for young people and promoting the range of options available within the sector.

 

“I’m also keen to promote all routes into acoustics, including the industry’s new apprenticeship programme, as well as investigating how the ANC – and the industry as a whole – can improve equality, diversity and inclusion.”

 

Featuring 110 member companies, ANC is the voice of professional consultancy in acoustics, noise and vibration.

 

Its purpose is to highlight how ANC members lead the way to improve acoustics for the whole of society – and to promote high standards and good practice in the industry.

 

Paul Shields, Chairman of the ANC, said: “A significant strength of the association is the expertise our members bring to key roles and their commitment to the industry overall.

 

“We are very pleased to welcome Vicky to this key role in promoting acoustics and the consultancy profession to people who are considering their options for the future.”

 

Vicky appeared in the ANC’s Explore Acoustics campaign to encourage people to learn more about career opportunities in the industry. More information at https://www.association-of-noise-consultants.co.uk/vicky-stewart-case-study/

Measurement & Assessment of Groundborne Noise & Vibration (Red Book) conference

The latest edition includes a full review of current standards and guidance as well as recent research, and has been expanded to cover a very wide range of topics within its scope. It provides essential guidance on techniques for measurement, prediction, assessment and mitigation of groundborne noise and vibration in a wide range of circumstances and assistance is given in overcoming many of the problems associated with widely different procedures, criteria and equipment adopted across the industry.

Acoustics expert elected to key role at trade body

An expert in acoustics consultancy, particularly in railways and monitoring, has been elected to a key role at a national trade association.

 

Paul Shields will serve as Chair of the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) for the next two years.

With 30 years’ experience in acoustics consultancy and research, Paul leads a team of 50 staff at AECOM, providing consultancy services on a broad range of topics associated with acoustics and vibration.

 

Paul has represented AECOM at the ANC for many years, serving as an ANC Board member for the last four years, initially as Honorary Secretary and then as Vice Chair.

 

As a Board member, Paul has worked to raise the ANC’s profile and build closer ties with other organisations, including the Noise Abatement Society.

 

He has also helped with the review of several association publications and the organisation of the annual conference. As well as his involvement with the ANC Futures Committee, Paul is also a member of the trailblazer group for the Acoustic Technician apprenticeship.

 

Paul said: “My focus will be on supporting the ANC in continuing its excellent work and helping our members through the many challenges they face as a result of the pandemic.

 

“I’m passionate about continuous professional development, diversity and inclusion, so I’ll be actively promoting opportunities for people to achieve their potential, regardless of their background or circumstances.

 

“I’m also keen to see acousticians improve the ways they communicate technical information and will be championing report writing that’s easy for our clients and stakeholders to understand.”

 

The ANC is the voice of professional consultancy in acoustics, noise and vibration, representing 110 member companies that employ more than 1,000 people.

 

Its purpose is to highlight how ANC members lead the way to improve acoustics for the whole of society – and to promote high standards and good practice in the industry.

 

Paul was elected at the ANC’s recent annual general meeting and takes over from previous Chair, Dan Saunders.

 

Graham Parry, President of the ANC, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Paul to the role of Chair of the ANC.

 

“A significant strength of the association is the expertise our Board members bring and their commitment to the industry overall, which Paul has already demonstrated during his work over the last four years.

 

“I’d like to congratulate him on this appointment – myself and the Board look forward to working even more closely with him over the next two years.”