Acoustic Associates use a variety of computer programmes to assist in modelling and mapping projects. This includes environmental modelling software IMMI from
These programmes are used to generate 3D noise maps.
Their advantage is that complex noise environments from multiple sources (road, rail, aircraft and industrial/commercial plant) and over undulating terrain can be accurately
There are circumstances when it is helpful to have detailed information regarding noise propagation. At Acoustic Associates we use the computer based environmental modelling software IMMI from
This programme faithfully implements the guidance and methodology set out in ISO 9613: 1996: Part 2: Attenuation of sound during propagation outdoors – general method of calculation. This is the European Union standard calculation method for the propagation of sound outdoors IMMI faithfully implements the propagation method of ISO-9613:1996; Acoustics – Attenuation of sound during propagation outdoors.
As IMMI is a 3D acoustic modelling package, representations of noise impact at different heights can be generated, from this; specific glazing solutions can be provided which can differ due to
Some circumstances where there is a desire for assessing the introduction of noise mitigation measures; noise modelling is the most cost effective solution. Alternative mitigation measures such as noise barriers (fencing and
Assessment of a site for it's suitability for residential development under the Planning Policy Guidance 24: Planning & Noise (PPG24) modelling of the acoustic environment can often be invaluable. Models in this case can be used to categorise the site into the NECs which describe the likelihood of gaining planning permission, it is often found that for larger sites parts of the site can fall in to several differing NECs.
Introduction of new industrial noise sources near to residential properties have the potential to cause local residents to complain of noise nuisance and local authorities often ask for assessments to be carried out before granting permission of installing plant. Production of noise maps can be used to estimate the likely noise impact of new plant before installation based upon manufactures acoustic data. Further in the case that proposed plant does not comply with local authority's requirements this can be used as a tool to select an appropriate alternative unit or mitigation measures.