This client comment sums up what we do. We’re an award winning engineering consultancy that solves noise and vibration problems using elegant engineering techniques. This in a field dominated by acousticians and academics who measure (although we do have a wealth of acoustic qualifications too…). Our engineering expertise gives us a uniquely innovative and practical approach that explains why our noise control project recommendations reduce typical costs by 50% – 80% (cf conventional methods), making them self-financing surprisingly often. It also explains why we are used by industry, regulators and other consultants in our field as the arbiter of what constitutes current best practice, a significant proportion of which was developed by our engineers. Hence the testimonials from a client list that includes all the major public and commercial organisations.
We’re also the major provider of noise and vibration training in the UK as developers of the IOSH occupational noise and hand arm vibration competency courses and, shortly, CIEH environmental noise competency training. We train regulators, engineers, safety and environmental professionals, EHOs and other consultancies…
The INVC was set up in 1985 as a management buy-out of the Lucas Industries noise and vibration engineering consultancy services. These services covered extensive practical experience in the automotive, aerospace, general manufacturing and product development as well as providing training for diverse organisations including the I.Mech.E. Since then, we have provided an expanding range of noise and vibration related engineering consultant activities, training services and bespoke noise analysis systems. The sheer range of projects makes for very interesting and challenging work for any consultant with an interest in engineering. This heritage combined with cross fertilisation across industries (e.g. chocolate and concrete processing have much in common!) has also generated a constant stream of innovations and case studies incorporated into the popular training courses we run for the major UK training organisations.
The success of our approach has made us the company of choice with respect to our specialities for a diverse range of companies such as Cadbury, GlaxoSmithKline, Nestlé, CMB, CompAir, Coca Cola, BAA, Desoutter and many others.
Most of our consultants are degree qualified Mechanical Engineers with a wide range of experience across industries such as aerospace, automotive, gas turbines, marine…. Plus on the environmental noise consultancy side, we also have an ex L.A. gamekeeper turned poacher (or should that be vice versa?). In addition, many of us also have very extensive experience in effective training, blending the practical expertise with an ability to put over technical topics in a non-academic manner.
Per capita, the Industrial Noise and Vibration Centre is probably one of the best equipped noise and vibration consultancies in the country. Each engineer has a sophisticated sound level meter, solid state digital recorder, vibration meter, notebook PC and frequency analyser. This “basic” kit is backed by a raft of more specialised equipment for more esoteric work (and if nothing suitable has been available, we have often designed our own).