Noise Pollution Articles

  • Netherlands’ Mobile Emergency Pumps Provide Rapid Flood Response

    The Western European nation has 20 mobile diesel-driven pumps on standby, ready to assist in national and international emergencies. One of the smallest and most densely populated countries in Western Europe, the Netherlands has nearly 10 million residents who live and work below sea level. Without active water management and primary flood defenses, ...


    By BBA Pumps

  • Is a background noise survey worth doing? - Case Study

    As a plant owner or designer you will logically try to keep construction costs down wherever possible. So noise control features can easily be sidelined as an “optional extra” to be added later if the need arises. You might also be confident a new industrial plant will comply with all regulations on completion, but that doesn’t mean a future neighbour won’t complain about ...


    By Innova Global Limited.

  • What answers has the Government found to the environmental hurdles facing a third runway?

    With the Government now having officially announced its support for a new runway at Heathrow, despite having slashed the Airports Commission’s claim of a £147 billion benefit to the UK by almost 60% (referring instead ...


    By A.E.F. S.r.l.

  • Safeguarding neighbours from construction noise

    The project to modernise Twickenham railway station would affect residential properties standing only a few feet away from the station. Over the past few years, regular improvement works on the tracks have caused disturbance to residents, who already live with high background noise, and the area has a history of frequent noise complaints.  The authority wanted to make sure that ...

  • Utilising the Strengths of Different Sound Sensor Networks in Smart City Noise Management

    City noise management involves a variety of disciplines such as planning, mapping, action plans, policing, complaint management, abatement and public awareness. With the wide availability of mobile broadband internet access coupled with low cost noise sensors, many authorities and researchers are eager to use sound sensor networks for these tasks. A sensor network can be defined as a group of ...

  • NoiseNews Round-Up: Noisiest Dogs, Pokémon Go, Cinema Snacks & Opera

    Yes, it’s me – The Noise Doctor. I’m back with the NoiseNews Round-Up. I’ll be bringing you some of the latest and quirkiest noise-related news stories from around the world. In this edition, I’m looking at the top 10 noisiest dogs, Pokémon Go, cinema snacks and opera. Let’s get started. Ssssh! – Silent Snacks are Heading to the Big Screen at ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • Links between noise and air pollution and socioeconomic status

    Air pollution and noise pollution have a negative impact on all of society — but some groups are more affected than others. Lower socioeconomic status is generally associated with poorer health, and both air and noise pollution contribute to a wide range of other factors influencing human health. But do these health inequalities arise because of increased exposure to pollution, increased ...

  • What is an anechoic chamber and how quiet can it be?

    One of the things that we often talk about when we’re running our CPTC (Cirrus Product Training Courses) is how our hearing works and we often end up talking about how, if there’s no ambient sound, we can feel uncomfortable and can become disoriented very quickly. One of the best (or maybe the worst) places to experience this is in ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • Optimus and Invictus are the Classic Combination - Case Study

    Imagine a perfect summer’s evening with a 40-strong classical orchestra playing to an appreciative audience in a leafy green park. So far, so very English. Add in the fact the Park is in the heart of Lancaster city surrounded by thousands of homes and the orchestra is playing sets of the Hacienda’s classic 90s house music hits and you can understand the headache facing Acoustic ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • Mitigating the effect of weather on environmental noise measurements

    Many factors play a part when creating a reliable environmental noise assessment. This paper provides a practical look at the effect of weather conditions on sound levels to raise awareness of the importance of meteorology in noise measurements. It references requirements for measuring meteorology in BS-4142:2014 and compares them to legislation from other countries. It also covers how variations ...

  • Optimus and doseBadge Adapt to New Challenge - Case Study

    Established in 1934, Lindapter International is the world’s innovator of steelwork clamping systems, eliminating the requirement to drill or weld steel.  The company designs and manufactures specialist products for connecting structural steel sections together and  has more than 85 years’ experience in its field. The company’s success is the result of its dedication ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • How does living with aircraft noise affect wellbeing? A study of UK airports

    Airports are associated with air and noise pollution and may, therefore, reduce the quality of life of local people. This study assessed the link between aircraft noise and subjective wellbeing, using data from 17 English airports. The authors conclude that living under flight paths has a negative effect on people’s overall wellbeing, equivalent to around half of the effect of being a ...

  • Romax Consultancy Services Provide Reliability Solutions for European Rail OEM - Case Study

    CAF MiiRA is a leading company in the design, manufacture and maintenance of railway wheelsets and their components. Currently, CAF MiiRA is the only manufacturer of wheels and axles capable of delivering the wheelset with a complete design: from the wheels, axles, axle boxes, and gearboxes. Mikel Oyarbide, Gearboxes Projects Engineer at CAF MiiRA, explains: “CAF offers comprehensive global ...


    By Romax Technology Limited

  • Planning a Successful Construction Noise Monitoring Solution

    Large scale construction projects, especially those located in built up areas, are the most difficult to manage in terms of noise levels emitted from site operations. The nature of the environments in which these projects are located often makes construction noise monitoring difficult. Cirrus Environmental was tasked with producing a successful solution. ...


    By Cirrus Environmental

  • Ask The Noise Doctor: How Long will the Batteries Last in My Optimus Sound Level Meter?

    Do you have questions about your noise measurement instruments that Google or Wikipedia just can’t seem to answer? Ask The Noise Doctor. I’m here to answer your most frequently asked questions. Whether it’s product or application based, I’m up to the challenge. In this article I’ll be covering battery life in the Optimus Sound Level Meter range. A Commonly Asked ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • Noisy sites setting alarm bells ringing?

    Industrial sites such as refineries and factories will always be noisy, but with millions of people across the world occupationally exposed to hazardous noise, and noise-related hearing loss listed as one of the most prevalent occupational health concerns, what can be done about it? Arne Berndt, owner / adviser at SoundPLAN GmbH and SoundPLAN International LLC ...


    By SoundPLAN International LLC

  • Measuring Impact of Traffic Noise in Apartment Living Room Case Study

    Problem An apartment on the ground floor of a two story house in the city lies close to a busy road. The living room in the apartment is facing the road, and the inhabitants are bothered by traffic noise, especially in the morning and the afternoon, when the traffic is the heaviest. Traffic noise could be clearly heard when standing in the living room. The facade facing the city ...


    By Norsonic AS

  • A Guide to Noise Measurement Terminology

    There are 100s of different acoustic parameters that can be used during your noise measurements. Each parameter can tell you something different the noise you’re monitoring. How do you remember what all this noise measurement terminology means and what it does? We’ve already covered ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • Bringing communities on board with comprehensive noise management - Manchester Airport

    For Manchester Airports Group (M.A.G), upgrading their noise management technology was a unique opportunity to optimize operations across its network of UK airports and build on its already impressive and well-established Corporate Social Responsibility programme. CHALLENGE M.A.G needs to manage noise across four airports, improve operational efficiency and build stronger links with ...

  • Recording audio with level triggers - Sound Level Meters

    Recording audio from a sound level meter measurement is sometimes necessary. Perhaps you need to listen to identify the source of a noise or for post-processing – or even to play back to a project stakeholder. If a measurement is short, it’s easy enough to record audio for an entire measurement and afterward crop the relevant parts. However, measuring for days, weeks or months, ...

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