Sound Level Monitoring Articles

  • 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

  • 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 to Set Up an Outdoor Sound Monitoring Kit

    What do demolition sites, construction, industrial and mechanical equipment, outdoor events, transportation facilities, traffic, and air crafts have in common? They all cause noise pollution. Environmental noise can cause adverse effects to those around it which is why it is critical monitor. At RAECO Rents we make outdoor sound monitoring easy! ...


    By Raeco Rents

  • Are Those Inexpensive iPad Sound Measurement Apps Any Good?

    Are those inexpensive iPad sound measurement apps any good? Are they as accurate as a properly calibrated $2,000 type 2 sound level meter? Let's review three separate studies, and an article: Study #1 In early 2014, NIOSH reviewed 192 sound measurement apps. NIOSH concluded, ...

  • 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

  • Finding Acoustical Weak Points in Room Dividing Modular Walls Case Study

    Problem A conference hotel is using modular walls to divide large halls into several smaller conference rooms. The rooms are divided by modular walls that provide several different opportunities for subdivision and multipurpose use of the large area spaces. When measuring the sound insulation between adjacent rooms through the modular walls, the resulting value was found to be too ...


    By Norsonic AS

  • 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

  • Listening In: Smartball Detects Ancient Buried Sounds

    For this leak detection survey, Pure’s innovative free-swimming acoustic tool gathered critical information about the aging pipeline assets of this historic Arabian city. This large public utility supplies bulk water to this bustling, historic resort city located in the Arabian Penninsula region. The city’s infrastructure – above ground and below – ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • 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, ...

  • Case study - Aquascope 3 can be used by inexperienced operators to find leaks

    In 2006 the Calgary Water Authority in Canada engaged a British consultancy firm called “Hydrosave” to assist them reduce their leakage from 12% of all water supplied and ILI ratings of 4 – 8 between the different DMAs. The temperature in Calgary gets down to -40 degrees Celcius in the winter and the water board’s staff are fully occupied in winter, however in summer ...


    By Gutermann AG

  • Measurement Uncertainty in Environmental Noise Measurement

    Any measurement is meaningless without an uncertainty or tolerance associated with it. All measured numbers contain errors, and as such have an associated uncertainty. Disturbing as it is to an engineer, it is actually not possible to measure anything exactly. One definition of uncertainty is “A parameter, associated with the result of a measurement that characterizes the dispersion of the ...

  • Identifying Short Time High Pitch Squeak Noise from Electric Window in Car Door Case Study

    Problem A well known car manufacturer in Korea were testing an automatic car door window intended for one of their new car models. The window is driven by an electric engine positioned in the middle of the car door that drives the window up and down. When the window was driven up by the electric motor, a short timed high pitch squeak noise could be heard as seen from the level versus time ...


    By Norsonic AS

  • Noise 101: What is Equivalent Continuous Sound Level (Leq)?

    For anyone that is measuring sound, you’ve probably come across the term Leq or Equivalent Continuous Sound Level. But what is it and how can it help us when measuring noise with a sound level meter? Setting the Scene Imagine you work on a busy construction site that is operating all day. You have diggers, cranes, trucks and other ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • How Often You Should Calibrate A Sound Level Meter

    Do you calibrate a sound level meter frequently? Most sound level meter users know they must calibrate their sound level meters but a questions I frequently get asked if “how often?” Here’s my best practice advice so you can calibrate with confidence. What Do We Mean by Sound Level Meter ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • What is a Data Logging Sound Level Meter?

    Looking to buy a sound level meter? You’ll probably see the term “data logging sound level meter” quite frequently. But what exactly is a data logging sound level meter and what does it mean for your noise measurements? Sound level meters have come a long way since Cirrus starting manufacturing their own models in the 1970s. The advances in computing technology has made it far ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • Topic: Benchmarking and Performance Indicators

    One of the important ways organizations, evaluate the effectiveness of a process or activity is by defining and using some performance measures. These measures could be quantitative or qualitative but should be clearly defined, easy to use and understand, technically sound, be able to measure trends over time, and be relevant to the users—in this case water utility operational staff and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Noise in the Animal Shelter Environment: Building Design and the Effects of Daily Noise Exposure

    Sound levels in animal shelters regularly exceed 100 dB. Noise is a physical stressor on animals that can lead to behavioral, physiological and anatomical responses. There are currently no policies regulating noise levels in dog kennels. The objective of this study was to evaluate the noise levels dogs are exposed to in an animal shelter on a continuous basis and to determine the need, if any. ...


    By Troy Acoustics Corporation

  • Measuring occupational noise levels at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival - Case Study

    Noise measurement specialist Richard Wilson of the The Event Safety Shop, along with a number of colleagues, measured and monitored occupational noise levels at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival to ensure that the noise exposure of festival staff and concession workers was in-line with the Noise at Work Regulations. To carry out the measurements, Richard and his team used the Cirrus  ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • Avoid common mistakes when buying a decibel meter

    Why it pays to avoid quick fix solutions when it comes to noise monitoring Whether you run or own a construction site, a metal cutting workshop or an open cast mine, as an employer of a noisy working environment, you must ensure that the hearing of the employees you are responsible for is protected. In the UK The Control of Noise ...


    By Pulsar Instruments plc

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