A really common question we hear when working on project teams is “how do I know when I will need a noise study?” All too often, a project will get deep into Design Development or even fully constructed, before a zoning or permitting board asks for the project to submit a “noise study”. This can be due to code requirements, community outreach, or environmental enforcement, but regardless, it results in a rushed process of trying to hire and vet an acoustic consultant to put together a document and to solve any noise problems that have arisen.
As a designer, engineer, or project manager, these are the exact type of scenarios we want to try to avoid. Schedule or budget impacts due to insufficient or delayed permitting studies can negatively impact not only project stakeholders, but also public relations with the project communities.
This seminar will include discussions on what guidelines govern a noise study, how it is developed, and early measures that can be taken to ensure project success. The instructors will cover simple tools and examples to perform a basic “acoustic screening assessment” for new projects, as well as probing questions to ask as a project manager or engineer to hopefully answer the question: “do I need a noise study?”