February 12, 2016

A Cutting Edge Approach to Noise and Vibration Monitoring

Noise and vibration levels at construction sites

Noise and vibration levels at construction sites, those adjacent to residential and commercial areas, have the power to impact an entire community. The data behind noise and vibration levels at job sites offers a critical tool, not only in meeting regulatory compliance at a city, state and federal level, but in managing community expectations. In fact, having accurate data to support your construction or transportation project can mean the difference between consistent progress towards a project plan, and spending too much time managing and discussing noise levels and complaints.

The majority of noise and vibration work is manual. A technician places a noise meter and router in place, or hand-holds a receptor in various locations to collect readings. The readings are limited in detail and require regular inspection; these tasks can quickly add up to numerous hours. While this method is considered the standard, in recent years it has become outdated.

The way noise is collected by most firms today requires a lot of work and hand-holding. It’s the way it has always been done, but there are a lot of setbacks and manual fixes. Frequent de-bugging is required.

Today, state-of-the-art technology allows for much of the noise and vibration work to be fully automated—limiting or completely cutting out the need for a technician to be in the field monitoring on a day-to-day basis. KES is one of the few environmental engineering and services firms in Southern California to consistently leverage this latest technology.

Here’s how it works: noise or vibration sensors are place in strategic locations throughout a project site, connected by cable to a master unit. These sensors collect data around the clock—all noise and vibration levels detected are recorded automatically. The system is connected to a web-based console, allowing users to view reports online and receive alerts to their smartphones via SMS should a noise threshold be reached.

Automated noise and vibration monitoring provides clients with a far more streamlined process, effectively regaining vast amounts of hours—and budget—back into their project plan. 24/7 monitoring allows for precise insights into a project’s noise levels, with the ability to compare a project’s noise output with background noise, and common noise levels prior to the project. Instant alerts are sent to as many recipients as necessary, making real-time noise management truly possible. And the web-based console means a KES technician can monitor the unit—and adjust thresholds as necessary—anywhere he or she has access to the internet.

Plus, this system makes sharing the data simple. Intuitive reporting and charts can be viewed online, anytime. These visuals make it easy to spot trends in noise and vibration levels across days or areas of construction.

We find that many clients are skeptical about this style of approach, but once we implement it and they see how streamlined the process becomes, they wish they had known about it years ago.

KES provides noise and vibration services for clients of all sizes across the U.S. If you have questions about noise and vibration monitoring, or want to learn more about how we can help streamline your project, please contact us here.