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Noise, Vibration & Dust Monitoring

Monitoring noise, vibration and dust when you are in close proximity to sensitive receptors is very important to avoid complaints or action from the Local Authority.

Noise, Vibration & Dust Monitoring

We have years of experience providing noise and vibration monitoring services for construction, demolition, festivals, motor sport, airports, and industrial processes. We can provide tailored packages to suit your exact requirements at either a hire only level or fully managed by our team of consultants.

Major construction projects and developments or any process or activity that generates elevated levels of noise, vibration and dust has the potential to be disruptive to residents and business. Monitoring these environmental parameters can help you identify, control, and reduce emissions and avoid complaints from residents or action from the Local Authority.

Our robust, cost effective and cloud-based noise vibration and dust monitoring systems can cover a range of applications and requirements. Whether you need to monitor construction sites, demolitions sites, industrial processes, outdoor festivals or music events, airports, or motorsport, we have you covered.

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We offer a tailored service to each project to ensure that it provides you with a cost effective and viable solution that achieves compliance with the regulatory requirements for your project. This can be basic hire only service with automated reporting and access to your data via a customisable website Or we can offer a fully managed service including consultancy advice, custom reporting and management of the equipment onsite. Our services include: 

  1. Cloud Based Platform – Reliably and securely store your data in real-time.
  2. Customisable Website – Display your live data via a customised website to the public or password protected or both.
  3. Real Time Alerts – Multiple threshold triggers can be set-up to alert via SMS or email to an unlimited recipient.
  4. Power – The systems can operate on 240v, 110v, Battery or Solar Power.
  5. Reporting – Reports can be issued weekly, monthly or at request.
  6. Consultancy – We can liaise with the Local Authority to agree the monitoring strategy and provide ongoing consultancy services.
  7. Weather Stations – Weather stations can be integrated into the service, as required.

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Noise Monitoring Equipment Specification

  1. Class 1 sound level meter with 4G and GPS modems.
  2. The systems meet the full Environmental Class 1 Standards Class 1: IEC 61672-1:2013, Class 1: IEC 61260-1:2014.
  3. Audio Recording.
  4. IP65 Rated slim & discreet Waterproof Enclosures.
  5. With MEMS Microphones, Remote Configuration, Calibration, GPRS tracking and more.

Vibration Monitoring Equipment Specification

  1. Triaxial Vibration Monitoring – Peak Particle Velocity, Vibration Dose Value and Dominant Frequency.
  2. Class 1 vibration level meter as outlined in ISO 4866, BS 7385-1, and DIN 45669-1.
  3. Users can use predefined settings compatible with commonly used standards such as DIN 4150-3 or BS 7385-2 or configure a criterion curve based on FFT or 1/3 Octave analysis in accordance with local standards.
  4. The built-in GSM modem transmits measurement data to the Online Portal.
  5. IP65 Rated Rugged Enclosure.

Dust Monitoring Equipment Specification

Sensors can track all the key pollution markers like particulate matter (PM1, PM2.5, PM10), NO2, O3, SO2, H2S, NO, and CO gases. They also provide reliable data about key weather parameters such as temperature, humidity, air pressure, and wind from sensor locations.

Our noise monitoring solutions provide accurate readings, which are used to report disturbance to surrounding areas and noise levels for onsite workers. Our noise montioring solutions are applied to a multitiide of areas including:

  1. Construction and Demolition projects
  2. UK Construction Section 61 notices
  3. Piling activities
  4. Party wall monitoring
  5. Dynamic compaction activities
  6. Boundary noise assessments
  7. Noise nuisance complaints

 

 

Depending on the specific characteristics of the noise and the purpose behind its measurement, you may opt for one of the following methods:

  1. Hand-Held Sound Level Meter: Perfect for swift assessments and conducting mobile noise surveys along the construction site perimeter. It proves valuable for brief measurements at various locations, including complainant premises.
  2. Portable Outdoor Noise Kit: These kits offer weather protection for a hand-held sound level meter, retaining the flexibility of the hand-held approach but enabling extended, unattended surveys. Easily movable between different noise measurement locations, these kits provide a versatile solution.
  3. Wireless Monitor with Mobile Connection: These noise monitors, whether fixed (installed on a wall or mast) or portable with battery power, are designed for medium to long-term monitoring. Their notable advantage lies in not requiring a network connection. All data is transmitted to a cloud server over the mobile phone network, simplifying the installation and relocation processes.
  4. Noise, Dust, and Vibration Monitoring: For comprehensive monitoring beyond just noise, we offer options to measure sound level, ground vibration, and dust simultaneously. Customizable for medium to very long-term monitoring, this system allows you to select any combination of these parameters.
  5. Instant Warning Signs: Noise warning signs provide immediate alerts when noise levels exceed a predetermined threshold. These devices continuously monitor sound levels and alert when the noise surpasses your preset level. Data logging versions are also available, generating sound level charts and straightforward noise reports.

Monitoring construction noise poses unique challenges due to the dynamic nature of construction sites and the varying types of noise generated. Some of the key challenges include:

1. Site Variability: Construction sites are dynamic, with different phases and activities occurring at different times. Monitoring equipment must be flexible enough to capture noise variations throughout the construction process.

2. Noise Source Identification: Construction noise can emanate from multiple sources simultaneously, making it challenging to identify and measure individual noise contributions accurately. Specialized monitoring techniques and equipment are required to differentiate noise sources effectively.

3. Ambient Noise Interference: Construction sites are often located in urban areas with existing background noise. Isolating and measuring the specific noise generated by construction activities amidst the surrounding ambient noise can be a complex task.

A construction noise and vibration impact assessment and construction noise management plan can assist with planning any noise and vibration monitoring requirements you have.

To address the adverse effects of construction noise on communities, many jurisdictions have implemented regulations and guidelines. Section 61 (or similar regulations) typically outlines permissible noise limits, construction hours, and mitigation measures for construction sites. These regulations often require construction companies to undertake environmental noise monitoring and maintain records to ensure compliance.

Key Provisions of Section 61

Section 61, or equivalent regulations, typically include the following provisions:

1. Permissible Noise Levels: Defines the maximum allowable noise levels during specific time periods, such as daytime, evening, and nighttime, to protect the well-being of nearby residents.

2. Construction Hours: Specifies the permitted construction hours to minimize disturbances during sensitive periods, such as nighttime or weekends.

3. Mitigation Measures: Outlines the steps that construction companies must take to mitigate noise, such as using noise barriers, employing quieter equipment, or implementing best practices for noise control.

4. Monitoring and Reporting: Requires construction companies to conduct regular noise monitoring using calibrated equipment and maintain records of noise levels to demonstrate compliance with the regulations.

Environmental noise monitoring, particularly in the context of construction noise, is crucial for ensuring the well-being of communities and maintaining a sustainable urban environment. By adhering to regulations like Section 61, construction companies can play an active role in reducing noise pollution, implementing mitigation measures, and promoting harmonious coexistence with neighboring communities. With effective monitoring, enforcement, and collaboration between regulatory bodies, construction companies, and communities, we can create a healthier and more peaceful living environment for everyone.

Section 61 refers to a specific provision within the Control of Pollution Act 1974 in the United Kingdom. This section pertains to the control of noise pollution from construction and demolition sites.
Under Section 61 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974, local authorities have the power to take action against noise nuisances arising from construction or demolition activities. The section provides a framework for regulating and controlling noise emissions from these sites to protect the well-being of nearby residents and the surrounding environment.
Key points of Section 61 include:
• Nuisance Assessment: The local authority can assess whether noise from a construction or demolition site constitutes a statutory nuisance. Factors such as the volume, duration, and time of occurrence of the noise are considered in this assessment.
• Abatement Notices: If a local authority determines that a statutory noise nuisance exists, they can issue an abatement notice to the responsible party. The notice specifies the measures that must be taken to mitigate or eliminate the noise nuisance.
• Compliance Period: The abatement notice sets a specific period within which the required actions must be carried out to reduce the noise nuisance. The timeframe is determined based on the circumstances and nature of the noise source.
• Offenses and Penalties: Failure to comply with an abatement notice is considered an offense under Section 61. The Act stipulates penalties and potential legal consequences for non-compliance.
Section 61 of the Code of Practice for Construction Sites (CoPA) outlines the procedure for obtaining prior consent from the local authority before commencing construction work.
This consent agreement is established between the developer/contractor and the local authority specifically regarding the noise generated by the construction site. Consent is granted based on the detailed information provided in the application. As long as the construction site operates according to the application’s specifications, the local authority cannot issue a Section 60 notice.
Although a Section 61 application under CoPA requires only a minimal amount of information, some local authorities may require varying levels of detail. This often means that the application process needs to be initiated two to three months before the commencement of the works. The local authority has a maximum period of 28 days to make a decision on the application.
CoPA effectively obligates developers to minimize noise levels to acceptable standards whenever feasible. Determining acceptable noise levels should take into account the pre-existing noise levels in the area prior to construction and how the work is being carried out. The former necessitates early monitoring of noise levels on and around the construction site, while the latter involves considering the concept of “best practicable means,” which takes into account local conditions, current technical knowledge, and financial implications, among other factors.

Section 61 applications and the corresponding provisions under the Control of Pollution Act 1974 are important for several reasons:

  • Protection of Public Health: Section 61s are crucial for safeguarding the well-being and quality of life of individuals living or working near construction or demolition sites. These applications enable the control of noise pollution that can have adverse effects on public health, including stress, sleep disturbances, and other related health issues.
  • Mitigation of Noise Nuisances: Construction and demolition activities often generate high levels of noise, which can disrupt the tranquillity of residential areas or affect businesses and educational institutions nearby. Section 61 applications help address such noise nuisances by providing a legal framework to regulate and control noise emissions from these sites.
  • Legal Enforcement: Section 61s empower local authorities to take action against noise nuisances. By issuing abatement notices and imposing penalties for non-compliance, these provisions ensure that construction and demolition activities adhere to noise control measures, promoting responsible and considerate behaviour among those involved.
  • Resolving Disputes: Section 61 applications provide a formal process for individuals affected by noise pollution to raise their concerns and seek resolution. Individuals can bring attention to their grievances and initiate a structured dialogue with the responsible parties and the local authority to address the issue.

Balancing Development and Community Needs: These applications play a role in balancing the interests of construction and demolition activities with the rights and well-being of nearby communities. By regulating noise emissions, Section 61s contribute to achieving a harmonious coexistence between development

The specific noise and vibration assessments required for a Section 61 application may vary depending on the local authority and the circumstances of the construction or demolition site. However, some common information required to support a Section 61 application include:

  • Baseline Noise & Vibration Monitoring: A baseline noise and vibration assessment is typically conducted to establish the existing ambient noise and vibration levels in the affected area before the construction or demolition activities commence. This assessment provides a reference point for evaluating the increase in noise and vibration levels resulting from the site operations.
  • Construction Noise & Vibration Predictions: Noise and vibration predictions or calculations may be required to estimate the potential noise and vibration levels generated by the construction or demolition activities. This assessment involves considering factors such as the type of equipment used, the duration and intensity of the activities, and the distance to sensitive receptors (e.g., residential properties).
  • Noise & Vibration Impact Assessment: An impact assessment evaluates the potential effects of the construction or demolition noise and vibration on the surrounding environment and nearby residents or sensitive receptors. This assessment may involve predicting noise levels at specific receptor locations and comparing them against applicable noise criteria or standards.
  • Mitigation Measures Assessment: As part of the Section 61 application, it is essential to outline the proposed mitigation measures that will be implemented to control and minimize noise and vibration emissions from the site. This may include using noise barriers, implementing quieter construction methods, restricting noisy activities during certain hours, or employing noise and vibration control equipment.
  • Compliance Monitoring Plan: A plan for monitoring and verifying compliance with the noise and vibration control measures may be required. This plan outlines the methodology for ongoing noise and vibration monitoring during the construction or demolition phase to ensure that the agreed-upon noise limits and mitigation measures are being followed.

It is important to consult the specific requirements and guidelines provided by the local authority responsible for handling Section 61 applications. They will provide detailed instructions on the noise and vibration assessments and supporting documentation needed to complete the application successfully.

Noise, vibration, and dust monitoring are important for construction sites due to the following reasons:

  • Environmental Impact: Construction activities can generate excessive noise, vibrations, and dust, which have the potential to impact the surrounding environment. Monitoring these factors helps ensure that construction sites operate within acceptable limits and minimize their impact on nearby communities, ecosystems, and sensitive receptors.
  • Compliance with Regulations: Construction projects are typically subject to local regulations, standards, and permits that set limits on noise, vibration, and dust emissions. Monitoring these parameters allows construction site operators to ensure compliance with the applicable laws and regulations, avoiding potential fines, penalties, or legal issues.
  • Community Relations: Construction activities, especially in urban or residential areas, can be disruptive to nearby communities. Regular monitoring and management of noise, vibration, and dust demonstrate a commitment to being a responsible neighbour and can help maintain positive community relations by addressing concerns and minimizing disturbances.
  • Damage Prevention: Excessive vibrations can potentially cause damage to nearby structures, infrastructure, or sensitive equipment. Monitoring vibration levels during construction activities helps detect and mitigate any potential risks, ensuring that the integrity of surrounding buildings or infrastructure is not compromised.
  • Environmental Sustainability: Dust generated from construction activities can have environmental implications, including air pollution and potential harm to vegetation, water bodies, and wildlife. Monitoring dust emissions enables proactive measures to be taken, such as dust suppression techniques and sediment control, to minimize the environmental impact and promote sustainable construction practices.

By monitoring noise, vibration, and dust on construction sites, proactive measures can be taken to minimize their adverse effects, protect the health and well-being of workers and nearby communities, and ensure compliance with regulations and environmental standards.

The Svantek 307 sound level meter, Svantek SV 803 vibration meter and SvanNet system offer several benefits for monitoring noise and vibration on a construction site:

  • Accuracy and Reliability: The Svantek 307 and SV803 are high-quality meters known for their accuracy and reliability in measuring noise and vibration levels. They are designed to comply with international standards and provide precise measurements, ensuring that the data collected is trustworthy and representative of the actual noise and vibration conditions on the construction site.
  • Real-Time Monitoring: The SvanNet system, when combined with the Svantek 307 and SV803, enables real-time noise and vibration monitoring. The system allows for continuous data collection and transmission, providing instant updates on noise and vibration levels and trends. This real-time monitoring capability is valuable for promptly identifying and addressing noise issues, making informed decisions, and implementing timely mitigation measures.
  • Wireless Data Transmission: SvanNet utilizes wireless technology to transmit noise data from the Svantek 307 and SV803 to a cloud-based platform. This wireless data transmission eliminates the need for manual data retrieval, reducing human involvement and potential errors in data collection. It also enables remote access to the noise data from various devices, enhancing convenience and accessibility.
  • Data Management and Analysis: The SvanNet system provides a centralized platform for data management and analysis. The collected noise and vibration data can be stored securely, organized efficiently, and easily accessed for further analysis or reporting. The system offers data visualization tools, statistical analysis features, and customizable reporting options, facilitating the interpretation and presentation of noise and vibration monitoring results in various formats with ease.
  • Compliance Monitoring: Construction sites often have specific noise and vibration limits and regulatory requirements to meet. The Svantek 307, SV803 and SvanNet system can help in monitoring and documenting noise levels to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and permits. The ability to generate comprehensive reports and historical data analysis aids in demonstrating compliance during inspections or legal proceedings if necessary.
  • Remote Monitoring, Online Portal and Alarms: SvanNet allows for remote monitoring of noise and vibration levels via an online portal with configurable access permission, providing the flexibility to track noise and vibration conditions from off-site locations and providing access for Local Planning Authorities. The system can also be set up to send automated alarms or notifications when noise levels exceed predefined thresholds. This feature enables timely response to potential noise issues and helps construction site managers take proactive measures to mitigate excessive noise.
  • Off-Grid Power: All systems can be fully autonomous with solar power and back up battery systems.

Overall, the combination of the Svantek 307 sound level meter, Svantek SV803 vibration meter and SvanNet system offers accurate, real-time, and efficient noise and vibration monitoring capabilities for construction sites. It facilitates compliance monitoring, data management, and analysis, empowering construction site operators to effectively manage and mitigate noise-related concerns and maintain a controlled and considerate working environment.

When installing noise and vibration monitoring equipment on a construction site, it is important to strategically position the monitoring devices to accurately capture the relevant data. Here are some key considerations for the installation of noise and vibration monitoring equipment:

  • Representative Locations: Install monitoring equipment in areas that are representative of the noise and vibration emissions across the construction site. Consider the various activities, equipment, and processes that contribute to noise and vibration generation, and select monitoring locations accordingly. This may include areas near sources of high noise or vibration levels, such as heavy machinery, pile driving operations, or demolition activities.
  • Receptor Locations: Identify and monitor areas where noise and vibration impacts may be felt the most, such as residential areas, schools, hospitals, or other sensitive receptors. This helps assess the potential impact of the construction activities on nearby communities and ensures compliance with regulatory limits and guidelines.
  • Site Boundaries: Install monitoring equipment near the site boundaries to monitor noise and vibration levels that may affect neighbouring properties or public areas. This allows for a comprehensive assessment of the impact beyond the construction site itself.
  • Traffic Routes: If construction-related vehicle traffic is a significant contributor to noise and vibration emissions, consider placing monitoring equipment along the access routes or roadways frequently used by construction vehicles. This provides insights into the impact of vehicular movements associated with the construction site.
  • Sensitive Equipment or Structures: Install monitoring equipment near sensitive equipment or structures within the construction site that may be vulnerable to excessive vibrations. This helps ensure the early detection of potential damage or adverse effects and allows for timely intervention or mitigation measures.
  • Compliance Points: If there are specific compliance points or designated areas where noise or vibration limits must be met, position monitoring equipment in those locations. Compliance points could be predetermined areas where regulatory limits are defined, such as the boundaries of noise-sensitive zones or areas specified in permits or agreements.

It is important to follow any specific guidelines or requirements provided by regulatory authorities regarding the installation of monitoring equipment on the construction site. These guidelines may outline specific distances, heights, or orientations for optimal monitoring accuracy and consistency.

Remember to ensure that the monitoring equipment is securely installed, protected from damage or tampering, and that it is placed in areas that do not impede construction activities or pose safety risks to workers or the public. Regular maintenance and calibration of the monitoring equipment are also essential to ensure accurate and reliable measurements throughout the construction phase.

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