Spring Noise Mini-Conference


This conference focuses on practical applications of noise measurement and control principles. It is of interest to active practitioners in acoustics and those who call upon them for help in solving noise and vibration problems. Here is the plan for the day:

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Session Details

Introduction to Acoustics Workshop 

Steve Bilawchuk, MSc, PEng, ACI Acoustical Consultants Inc.

This half-day course is for Engineers, Technologists, Environmental Scientists, Oil and Gas personnel, Regulators, Health and Safety Officers, and anyone who deals with noise issues as part of their work. This course will provide basic principles of acoustics including sound pressure levels (decibels), sound power, frequency content, noise sources, sound propagation, measurements, and noise control. This seminar will develop and enhance the participants knowledge, concepts and principles in Acoustics, providing an opportunity to apply theory to practical situations about noise sources and their control. It introduces concepts and practical examples in measuring and controlling noise. Topics include the following:

  • Describing the noise source: frequency, wavelength, decibels, frequency weighting scales, sound power level and directional characteristics, physical description of common noise sources. 
  • Sound measurements, including equipment used, broadband and frequency analysis, averaging, accuracy, measurement techniques. 
  • Sound propagation outdoors, environmental noise, noise modeling 
  • Principles in noise control 
  • Various audio and visual examples of topics covered. 
  • A full set of printed course notes will be provided

Why consultants cost so much

Jonathan Chui, Stantec
Henk de Haan, dBA Noise Consultants
Jim Farquharson, FDI Acoustics Inc.
Nigel Maybee, HFP Acoustical Consultants Corp.

Aimed at clients who hire consultants for noise work, this session aims to explain the factors that affect project cost (e.g., APEGA rates, travel, number/length of field measurements, automation vs. uniqueness of analysis, number of meetings, court appearances, scope creep) relevant to projects in environmental, transportaiton, and architectural projects.

Defining the problem (RFP Requirements)

Jessie Roy, RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists
Pascal Everton, SLR Consulting
Virgini Senden, dBA Noise Consultants
Kelly Kruger, BSE Building Science Engineering Ltd.

Aimed at individuals who develop RFPs, this session aims to articulate ways in which clients may over-design or poorly articulate the scope of work in environmental, transportation and architectural acoustics projects, adding unnecessarily to the cost or leading to less useful results. Good examples of RFP requirements will be offered.

What  didn't work and why

Cliff Faszer, FFA Consultants in Acoustics and Noise Control
Andy Strasser, Merlin Integrated Solutions
Mark Narsing, ConocoPhilips

Aimed at both consultants and their clients, this session will educate the audience on ineffective choices in design and construction of solutions for noise and vibration problems in environmental, transportation and architectural projects. Solutions that actually worked will also be shared. 

Lunch Plenary - Outdoor Concerts: Happy Neighbours

Jeremy Bridge, CEO/Chief Engineer at PK Sound

While outdoor concerts and music festivals are popular summer events with those who attend them, they are not always popular with people who live close to the site, particularly late in the evening. These events are a major source of noise complaints, but with good design, they don't have to be. PK Sound is leading the way in design of speaker systems that direct the sound away from neighbours and toward those who paid for the full concert experience. Jeremy Bridge will share how his company solved this common problem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHz-yDtpP6A 

Noise Regulations

Joan Yu, Alberta Utilities Commission
Other panelists TBA

This 3-hour session will discuss current and new noise regulations and their implications for oil/gas projects, road and rail transportation corridors and buildings.

How to become a good consultant

Justin Caskey, Patching Associates Acoustical Engineering (PAAE)
Teresa Drew, RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists
Corjan Buma, MEANU at University of Alberta
Daryl Caswell, Caswell Music Works

This session is aimed at students and those considering a move into consultancy. This session will get people thinking about the difference between the concerns of a consultancy and those of a company with internally developed and resourced projects and products. Elements leading to success as a consultant will be presented by those working as consultants.

New tech: Old pros

Chris Giesbrecht, Energy Link Corp.
Russ Lewis, RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists
Paul Wierzba, Stantec

Aimed at people working in acoustics, this session explores how new technology is making measurement and analysis easier, and the kind of "squirrelly" or rare situations that still require the experience of an old pro.

Results and Innovations

Sheying Sun, Patching Associates Acoustical Engineering (PAAE)
Richard Patching, Patching Associates Acoustical Engineering (PAAE)
and possibly other presenters

If you haven't had the opportunity to attend international acoustics and noise conferences recently or are unlikely to go in the near future, this is your chance to hear a few presentations by local acousticians on recent result and innovations. We will post more details as we get them.

Reception and Book Launch

Not quite ready to go home? Still need to connect with someone? Join us over a few light snacks and a drink (no host bar) to help us celebrate the publication of Dr. Marcia Jenneth Epstein's new book, Sound and Noise: A Listener's Guide to Everyday Life. Dr. Epstein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary, with a research interest in acoustic ecology, She also serves as a Director-at-Large on the board of AANViS.

Event Registration

Please note that if the event must be postponed again due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will contact registrants and offer the option of maintaining your registration for the new event date or getting a refund.

There are 8 options for registration. 
  • The first 4 (marked "Early) apply to any registration before March 16, 2022. The last 4 (marked "Late") apply to any registration from March 16 onward. 
  • If you are an AANViS member, please choose the appropriate discounted Member rate. If you are not an AANViS member, you can become one for $20.00 on our Membership page, or choose to pay the higher rate for conference registration.
  • Finally, if you wish to attend the Introduction to Acoustics workshop in the morning, please choose a payment option marked "with Intro to Acoustics Materials." If attending other sessions in the morning, please choose a payment option marked "Basic."

Registration Fees

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