Environmental Acoustics

Environmental acoustics encompasses the study and control of sound propagation outdoors. Outdoor sound originates from many commercial and industrial applications such as:

  • Industrial plants
  • Mines, sand and gravel operations
  • Heavy equipment, trucks, backup alarms
  • Loading and unloading operations
  • Power plants and substations
  • Well sites, pumping, and booster stations
  • HVAC units
  • Shopping centers
  • Sports and entertainment venues
  • Shooting ranges
  • Mining
  • Aircraft and airports
  • Railways: commuter and freight trains
  • Roadway noise from cars and trucks

Community Response to Noise

Environmental sound is generally considered noise, when it propagates to areas where it is undesired or regarded as intrusive. In our communities, unwanted noise in residential areas, schools, offices, public areas, etc. can lead to speech interference, annoyance, and interrupted sleep, any of which can generate complaints from neighbors and possible legal actions from local and regional authorities.

In addition, noise concerns are often voiced by community members during rezoning and planning and development meetings, making approval of new projects more difficult if noise issues are not carefully and thoughtfully addressed.

Spendiarian & Willis provides a full range of environmental acoustical services to assist in the planning and development of new projects as well as mitigating existing noise issues.

Follow the links below for more details.