From our geographically central location, Soundscape Engineering LLC's acoustical consultants and noise and vibration control engineers serve clients located throughout North America - in Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Petoskey, Michigan; Milwaukee and Madison Wisconsin; Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend, and Northwest Indiana; Los Angeles, California; Vancouver, British Columbia; Dayton and Cincinnati Ohio, Winnipeg Manitoba; Saskatoon and Regina Saskatchewan; and elsewhere. Our engineers consult on issues of room acoustics, sound isolation, speech privacy, HVAC noise control, building vibration, and exterior noise impact. They also provide acoustic and vibration measurement services.

Mapping Traffic Noise on Building Facades
HUD Noise Impact Assessment
City Hall ArtSpace Lofts
Dearborn, Michigan

Noise Ordinance Compliance
Northeastern Illinois University
South Campus Central Plant
Chicago, Illinois

While good design practices and basic analysis can go far toward creating a good acoustical environment, some projects benefit from a detailed, 3-D computer analysis.  When a location warrants this level of attention, Soundscape Engineering uses modeling software to study how sound will travel through an environment and make recommendations to meet acoustical targets, whether that be meeting a noise ordinance or reducing sound levels for neighboring properties.

We use the 3-D software to identify affected properties, rank contributing noise sources, and assess potential solutions.  We input each noise source, whether it is mechanical equipment, traveling vehicles, or sound transferring through elements of a building façade such as windows, doors, and louvers, so that the entire soundscape can be evaluated.

Modeling in 3-D allows us the flexibility of modeling multiple mitigation scenarios and easily adjusting design parameters, such as screen wall height and length, exterior louver noise reduction, building envelope performance, and berm location and height. Knowing how the systems will affect the resulting sound level at the receiver location before construction begins allows us to fine-tune for optimal performance and cost savings.

Program output is highly visual, which is valuable for presentation to facility owners, regulatory boards, and community groups.

3-D Modelling Experience
When 3-D modelling of sound propagation is appropriate for the project, our consultants use it to help optimize noise control systems for many different types of noise sources, including:

  • Vehicle traffic
  • Cooling towers
  • Chillers
  • Condensing units
  • Air handling equipment and fans
  • Generators and remote radiators
  • Car Washes

We would be pleased to discuss the potential applications for your project.