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Building Acoustics: What, When, Where and How to Measure?
January 18, 2022

Under the Building Regulations, Approved Document E (ADE) 2003 (as amended 2010, 2013, 2015) sound testing between residential dwellings is a requirement for building control sign-off. What to test? Under ADE, a full set (comprising of 2x airborne wall tests, 2x airborne floor tests and 2x impact floor tests) is required to sign off up […]

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Dust Monitoring in Construction
January 11, 2022

Although dust monitoring for environmental air quality evaluation has been around for many years, it is a relatively new parameter requirement for construction projects. The ES-642 Cloud from AcSoft is an MCERTified instrument that can provide PM10 or PM2.5 measurement data via the SvanNET portal or direct to your own system. The instrument can be run from a 110/240v supply or […]

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Do You Think We’ll Ever See Calibratable MEMS Type Chip Mics Capable of Replacing Half Inch Mics? If Not, Why Not?
January 10, 2022

This was one of the questions posed to the IOA M&I Group panel earlier this year at the ‘Ask the Instrumentation Expert’ meeting reported on in the last IOA bulletin. This seems to be one area of genuine innovation in sound level meters, and we have received several requests to expand on the subject, hence […]

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Noise Monitoring for Construction
January 06, 2022

Noise has been a monitoring requirement in and around construction sites for many years and it is important that you put in a system that gives you the data you need in the easiest way possible. We believe that the SV 307 from Svantek is now the de facto standard at construction sites across the whole […]

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Hand-Arm Vibration Exposure in Rock Drill Workers
January 04, 2022

From The Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, this study is a comparison between measurements with hand-attached and tool-attached accelerometers. This study is important because it shows that the choice of accelerometer placement affects the measurement result. The working technique, specifically the individual handgrips used by workers, is an important factor to consider when planning […]

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Noise, Dust and Vibration Monitoring
December 08, 2021

On a construction site it is vital that environmental parameter monitoring systems are designed and built for purpose. They have to operate for extended periods in the harshest environments and you have to be confident that your data is always there when you need it. At Svantek we are probably the UK’s biggest supplier of monitoring […]

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Construction Project Monitoring
November 30, 2021

Over recent years we have seen big increases in all types of building projects from domestic houses to major infrastructure projects like HS2. More and more local authorities are including monitoring requirements for noise, dust and vibration right from the planning stage and the onus is very much on construction contractors and specialist consultants to […]

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IEC 61672 Standard
November 26, 2021

By Aidan Hubbard, Sales Director The most important part of my job is to make sure people understand IEC 61672 and to make sure that people fully understand the benefits of having instrumentation with this standard applied. Some instrumentation suppliers will claim to comply to IEC 61672 but they don’t have it…. You either do […]

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Noise Monitors and Sound Level Meter Standards
November 25, 2021

Advances in computing and communications technology have allowed for a shift in approach when it comes to measuring environmental noise. The speed of change has meant that there are no current standards that apply for a lot of systems that are used, or that a cumbersome and potentially expensive fudge is required for these systems […]

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Measuring Mouth Simulators
November 24, 2021

Anyone who’s interested in measuring the performance of headsets, smart devices, telephones, earbuds and the like should be familiar with the need for a mouth simulator. This is a kind of ‘standardised’ loudspeaker, which emulates the frequency and dispersion characteristics of the human, and is also often found built-in to head and torso simulators. A […]

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Air Quality Monitoring in Construction
October 13, 2021

Construction developments, roads and other infrastructure projects often have a substantial and sometimes long-term impact on the local air quality. One of the most common impacts is increased dust or particulate matter (PM) concentrations. Depending on the perceived risk, monitoring may need to be carried out during both demolition and construction activities to ensure that […]

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Why am I getting LA,eq values below the LA,90. Surely that’s impossible?
July 12, 2021

No, it’s not impossible at all, and probably it is related to measuring low levels. By having a think about how statistical levels are calculated, all should become clear. Firstly, the LAeq is the A-weighted equivalent energy over a certain period. It’s independent of time weighting (e.g. F), and the measurement range of the instrument […]

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