Acoustics & Vibration Consultancy Services in Toronto and Across Ontario
We Have Helped Canadian Companies in All Industries Solve Their Noise and Vibration Problems for Over 20 Years
With unrivalled expertise in the field of vibro-acoustics, backed by more than 20 years’ practical experience, Soft dB is proud to offer acoustical consultancy services and cutting-edge noise and vibration control solutions across Ontario. We employ more than 100 staff, which includes thirty engineers who are world-class experts in acoustics and vibration. Our dedicated workforce pool their accumulated knowledge and collective know-how to solve any problem related to:
- Architectural acoustics (buildings, open and closed office layouts, auditoriums, etc.);
- Environmental noise emissions (compliance assessments, data mapping and studies monitoring the impact on acoustic environments, projections detailing the post-implementation effect of noise attenuation measures, etc.);
- Noise & vibration levels in industrial facilities and construction sites (monitoring and assessment of the integrity of structures and equipment, human perspectives, implementation of effective mitigation measures, etc.);
Environmental Impact Assessments and Noise Monitoring
Whether it is caused by transport, industrial facilities or construction sites, external noise is always subject to regulation. In Ontario just like anywhere else, this is invariably a public health issue because environmental noise can have significant effects on the health and well-being of humans. We have the necessary skills and tools to conduct comprehensive environmental impact assessments, including:
- A full-scale acoustic characterisation of sound sources
- Modelling of the sound propagation environment
- The plotting of noise or vibration maps
- Ranking of noise sources based on their contribution to the soundscape
- Mitigating measures designed to ensure compliance with Ontario laws and regulations
We’ve also developed our own environmental measurement stations for real-time monitoring of noise levels, vibrations, traffic trends, weather and dust concentrations. Our unique web-based monitoring platform makes it easy for all decision makers to understand the real long-term impact of their operations on the soundscape, including advanced reporting and notifications to continuously inform key stakeholders about reducing or shutting down specific noisy equipment.
Vibro-Acoustic Consulting Services for Industrial Facilities
On a typical industrial site there are noise sources which can affect the comfort and health of workers, as well as high vibration levels which can negatively affect the integrity of equipment and/or structures, and can themselves also generate high noise levels.
Our engineers take on-site measurements to gain a better understanding of the propagation paths as well as the vibratory and acoustic behaviours of any component involved. However, where this is part of a design process, or when complex measurements are involved, numerical calculations based on analytical models or even finite elements can be used to accurately predict system behaviour and refine mitigation measures.
Speech Privacy and Employee Comfort in Office Environments
The creation of larger and more affordable workspaces can mean acoustic considerations are often considerably downplayed during the design phase. Nevertheless, this can have a major influence on the well-being and productivity of employees. Some rooms are also designated as spaces for sharing confidential information, but it is not always easy to assess their effectiveness and thus guarantee that conversations cannot be easily overheard outside these rooms.
Thanks to Class 1 certified instruments designed by Soft dB, our acoustic technicians can evaluate the levels of comfort and confidentiality in your offices, in accordance with the designated norms and standards applicable in your country. If you should fail to meet the targets recommended in the literature, we can help you to improve the level of comfort in your office environments, and ensure you achieve the necessary level of confidentiality. And above all, keep your costs to the minimum by avoiding needless expense.
Research and Development in Acoustics and Vibrations
Soft dB is actively involved in R&D projects arising from noise and vibration problems that cannot be solved through conventional methods. And because we have more than a dozen PhDs who have led or participated in innovative research projects worldwide, we’re not only in a position to broaden the scope of our operations, but also very well equipped to recommend workable, cost-effective solutions to your current problems, regardless of how complex they might be.
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Achieve Compliance With Ontario’s Environmental Noise Guidelines
In 2013, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) of the province of Ontario published NPC-300, a guideline on the proper control of sources of noise emissions to the environment. NPC-300 clarifies and consolidates various sound level limits and noise assessment criteria, previously scattered across LU-131, NPC-205 and NPC-232 publications, into one single, more easily referenced document. It also brings consistency to the three main areas where noise impact assessments should be conducted: environmental compliance approvals, land use planning, and measures taken against excessive noise levels, whether through complaints made to the MOECC or through municipal noise bylaws. Following NPC-300 guideline helps you ensure that your sources of emissions to the environment are effectively controlled to prevent potential negative effects. The full NPC-300 Environmental Noise Guideline can be found here.
Acoustic Assessment Report
Ontario’s Environmental Noise Guideline specifies maximum noise limits for places considered to be sensitive receptors. Are your facilities or operations located in close proximity to noise-sensitive locations such as houses, apartments, schools, hospitals, day cares, or places or worship? If yes, your Environmental Compliance Approval application will need to include an Acoustic Assessment Report (AAR) which is meant to accurately predict your noise impact on surrounding communities.
Noise Abatement Action Plan
If your predicted noise levels are above those specified in NPC-300 and compliance can’t be demonstrated, a Noise Abatement Action Plan (NAAP) will have to be submitted to the MOECC along with your Acoustic Assessment Report. The NAAP defines the corrective measures and implementation timeframe needed to achieve adequate mitigation of excessive noise levels, which can include the installation of silencers, vibration dampeners, soundproof blankets, noise barriers, berms, etc.
Real-Time Monitoring Solution for Environmental Noise
Regardless of your industry or project type, our real-time monitoring solutions help you implement effective measures to mitigate your activity’s various impacts on the environment and local communities. Soft dB offers rugged and compact measurement stations that record in real-time (24/7) any type of environmental data: noise, vibration levels and many more. Our state-of-the-art technology lets you focus on your core business because you will always know the place and time to take corrective measures in order to remain compliant with Ontario’s environmental regulations and noise guidelines.
Get instantly notified by email or text message whenever your environmental emission levels (noise, vibration, dust concentration etc.) exceed the regulatory limits enforced by Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
Automatically receive daily reports providing an easy-to-read overview of your project’s environmental emissions. Get access to key trends and various insights over time in order to better plan your operations and achieve continuous compliance.
Your collected data is securely stored in the cloud and accessible through our self-service web application. Wherever you are, see at a glance the location, real-time levels and status of each measurement station deployed in the field.
Our Acoustical Consulting and Engineering Services
- Noise and vibration impact assessments: measurements, analysis and noise abatement action plans
- Regulatory compliance assessments and approvals (Environmental Noise Guideline NPC-300 and Occupational Health and Safety Act O. Reg. 381/15)
- Remote measurement and real-time monitoring of environmental noise emissions
- Acoustical imagery and noise mapping
- Advanced acoustic and vibration computer modeling
- Design control plans to reduce noise and vibration levels
- Soundproofing solutions for machinery and equipment
- Speech privacy and sound masking in office environments
Control Your Office Noise the Smart Way
Ever Heard of Sound Masking?
If one of your goals is to provide a distraction-free workspace atmosphere that optimizes focus and promotes productivity while ensuring employee privacy and comfort, sound masking is one of the most cost-effective solutions. In North America alone, sound masking systems are installed in nearly 100,000,000 square feet of new corporate and government office space each year. Chances are you’ve visited a space covered by sound masking before without even knowing it. The right sound masking system provides your workplace with a higher level of privacy by producing a soothing sound that muffles conversations and other distractions while seamlessly blending into the office background virtually unnoticed.
Sound masking greatly reduces the radius of distraction in open offices. Employees get a lot less distracted by conversations within 15 to 40 feet from where a sound masking speaker is located. Focus is improved and productivity increases measurably.
Lower Construction Costs
Sound masking reduces the need for plenum barriers, soundproof doors and extra drywall layers. It improves the acoustic performance of movable partitions without sacrificing their flexibility. Construction costs can be reduced by $3 per square foot.
Lack of privacy is the biggest frustration in today’s workplace. Sound masking improves speech privacy between neighbouring workstations and offices separated only by partitions by adding background noise to make conversations less intelligible.
Get Actionable Insights From Computational Modeling and Simulation
In a lot of cases, finding the most cost-effective and robust solutions to reduce noise or vibration levels requires the use of advanced computational modeling and simulation techniques, such as noise mapping, aeroacoustics modeling and finite element analysis. Our engineers have extensive experience in building computational models for noise and vibration propagation:
Finite Element Method
Our engineers leverage finite element analysis to effectively reduce high vibration levels negatively affecting your operations and anticipate vibrational behaviors of your mechanical designs.
Using advanced environmental acoustics mapping softwares such as CadnaA and SoundPlan, noise maps can be created for cities, road networks, construction sites, open-pit mines etc..
Computational aeroacoustics simulations provide a detailed assessment of flow-induced noise sources while highlighting workable solutions that could hardly be explored through prototyping.
Need Help With Noise and Vibrations?
Our acoustical consultants are listening. Taking control of your noise and vibration levels starts with our unique field expertise. No acoustic problem is too small or too complex for our world-class team of engineers.