Vibration can be caused by many sources in and around a building: transportation systems such as rail, subways and busy roads; HVAC machinery; human activity; and wind. These vibrations can cause occupant discomfort, generate unwanted structure-borne sound or even damage the structure.
To assess the likelihood and severity of vibrational issues, our engineers measure and analyze the structural vibration characteristics of anything from a small piece of rotating machinery to an entire building. We can also use planning-phase modeling to predict the vibration characteristics of building structures.
When measured or predicted vibrations are likely to present a problem, we work with stakeholders and design teams to perform additional analysis and develop control measures such as damper-support elements or tuned mass dampers.
Fitness centers pose additional challenges. Groups of people moving in sync can cause significant noise and vibration. Our advanced footfall-induced vibration prediction capabilities enable us to accurately and efficiently design appropriate control measures.
We also help clients meet restrictions on vibration during construction through our construction vibration assessment and monitoring services.
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