Construction and urban noise: automatic assessment of noise monitoring results

Regular paper

Eugène De Beer

Peutz bv

Tuesday 2 june, 2015, 13:40 - 14:00

0.6 Madrid (49)

In many cases legal noise limits should be met at dwellings due to the noise of construction projects. Noise levels in urban areas are caused by several different noise sources. An analysis algorithm has been developed for the separation of noise due to construction activities and other noise sources (e.g. road and railway traffic noise) in urban areas. This algorithm consists of characterisation of the noise based on spectral differences and the dynamics of the noise. The output of the algorithm is the so called 'Construction Noise Index', classifying the characteristics of construction noise on a scale of 0 to 100. This way extensive manual analysis of measurement data can be avoided. The Construction Noise Index is developed and used for noise monitoring due to several construction sites in an urban area where the biggest european urban redevelopment projects are done up until 2030.

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