DA Acoustic Assessments

DA Application Support

ATP Consulting Engineers provides innovative, cost effective and practical noise control solutions in support of development approval (DA) applications for residential, commercial and industrial developments.

 


 

Residential Developments

ATP Consulting Engineers has extensive experience in acoustic assessments for traditional 'greenfield' residential developments near major road and railway corridors or under airport fly-paths.  Our services include:

  • Site specific road, railway or aircraft noise measurements using in-house noise measurement equipment;
  • Noise propagation modelling using advanced software (SoundPLAN) for 3D representation of the development and its surroundings;
  • Assessment of road, railway or aircraft noise impact with consideration of relevant noise criteria as specified in Local Planning Documents and State Environmental Legislation (Qld, NSW, WA, NT);
  • Innovative design of noise control measures including: - landscaped earth-mounds; strategic location and orientation of buildings to maximise shielding effects; use of short length acoustic screens to achieve noise control with enhanced visual interest for the development, and use of traditional noise barriers (timber or composite materials); and
  • Provision of well structured acoustic reports in a format expected by the regulatory authorities with unambiguous conclusions and recommendations for noise control.

 

If the development is a high-rise building in an established urban environment, in addition to the noise measurements, and noise propagation modelling ATP Consulting Engineers will provide the following services:

  • Assessment of road, railway or aircraft noise impact on each floor of the building irrespective of the number of floors (from 3 to 300 floors) with consideration of relevant noise criteria as specified in Local Planning Documents and State Environmental Legislation (Qld, NSW, WA, NT);
  • Acoustic design of the building envelope to protect the internal noise amenity from transport noise or from the existing commercial activities including urban entertainment activities;
  • Noise propagation modelling and assessment of noise impact from mixed use developments where parts of the high-rise building may be dedicated to commercial activities (hospitality or retail) and parts are residential apartments;
  • Innovative design of noise control measures including: - use of canopies and landscaped terrain features as noise control measures in a compact mixed use developments and strategically located acoustic screens to achieve noise control with enhanced visual interest for the overall development; and
  • Provision of well structured acoustic reports in a format expected by the regulatory authorities with unambiguous conclusions and recommendations for noise control.

 


 

Commercial Developments

Where the commercial developments are proposed near the customer base in an urban environment, ATP Consulting Engineers provides the following services:

  • Site specific background noise measurements to determine the existing noise amenity and to establish a representative noise assessment criteria; 
  • Noise propagation modelling using advanced software (SoundPLAN) for 3D representation of the commercial development including location of any delivery docks, mechanical plant and equipment and car parking areas relative to the surrounding land uses;
  • Assessment of the noise emissions associated with the typical activities at the commercial development based on development layout provided and with consideration of any existing noise control measures;
  • Innovative design of noise control measures including: - strategic location and orientation of commercial buildings to maximise shielding effects; use of canopies and acoustic screens to achieve noise control with enhanced visual interest for the development, and use of traditional noise barriers (timber or composite materials); and
  • Provision of well structured acoustic reports in a format expected by the regulatory authorities with unambiguous conclusions and recommendations for noise control.

 


 

Industrial Developments (Industrial Plants or Mines & Quarries)

Industrial plants, mines and quarries are developments that attract major scrutiny by the regulatory bodies and often are subject of opposition by residents and other stakeholders. From experience on major industrial projects, ATP Consulting Engineers is aware that industrial developments can be established and operated in relative proximity to sensitive areas if the potential acoustic constraints (noise, vibration and blasting) are considered in the early stages of project planning.  In cooperation with the project planners, civil and mechanical engineers, ATP Consulting Engineers provides the following services:

  • Identification of the acoustic constraints on the industrial development with consideration of: -  the proposed activities; effective hours of operation; the plant and equipment to be used or the extractive method to be applied; location of delivery and haulage routes; and location of the sensitive areas;
  • Site investigations and establishment of background noise and vibration monitoring stations for determination of the existing acoustic amenity in the area considered to be in a proximity to the development or its delivery/haulage routes;
  • Noise propagation modelling using advanced software (SoundPLAN) for 3D representation of the industrial development including any static and mobile plant, existing and future resource extraction boundaries, auxiliary equipment (such as generators, and conveyor belts), delivery/haulage routes and nearest noise/vibration sensitive land uses;
  • Assessment of the noise/vibration impacts on the sensitive land uses with consideration of the relevant noise criteria as specified in Local Planning Documents and State Environmental Legislation (Qld, NSW, WA, NT);
  • Innovative design of noise control measures including: - use of acoustic screens and enclosures close to the dominant noise sources to reduce large scale engineering noise control; strategic location and orientation of industrial buildings to maximise shielding effects; use of extracted overburden to create landscaped mounds; and use of traditional noise barriers (timber or composite materials); and
  • Provision of well structured acoustic reports in a format expected by the regulatory authorities with unambiguous conclusions and recommendations for noise control.