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The following short courses will be offered on Sunday 16th November 2014. (More details* of some courses are provided below the location map.)

Name of Course Presenter Company Venue  Time Duration  Cost
Industrial noise control and hearing protectors* Samir Nagi Yousri Gerges Acoustica HolidayInn 0800 –1200 4hrs $150.00
Room & building acoustics – Acoustic Camera extended functionalities set to practice* Magdalena Boeck gfai tech Crowne Plaza 0900 –1200 3hrs No charge
Microperforated acoustic absorbers and technologies Christian Nocke Barrisol Crown Towers 0900 –1200 3hrs No charge
Industry, Infrastructure and Interior Noise Calculation with CadnaA/CadnaR* Antonio Notario DataKustik GmbH, Germany Crowne Plaza 0900 –1200 3hrs No charge
Room acoustics simulation and measurements with ODEON* George Koutsouris Odeon A/S Crown Towers 1230 – 1530 3hrs $75.00
SoundPLAN noise control* Arne Berndt SoundPLAN Crowne Plaza 1230 –1530 3hrs $55.00
The use of Particle Velocity sensors for noise and vibroacoustic characterisation* Daniel Comesaña, Marcin Korbasiewicz Microflown Technologies Crowne Plaza 1230-1530 3hrs $35.00
Environmental Noise Management with Noise Sentinel and Predictor-LimA* Kung Nhim/ Erwin Hartog van Banda Bruel & Kjaer/ SoftNoise Crowne Plaza 1230-1530 3hrs No charge
New methods to precisely analyze and predict acoustic insulation in buildings*
Matías Hernández/
Salvador Domingo Bets Crown Towers 0900-1530 6hrs $69
(Ending October 15, 2014)
Normal Price $99.00
Using ANSYS to solve acoustic problems*
Carl Howard/Ben Cazzolato University of Adelaide RMIT 0900-1530 6hrs No charge
Insul-V8, IRIS, dBSea, 01dB*
Keith Ballagh/Peter Exton/Tim Marks/Christophe Delaire Marshall Day Acoustics Holiday Inn 1230-1530 3hrs No charge


Walking time from Congress venue to Holiday Inn: 5 – 10 mins.
Walking time from Congress venue to Crown Tower: 10 – 15 mins.

Details provided by course organizers:
Industrial noise control and hearing protectors
The learning outcomes are (1) to understand occupational noise and vibration problems based on an acquired fundamental knowledge of vibration and acoustics. (2) Use basic acoustic and vibration control engineering methods to develop effective occupational noise control solutions. (3) Understand and describe the evaluation and selection of hearing protectors in the workplace.
The course involves (1) Acoustic parameters and sound propagation, Effects of noise and vibration on humans , Noise measurement equipment, Sound radiation from vibrating structures , Sound Isolation , Materials for sound absorption , Sound propagation in rooms and open air. (2) Noise Control technology and Machinery Noise control (a) Noise control strategies, (b) Noise control at the source, path or trajectory, and workers or receivers, (c) Enclosures calculation and (d) Noise control for fans and exhaust systems, motors, pumps, compressed air, values, cooling towers, etc. (3) Hearing protectors (a) Types of performance of hearing protectors, (b) Noise attenuation characteristics measured at the laboratory, and real world attenuation, (c) Double protection (d) Effect of hearing protector usage time over total daily dose reduction, (e) Selection of hearing protectors.
Samir N.Y. Gerges obtained his PhD from ISVR, Southampton University, UK, in 1974. Post-doctoral research fellow from 1974 to 1978 at ISVR, Southampton University and Sussex University in the UK.  Experience in the aeronautical industry from 1964 to 1969.  Professor of  noise and vibration since 1978 at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) Brazil.

Room & building acoustics – Acoustic Camera extended functionalities set to practice
For more than ten years now, the Acoustic Camera is used in 3D applications. Extended software functionalities/ implementations and affordable 3D scanning solutions give new momentum to room and  building acoustics applications. Thus, traditional spherical array technology is now supported by the implementation of advanced analysis tools. This workshop will present different cases and give a practical overview on how to use the Acoustic Camera for architectural work by using the following applications. (1) advanced 3D scanning solutions, (2) precise localization of direct sound and early reflections over time and space (good description of the behavior of the acoustic waves inside the room between source and receiver positions), (3) highlighting leakages and airborne sound transmission paths between rooms, (4) comparison of measurements of various room configurations, for example in the case of acoustic treatment and optimization, (5) standard room acoustics parameters (Reverberation Time, Early Decay Time, Clarity, Definition, Center Time). We will be able to conduct actual measurements and analysis and will also present interesting case studies (as well as give a sneak peek to our latest project: ArAc – Multibook of Architectural Acoustics)

Microperforated acoustic absorbers and technologies
The theory of microperforated panel sound-absorbing constructions has been introduced by D.-Y. Maa in 1975. Many different applications of micro-perforated sound absorbing materials have been introduced. Materials that have been used to be micro-perforated have been metal, wood, plastics and many others. Stretched sheets used as ceilings, wall coverings and other set-ups have been applied for more than 40 years. In modern buildings ceilings often need to combine different functions, e.g. thermally activated and sound absorptive or sound absorptive and light emitting. With the micro-perforated sheets absorptive day-light ceilings can be built. 3D-shapes as well as printed sheets can be used for architectural or design purposes. Also the fully transparent micro-perforated sound absorber offers new design possibilities.

In this contribution measured sound absorption coefficients of various set-ups with micro-perforated materials as well as combinations with different porous materials will be presented.

Industry, Infrastructure and Interior Noise Calculation with CadnaA/CadnaR
This course is oriented for people interested in noise calculation indoors and outdoors. The participants don’t need to be user of any noise calculation program. During three hours, participants will be shown the state of the art in modeling, organizing and calculating noise according to relevant guidelines such as ISO9613-2. The course will consist of the three one hour parts. The first two parts will explain general concepts generically and is illustrated with the software package CadnaA. For the last part, CadnaR software will be used. Industrial noise: will consider strategies for noise source modeling in industrial contexts as well as how to obtain emission data. Infrastructure noise: how CadnaA is used to tackle special modeling situations such as bridges, tunnels and traffic lights. Sound prediction inside working areas: the application of noise prediction software strategies in the planning stage of industrial plants and other relevant working spaces. CadnaR workflow including data input, project organization, calculation methods and display of results will be explained.

Room acoustic simulations and measurements with ODEON
This course is a short introduction to the room acoustics simulation and measurement software ODEON. The course combines lectures and demonstrations that will give a broad overview of the capabilities of the software. The course will showcase a number of applications of ODEON, including auditoria, open plan offices, atria and industrial work rooms. Participants will learn how to create 3D models for use in Odeon by importing in the dxf-format , modeling geometry models from scratch in the ODEON extrusion modeller or in Google Sketchup. Demonstrations include checking validity of models, input to calculations in terms of surface properties (scattering and absorption) as well as source/receiver definitions and detailed simulations. The theory behind the calculation principles is also briefly presented. It is discussed how to verify the quality of results and how to present results so customers can understand them – how to incorporate data, graphics, sounds and animations in reports and presentations; using the auralization options with headphones or with a surround speaker setup. Finally the measurement facility included in ODEON 12 is presented. It is shown how measurements can be carried out using ODEON and how the integration of simulations and measurements in one application makes it easy to compare reality with simulations.
George Koutsouris received his M.Sc. in Engineering Acoustics from the Technical University of Denmark and his M.Sc. in Energy Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. He joined Odeon in 2012 and since then has been in charge of technical support and development of the ODEON software.

SoundPLAN noise control
SoundPLAN is the complete environmental noise modeling package for the calculation and assessment of noise in the factory environment, for road, railway and aircraft transportation noise and can efficiently model the interior of a single workshop or model multiple millions of buildings for an END type noise map. This course will overview the wide range of SoundPLAN applications, with special emphasis on the tools for big noise mapping projects and the new SoundPLAN version 7.4 which concentrates on tools for industrial noise control users. It includes (1) low frequency noise down to 1 Hz, (2) improved directivity with the presentation of the directivity pattern on the map for the entry of sources associated with directivity, (3) floating buildings where the noise can pass under a building, (4) industrial sources with the sound power calculation calculated by formulae, (5) variant line sources where formulae are defining the decay of noise levels along a pipe line or changes in the noise levels of a race track due to different speed and (6) source identification with a combination of simulated and measured noise sources.

The use of Particle Velocity sensors for noise and vibroacoustic characterisation
In this introductory course, the Microflown particle velocity sensor and its characteristics will be explored, together with a wide range of applications and measurement techniques. A theoretical and practical comparison of velocity methods will also be made for the more traditional pressure-based measurement procedures. The applications considered will cover the use of particle velocity itself as well as (1) Intensity calculations and deviations. (2) Particle velocity for noise source characterisation: advantages and characteristics. (3) Sound power estimation: quality control and its use in reverberant environments. (4) Vibrational measurement and operational deflection shapes. (5) Particle velocity sensors for beamforming and holography calculations. (6) Airborne transfer path analysis and a comparison with conventional pressure-based approaches.
Both engineers at Microflown Technologies, Daniel Comesaña is responsible for applications based on Microflown sensors while Marcin Korbasiewicz has recently finalized his PhD in the University of Southampton on the application of scanning measurement methods for sound source visualization.

Environmental noise management with Noise Sentinel and Predictor-LimA
This course is an introduction to the management of environmental noise using different tools. The Predictor-LimA suite of environmental noise calculation software is presented, and a variety of ways in which it can be used efficiently in environmental noise calculation projects are demonstrated. The second half of the course focuses on Noise Sentinel – a web-based subscription service. The presentation outlines how Noise Sentinel helps provide cost-efficient noise monitoring and management solutions. The possibilities of the Noise Sentinel technology are presented and illustrative cases outlined. The course also presents Noise Sentinel as an option for shorter-term monitoring projects.

New methods to precisely analyze and predict acoustic insulation in buildings (re AS ISO 140.4; AS 2021 Aircraft Noise; AS 3671 Road Traffic Noise)
In this workshop you will learn, (1) a new method to determine the real in-situ contribution (with 1/3 octave band precision) of every surface to the total acoustic insulation measured between spaces. (2) To diagnose the surfaces that are transmitting most noise between 2 rooms, (3) to predict acoustic insulation with precision and increase security on the expected results of your projects and (4) to reduce acoustic insulation materials budget for your clients while still guaranteeing successful results. Case studies: Australian applications in buildings acoustics. Workshop video:
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Matías Hernández, senior acoustic engineer, an innovation consultant for public and private sector in Spain, specialises in solving complex acoustic insulation problems. Salvador Domingo Bets, a telecommunication engineer specialising in acoustics, is the core developer of the R&D of Noiselab (cloud based acoustic engineering laboratory) and creator of the Solid Noise technology.

Using ANSYS to Solve Acoustic Problems
An introduction to using the finite element analysis software ANSYS® to solve vibro-acoustic problems, covering simple text book problems, such as determining the natural frequencies of a cavity, to progressively more complex problems that can only be solved using FEA software, such as acoustic absorption, fluid-structure-interaction, and acoustic radiation. Material based on the forthcoming book “ Acoustic Analyses Using MATLAB® and ANSYS® “ authored by the presenters. Basic knowledge of ANSYS® and the fundamentals of acoustics would be an advantage, but not essential. Cost includes meals and copy of Acoustic Analyses Using MATLAB® and ANSYS® ( $AUD138). Location: Room 29, Level 10, Building 10, RMIT City Campus, 414-418 Swanston Street, Melbourne. 30 places available. To reserve, registration at: Organizers: Carl Howard and Ben Cazzolato from University of Adelaide, Xiaojun Qiu from RMIT University, Sam Nardella from LEAP Australia.

Insul – V8 (12.30pm – 1.10pm: Presenter – Keith Ballagh)
INSUL  predicts the sound insulation of walls, floors, roofs, ceilings and windows. Impact sound and rain noise of floors and roof. V8 of the software has just been released and the key features will be introduced and discussed, with time permitting for Q and A
IRIS (1.15pm – 1.55pm: Presenter – Peter Exton)
IRIS is a powerful and user friendly measurement system for capturing and analysing room impulse responses in 3D. The IRIS hardware and software system will be introduced and a presentation of case studies using the IRIS software/hardware system will be provided
dBSea (2.00pm – 2.40pm: Presenter – Tim Marks)
dBSea is a powerful tool for the prediction of underwater noise in a variety of environments. dBSea is ideal for the investigation of underwater acoustic problems involving single or multiple sources using solvers covering a wide frequency range. The software will be introduced and a presentation of case studies using the dBSEA software will be provided
01dB (2.45pm -3.30pm: Presenter – Christophe Delaire)
01dB provides a wide range of smart environmental noise measurement solutions, including a wireless tri-axial vibration sensor, smart noise monitors and the new Bionic acoustic camera. A presentation of case studies using the 01dB hardware will be provided.