December 11, 2011 | Written by: Ray Nugent and Jeffrey Zapfe

Vibration Sensitive Facilities Near Rail Lines: Considerations and Mitigation

Certain issues arise when vibration sensitive facilities and equipment are located near rail lines. Vibration is often one of the greatest challenges, particularly as equipment becomes more and more sensitive. This paper will address the following considerations, 1) site evaluation and prediction of the vibrations in the completed building, 2) mitigation options that can be incorporated during design, 3) high performance isolation system design, and 4) manufacturer’s criteria. Case studies will be used to illustrate key concepts.

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