NVGN20

Safe and Sound! Protecting your Facility with Remote Monitoring

Vibration monitoring services provide real-time analysis and feedback to construction teams, facility managers, and/or end users of highly sensitive projects at hospitals, universities, corporate research labs, manufacturing facilities, performance halls, recording studios, animal facilities, data centers, museums and even offices. Deployed at the project site, monitoring systems send tailored alarms or warning notifications by email and text if levels exceed location-specific thresholds, as well as stream data to a private central website for viewing by authorized personnel. The systems allow firms to appropriately monitor these types of facilities, whose requirements are beyond the capability of traditional seismographs (for building damage) and sound level meters (for code enforcement). Ultimately, the systems help to eliminate guesswork, inefficiencies and after-the-fact claims for the contractor, and give peace of mind to the facility who know someone is watching the line for their interests. Our brief presentation will give an overview of the systems, their use on projects, and the benefits and lessons learned through their use.

ACGN35

Help! There is a Sound Problem! (HSW)

Recent trends show developers and end-users modifying existing spaces to serve a shifting array of needs; often these decisions are driven by cost. Spaces suited for one purpose could be acoustically unsuitable for another. Achieving a suitably acceptable compromise can be very challenging in an existing building where structural limitations or other feasibility issues are apparent. This program reviews a number of case studies and will teach you how to calibrate, anticipate, and address expectations or potential issues to avert an ‘acoustical disaster’.

NVGN12

Hotel on Rubber Pads – Statistical Energy Analysis/Vibration Concerns

This case study will show how we used Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) to assess the potential noise and vibration problems of a hotel atop and around a vent building of Boston’s Central Artery. An outline of the SEA approach and results will be featured.

ACGN25

Sounds Great! Design Considerations for Tough Spaces (HSW)

Innovative spaces that serve multiple purposes are most successful when they are aesthetically pleasing and achieve the intended acoustic goals. Forward-thinking ideas and technologies can create designs that “sound great”— both literally and figuratively. Spaces used by multiple departments in the corporate or academic worlds often serve several groups with different needs, ranging from group discussions to speaker presentations to several one-on-one conversations. Newly constructed and renovated spaces present unique challenges in catering to the varying preferences. Properly designed spaces that can be modified easily and quickly according to the users’ requirements can result in considerable savings in cost and square footage.

AVGN18

Interior Technology: Designing High-Tech Spaces that People Love to Use

People want the latest technologies, but for these products to be considered successful they must be (a) easy-to-use (b) well-integrated into the building infrastructure and (c) reliable. In this session we will discuss strategies for sophisticated room design and share comments from end-users. Optimal high-tech design requires close design team collaboration. All of the participants (architect, interior designer, client’s staff and consultants) play a role in creating the high-tech environment that people will use. It is also a process of compromise since the real world requires well-thought out trade-offs in budgetary, technical, operational and administrative objectives and goals.

ACGN01

Acoustics 101 (HSW)

This program covers the fundamentals of architectural acoustics as well as some commonly misunderstood principles. Topics include: sound generation and travel; human sound perceptions; sound level descriptors; and acoustic properties of materials.

ACAV10

Communications in Collaborative Spaces (HSW)

More and more clients are requesting the collaborative spaces from designers. This includes both collaborating with each other within the same room, and collaborating with peers across the globe. Sometimes this is a flexible-use space that allows users to mobilize and have group discussions, and other times it is more of a lecture-style space that must also accommodate for group discussions from the audience. These rooms not only have technology requirements to house, but also have acoustic challenges that need to be addressed in order to make these rooms successful. Acoustics, noise control, room size/shape, and thoughtful AV design greatly enhance the professors’, students’, and distant learners’ experiences and, in many instances, make the difference between a favored room and an unused room. We will describe what those requirements and challenges are and give you some tools to help create a space your clients will enjoy using. Numerous project examples will be shown, along with demonstrations of online collaboration tools.

ACAV07

NFPA 72 Mass Notification Regulations

The National Fire Protection Association mandates that within public acoustically distinguishable spaces (ADS) where voice communication systems are required, the system can reproduce pre-recorded, synthesized, or live messages with voice intelligibility. Meeting NFPA’s criteria requires careful design, especially for facilities with acoustically dissimilar spaces, like mass transit, healthcare, higher education, and convention centers. A case study describes the process of achieving voice intelligibility in ADS from preliminary design to final testing.

ACAV06

NFPA 72 Fire Alarm Code: Mass Notification System Design Overview

With the release of NFPA 72-2010, opportunities for mass notification technology have increased. Today, alarm and mass notification systems must provide threat-specific verbal guidance and instruction for a variety of threats and hazards, not only within a building, but also outdoors (across a campus for example). Learn about the main components of a mass notification system: identifying acoustically distinguishable spaces, audio system and data network design including fault-tolerance, redundancy and survivability, high-power speaker areas and voice intelligibility testing.