MISC03

Disaster Recovery Incident Command: Real World Tips, Tricks and Traps

This session will help firms prepare for and manage business interruptions by providing detailed, practical information on what to do when disaster strikes. Firms of all sizes, including solo practitioners, are encouraged to bring their plans for review and discussion. We’ll cover ways to increase the effectiveness of recovery plans and decrease the time required to become operational again. Learn how the nature of the event will influence your staff’s priorities and tips to substantially improve your firm’s ability to prepare for the unexpected.

MISC02

The Benefits of Increasing Project Team Coordination: Information Sharing and Early Decision Making

This presentation is designed to assist architects and project managers with understanding how to schedule, coordinate and leverage consultant services during the design phases of a project as well as the bidding and construction administration phases. It will review the responsibilities of the design team, Owner, contractor and consultant in each phase of the project, the optimal time to make decisions and how to make intelligent tradeoffs among often conflicting financial, technical, operational and administrative project constraints.

ACNV001

Acoustic and Vibration Isolation in Multi-Family Residences (HSW)

Can you hear the stereo in the next apartment over, or the footsteps of your neighbors from the condo above yours? Are you bothered by the subway every time it rumbles by? According to the International Building Code, partitions and constructions between residences should have a minimum Sound Transmission Class (STC) of 50 and a minimum Impact Insulation Class (IIC) of 50 (45 if field is measured). This language has been adopted by many state building codes (including Massachusetts). Vibration from underground rail lines can be an important source of environmental sound and vibration in residential buildings. The characteristic low-frequency rumble from passing subway trains can be a source for residents living in nearby buildings. Methods exist to predict the levels of noise and vibration from rail operations in new buildings, and the probability that a resident would be annoyed by that vibration/noise.

NVHC01

Noise and Vibration in Healthcare Facilities (HSW)

Healthcare facilities generally house a variety of equipment and spaces that are sensitive to noise and vibration. This presentation will address issues related to day-to-day operations, unique situations that arise, such as those due to nearby construction. We introduce the concepts of vibration and noise criteria as they relate to sensitive equipment and spaces. Using the special case of MRIs, we will discuss potential sources of building vibration and mitigation measures. We will also discuss the potential impacts of the MRI operation on neighboring spaces with respect to airborne noise and structure-borne vibration. Construction-related vibrations are also a potentially huge source of disruption for hospital facilities. We will examine the potential impact of construction vibrations, methods to predict impact and possible mitigation methods.

NVGN21

Real-Time Monitoring during Construction: Co-Existing with Vibration-Sensitive Issues

The existence of construction and renovation projects in populated areas inevitably creates noise and vibration for both neighbors and occupants with sensitivities ranging from inconsequential to critical. Through a proper understanding of specialized, ultra-low requirements and the use of real-time feedback from monitoring systems, projects can be managed to eliminate guesswork, inefficiencies and after-the-fact claims for the contractor, and give peace of mind to the facility owner who knows someone is watching their interests. In this workshop, we will compare a variety of potential adjacent sensitivities, ranging from university research labs, health care facilities, museums, data centers and performance spaces. In doing so, we will look at some real-world examples from projects and actual approaches to mitigation and monitoring. By using best practices, any project can hope to proceed agreeably instead of under possibly avoidable adversarial conditions.

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.

NVGN19

Tiptoeing 101: Construction Near Sensitive Facilities (HSW)

The existence of construction and renovation projects in populated areas inevitably creates noise and vibration for both neighbors and occupants with sensitivities ranging from inconsequential to critical. With proper understanding, consideration, and communication, a project can ensure a smoother process and minimize obstacles to cost and scheduling. In this seminar, we will compare a variety of potential adjacent sensitivities, ranging from microscopes to murals to mice, as well as data centers and performance spaces. In doing so, we will look at some real-world examples from projects and actual approaches to mitigation. By using best practices, any project can hope to proceed agreeably instead of under possibly avoidable adversarial conditions.

NVGN18

A Vibration Primer for Architects

Vibrations in buildings are caused by many sources and may affect people and sensitive equipment. Learn what the jargon of vibration specifications and criteria means – how vibrations are described – and get some insight into how things vibrate and how vibration reductions can be achieved. Obtain an overview of vibration sources and check-list of design considerations.

NVGN17

Construction Vibrations – Considerations for Nearby Sensitive Facilities

Vibrations produced by construction activity have the potential to disrupt sensitive activities in nearby facilities. This seminar, illustrated by case studies, discusses (a) criteria for sensitive equipment, (b) methods to predict the potential impact of construction-related vibration, and (c) specialized systems that can be used to monitor construction vibration inside sensitive facilities with real-time comparison to actual instrument criteria.

NVGN16

Controlling Cogen and Chiller Plant Noise & Vibration in Educational Settings (HSW)

Educational facility expansion projects often include installing new or upgrading existing chiller and cogeneration power equipment. The noise and vibration produced by chiller and power plants can become issues within adjacent building spaces and in the nearby community. To address these issues in a cost-effective manner, they should be evaluated early-on in the overall project design phase, and as indicated, be resolved with the project team. We will outline the evaluation process, highlight cost-effective mitigation measures, and discuss several representative projects.