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.

NVGN11

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.

NVGN09

How Vibrations Affect MRI Systems – How MRIs Affect Adjacent Spaces

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system installations on supported floors are becoming more prevalent. Learn how MRIs produce noise and vibration and what can be done to meet a system’s vibration criterion and to attenuate its structurally transmitted and airborne noise.

NVGN08

Environmental Noise Control for Improved Quality of Life

For many of us, noise from airplanes, traffic, railroads, and rooftop mechanical equipment is a part of our daily lives. Keeping this noise out of living and workspace is becoming a higher priority. In the first half of this session we will use case studies from residential sound insulation programs as the basis for practical approaches to the design of building envelopes to control intrusive environmental noise. The second half of the seminar will focus on techniques to control noise from exterior mechanical equipment (chillers, cooling towers, fan units) that affect both the interior space of the building and the surrounding community.

NVGN03

Vibration Considerations in High-Tech and Laboratory Environments

An introduction to planning and designing for footfall induced vibration and structural dynamics. A multi-million dollar facility is only as good as the planning that goes into it to assure that vibration criteria are met before research or testing begins. Presentation includes a case study for MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) devices.

NVGN01

Overview of Vibration Design Criteria in Laboratory and High-Tech Facilities

An introduction to the architectural issues related to such vibration-sensitive equipment as used for precision metrology, microbiology, and optical research. We will describe viable approaches for protecting such equipment from vibrations caused by ground motions, personnel activities, and machinery. Topics will include the concepts of favorable layouts, structures, and equipment isolation.

ITHC02

Information Technology in Healthcare: An overview of recent changes to Design Standards and Guidelines (HSW)

For many years generic design standards and guidelines have been available to assist architects and engineers incorporate information technology infrastructure into the building design process. Recently, a number of new design standards have emerged that provide detailed guidelines for specific building types such as higher education, K-12 schools, and healthcare facilities. This presentation reviews the ANSI/TIA 1179 Healthcare Infrastructure Standard that was ratified in August of this year and its affect on the design of healthcare facilities. This presentation will also review how trends in technology and converged networking are changing building design, the need for technology support spaces and the demand for traditional wired data outlets.

ITGN20

Meeting the Code – NFAP Intelligibility of Large Scale Communication Systems

Acoustic and sound system design for large facilities is crucial in order to provide clear intelligible voice communications for a variety of acoustic spaces. Facilities like transportation terminals, healthcare facilities, arenas, casinos, and convention centers should know the difference between paging systems and mass communication systems, whether for new or retrofitted projects. With two important changes in 2013 to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 72 National Fire Alarm and Code Book, facility managers need to understand why audibility is no longer enough. Intelligibility is the new standard. The new NFPA code recognizes the difference between designing for audibility and intelligibility, and goes further to set coverage standards for acoustically distinguishable spaces (ADS).

ITGN16

BYOD and Understanding Wireless Networks

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has been receiving a great deal of attention lately, with users from educators to corporate executives wanting to use their own laptops, tablets, smart phones, and other personal devices to collaborate and present material on the fly in the conference room or classroom. This seminar will focus on the particular wired and wireless network architectures required to support BYOD connectivity. Techniques to determine wireless propagation and provide sufficient bandwidth in the built environment and their implications to building design will be discussed and demonstrated.