Build 2016 Construction & Engineering Awards

Build 2016 Construction & Engineering Awards 42 e believe that we differ from our competitors because we have a small company mentality, coupled with big company experience and projects. This means that our clients are able to form a relationship with one point on contact who they can refer to with any questions throughout the project; others in the team are available to help however, if needed. Our reputation and the satisfaction of our clients is everything to us, and we gain most of our business through repeat custom and referrals. We are focused on helping our clients meet their acoustic needs in a practical and cost effective way, and we go the extra mile to make sure that our advice is relevant, timely and easily understood. dBx are highly innovative, using auralisation to help our clients hear the effect our advice will have, rather than simply presenting them with mean- ingless numbers. We also use video reporting to help clients understand the technical issues discussed in our reports. Through industry channels, we are encouraging the Government to create a formal acoustics apprenticeship, and are committed to hosting one of the first apprentices. In our office, we have introduced cloud based systems to increase our efficiency regarding our CRM, accounting, and project man- agement software. These are all now linked, so provide a smoother client on-boarding experience, and helps to avoid repeat work for our team. Working with Renewables First in Eaton Socon, Cambridgeshire, we modelled potential noise impacts from a proposed Archimedes screw hydropower turbine on the surrounding residential neighbourhood. Through a SoundPlan model, we projected the proposed turbine’s noise levels by first measuring existing noise output from turbines located elsewhere, then com- paring their output with the existing background sound experienced in the neighbourhood. Modelling results indicated sound mitigation was needed to keep proposed noise levels 5dB below existing neighbourhood levels, and through modelling, we verified the competency of the client’s proposed miti- gation. We look forward to completing more projects like this in the future. acoustics Best Acoustic Design Consultancy 2016 - UK dBx Acoustics is an award winning acoustic consultant and acoustic designer with offices in Manchester. They have 17 years’ experience of building acoustics and environmental noise, and they are able to offer practical and cost effective solutions to all noise and acoustic related questions. They are a small, productive and caring team, who encourage their staff to think outside of the box, and believe that technology and innovation is the way forward for Acoustics. Susan Witterick, the Director of dBx Acoustics told us more about recent developments for the company. W CE160033 Company: dBx Acousitcs Limited Name: Susan Witterick, Director Address: 23 Sam Road, Diggle, Oldham, OL3 5PU Telephone: 0161 408 6058 Email: [email protected] Website: