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Acoustic Consultant

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Acoustics Physicist / Consultant
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€25 - 50
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Advises on the management, regulation and control of the noises and vibrations that surround us in the home, the workplace and the environment.


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Acoustic Consultants can work in several different specialty areas. Typically Acoustic Consultants will work with an architect, designer, builder, contractor, facility owner or the general public. Their role and services will vary greatly depending on the specialty of the project.

Work can involve carrying out noise assessments and environmental noise surveys on buildings to make sure they meet all legal requirements. 

Acoustic Consultants use computers to find ways of reducing machinery noise and vibration in the workplace and exploring how sound vibrations effect machinery and structures, such as bridges or aircrafts. 

Using past experience and results from testing and calculations, the consultant can provide solutions that address sound propagation, speech intelligibility and the enhancement of music, and provide options to mitigate noise within the built environment.

Acoustic consultants can review plans for new facilities in order to make recommendations on space planning, room shaping, finish selections, construction methods, etc. The consultant can perform tests within an existing facility to assess the acoustic environment and make recommendations as to how to mitigate concerns. 

Acoustic issues, particularly those dealing with excessive noise can sometimes lead to legal issues. Consultants can be asked to study the issues surrounding a case, perform tests, compare results with codes and standards, and give expert testimony. Consultants can also test existing systems for compliance with acceptable noise levels and make recommendations as to how to mitigate noise and vibration concerns.

Employment can be found in a variety of fields, for example construction, the environment, the media or medical technology. It is also possible to work in specialised areas of the industry such as audio and hi-fi design, auditorium and concert hall design, telecommunications, quiet vehicle and product design or underwater acoustics.


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It is important for an Acoustic Consultant to have a creative and practical approach to solving problems. Good communication skills are vital in order to discuss and explain design plans clearly. 

Good project management and organisational skills are necessary along with strong budgeting and negotiating skills.

Attention to detail and an inquisitive mindset are vital attributes for an acoustic consultant.


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