Building Your Noise Control RFQ (Request for Quote)

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So you know all about the importance of mitigating noise pollution and protecting your employees and neighbours from harmful noise emissions. You did your homework. You’ve already read up on noise—you understand the safety aspects, the nature and behaviour of sound, and how noise control applies to your specific industry. Perhaps you’ve already incorporated noise control into your plans for your new or existing facility. Where do you go from here?

The first step in initiating a comprehensive noise control plan is to ask your friendly neighbourhood acoustical technicians to provide you with a quote for their services. In business jargon, this is known as an RFQ, or Request for Quote. Seems simple enough, doesn’t it? You locate a reputable acoustical engineering firm capable of meeting the needs of your project and see what they can offer you.

Ensuring Zero Impact on Little League

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In 2011, when the Marcellus Shale Gas Play was just three years into production in the Appalachian Basin, Burnett Oil Co., Inc. was ready to begin a new project that, after the completion of three phases, would include a total of six Compressors in Springhill Township, operating 20-30 wells.

The small township of Springhill, located in the southwestern most portion of Fayette County in Pennsylvania, is home to less than 880 families and a little league baseball diamond that sits outside the Appalachian Community Center. This is the central gathering location for many of those families, as it’s one of very few public recreation facilities in the township.

Applications of Noise Control in the Mining Industry

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According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), “Overexposure to noise remains a widespread, serious health hazard in the US mining industries despite 25 years of regulation” (McBride, 2004).

Noise has been considered a problem in the mining industry for many years, and the gradual growth in mechanization over the last century has resulted in increased noise levels in many sectors (Sensogut, 2007). In fact, it is currently estimated that 80% of US miners work in an environment where the time-weighted noise average exceeds 85 dB, and in 25% of these cases the workers are exposed to noise levels of 90dB or higher (McBride, 2004).