31 May, 2024

The generation of noise, vibration and dust (NVD) from a construction site can often be an operationally restricting factor.

Undertaking a NVD risk assessment and producing a construction management plan, can often lead to a requirement to control NVD emissions by employing the use of active monitoring systems.

NVD monitoring is a proactive tool used to ensure and protect responsible contractors, demonstrating they are operating in strict accordance with various Environmental Regulations avoiding complaints from neighbours, costly temporary work suspensions and significant fines.

What is Noise, Vibration and Dust Monitoring?

Monitoring is provided by individual units for noise, dust and vibration. The number and locations of which are tailored to suit each specific site. Each unit can be adapted to run either from 240V, 110V, or completely ‘off grid’ solar and battery power options, to suit every possible scenario.

Each monitoring unit is able to provide real time information which is displayed on a web -based portal, with all data being stored in the cloud. Restricted access to this portal can be given to an unlimited number of users, and a public domain site can be set up if required for particularly sensitive high profile projects.

Project specific noise, vibration and dust emission criteria are set as trigger levels at which warning alerts are sent via email and SMS to any number of nominated recipients. This allows the client to alter operations if required to avoid breaches of acceptable environmental requirements.

All our units are certified to the highest recognised standards and calibrated in accordance with manufacturer and, where relevant, British Standard requirements.

Noise monitoring units measure all required environmental sound level parameters in decibels, and can be equipped with audio recording if required to help correlate and identify any particular noise level breaches.

Vibration monitoring equipment can measure peak particle velocity (PPV) to determine risk to structures, or vibration dose value (VDV) to determine and protect human comfort in nearby buildings.

Dust monitoring equipment is MCERTS certified and capable of measuring and reporting particulate matters of PM1, PM2.5 and PM10.

How Long Does It Take? 

Our monitoring services are entirely flexible and will be tailored to suit each project.

Whether it be a short-term requirement to monitor specific activities or long-term projects spanning years, we can provide the required monitoring solution for your needs.

Why is Noise, Vibration and Dust Monitoring Crucial for Construction Sites?

Compliance with Regulations

Sometimes prescribed by Local Authority planning conditions or by agreement in a Control of Pollution Act Section 61 consent agreement, noise vibration and dust monitoring is a robust and accurate way to demonstrate compliance with such regulated requirements.

Early Detection of Issues

By having predetermined emission trigger levels for noise, vibration and dust – amber and red alerts can be issued. This provides the operator early notification of approaching acceptable limits, allowing corrective measures to be deployed to prevent a breach from occurring.

Allows for Cost-Efficient Projects

This service significantly reduces the risk of enforcement from the Local Authority which would otherwise result in very costly site down time leading to a more cost-efficient project.

Reduces the Risk of Complaints and Improves Your Reputation

NVD monitoring will help reduce and deal with any complaints as the data is available to determine whether any regulatory breaches have occurred.

Promoting real time active monitoring will also go a long way to demonstrate to your neighbouring receivers that you are committed to adhering to environmental emission requirements, reducing the likelihood of complaints.

Noise, Vibration and Dust Monitoring by Stroma Built Environment

Stroma Built Environment has a wealth of experience, expertise and competency in delivering bespoke project by project NVD monitoring services.

We work collaboratively with our customers to ensure that the most efficient solutions and quantity of monitoring units are deployed on each project, always mindful of reducing costs as much as possible.

We can provide complete noise modelling and consultancy services to input into construction noise impact assessments and assist the customer in entering into COPA Section 61 Consent Agreements with the Local Authority.