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During 2021 dBx Acoustics provided a noise survey and noise impact assessment for Dry Ice Scotland’s new facility in Dumfries. Adjacent to an existing anaerobic digestion plant, the dry ice plant uses carbon dioxide generated in the anaerobic digestion process to produce dry ice which is then used in the food, aerospace, and pharmaceutical sectors.

The noise assessment was carried out in accordance with the specific requirements of SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) including a desktop survey, on- and off- site monitoring, noise modelling and demonstration that BAT (best available techniques) for noise control had been included in the design.

A noise model of the site was created, calibrated against the noise levels measured on site, which allowed us to assess the impact of the new plant on the nearby residential properties. The model then allowed mitigation measures to be explored (including noise barriers and attenuation of individual plant items) to avoid any adverse noise impact at the surrounding properties.

dBx Case Studies - Office & Workspace

As we emerge dazed from our home offices and start getting back into the workplace, we are sure to become more aware of the noises around us, which can distract us or prevent us from performing effectively.

In open-plan offices, for example, it can be important to be able to communicate with your immediate team, but you don’t want to be able to hear everything that Loud Howard across the room is describing. Confidentiality in meeting rooms, quiet rooms, and cellular offices, can all be critical too.

In a busy call centre, it’s important that the hubbub of other voices doesn’t distract an individual call handler, or affect a caller’s experience, ability to hear, or perception of privacy.

The acoustic design of workspaces considers all of these factors holistically, balancing specification and detailing with appropriate levels of background noise and room acoustic treatments to enhance productivity and comfort.

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