Friday, 12 September 2008

ISVR Advanced Course

Dr Stephen Dance gave a presentation to the Noise Control thread of the ISVR Advance Course on Noise and Vibration on the 12th September. It was the first time the sound absorbing mirror had been seen by the profession. Luckily the mirror survived! More importantly, drinks and dinner was enjoyed by all at the Oxford Brasserie in Southampton

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Assessing the PA Systems of London Underground

Dr Stephen Dance has agreed to assess the quality of the work undertaken by Telent Ltd for the specifying, design, surveying, installation and benchmarking of PA Systems on London Underground as operated by Tubelines. Seems like a lot of work!

Acoustics Group at the Proms

The Acoustics Group has been collaborating with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to establish the difference between noise exposure when rehearsing and when performing. On 2nd September 2008 dosimetry was undertaken whilst the musicians practiced the Firebird suite at the BBC Maida Vale studios. Then on the 5th September the measurement were repeated at the Royal Albert Hall thanks to Stephen Dance, Georgia Zepidou and Salvador Morant. Most importantly thanks to the cooperation of the musicians!

Acoustics Group / Royal Academy of Music Presentation

On Saturday 6th September the Acoustics Group and the Royal Academy of Music gave a joint presentation to the International Association of European Conservatories (AEC) on, "The Control of Noise at Work Act - A Collaboration". The conference was held at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Philip White, the Registrar, Stephen Dance and Georgia Zepidou gave the presentation and demonstrated the sound absorbing mirror for the first ever time. We now have the fingerprints of all the attendees!

Audiometric testing of all new music students

The Acoustics Group has commenced audiometry health surveillance for all new students studying at the Royal Academy of Music. A Kamplex KLD21 audiometer has been installed to speed up the process in a second sound isolated booth. Hopefully there be less of a queue than last year!

Seminars for the Royal Academy of Music

Dr Stephen Dance gave a series of seminars to all new students and staff of the Royal Academy of Muisic on 3rd and 4th September 2008. The topic was the dangers of excessive noise exposure. The singers were particularly vocal in their questioning!