Vibration Assessment

ACCON UK is able to provide a wide range of services related to vibration which include:

  • Building damage
  • Railway impact studies
  • Construction and demolition assessments
  • New housing design and anti-vibration measures
  • Vibration impacts from mining and quarrying
  • Temporary construction railway impacts
  • Hand-arm vibration
  • Whole body vibration
  • Anti-vibration solutions for property and sensitive equipment

Ground-borne vibration can be generated by a number of sources, including road and rail transportation systems, construction activities, blasting, tunnelling and the operation of various types of machinery. Vibration from tunnels can also result in re-radiated noise particularly where no mitigation design has been implemented.

The effect of vibration on buildings may, in the extreme, cause varying degrees of cosmetic or structural damage, or can result in effects on machinery or equipment that may be vibration-sensitive e.g. scanning electron microscopes. Vibration impacts on people may include disturbance or annoyance or, at higher levels, affect a person’s ability to work.

ACCON’s measurement capabilities allow us to monitor and assess vibration and ground-borne noise from numerous sources and to advise on potential methods of mitigation. We are also able to determine whether for new development the impacts of existing or planned sources of vibration will be acceptable for a building’s occupiers. We have developed in-house software for the prediction of surface vibration from tunnels.

Certain construction activities (in particular some piling techniques) can generate very high levels of vibration. Vibration levels can be predicted by ACCON and mitigation methods can be recommended in order to ensure that any impacts are appropriately minimised, reducing the risk to the construction programme. This is particularly important where the possession of land for construction has to be programmed many months in advance e.g. for railway construction activities.

We can also provide tailored monitoring solutions, including long-term unattended systems linked to visual, aural and SMS alarms or ensure compliance against vibration limits.

Our personnel are involved in a number of research activities related to vibration from transportation, industrial premises and construction activities and therefore are able to maintain an up-to-date understanding of vibration, its effects and any new mitigation methods.

For more information on vibration impact assessments, please visit our Noise and Vibration Impact Assessment page.