Research & Analytics

Noise control engineering

Noise is all around us. A growing and industrializing global population means our world is louder than ever. The result? Quality listening environments and quiet spaces are becoming more difficult to find and create without thoughtful, well-planned developments, policy, and programs.

An increase in noise brings with it concerns about its environmental and health impacts. This is where we come in. Our noise control engineering and acoustical consulting services help clients research and evaluate noise impacts and develop sensible mitigation/optimization plans. Using advanced monitoring systems and following applicable standards, we can quantify sound levels in all environments. With noise data and advanced modeling methods, we can estimate how sound will propagate from proposed projects and then use that to project potential noise impacts.

We work with both public and private-sector clients and are unique among acoustical consultants in our ability to integrate relevant capabilities outside of traditional acoustical analyses. These include advanced statistical approaches, digital communication tools, survey research, and analytical modeling. We have expertise in noise related to wind power, power transmission, energy storage, solar power generation, drones (UASs), transportation, industrial, institutional, and architectural acoustics. Our portfolio of research for federal and state governments sets us apart as leading industry experts in sound from renewable energy and transportation.

Related Projects

Postconstruction Noise Compliance Assessment

Pisgah Mountain Wind Farm is a five-turbine, nine-megawatt wind farm in a rural, mountainous area east of Bangor, Maine. RSG conducted a postconstruction compliance assessment to determine if the sound from the project was within…

Noise Assessment of Rock Quarry Operations

Oak Hill Mine is a wollastonite (a type of mineral) quarry in the Adirondacks in New York State. The mine sought to incorporate additional mineral processing equipment into their operation. RSG conducted a noise assessment…

Solar and Energy Storage Noise Assessment

Green Mountain Power developed a solar power project and energy storage facility in Milton, Vermont. They hired RSG to conduct a sound-level assessment of the proposed project in preparation for state permitting under the Public…

Hospital Boiler Room Noise Mitigation & Compliance Assessment

A hospital was applying for a state permit to replace their existing boilers and asked RSG to conduct a noise assessment of the proposed changes. The assessment was triggered by state noise requirements and the…

Community Noise Mitigation Planning for a Wedding Venue

The Mad River Barn Inn & Restaurant, which is in a scenic area of the Green Mountains in Vermont, hosts several outdoor weddings each year. The weddings had been hosted under a tent canopy, but…

large field of wind turbines on a sunny day

Wind Farm Noise Impact Assessment

National Grid Renewables developed Crocker Wind Farm, a 200-megawatt wind energy project located in Clark County, South Dakota. To prepare the project for permitting, RSG was hired to conduct a noise compliance assessment. The assessment…

Postconstruction Noise Compliance Assessment

Pisgah Mountain Wind Farm is a five-turbine, nine-megawatt wind farm in a rural, mountainous area east of Bangor, Maine. RSG conducted a postconstruction compliance assessment to determine if the sound from the project was within…

Noise Assessment of Rock Quarry Operations

Oak Hill Mine is a wollastonite (a type of mineral) quarry in the Adirondacks in New York State. The mine sought to incorporate additional mineral processing equipment into their operation. RSG conducted a noise assessment…

Solar and Energy Storage Noise Assessment

Green Mountain Power developed a solar power project and energy storage facility in Milton, Vermont. They hired RSG to conduct a sound-level assessment of the proposed project in preparation for state permitting under the Public…

Hospital Boiler Room Noise Mitigation & Compliance Assessment

A hospital was applying for a state permit to replace their existing boilers and asked RSG to conduct a noise assessment of the proposed changes. The assessment was triggered by state noise requirements and the…

Community Noise Mitigation Planning for a Wedding Venue

The Mad River Barn Inn & Restaurant, which is in a scenic area of the Green Mountains in Vermont, hosts several outdoor weddings each year. The weddings had been hosted under a tent canopy, but…

large field of wind turbines on a sunny day

Wind Farm Noise Impact Assessment

National Grid Renewables developed Crocker Wind Farm, a 200-megawatt wind energy project located in Clark County, South Dakota. To prepare the project for permitting, RSG was hired to conduct a noise compliance assessment. The assessment…