Fundamentals of Acoustics and Noise Control (1.2 CEUs)

Daily Schedule:

8:00am - Registration and coffee (1st day only)

8:30am - Session begins
4:30pm -  Adjournment
Breakfast, two refreshment breaks and lunch are provided daily.


This 2-day course will cover the fundamentals of acoustics and noise control. Topics include:
  • Basic acoustics, terminology, measurement metrics, physiology
  • Analysis of sounds, energy equivalent sound level, measurement techniques, FFT, octave & 1/3 octave band frequency analysis
  • Sound sources such as machines, roads, pipelines
  • Environmental noise, sound propagation outdoors, assessment criteria, noise modeling software
  • Architectural acoustics, sound absorption, sound transmission, assessment criteria
  • Noise control methods such as barriers, enclosures, vibration isolation
  • HVAC acoustics and noise control methods
  • Occupational noise issues

The objective of the course will be to learn the fundamentals of acoustics, the terminology and metrics used to quantify and assess noise and to gain a further understanding of how Engineers deal with acoustical issues for environmental noise and noise control inside buildings. Questions are welcome and encouraged to stimulate interest and dialog.

Target Audience
Engineers, Architects, Technologists, Health and Safety officers, environmental scientists, Oil and Gas practitioners, and anyone else who has encountered noise issues as part of their work.

Special Features
There will be demonstrations of various acoustical measurement equipment and software. In particular, sound level meters, vibration monitors, environmental noise modeling and assessment software as well as other audio and visual demonstrations. Full printed course notes will be provided.

After Attending This Course You Will Be Able To:

  • Understand the basic terminology and metrics used to quantify and assess noise
  • Perform basic acoustic calculations such as addition of noise sources, distance attenuation, room acoustic parameters
  • Read an environmental noise impact assessment report and understand the terminology and methods
  • Understand acoustical criteria and ratings associated with architectural specifications
  • Understand the importance of hearing conservation and methods to reduce hearing loss for workers

Steven Bilawchuk

Steven Bilawchuk, M.Sc., P.Eng., is an Engineer and principal partner with ACI Acoustical Consultants Inc., an Edmonton based Engineering Consulting company that specializes in noise and vibration. Mr. Bilawchuk specializes in environmental noise impact assessments for oil and gas projects, utilities such as pipelines, and municipal transportation projects such as roadways and LRT. Mr. Bilawchuk also works on architectural acoustics projects.

Mr. Bilawchuk has conducted numerous 1 and 2 day courses on acoustics and noise control for industry, government, and educational institutions. In addition to his work with ACI, Mr. Bilawchuk is a sessional instructor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Alberta, teaching a course on Acoustics and Noise Control (MecE 553).

Day 1


Basic Acoustics, Terminology and Background

  • Physics
  • Sound Measurement, (dB sound levels)
  • Physiology, Weighting Networks (dBA, dBC)
  • Addition of Sounds and Sound Power
  • Examples

Analysis of Sounds

  • Fluctuating Sounds
  • Measurement Times, Averaging
  • Broadband, Octave Bands, 1/3 Octave Bands; with example
  • Examples


Sound Sources

  • Point / Line / Area
  • Road noise sources
  • Effects of traffic composition
  • Rules of thumb

Environmental Noise

  • Various Types of Sound Sources
  • Sound Propagation
  • Environmental Effects
  • Road Noise barriers
  • Noise Modeling Software

Day 2

Environmental Noise Regulations

  • Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB Directive 038)
  • Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC Rule 012)
  • City of Edmonton Noise Bylaw and Urban Traffic Noise Policy (UTNP C506)
  • City of Calgary Surface Transportation Policy
  • Other jurisdictions

Architectural Acoustics

  • Sound Absorption (absorption coefficients, reverberation time)
  • Indoor Noise Levels (NC / RC)
  • Sound Transmission, Sound Transmission Class (STC), measurements and lab results
  • Impact Insulation Class (IIC), measurements and lab results
  • Building noise isolation techniques  


HVAC Noise

  • Building mechanical noise sources
  • Sound transmission, absorption, and re-generation in duct-work
  • Noise mitigation methods

Occupational Hearing Conservation

  • Principles of hearing loss
  • OHS regulations

General Noise Control Methods

  • Control of building mechanical noise and vibration sources
  • Control of industrial noise sources

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16615 109 Ave
Edmonton, AB T5P 4K8

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Course Materials

Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.



Price will increase on 21 Dec 2020

The current fee for this course is $1,245.00. The current price increases on 21 December GST applies where applicable.

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