Vibration & Noise Control Solutions

Whether a Mine in the Arctic North; a Wind Farm in Central America; a Power Station in the UK; or a Petrochemical Facility in Mexico — HGC Engineering has travelled the world investigating, measuring, analyzing and mitigating significant noise and vibration sources associated with a wide range of industrial equipment, processes, facilities and projects.

Experts in Solving Complex Industrial Noise and Vibration Challenges

Our client base includes multi-national owner/operators, planners, engineering groups, environmental consultants and lawyers, as well as Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) specialists.

We are recognized and well respected for delivering responsive, highly accurate and cost effective vibration and noise assessments and control solutions for a wide range of complex industrial application challenges.


A Global Perspective

In addition, our customers value our ability to provide the broad perspective and expertise needed for large projects with a local, nation-wide and international scope.

We are also North American leaders in the use of sound intensity measurement techniques needed to obtain accurate results even in demanding and multifarious industrial environments. In addition, we have pioneered techniques which utilize surface vibration measurements of metal stack walls in order to estimate noise radiated by stacks which previously were too high to allow measurement at the noise source.


Environmental Compliance Approvals (Formerly Certificates of Approval – CofAs)

Closer to home, HGC Engineering has assisted industries in virtually every business sector complete the requirements for their Environmental Compliance Approvals (ECAs) as required by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE). In fact we helped introduce the first province-wide, multi-site Certificate of Approval for Union Gas facilities across Ontario. We are well versed on the requirements of multi-site approvals and maintain good working relations with both the MOE. We are also very familiar with the regulations and noise approval process required by the Ministry of Natural Resources for pits and quarries.


Adjacent Residential Developments

In an effort to combat urban sprawl many municipalities have invoked urban intensification policies, with the result that more and more noise sensitive communities are being developed in rezoned brownfield areas living side-by-side with still active industry. We have extensive experience assessing and designing means of noise and vibration mitigation where new developments have encroached in both urban and suburban settings. We have also acted as expert witnesses in disputes over rezoning applications of these kind.


Wind Turbine Noise Pioneers and Leaders

We are experts in Wind Turbine noise measurements, and have developed and pioneered best practices guidelines and methods that are now recognized across North America.


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HGC Engineering has demonstrated that they are very professional and responsive. They effectively communicate the requirements of noise guidelines and regulations to all levels of staff in a manner that is easily understood. Work scopes are tailored to meet our business needs, whether it is environmental or workplace noise assessments.”

Sarah McQuaig, Sr. Environmental Advisor

Petro-Canada Lubricants

HGC has continued to provide high quality, cost-effective, professional acoustic services for Vale’s numerous facilities in Ontario, including work done at a number of extremely complex facilities (100’s of sources) over the last 2 decades.  All projects were completed on time and on budget, and were successful in providing real solutions to local communities.”

Monika Greenfield, Senior Specialist, Environment Air

Vale Ontario Operations, Sudbury Ontario

HGC has been great to work with on environmental approval projects.  They fully understand the requirements of the regulatory approval agency and have assisted our clients both by providing quality acoustic assessment reports, and when necessary, developing practical solutions for noise excesses.”

Lena Perry, Process/Environmental Specialist

HSP Engineering and Environmental

HGC delivers cost-effective, professional expertise of the highest quality.  They have a practical approach to problem-solving and can be counted on to provide excellent, value-added service.”

John Monczka, Senior Environmental Specialist

Hydro One Networks Inc.

HGC Engineering represents professionalism and expertise at its finest. We know we can depend on them for quality work, every time.”

Marnie Freer, Principal

Lehder Environmental Services Ltd.

We’ve worked with HGC on a number of projects in the last 15 years and found this firm to be very professional and reliable. I will not hesitate to work with HGC on future projects.”

Andrew Baczynski, Associate

IBI Group

HGC has been a great partner for Lafarge staff. First in navigating the byzantine noise regulations in Ontario but also helping us find practical, cost-effective paths to reach compliance for existing operations amending their Environmental Compliance Approvals, and for new projects.”

Robert Cumming, Environment & Public Affairs Director, Canada - East

Lafarge Canada Inc.

HGC always provides us with excellent service.  They consistently produce high-quality results on time and on budget.”

Peter Mussio, Manager EHS Compliance

Union Gas Limited

My experience working with HGC has been very professional, with a dependable high-level work product delivered on time and within budget.  I appreciate their flexibility and availability to discuss issues and provide options as part of their consulting process.”

David Savoia,

The Penn Group of Companies

Staff at BCX have been working collaboratively with HGC for nearly 15 years.  HGC’s superior quality work and prompt response time make them our No.1 choice for noise consulting services.”

Bridget Mills, Principal/Senior Environmental Engineer

BCX Environmental Consulting

Not only is HGC one of the most technically astute environmental noise consulting firms in Ontario, but they are also reliable, efficient and genuine.  ORTECH has worked with HGC for 20 years and we continue to be impressed with their technical expertise and professionalism.”

Ciara De Jong, Principal

Ortech Consulting Inc.

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