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Free 4-part Webinar Series on Architectural Acoustics runs until June 25

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Everything you wanted to know about Architectural Acoustics but were afraid to ask.

Build it and they will come! HGC Engineering is offering this free 4-part webinar series on interior sound fundamentals running every two weeks until June 25. This inaugural online educational program was developed by our knowledgeable acoustical engineering team to meet the practical needs of architects and interior designers.  At 30 minutes each (plus Q&A), these webinar sessions are designed to be short, but informative.  Take a break with us while you work from home, and you’re guaranteed to pick up some sound knowledge you can use without taking up a lot of your time.

Click Here to Register Now for the Upcoming Webinar in the Series

It will take place on June 11th at 12:30 PM EST/10:30 AM MST

 

Acoustic and Sound theory

 

Webinar #1: Acoustics 101

Learn all about the basics of sound, including some of the common terminology used by acoustical consultants:

  • What is sound; when is it good and when is it bad?
  • Why do we need to consider the frequency characteristics such as octave bands?
  • What is the difference between sound pressure and sound power and why is it important?
  • How does sound travel in buildings and how do we stop it?

Join us for this 30-minute webinar followed by a short Q&A.

This webinar took place on May 14th at 12:30 PM EST/10:30 AM MST

Presenter: Ian Bonsma, Senior Associate and Manager Western Region @HGC Engineering

 

 

Reverberation Speech Intelligibility Privacy

 

Webinar #2: Reverberation, Speech Intelligibility, & Speech Privacy

Get a general overview of what contributes to how a room sounds. Better understand how to achieve conversational clarity in a space vs keeping conversations private between spaces:

How does a room sound?

  • What is reverberation?
  • Why do we need to control it?
  • How can we control it?

Do you want to hear others in the room, or don’t you?

  • What is the difference between speech intelligibility and speech privacy?
  • When do you want each one?
  • What factors contribute to how well you can hear others?

Join us for this 30-minute webinar followed by a short Q&A.

This webinar took place on May 28th at 12:30 PM EST/10:30 AM MST

Presenter: Jessica Tinianov, Senior Engineer, Associate @HGC Engineering

 

 

Airborne Sound Transmission Impact Sound Transmission

 

Webinar #3: Airborne Sound Transmission (STC, ASTC, NIC) & Impact Sound Transmission (IIC, AIIC, ISR)

One of the most common types of complaints in buildings is excessive sound transmission (either airborne or impact) – Develop a sounder grasp of what this all means:

  • What is the difference between airborne and impact sound transmission?
  • How is sound transmission measured and quantified?
  • What do these descriptors really tell us, and what are their limitations?
  • Concrete vs. Joist/Stud Systems – what are the differences?
  • What are some common causes of excessive sound transmission in buildings?

Join us for this 30-minute webinar followed by a short Q&A.

It will take place on June 11th at 12:30 PM EST/10:30 AM MST

Presenter: Simon Edwards, Project Engineer @HGC Engineering

Click Here to Register now!

 

Acoustical Criteria for Buildings

 

Webinar #4: Acoustical Criteria for Buildings

Acoustical targets stem from guidelines like ASHRAE and FGI; to contractual initiatives like LEED or WELL; to regulatory requirements like bylaws, environmental regulations, and building codes.  Get an overview of the more common targets:

  • Background sound – environmental and building (dBA, NC)
  • Acoustic separation & privacy (STC, NIC, SPC)
  • General room acoustics – reverberation

Join us for this 30-minute webinar followed by a short Q&A.

It will take place on June 25th at 12:30 PM EST/10:30 AM MST

Presenter: Alex Lorimer, Senior Associate @HGC Engineering

Click Here to Register now!