Environmental Acoustics & Vibration

As with clean air and water, the community has a right to an agreeable acoustical environment. In recognition of this, governments have developed sophisticated guidelines with the aim of ensuring that acceptable levels of environmental noise are achieved on noise sensitive lands, such as residential areas or hospital sites. Careful assessment of noise impact is normally required as part of the planning approval process for both industrial facilities and for noise sensitive land uses.

Hugh Williamson Associates assists companies, planners, environmental consultants, architects, engineers and developers to meet acoustical requirements for projects. As well as sophisticated measurement equipment, we have extensive experience in noise and vibration control and work closely with our clients to develop practical and cost effective noise and vibration assessments and, where necessary, control measures. We prepare acoustical reports which will meet government requirements, for example, requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Environment.

Professional Consulting Services

  • Noise and vibration environmental impact studies (Certificates of Approval)
  • Acoustical studies for land use planning and development approvals
  • Noise impact assessments for industrial clients such as aggregates production
  • Road, rail and air transportation noise and vibration studies
  • Design of noise control and amelioration measures, e.g. barriers, berms, building insulation requirements, silencers for equipment, etc.
  • Noise complaint investigations

Project Experience



Noise Impact of Motorsports Facility

Investigation of noise impact of motorsports track, advice on noise control strategies and By-laws, public consultation, noise audit

Township of Greater Madawaska

Calabogie, Ontario

Quarry Noise Assessment

Noise impact assessment for quarries, development of noise abatement, studies for license applications and MoE approvals

Miller Paving
R. W. Tomlinson Ltd.
Tackaberry Construction
MAQ Aggregates

Noise and Vibration Impacts of a Rail Terminal

Assessment of impact of road and rail traffic and shunting noise, mitigation measures

Ultramar Ltd.


Noise Impact Studies for Industrial Sites

Assessment of compliance to MoE regulations. Development of mitigation measures.

Russel Metals
Nestlé Canada Inc.
American Standard

Impact of Quarry Truck Traffic

Noise and vibration impact assessment for truck traffic through rural and urban areas

OMYA (Canada) Inc.
MAQ Aggregates

Residential Development Assessment

Assessment of road and rail noise and vibration impacts for large residential developments.

The ReDevelopment Group

S. J. Lawrence Architects, Ottawa