Transportation Systems Noise and Vibration Control

Highways, railroads and airports are major sources of environmental noise. Transportation system noise affects large areas of land throughout the country, limiting land use and impacting areas of natural beauty and solitude such as state and national parks. Groundborne and structureborne vibration generated by transportation systems can also pose problems.

Traffic generated vibration can interfere with activities in buildings which house vibration sensitive instruments such as sophisticated tools used in the manufacture of microelectronics components.

Traffic noise is a frequent source of disturbance in residential areas where full use of outdoor and indoor space is valued. The staff of Colin Gordon Associates can predict noise exposure from vehicular traffic and can offer methods of noise control such as roadside barriers and berms.

Rail vehicles can generate substantial noise and vibration and pose problems for residential, sound recording, research and microelectronics facilities. The extent of vibration disturbance depends upon many factors, including track design, age and condition of rolling stock, vehicle speed, axle loading and soil type. Our staff can provide design guidance for new systems and can predict noise and vibration exposures for both new and existing systems.

Colin Gordon Associates can help interpret noise exposure forecasts around airports and provide guidance in developing noise control remedies for buildings exposed to aircraft noise.

Consulting and Design Services:

  • Noise and vibration predictions and contour development
  • Noise and vibration measurements and monitoring
  • Development of noise control options
  • Vibration impact assessments
  • Environmental impact reports
  • Expert testimony and public information meetings

Transportation System:

  • Highways and roads
  • Light rail, high-speed rail and conventional rail
  • Airports and aviation