Environmental Acoustic Services | Industrial


Operators of industrial sites, including those within the energy (oil & gas, power generation and renewables) and resources sectors are obligated to manage the noise and vibration emitted from their industrial sites to ensure compliance with their licence conditions.

Acoustics Consultants Australia staff have significant experience in industrial noise management and assessment, from concept planning stages through to compliance assessments for approved operations. We routinely provide noise and vibration services for major industrial sites throughout Australia. 

Our staff have provided lead roles and technical inputs on various projects including sites operated by AGL, Caltex, Arrow Energy, Shell, Inpex, Holcim, Allied Pinnacle, Western Power, Pioneer Energy, Goodman Property Services, BOC, Incitec Pivot, Icon, Fairfax Media, Veolia and Sita.

Our inputs assist the operators of noise generating industrial sites, optimize their operations and processes whilst maintaining on-going compliance with their environmental obligations.

Featured Project | Incitec Pivot, Kooragang Island, NSW

  • Environmental - Industrial

ACA staff undertook the environmental noise assessment for the proposed expansion of the Kooragang Island Ammonium Nitrate processing plant site. The noise study was carried out as part of the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment. The works involved undertaking a full noise monitoring inventory of the site, and long-term monitoring of existing background noise levels at residential areas surrounding the site. The relative noise effects with respect to the expansion was assessed through the development of a 3D noise model of the site including the existing and proposed noise sources with consideration to a range of prevailing meteorological conditions.

Specialist Advice

Contact us for assistance with:

  • Operational noise and vibration impact assessments

  • Operational noise and vibration management plans

  • Environmental Impact Statements

  • Operational noise modelling

  • Operational noise monitoring

  • Vibration monitoring

  • Project planning or modification approvals

  • Operational noise inventories and audits

  • Operational noise and vibration control mitigation strategies

  • Stakeholder and community engagement

  • Peer review

  • Expert evidence requirements


Featured Project | Windfarm South Otaga, NZ

ACA staff were heavily involved with the success of an application to develop a 9 turbine Wind Farm in a rural location in South Otago, NZ.  Their work involved inspections of the proposed windfarm site and surrounding areas to understand the local topography, wind conditions and locations of neighbouring residential receivers.  During site visits ACA staff undertook extensive background noise monitoring assessments at sensitive receiver sites.

Technical noise assessment was undertaken in accordance with New Zealand Standard NZS 6808:1998 Acoustics – The Assessment and Measurement of Sound from Wind Turbine Generators, which deals specifically with the measurement, prediction and assessment of sound from wind turbine generators in the presence of wind.  The assessment concluded that the proposed wind farm would comply with the provisions of the Standard. 

Given some community contentions, the project subsequently progressed to a Council Hearing and ACA staff accordingly prepared a brief of evidence based on the technical assessment and presented this at the panel hearing.  The project was approved and is now in operation.