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formerly BETA Machinery Analysis and SVT Engineering Consultants

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Underwater Noise Monitoring and Assessment

Offshore, port and subsea noise management

Offshore facilities, ports, exploration drilling and pipeline construction can all result in underwater noise generation and propagation.

This can affect sensitive marine life resulting in behavioral effects, hearing damage, injury and even death.

1 Typical problem areas
  • Obtaining environmental approvals for new proposals where noise impacts on marine life are relevant
  • Limited knowledge of underwater effects and lack of prescriptive legislation makes assessment difficult
  • Limited understanding of hearing mechanisms and sensitivities of different species
  • Need to mitigate underwater noise from construction activities – eg, piling and dredging
  • Excessive operational noise from subsea equipment
  • Need to understand impacts of shipping operations
2 Our expertise
  • Underwater noise measurements to determine source emission levels and quantify ambient noise levels
  • Noise modeling to assess underwater sound propagation and establish risks of adverse noise impacts
  • Environmental impact assessments for new proposals
  • Abreast of latest research in noise effects on marine life
  • Training in underwater noise  management
3 Inquiries

For further information or to discuss your project, email us at info.vdn@woodgroup.com.

Keywords
  • Underwater noise modeling
  • Underwater noise monitoring
  • Marine fauna impact assessment
  • Offshore noise 
  • Port noise 
  • Subsea noise

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