When it comes to structural stability and exposure levels for personnel and machinery within a building, structural vibrations can become a very serious issue. Undesirable levels of noise and vibration can be caused by building and plant services, such as heating systems or rotating machinery, which can easily excite resonances within a structure. Even simple excitation from a foot fall or external excitation from wind loading can result in problematic vibration, causing disturbances and issues with sensitive equipment.
These disturbances can be particularly problematic where low vibration criteria is required, such as those outlined by BS-5228 or the American ASHRAE standards. It is therefore vital to be able to characterise these vibrations to identify and break vibration pathways, either through isolation techniques or innovative solution design. Xi Engineering Consultants have been solving both ground borne and structural noise and vibration issues for many years through detailed measurement, modelling and bespoke solution design.