Continuing Education for the Practical Structural Engineer:
Vibration & Acoustics Seminar
(3 Presentations)

Go Behind the Scenes with Industry Experts
Tues, April 9, 2019 | 8 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
3.0 SEAMASS or NCSEA Diamond-Certified PDHs
Invite your colleagues and plan to join us for this unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn about the guidelines, strategies, and regulation surrounding vibration and acoustics, directly from leading professionals.
Three Presentations:
AISC Design Guide 30
Acoustics of Steel-framed Buildings
Presented by:
Benjamin Markham, LEED AP, Director
Architectural Acoustics Group | ACENTECH

Many have the perception that acoustics qualities of steel structures are not as robust as those of other major building materials. 

This presentation will shed light on the superior acoustical qualities of steel structures that can be achieved, as described in AISC Design Guide 30. 
Practical design applications will be incorporated including discussions on floor/ceiling and wall assemblies. Both engineers and architects will find this presentation immediately applicable to their projects.

Learning Objectives:
  • Select acoustical design criteria through observation of source sound levels, noise sensitivities, and adjacencies.
  • Describe building code sound isolation requirements, industry guidelines and design standards that apply to practical acoustical design in steel buildings.
  • Identify and prioritize paths of sound transmission.
  • Explain how sound-isolating constructions in steel-framed structures achieve applicable performance criteria.
Buildings Near Rail Lines
Noise and Vibration Assessment and Mitigation
Presented by:
Jeffrey A. Zapfe, Ph.D
President | ACENTECH
More and more, new construction in urban settings with significant transportation infrastructure must deal with the proximity of that infrastructure. Specifically, vibration from rail systems has the potential to adversely affect the occupants (and sensitive equipment) nearby buildings. We will discuss how rail-related vibration can be measured, its effects predicted and potential mitigation methods. We will consider building designed for primarily human occupancy (residential, office) as well as vibration sensitive facilities (labs, research).

Learning Objectives:
  • The concerns in terms of vibration and structure-borne noise
  • Guidelines for acceptable levels of noise and vibration
  • Methods that are available to predict noise and vibration before construction
  • Strategies to mitigate noise and vibration
Meeting the Acoustic, Noise & Vibration Requirements of the FGI 2018 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals
Presented by:
Michael Wesolowsky, Ph.D, P.Eng., Associate Principal
Swallow Acoustic Consultants Ltd. | Thornton Tomasetti
The 2018 Edition of the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals provides extensive and expanded requirements for the acoustic, noise and vibration performance of health care facilities. This course summarizes the main requirements of this document and what implications they have on the design of hospitals and other health care spaces. 

The basics of acoustics, noise and vibration control are also covered, with an emphasis on patient and staff privacy and comfort. Noise control for external sources is addressed, including traffic and helicopter noise. Control of noise and vibration transmission from building service equipment is discussed, which covers mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

Vibration criteria for patient and staff comfort and increasingly sensitive equipment are discussed. Space planning for MRIs, CTs and Operating Rooms is discussed in the context of meeting vibration requirements of the FGI and manufacturer specifications. Finally, advanced, probabilistic methods of predicting footfall-induced vibrations are discussed, highlighting the availability of these tools to assist in the space planning of sensitive areas. 

Select project examples will be presented which highlight the importance of these issues.
Event Timing & Registration
WHEN:  Tuesday, April 9, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
WHERE: Kostas Research Institute , Northeastern Univ., Burlington MA 
PDHs:   3.0 PDH Credits or 3.0 NCSEA Diamond-certified PDHs
Diamond Logo (pending)
I ncludes Continental Breakfast & Boxed Lunch by Rebecca's Cafe  
$125  Seminar + 3.0 SEAMASS-Certified PDHs 
$150  Seminar + 3.0 NCSEA Diamond-Certified PDHs 
$100  Govt. and Bldg. Officials: Seminar + 3.0 PDHs 
$ 75 Seminar (no PDHs) 
$ 25 Students: Seminar (no PDHs) - Enrollment proof required  
$350 Event Sponsor Opportunity  
Seating is limited; Register Now to Reserve Your Spot    
Registration will close at room capacity or on Thursday, April 4.
About the Presenters
Benjamin Markam, LEED AP
Director, Architectural Acoustics Group | ACENTECH

Benjamin Markham brings this passion for acoustics to his role as principal consultant and director of Acentech’s Architectural Acoustics group. His projects involve architectural acoustics, mechanical systems noise and vibration control, and environmental acoustics consulting for performance spaces and other commercial, residential, and civic facilities, and he has an avid interest in acoustical models and 3DListening (computer simulations of acoustic environments).
He has consulted on projects related to room acoustics, sound isolation, auditorium and concert hall acoustics, music rehearsal spaces, acoustics of worship spaces, classroom and lecture hall acoustics, environmental noise control, condominium sound isolation, and other aspects of acoustical design. A LEED accredited professional, Ben is a member of the Acoustical Society of America and was awarded the Robert B. Newman Medal for Architectural Acoustics in 2002, the same year he began his career at Acentech.

Ben earned his Master of Science in Architectural Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Bachelor of Science Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University.
Jeffrey A. Zapfe, Ph.D
President | ACENTECH

As president of Acentech, Dr. Jeffrey Zapfe provides the corporate leadership that sustains the technical acumen, dynamic culture, and client-focused approach for which Acentech is known.

Jeff joined Acentech in 1998 and led the firm’s Noise and Vibration group for many years before becoming president.
His consulting expertise is in the areas of vibration, structural dynamics, vibration sensitive facilities and equipment, and vibration isolation. His work includes the analysis of structures at the design stage as well as the measurement, analysis and mitigation of vibration in completed buildings.

Jeff’s most recent work has included projects concerned with measurement and attenuation of building vibrations, construction vibration mitigation, prediction and control of footfall-induced vibrations of floors housing sensitive equipment, and evaluation and mitigation of ground-borne noise and vibration due to transportation systems. Of note, he was the principal investigator of a Transportation Research Board study to determine the relationship between railway-induced vibration and human annoyance.

Jeff earned his Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University; a MASc in Aerospace Engineering and his BASc in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto.  
Michael J. Wesolowsky, Ph.D, P.Eng.
Associate Principal, Swallow Acoustic Consultants Ltd. Thornton Tomasetti

A senior member of Thornton Tomasetti’s acoustics, noise and vibration control engineering team, Mike Wesolowsky has more than 10 years of experience in analysis, project management and design. He specializes in such areas as vibration studies for architectural and structural design, dynamic data acquisition and analysis, architectural acoustic studies and vibration control research and development.
Mike joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2017 through its acquisition of Swallow Acoustic Consultants.

Diverse Portfolio: In addition to his Canadian work, which includes McMaster Children’s Health Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, and the University of Ottawa’s Advanced Research Complex Building, Mike has numerous U.S. and international projects to his credit. Among them are the Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Teaching Labs in Baltimore, Maryland, Tencent Binhai Mansion twin towers in Shenzhen, China, and the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Professional and Academic Contributions: Mike has done considerable research in the field of acoustics and vibration control. He has published several papers in professional journals and has presented at industry conferences around the world. Since 2008, Mike has been a sessional faculty member in the Bachelor of Technology program at his alma mater, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Expertise:  Structural dynamics; Vibration control and analysis; Architectural acoustics, noise and vibration; Finite element analysis
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