Industrial Noise & Vibration Centre

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A unique approach to consultancy...

...that makes best practice available to anyone anywhere...

Hearing damage and HAV hands
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Hearing and hands are needlessly damaged because specialist noise and vibration industry expertise is focused on measurement rather than risk reduction. We've launched a Nil NIHL campaign to stop staff going deaf thinking that their PPE works well enough. It often doesn’t. We know how to reduce hearing risk by >80% at negligible cost - so why doesn't this happen?

Re HAVS, resources are wasted on placebo monitoring to tell you what you already know (you still have a problem) rather than on risk reduction.

It's time to change.

Environmental noise - unnecessary stress

Environmental noise plagues people for months or years when it should be sorted in weeks at a fraction of the expected cost. This creates unnecessary stress, deaths (200k p.a. across Europe), up to 27% increased risk of dementia (BMJ 2021) plus higher regulator workloads. Why? Mainly because the “environmental noise industry” is not fit for purpose as evidenced by regulators saying that c 90% of noise reports are seriously inadequate and lacking in diagnostic and noise control expertise.

It's time to change.

The depressing lack of progress in the widepread use of noise and vibration best practices that benefit people and industry is frustrating. That’s why we’ve published technology (including our noise control case study database) on this site, why we innovate, and why we’ve become the leading specialist training organisation. There are effective best practice methods to reduce noise and HAVS risk at little or no cost. You just have to know what they are. That's our objective, to know exactly what they are and to pass that knowledge on... Peter Wilson, Technical Director.

A client list that includes a who’s who of the major public and commercial organisations is a consequence of a very successful track record. Our reputation is built on providing low-cost, elegant, innovative engineering solutions to problems instead of, or combined with, traditional palliatives. As a result, regulators use us as the arbiters of best practice to guarantee the use of current best practice that cuts typical project costs by 50% - 110+% (the latter for self-financing projects).

Environmentally sound - carbon negative noise consultancy

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As far as we know, the INVC is the only carbon-negative noise consultancy in the world. This is a consequence of our environmental ambitions that include developing innovative techniques and technologies that allow us to:-

  • cutting the quantities of acoustic materials used dramatically through innovative engineering. We also encourage the use of versions made from recycled materials

This approach allows us to help organisations reduce carbon emissions to meet net-zero objectives.

Our free 2nd opinion cuts costs by 50% - 110%

We've made our worldwide best practice noise control database open-source. Search our case studies or email us smartphone data for a free, costed evaluation of the remote control of noise options. Examples include the world's only yoghurt based noise control system (> £100k saved on a £110k project); aerodynamic fan noise control technology (no silencers, c £110k saved in the first year on a £100k quote - efficiency gains made it a very profitable project); £250,000 saved on noise barriers by developing impact source control techniques - and many more...

Noise and vibration consultancy

Best practice: whatever problem a client has, we ensure they get the best practical advice and solution available anywhere. Where existing best practice is a hassle or not up to par, we develop new best practices by innovating, for example:-

  • using yoghurt (blackcurrant), tobacco and millennium bridge-esque techniques to control noise…
  • developed award-winning fan noise control technologies that actually improve system efficiency (by up to 22%)
  • developed vibration control techniques for the food industry that improved quality and throughput, saving £millions
  • reduced noise complaints by increasing noise levels (psychological silencing via our acoustic camouflage system)
  • etc...

Training - passing on effective knowledge

Noise and vibration are technical subjects, but, despite current conventions, they don’t have to be academic (we suspect a plot…). As busy professionals don’t have the time (or the inclination) to become specialists, we've made our training pragmatic, effective - and enjoyable, becoming the leading UK provider of noise and HAVS training in the process...

  • we invented a unique, totally non-mathematical way to teach noise (the taming of the decibel) as used in the competency courses we developed for IOSH, rendering them more practical and easier than conventional academic courses
  • pictures and sounds are worth 1000 words. We use a lot of multi-media examples - it has even been suggested that we should do a Christmas Lecture…
  • we regularly run workshops in conjunction with the HSE and provide training for the UK Environment Agencies and CIEH
“…made noise measurement and calculations easy and both theoretical and practical sessions were superb… the best course I’ve ever been on.” Sean O’Sullivan : H&S Manager, Harris Ireland

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