We are available on short notice to support any on-site vibration measurement and evaluation project you have. You may need to confirm that the present level of vibration will not disturb the operation of sensitive equipment. Or, maybe the vibration is so noticeable that it is causing damage or annoying those who work in the area.
We can also characterize the vibration at a proposed site for a sensitive facility and then perform structural dynamics analyses of the future structural system to determine whether the existing vibration environment will cause problems and, if so, develop recommendations for design modifications to provide an acceptable vibration environment.
Roadways, large mechanical services buildings, and rail transportation systems are common sources for ground-borne vibration that enter buildings through the foundation structure. Column modes of the structure can actually amplify and transmit the ground-borne vibration to the upper levels. We will measure the vibration at the site before construction begins and determine how that vibration propagates through the proposed building.
Advanced medical, research, and manufacturing facilities require the use of high-precision equipment whose performance can be adversely affected by extremely low levels of floor vibration. We measure the floor vibration and assess the vibration performance using equipment manufacturer specifications or the generic criteria for sensitive equipment when no formal specifications are available.
Manufacturers frequently provide specific vibration criterion for vibration-sensitive equipment. There is no one industry standard for the presentation of these criteria, but we have the expertise and flexibility to accommodate any form of manufacturer-provided criterion into our floor vibration assessment.
Our structural dynamics testing and analysis experience with a wide variety of aerospace, mechanical, and civil engineering industries means we have the ability to take data apart and figure out what makes it tick...or vibrate, in this case. Identifying the sources of vibration is the first step in getting rid of them. Once we understand why the vibration is present, we can explore appropriate vibration control options.