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Jens Holger Rindel

A new age for building acoustics.

With SONarchitect it has been possible for the first time to analyse the sound insulation performance of an entire building project, and with direct comparison to the relevant sound insulation requirements.

The user interface is very good, and the calculation time is close to nil, even for very big projects. Details on a single transmission path or the statistical overview for all calculation results - both are easily accessible. SONarchitect has set a mile-stone in computer modelling and brought building acoustics to a new age.

With a glance to the ongoing fast development in 3D design and modelling tools for architects, this software means a very big step forward in the direction of integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) also for building acoustics.

Jens Holger Rindel, MSc, PhD

Managing Director, Odeon A/S, Denmark

Senior consultant, Multiconsult AS, Norway

Former Professor at the Technical University of Denmark

SONarchitect ISO is the ultimate software for calculation of acoustic insulation according to EN 12354 parts 1,2,3,4 and 6 in entire buildings.

With SONarchitect ISO you can compute all the sound insulation values in one-third octave bands in the entire building according to EN 12354:1,2,3,4,6 (ISO 15712:1,2,3,4,6). Results are detailed for every enclosure, separator, flank, and transmission path, and can be interactively explored..

Get a subjective experience of the acoustic performance of your building with the auralisation engine, directly accessed from the result tree. Play one of the built-in tracks or your own recordings in any room of your choice and hear how they would sound in the adjacent rooms compared to the emitter room. You only need a good pair of headphones. Take a walk around the 3D environment and feel the differences thanks to the binaural audio processing.

Print the results you want and the way you want. SONarchitect provides a flexible report generator. Add your enterprise logo, select a cover image with the 3D model of your building, get a bill of quantities for your budget estimations, include a compliance statement, show the quality classification of your building, detail every computation result including components and transmission paths. Or none of them. You can select individual rooms or let SONarchitect select only the worst cases: Yes, indeed, you have computed the acoustic insulation in the entire building, therefore you know they really are the worst!

SONarchitect ISO database has more than 300 generic constructive solutions, more than 900 commercial solutions, the Simmons Nordic Database and continues to expand!

 

Interactive detailed performance histograms are provided for every type of room pairing in the building, allowing fast access to and inspection of the sets of average, less than average, better than average, worst and best cases in the building, or the set of rooms in the building with a given level of insulation. You also get feedback on the compliance level of the rooms with respect to configurable sets of limits for the different encounter types, allowing you to check your designs against any Building Code based on the EN 12354.

Acoustical quality classification of the entire building straightforwardly follows.

 

SONarchitect ISO computes the noise emission maps from any noisy room in your building, according to EN 12354-4 Annex E

Specify a custom indoor noise spectrum and get the L2n in the adjacent rooms and from the façade.

You can export the 3D model of SONarchitect ISO to the room acoustics software Odeon.

Study the noise insulation of an entire building with SONarchitect ISO, then you can export the 3D model to Odeon and easily design the acoustic environment inside of every room.

Export to odeon

The software for sound insulation prediction, Insul, has added a new feature. You can export the results of the material insulation to an XML file that can be imported with SONarchitect.

You can enlarge the catalog of SONarchitect using Insul now.

Insul exports

You can get a detailed record of the one-third octave band of any result. The records includes all the information you need to evaluate the acoustic performance of your building projects, as graphs, results, and information for every pair of enclosures, separator, flank and transmission path.

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