We recently changed from other building acoustics software and our own tools to SONarchitect. To put it in a nutshell, it is now not only possible to predict complex buildings' acoustics, but it is much more fun to simulate building acoustics than ever before. No more quirky graphical user interfaces, but a well designed software that delivers good results.
Looking at the workflow for acoustical prediction from outdoor noise over to building acoustics ending with room acoustics, SONarchitect is the missing piece in the puzzle. This entire workflow chain outputs not only the weighted sound reduction index but frequency dependent results: using CadnaA for outdoor noise, Insul for inhomogeneous constructions, SONarchitect for building acoustics and Odeon for room acoustics.
So far, we have never had the need to read the manual. First of all, it is easy and intuitive to use as the separation in working modes was a clever decision and is implemented very well. There is no wizard-like GUI; I can navigate as I want, back and forth. All menus and dialogues are clear and only needed elements are included. And if there is once a need to understand certain functionality, the tutorial videos are great and explain everything that is needed in detail.
We often have to discuss the results with our clients, in particular the meaning of decibels. Without doubt, if you're not a professional working daily in the field of acoustics, it is definitely a difficult task to imagine different values and results given in decibels. But with the graphical output and the navigation through all paths combined with the 3D auralisation we now can show and play our clients what the results mean in a very effective way.
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.
Airborne and impact noise
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!
Materials in the catalog
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.
Outdoor noise map
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.
SONarchitect ISO exports to Odeon
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.
Insul exports to SONarchitect
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.
One-third octave band values
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.