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Portable auralisation booth demonstrations highlight value for community consultation


Sydney has procured a portable auralisation booth in the Kent Street office to demonstrate how sound can influence perceptions and shape the design of large infrastructure projects.

In the auralisation booth, Arup can accurately recreate measured or predicted new three-dimensional sound fields. A new road or rail line can be experienced against the soundscape of pedestrians, existing and predicted traffic, trains, planes and other ambient sound sources. As design options for the project are tweaked, the variances in sound and noise levels and character become apparent to allow the client and community to make informed decisions as the project proceeds.

Synchronised video and navigable 3D environments allow people to visually understand what they are hearing and a wireless controller can be used to navigate through the environment to hear how a project sounds from different locations.

“Being able to hear and see the end result of a project is a powerful tool – not only to effectively and accurately inform the community and stakeholders alike, but to subjectively review and refine design options as the project progresses. This is a new level of engagement and design.”

– Mitchell Allen, Acoustics

The portable auralisation booth is ideal for engaging with the community on large infrastructure projects and has been successfully used as part of the community consultation process on the HS2 project in the UK.

A scientifically calibrated space, this auralisation tool is unique to Arup. We have used our permanent auralisation booths in Sydney, Melbourne, and overseas on projects including Melbourne Recital Centre, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Headquarters, and the Wales Millennium Centre.

The sound insulation structure is on loan from IAC Colpro and is on display in Sydney until August and complements the office’s existing and permanent auralisation facilities.


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