Our research tells us that in New Zealand noise, ground vibration and emissions into the air are the three top environmental side effects that are a matter of concern to our communities.

Managing them requires in-depth knowledge and experience of five key, interlinked factors:

  • how the activity generates noise, ground vibrations, or air emissions;
  • how to effectively measure the noise, ground vibrations or air emissions;
  • how the transmission of noise, ground vibrations, or air emissions effects the adjacent community;
  • how the community responds to these effects and;
  • how the effects can be meaningfully mitigated, as well as the benefits and costs of that mitigation.

WSP Opus Research's team brings all these factors together. For example, we have undertaken the following tests and research for our clients:

  • the potential impact of ground vibration; understanding the risk of harsh vibrations on people’s health and on adjacent structures.
  • The potential impact of odour emissions from agricultural activities and advising on how to minimise their effect on nearby communities
  • The potential impact of traffic noise on communities and advising on road surfaces that can reduce noise levels.Understanding the level and type of road signage that best engages drivers

Our research provides a strong technical base for providing environmental assessments of specific projects such as new roads or the construction of major infrastructure. As part of these assessments, we regularly provide independent expert evidence to councils, Board of Inquiry or Environment Court hearings.

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Living With Road Noise

Living With Road Noise

Road traffic noise is one of the most frequently raised concerns about roading projects, and the management of road traffic noise is now a top priority. We regularly undertake noise assessments for roading projects, applying the guidelines and standards relating to acceptable noise levels, as determined by stakeholders.

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Assessing Vibrations

Assessing Vibrations

As awareness for the potential harm of vibrations grows, so does the demand to have it monitored and controlled. We even have the capability to undertake trial blastings to help inform prospective tunnelling and quarrying operations.


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Wind Speed at Hilly Sites

Wind Speed at Hilly Sites

Hill shape has a significant effect on wind speed and can increase its force up to three-fold compared to flat terrain nearby. This makes the hill shape multiplier very important when taking wind actions into consideration for constructing buildings and structures on hilly sites.

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Odour of Business

Odour of Business

 The Shire of Katanning Saleyard Complex (SKSC), one of the largest sheep selling complexes in Western Australia, was relocating its premises so they could expand their trade. To get the required construction and development permits, the SKSC needed to prove the odour of the 24,000-30,000 sheep coming through every week...

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Curio Bay Tumu Toka

Curio Bay Tumu Toka

Curio Bay Tumu Toka is a small remote coastal settlement in Southland, best known for its petrified forest and resident yellow-eyed penguins, seals and Hector’s dolphins. It is a major attraction within the Catlins, with around 100,000 visitors per year.


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Here to help

Here to help

Do you have any questions or concerns regarding your businesses environmental impact? Speak with Peter Cenek, Manager of Research-Environmental

peter.cenek@wsp.com
+6445870637


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