Monday, April 26, 2010

Puget Sound Chapter May Lunch Meeting

Applied Acoustics: Noise and Vibration Control for Mechanical Installations

Alan Burt and Erik Miller-Klein of SSA Acoustics provide a practical guide to controlling noise and vibration created by mechanical systems.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Rock Bottom Brewery - Seattle
1333 Fifth Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

11:30 AM - 12:00 Noon: Registration & Social
12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM: Lunch Served & Program

Meeting Theme: Research Promotion

Also at this meeting:

  • Installation of 2010-2011 Chapter Officers & Board of Governors
  • Presentation of 2010 Chapter Technology Awards
  • Annual Chapter Report from the Region XI CRC

Presentation Overview:

Building owners and occupants judge mechanical systems by acoustic performance as well as thermal comfort.

How is the design of your system affecting final acoustic
perceptions of a project?
Our May chapter meeting will explore the basics of noise and vibration in mechanical system design and highlight basic engineering principles behind proper mechanical design with respect to noise.

Alan Burt and Erik Miller-Klein will explain the physics of noise and vibration, basics of ASHRAE guidelines, compare AHRI to ASHRAE research, and provide aural examples of some common issues in HVAC systems.

The presentation will review national, state and municipal noise codes, standards and design criteria.

Alan Burt, PE is an Associate Partner and Acoustical Consultant at SSA Acoustics. Alan has been part of the design community since graduating from the University of Washington in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, and recently received his PE in Acoustics from Oregon, the only state that offers an Acoustical Engineer PE exam and license. Alan has adapted his degree to acoustical engineering, applying engineering approaches to contribute to successful project design. Alan provides consultation for mechanical system noise and vibration, architectural acoustics, environmental noise and audiovisual systems. Alan has been an active member of ASHRAE for four years, currently chairs the chapter YEA Committee, and was just elected to a position on the Puget Sound Chapter Board of Governors.

Erik Miller-Klein is an Acoustical Consultant at SSA Acoustics who specializes in engineered solutions to mechanical, industrial, architectural and environmental noise issues. Erik has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with an acoustic concentration from the University of Hartford and a bachelor's degree in Music Composition/Theory from Whitman College. His work includes supporting engineers and designers through design development and construction, and he regularly investigates and designs noise mitigation solutions for existing facilities. Erik has been an active member of ASHRAE for three years.

Make your meeting reservation by 6:00 PM Friday, May 7, 2010

Cost: Members $35, Guests $40, Students $15

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If you have questions regarding registration, please contact Kathi Shoemake at

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