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There is much that goes into building project management, including determining at which stages of a project certain experts should be consulted. In the past, one area that was often delayed was acoustics consultancy, with many project managers only bringing in an acoustics expert once the majority of a project’s plans had been approved – and possibly even as late as once construction was underway.
This practice generally resulted in higher project costs, as plans regularly had to be reworked to address noise-related issues that had been previously overlooked. Another negative impact of delaying consultation with an acoustics expert was the frequent need to retrofit completed projects to fix sound-related problems. Retroactively addressing issues often means an inability to fix problems completely, resulting in further expenses that don’t off-set poor overall project outcomes.
Since acoustic consultants can mean the difference between both a structurally and acoustically sound project, it makes sense that more modern managers are bringing these experts in at the very beginning of a proposed project. Early consultation with companies like Acoustics Certificates means that the acoustic expert can gain a good understanding of the site where a project is to be constructed, and can then work closely with architects and other relevant specialists to provide the best possible sound-related solutions.
The sooner an acoustics engineer is consulted, the easier it also becomes to ensure that projects adhere to all local ordinances regarding sound levels. And since acoustic consultants consider the impact of sound vibrations on the structural integrity of a building project, early consultancy also means greater confirmation of the longevity of the completed work.
As more project managers appreciate the value added by acoustics consultants, the earlier they’re bringing these experts on board. And this shift in practice is clearly visible in cost-savings, improved building practices, and generally better sound-related outcomes.
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