Analysing the effectiveness of approaches to auralisation for applications in environmental acoustics

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Auralisation is becoming more commonplace as a means of communicating and disseminating plans for changes in our environmental landscape due to major infrastructure projects such as road, rail and airport developments, where noise can be a significant issue. This paper presents an approach to this challenge in the context of a major public consultation for a UK road project as well as commenting on different means for facilitating presentation of, and engagement with, both audio and visual material. Although such methods are generally used for information only, every effort is made to ensure that the final result is both plausible and comparable to existing on-site conditions, and calibrated accordingly, with a view to supporting other more standardised methods and metrics. However, it is also possible to develop more quantitative measures as to how effective and successful such auralisations are in terms of conveying a representation of a given scene, and any planned for interventions. In this work the Self Assessment Manikin and soundscape classification descriptors are used in a series of listening tests to better understand the approach that has been adopted for these types of projects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019
EditorsMartin Ochmann, Vorlander Michael, Janina Fels
PublisherInternational Commission for Acoustics (ICA)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783939296157
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2019
Event23rd International Congress on Acoustics: Integrating 4th EAA Euroregio, ICA 2019 - Aachen, Germany
Duration: 9 Sept 201923 Sept 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Congress on Acoustics
ISSN (Print)2226-7808
ISSN (Electronic)2415-1599


Conference23rd International Congress on Acoustics: Integrating 4th EAA Euroregio, ICA 2019

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