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Room Acoustics

Preparing Plans for Acoustic Calculation

Obtaining Acoustic Calculations

Inserting Acoustic Visualization into the Plan

Visualizing Acoustics in the Plan

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Modifying the Acoustic Grid - Settings

By importing acoustic maps, you can display various room acoustic sizes, such as sound pressure level, reverberation time, and speech intelligibility, for individual plans. This map – also known as an acoustic grid or voxel grid – takes the acoustic effects of the room and furnishings into account as well as the position of sound sources and absorbers. The acoustic values are calculated externally and imported into the corresponding project in pCon.planner.

Preparing Plans for Acoustic Calculation

First, create your plan as usual and include all required furnishing. To calculate acoustic parameters, all rooms must be closed.

If necessary, you can indicate sound sources and sound receivers within the plan. To do so, create an object of your choice (i.e. a drawing element) and assign the layer as ACOUSTICS_SOURCE or ACOUSTICS_RECEIVER.

Obtaining Acoustic Calculations

Save the plan as usual. The acoustic parameters are calculated by our acoustic partners at Schall&Raum.

Inserting Acoustic Visualization into the Plan

You will receive a file in CNIVG format from our acoustic partner. This file will include the appropriate acoustic map, also known as a voxel grid, which will display acoustic values through pseudocolor zones. To use them, proceed as follows:

1.Open the output plan.
2.In the Application Menu, click on Import.
3.Choose the appropriate CNIVG file from your file system and click Open.
4.pCon.planner will insert the grid congruently with your floor plan.

Visualizing Acoustics in the Plan

The acoustic grid will be displayed in both the planning and Layout areas. Settings can be changed for both. The newest settings will be applied to both areas.

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Color Legend

The color key indicates which values are heard within the acoustic map’s particular color zones. The key can be inserted as follows:

1.Select the voxel grid.
2.Right click to open the Context Menu.
3.Click Create Color Legend.

You can then place the key in the desired location. The key always indicates the current Acoustic Settings. This function is also available in the layout area.

Modifying the Acoustic Grid - Settings

Select the acoustic grid in the Properties Editor to change the acoustic display. The Size is the most important setting, as this determines which acoustic parameters are shown within the display of the acoustic grid. The following table includes all acoustic grid settings.

Option

Function

Value:

Sound Level

Describes the noise exposure in decibels at each point of the room.

Value: A-weighted

Sound Level

Describes the noise exposure in decibels at each point of the room in frequency adjustment to human hearing.

Value: Reverberation Time T20

Describes the time interval within which the sound pressure of a room drops down to a fraction of the initial value after silencing the sound source.

Value: STI

The speech transmission index describes the intelligibility of language at a particular point within the plan.

Frequency Band

Examination of the acoustic parameters for a specified frequency band.

Section Height

Cross section through the voxel grid at a specified height: A selected sectional plane is displayed using the acoustic reality of the room.

Threshold

Only values above the threshold are displayed (i.e. quieter noises are faded out). Only values between the lower and upper threshold can be used as the threshold value.

Visualization:

Map/Points

Display pseudocolors as a “map” or grid made of points.

 

Note: Displaying the acoustic grid as a Map is possible in all render styles. The Point visualization is recommended for the render styles Wireframe, Concept, Shaded and Realistic.

Transparent

Transparent display; for Map display.

Interpolation

Interpolation of the acoustic parameters for smoothing out the pseudocolor map.

Classification Range

Subdivision of the depicted area. Depending on the basic size, various options are available to divide a range into classes based on its upper and lower barriers.

Alternatively, you can define an individual area.

Lower Bound

Lower range limits in which values are divided into classes. A value is suggested depending on basic size and class division.

Upper Bound

Upper range limits in which values are divided into classes. A value is suggested depending on basic size and class division.

Color Values per Range

pCon.planner suggests color values per range, which are displayed in the pseudocolor map and in the color key. You can manually change the colors.