After the great success of the three cycles of webinars “Waiting for Matera” proposed in 2020, 2021 and 2022, in anticipation of the 49th AIA National Conference, the Italian Acoustical Society organizes “Waiting for Ferrara…” confirming the formula of free dissemination seminars, in telematic mode, on topics of current affairs and of general interest concerning applied acoustics.
The program includes three online events which will be held, as in the previous three seasons, on Friday, in the lunch break from 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm. The speakers will be researchers and professionals, experts in acoustics and in other disciplines connected to different and interdisciplinary application fields: noise emissions and disturbance, minimum environmental criteria and sound evacuation systems in case of emergency.
We will start on Friday 20 January by talking about the “Intrusive characteristics of noise”, the methods and new assessment tools. This will be followed by the meeting on Friday 10 February on the “New building CAMs”, where performance and acoustic comfort will be discussed. The cycle will end on May 12 with the webinar on “Acoustic and EVAC systems”.
Free events for AIA members and non-members.
For AIA Members, the request for the release of CFP Engineers is underway after participation in all three webinars.
Friday, 20th January 2023 1.30-2.30 pm
Webinar “Intrusive characteristics of noise: methods and new evaluation tools”
Chairman: Sergio Luzzi, Vie en.ro.se. Ingegneria
The wealth of knowledge and expertise of those called upon to assess the intrusiveness of noise must necessarily be broad and detailed, just as the cases in which the correct assessment of noise immissions are required are broad and detailed. The investigation methods have recently been joined by the one published by UNI in the technical specification UNI/TS 11844:2022 which deals with the measurement and evaluation of intrusive noise emissions, defining their intrusiveness starting from the determination of the signal/noise ratio for each frequency band at 1/3 octave of the spectrum, through the parameter “Detectability Level” D’L. The webinar sees among the speakers: a lawyer with great experience in disputes related to noise as a cause of damage, physiological or psychological for exposed individuals, one of the members of the UNI WG 38 who elaborated the Technical Specification and a young professional who is collecting the application of the new standard to real acoustic scenarios and case studies in an organic and reasoned way. The AIA proposes this moment of discussion, which will be followed by specific training events, in the belief that defining the entity of noise immissions starting from their intrusiveness can be a valid aid for the technical consultants of the office and for parties and for lawyers and judges called to defend and protect the right to health and peace.
Paolo Caporello, Engineer, technician competent in acoustics, he has worked in various sectors acquiring variegated experience. Since 2008, first as a representative of his own provincial Order, and then of the National Council of Engineers, he has participated in the regulatory work of the technical groups set up at UNI (National Standardization Body), contributing to the development of regulatory texts in the sector including the UNI Technical Specification /TS 11844:2022. Over the years he has published various articles in specialized magazines.
Gianfrancesco Colucci, Engineer, freelancer, competent technician in acoustics. Expert in measurement, modeling and assessment of the acoustic impact of construction sites and large infrastructures. He carries out official technical consultancy for the Court of Pistoia (Register of CTU-Acoustic Section) and party technical consultancy on the subject of tolerability and intrusiveness of emissions and acoustic compliance of buildings. He deals with acoustic design and remediation interventions, real estate valuations and appraisal and depreciation reports related to environmental factors, including noise and vibrations.
Santo Durelli, lawyer of the Court of Genoa, she carries out practices in various sectors of civil law assisting clients operating in the sector of tenders, leases, real estate brokerage and more. In particular, he deals with consultancy and assistance in disputes regarding environmental and noise pollution. He is the author of numerous publications, speeches and reports at conferences on the subject of noise emissions and passive acoustic requirements of buildings, regulatory evolution and liability profiles. He lectures in courses on the technical-juridical aspects of noise litigation and on the role of the technical consultant in acoustic disputes.
Friday, 10th February 2023 1.30-2.30 pm
Webinar “New construction cams: acoustic performance and comfort”
Chairman: Chiara Scrosati, ITC-CNR
On August 6, 2022, the Decree of June 23, 2022 was published in the Official Gazette “Minimum environmental criteria for the assignment of the design service for building interventions, for the assignment of works for building interventions and for the joint assignment of design and construction work.” The CAM decree (Minimum Environmental Criteria) for Construction entered into force on 4 December 2022. With regard to acoustic performance and comfort, the CAM 2022 introduces important innovations and references to the UNI 11367 standards “Acoustics in construction – Acoustic classification of real estate units – Evaluation procedure and on-site verification” and UNI 11532 “Internal acoustic characteristics of confined spaces – Design methods and evaluation techniques – Part 2: School sector”. The webinar aims to outline the new design and verification paradigms of the passive acoustic requirements of buildings and of the acoustic comfort identified in the CAMs for new buildings and interventions on existing buildings of the Public Administration. The results of significant case studies will also be presented.
Veronica Amodeo, Architect and Technician Competent in Acoustics. She graduated from the School of Architecture of Florence, where she is currently a PhD student in Sustainability and Innovation for the design of the built environment and the product system, for the curriculum of Architectural Technology. Her interests and her research activities fall within the field of architectural acoustics, in particular the acoustic quality of public environments such as schools, hospitals and offices. Since 2020 you have been collaborating with the Department of Architecture of Florence on various projects aimed at correcting the acoustic characteristics of school environments financed by public and private bodies and by individual companies.
Antonino Di Bella, professor of Technical Physics and Applied Acoustics at the School of Engineering of the University of Padua in the Degree Course in Mechanical Engineering. Head of the Acoustics Laboratory of the Department of Industrial Engineering. He carries out research in the field of physics of the built environment, techniques for environmental control, building acoustics, the acoustic properties of materials for civil and industrial applications, the sound power emitted by machinery and systems and the reduction of noise in the external environment . You are the coordinator of the UNI / CT002 “Acoustics and vibrations” working groups GL3 (Noise of systems in buildings) and GL5 (Acoustic classification of buildings). You participate in the activities of various working groups in the field of CEN (TC126) and ISO (TC43). You are a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Association of Acoustics and Secretary General of the International Commission for Acoustics.
Linda Parati she obtained the engineering degree in 2000 and the European Doctorate in Sound and Vibration Studies (EDSVS) in 2004, partly in Italy at the Faculty of Engineering – University of Ferrara and partly in Denmark at Acoustic Technology Department – Technical University of Denmark, where she was also Assistant for the Architectural Acoustics course in 2008. She is Coordinator of the UNI/CT002/SC01/GL07 Working Group responsible for the UNI 11532 Technical Standard and is the author of many publications. You carry out the activity of Acoustic Consultant, with particular attention to the construction sector, with a specific focus on schools and offices with interventions both on existing assets and on new buildings. The experience acquired in the field allows her to make a concrete and objective contribution to the working group of the standard that she coordinates.
Friday 12th May 2023 1.30-2.30 pm
Webinar “Audible and voice signaling systems (EVAC): from design to testing”
Chairman: Andrea Tombolato, acustica pd
The sound and voice signaling systems play, in synergy with the detection systems, a fundamental role in active fire protection, as well as in the management of emergencies of various kinds, in workplaces and/or places open to the public. The Ministerial Decree of 3 August 2015, Fire Prevention Code, deals with the issue of IRAI (Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Signaling Systems) in Chapter S.7, defining, in particular, four levels of performance, respectively suitable for the management of areas from the simplest to the more complex. For the latter situations, in particular, the accurate acoustic design of the signaling systems is essential and, once the system is installed, the objective verification of its efficiency by means of instrumental measurements of the STIPA index (Speech Transmission Index Public Address). Once the efficiency of the system is guaranteed, its real effectiveness depends on several factors:
– maintenance and updating of the Emergency Evacuation Plan, which must take into account the possible presence of non-native speaking personnel or public, or with sensory disabilities (motor or cognitive; Inclusive Planning);
– training of emergency operators and regular performance of specific exercises;
– attention to the possible hiring of workers who will wear hearing protectors or employees with hearing impairments;
– regular maintenance of the system and carrying out of periodic checks, as per precise indications of the technical standards of the sector.
Fabio Brocchi, Engineer, he carries out the profession of acoustic technician, with particular interest in building, architectural, environmental and industrial aspects. Passionate about innovative systems for assessing the acoustic quality of indoor environments, he has been registered in the national list of competent technicians in acoustics since 2019. He graduated from the Faculty of Building Engineering of the University of Florence in 2017 with a thesis entitled “Study and proposals for improvement of the acoustic behavior of university premises: design and implementation of a sound-absorbing system”.
Andrea Cerniglia has been dealing with acoustics and vibrations for over 35 years, both in the environmental and industrial fields. After an initial four-year experience in the non-destructive testing sector in the civil sector, with particular regard to ultrasound and modal analysis, for the next twenty years he mainly dealt with instrumentation, both as sales support and as research and development for the definition of the characteristics of new measurement and analysis systems. Since 2009 he has been working as a freelancer in acoustics and vibrations and is the technical director of a leading consultancy company operating in the same sector. He has worked on important projects in Italy and abroad and is a member of the UNI Acoustic Commission and coordinator of a specific working group for the drafting of a new standard. During 2020, together with other professionals, he set up an association of experts in the fields of the environment, health and culture.