Our research tells us that in New Zealand noise, ground vibration and emissions into the air are the three top environmental side effects that are a matter of concern to our communities.

Managing them requires in-depth knowledge and experience of five key, interlinked factors:

  • how the activity generates noise, ground vibrations, or air emissions;
  • how to effectively measure the noise, ground vibrations or air emissions;
  • how the transmission of noise, ground vibrations, or air emissions effects the adjacent community;
  • how the community responds to these effects and;
  • how the effects can be meaningfully mitigated, as well as the benefits and costs of that mitigation.

WSP Research's team brings all these factors together. For example, we have undertaken the following tests and research for our clients:

  • The potential impact of ground vibration; understanding the risk of harsh vibrations on people’s health and on adjacent structures.
  • The potential impact of odour emissions from agricultural activities and advising on how to minimise their effect on nearby communities
  • The potential impact of traffic noise on communities and advising on road surfaces that can reduce noise levels.Understanding the level and type of road signage that best engages drivers

Our research provides a strong technical base for providing environmental assessments of specific projects such as new roads or the construction of major infrastructure. As part of these assessments, we regularly provide independent expert evidence to councils, Board of Inquiry or Environment Court hearings.