Forensic Evaluation of Construction Noise and Vibrations Associated with an Urban Drainage Project

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51501/jotnafe.v37i1.146

Keywords:

Construction Dispute, Construction Noise, Construction Vibrations, Drainage Culverts, Historic District, Loss of Use, Noise Monitoring, Structural Damage, Vibration Monitoring, Residential Impacts, Urban Construction, Denver

Abstract

This study performed a forensic evaluation of construction noise and ground vibration propagation to surrounding residential and commercial structures as a result of an urban drainage improvement construction project. Noise and vibration data collected during the course of the drainage project was first evaluated for conformance with the project specifications and data collection protocols. Construction equipment utilization logs were used to create a “time history” of daily maximum noise levels, which were contrasted with the maximum allowable per the project specifications. Attenuation relationships were used to delineate ground vibration extents and magnitudes propagating from the source to adjacent receptors (i.e., structures). The forensic engineer (FE) found significant deviations from the required data collection protocols and a high degree of “under-reporting.” Construction-induced noise and ground vibrations were determined to be “substantial factors of harm” to the adjacent structures.

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2021-01-08

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Storesund, R. (2021). Forensic Evaluation of Construction Noise and Vibrations Associated with an Urban Drainage Project . Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, 37(1). https://doi.org/10.51501/jotnafe.v37i1.146

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