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A growing team in a thriving city

When we need to hire the very best, it’s worth the effort to seek out those candidates. BAP Acoustics recruited Principal Consultant Andrew Williamson early this spring for our Victoria office. A 2003 University of Victoria grad with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Andrew “quickly fell in love with acoustical engineering” right out of the gate as the new hire at a small acoustics firm.
“I really enjoyed the dynamic variety of the work and its considerable overlap with architecture,” says Andrew, who in 2009 received his Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) designation from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia (APEGBC).
A confident speaker, he has on numerous occasions communicated technical information to the public, municipal councils, government members, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). As well as having attended public meetings, open houses, and government-sponsored working groups, Andrew has acted as an expert witness in British Columbia’s Supreme Court and participated in a joint review panel environmental assessment hearing for a major infrastructure project.

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Something sounds fishy: mitigating noise aboard small industrial craft

I’d never before pondered that fish and noise might—even indirectly—have anything to do with each other. Little did I know! Sure, fish do tend to be quiet, but the process of harvesting them most assuredly does not.

With high casualty, accident, and injury rates, fish harvesting ranks as one of the world’s most dangerous industries. Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) literature from coastal communities not only confirms this; it also highlights noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) as a primary health hazard among fish harvesters. What these regulatory bodies haven’t addressed is the noise-induced fatigue caused by insufficiently sound-attenuated crew quarters. Cumulative health effects of noise exposure over time also include cardiovascular stress, which can lead to high blood pressure and dizziness.

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That which doesn’t kill us

There’s not a lot to be said about last year that hasn’t been said ad nauseum, so I won’t waste your time or my own. And because we’re still bombarded with it when we watch the evening news, I’ll also refrain from using that C-word. (You know the one.) While most of us have cause for optimism as 2021 begins to unfold, here at BAP Acoustics we look back on 2020 with a considerable amount of gratitude. Good things happened… things that form a solid foundation for even better things to come.

Proposals were submitted. Proposals were won; enough so that we found ourselves growing the BAP team and consequently bringing that expansive energy to our clients’ projects. We couldn’t be more pleased about our recent additions, and we hope you’ll enjoy getting to know them as much as we have…

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Starfish Communications

6 reasons to hire acoustic consultants for your project … at an early stage in its progress

You trust your well-trained, compassionate family doctor. But would you be comfortable with a diagnostic hint of “It’s probably acid reflux, but it might be throat cancer”? Chances are, you’d be as unlikely to accept a “might be” as she would to let you leave her examining room before referring you to a specialist. At the very least, she’d send you off to a lab with blood test requisition in hand.

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Starfish Communications

The Science—and Nature—of Sanctuaries

Sanctuary. The concept means different things to different people, and all those meanings play important roles in healthy, sustainable communities. It could be a place for community gathering; it could be your home. In this case study of the Brechin United Church Redevelopment in Nanaimo, BC, both those meanings informed our work with the client, BC Housing. One of several projects slated for construction by 2020, this redevelopment stems from a united commitment to providing much-needed affordable rental housing in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.

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BAP Admin

The Sound of Floors

BAP Acoustics has performed hundreds of impact insulation class (IIC) tests across Western Canada. For these test, we utilize a “tapping machine” which you can see in the video below.

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