Understanding Vibration & Effects


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For several years now Jon has run the successful course on ‘Noise and its Effects’. Based on this experience and feedback, Jon has recommended the development and delivery of a course specifically dealing with the effects of vibration.

As urban development intensifies and buildings are constructed closer to neighbours, with deeper foundations and basements for car parking, so do the potential effects of construction vibration on people and buildings. District Plans across New Zealand are becoming increasingly responsive to managing a variety of vibration effects. Managing vibration effectively requires planners to hold an understanding of the measurement and assessment of vibration, and the potential effects.

Over a one day course, divided between the classroom (AM) and on site (PM), Jon Styles provides planners with a comprehensive introduction to the basics of vibration. This course provides a good understanding of vibration-generating activities, effects on people and structures, and the criteria for measuring and assessing vibration effects. A site visit to a construction site will provide course attendees with the opportunity to observe vibration in practice.

Theory Session: Understanding the basics of vibration

· What is vibration and how is it generated

· Typical land use activities involving vibration effects (construction and operational)

· Vibration from explosives and blasting

· The basic methods for the measurement of vibration

· Understanding the vibration standards

· Requirements of the Noise and Vibration Metrics Standard (National Planning Standards)

· Levels and criteria for human annoyance and building damage

· Vibration sensitive receivers and activities

· Applying and understanding District Plan rules

· Drafting conditions of consent to manage effects on vibration sensitive structures and receivers

· Managing vibration at source

· What to expect from a construction noise and vibration assessment and the peer review

· Drafting conditions of consent to protect vibration sensitive structures and receivers

· The role of the Construction Noise and Vibration Management Plan (CNVMP)

Practical Site visit: Construction vibration in practice

A site visit to observe vibration in practice. This will involve the observation of various items of construction plant and the particular operations that generate vibration, as well as experiencing vibration effects in real-time with measurements undertaken concurrently to help understand the physiological effects at various vibration levels.

PLEASE NOTE - Light PPE gear will be required for this course. Health & Safety requirements will be outlined closer to the course date.


Jon Styles is the Director and Principal of Styles Group, a consultancy specialising in the measurement, prediction and assessment of noise and vibration. Jon has been practicing in the acoustics industry for approximately 20 years, and has completed the Ministry for the Environments’ Making Good Decisions programme. Jon has over twelve years service as a Council Member of the Acoustical Society of New Zealand and has been the President of the Society since 2016.

Jon is an experienced practitioner within local government plan making and regulatory decision making processes, providing expertise to inform plan reviews, resourceonsents and Notice of Requirements throughout New Zealand. Some of his recent assignments include East / West Link, City Rail Link, Northern and Southern Corridor Improvements, Ruakura Inland Port, SH16 Waterview Connection, Victoria Park Tunnel, Penlink, Waikato Expressway, Ngaruawahia and Te Rapa By-passes, Tamahere East-West Link, Southern Links, Mackays to Peka Peka, Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2, and Auckland's Unitary Plan.

Jon is a regular and experienced expert witness in the Environment Court and has appeared before a number of Boards of Inquiry, including as the Boards’ expert. Through his regular involvement with New Zealand’s eminent resource management cases, Jon is highly familiar with the approach to noise management led by RMA hearing panels, Boards of Inquiry and the Environment Court, across NZ.

NOTE - If you are interested in attending a workshop please register early to ensure it goes ahead. Minimum numbers are required for a workshop to run. This generally ensures there is sufficient people to allow different experience and views to be part of the discussion within the course setting. Registration deadline is normally 2 - 3 weeks prior to the event (depending on the venue). Thank you.

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08:30:00 - 17:00:00
TBC, Auckland, Auckland
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