The environmental noise and vibration impact from major transportation, power generation and industrial projects has become an increasingly important societal issue. Potential effects include annoyance, sleep disturbance, interference with speech communication, noise-induced rattling and wildlife habitat loss. BKL has extensive experience in preparing the noise component of Environmental Assessments (EA’s) for all levels of government: provincial to BC Environmental Assessment Act (BCEAA), federal to Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) and international (e.g. World Bank).
Greater Vancouver LRT Systems
CEAA level environmental noise and vibration assessments for the SkyTrain Evergreen Line (2010), Evergreen LRT Line (2006), Canada Line (2003), Port Moody Coquitlam Line (2000) and SkyTrain Millennium Line (1996). Assessment of impacts from the construction and operation of these light rapid transit systems proposed for Greater Vancouver included detailed baseline and post-construction monitoring, noise modelling and public consultation.
Deltaport Container Terminal Projects
BKL participated in EA’s of the original container terminal on Roberts Bank, the 3rd Berth (to CEAA) and the Deltaport Terminal Road & Rail Improvements Project (DTRRIP) (to BCEAA). Included extensive noise and vibration monitoring, construction and operation effects assessment, public consultation and report preparation.
Wildmare Wind Energy Project
Environmental noise assessment for BCEAA permit application including baseline noise monitoring, historical weather statistics analysis and turbine noise predictions to ISO and Harmonoise standards.
Bathurst Inlet Port & Road Project
EA technical report preparation including assessment of airborne and underwater noise during construction and operations activities (e.g. blasting, pile driving, aircraft, vessels, port, trucking) for Inuit, camp worker and wildlife receptors, according to recognized standards (e.g. ISO 9613, NMPB, ANSI S12.17, ICAN/AzB 2008).
Jansen Potash Mine
Prepared technical report and EA chapter to Alberta’s Directive 38 guideline, including modelling of construction and operations noise sources, specialized assessments for wildlife species and noise mitigation design.
Highway 10 / Mufford Project
CEAA level EA addressing potential construction and operations noise impacts from the proposed overpass project. Included baseline monitoring, Cadna/A modelling and noise barrier design assessment.
Agua Rica Mine
Prepared the noise component of an EA on a new open pit copper/gold/molybdenum mine in northwest Argentina. Included Cadna/A noise modelling of mine site operations, blasting, process plant site, waste rock and tailings facility, filter plant, port facility, airstrip and options for access routes. Meteorological effects on noise were assessed.
Murphy Creek & Keenleyside Hydro-Electric Projects
Prediction of noise impact on residential communities due to drilling, blasting and earth moving required for major BC Hydro developments on the Columbia River.
CFB Cold Lake, Air Weapons Ranges
Noise prediction and impact assessment associated with low level military flying and sonic booms throughout a large military training area for Department of National Defence (DND).