Grain Dryer Operations, Mains of Gray, Dundee - CSP Acoustics

Grain Dryer Operations, Mains of Gray, Dundee

CSP Acoustics has been working in recent years on numerous agricultural projects where a grain dryer is being proposed or noise needs to be controlled. Our noise assessment experience includes grain dryer plant units and grain dryer storage sheds of all sizes.

Project Overview

This particular project related to a proposed grain dryer that was proposed to be located at Mains of Gray, Dundee and where a noise impact assessment was required to support the planning application.

The noise impact from activities associated with the proposed grain dryer was assessed at nearby dwellings using the methods set out in BS 4142:2014. The project was particularly difficult, due to the fact that the nearest houses were within the proximity of the proposed grain dryer and because the manufacturer data didn’t follow typical noise attenuation features found in other point source plant units.

Predictions of noise within this report were made using proprietary noise prediction software CadnaA® (Computer Aided Noise Abatement) developed by Datakustik. This allowed us to model a plenum noise source covered by a canopy roof that would otherwise be impossible. It also helped us to assess to assess the noise criteria (NR) level per frequency.


GS Robertson Ltd/Project Management Scotland

Key words

Industrial Noise / BS4142 / Noise Rating (NR)

Project Information
  • Consultation Period: 2016
Project Team
  • Architect: Project Management Scotland
  • Acoustic Consultant: CSP Acoustics LLP
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