Sound Barrier for Horizontal Directional Drilling

Sound Barrier for Horizontal Directional Drilling

Temporary Construction BarrierMany municipalities are replacing aging water supply and waste piping in densely populated areas. The replacement of the pipes requires noisy horizontal directional drilling. Many of these areas also have noise ordinances in place to protect nearby residents and businesses. Contractors on these projects now need to provide sound barrier walls to help alleviate the noise impact. It is important to complete these critical infrastructure updates while also adhering to local noise codes.

Source Sound Power Levels in Octave Band Format (dB, re-12 W)
Octave Band Center Frequency (hz), Sound Power Levels (dB)
Equipment Source 32 63 125 250 500 1000 2000 4000 8000 dBA
Drilling Rig 99 95 103 103 99 99 96 93 86 104
Rip HPU 100 99 107 108 109 110 109 106 99 115
Mud Pump/Generator Engines 97 96 104 105 106 107 106 103 96 112
Engine Exhausts 100 99 117 105 103 102 101 98 97 109
Mud Pump 95 102 103 98 96 92 88 85 73 98
Mud Cleaner 38 38 87 86 90 95 93 96 97 102
Shaker 59 59 71 80 107 98 102 94 98 108
Excavator 104 109 110 106 106 106 103 98 89 110
Light Plants 94 98 96 92 86 87 85 81 74 92

Outdoor Sound Blanket Wall

outdoor-sound-curtain-near-horizontal-directional-drilling-equipmentThe best solution for this type of project is an outdoor sound blanket or noise curtain wall. We manufacture these blankets in several STC levels to meet any material specification and requirements. The outdoor rated blankets are manufactured to the height needed for the application. The exterior grade vinyl facing with diamond stitching withstands inclement weather and UV exposure. Velcro strips allow the panels to attach together and form a wall.

Grommets on the panels provide an easy and quick way to install them on any existing structure, such as a chain link fence. The quick installation makes them ideal for temporary projects such as horizontal drilling. After the project is complete, these rugged blankets can be taken down, folded, and stored or reinstalled at another location.

blankets at horizontal directional drilling siteContact eNoise Control to discuss your horizontal directional drilling sound barrier application.  We will help you determine the appropriate height and length of material to achieve your sound reduction goals. Expedited manufacturing options are available.

Read our case study about horizontal drilling noise.

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