How it works

Easy – Fast – Visual


Can you solve all the acoustic insulation levels in a building? Can you tell whether the acoustic insulation levels are OK in every room?  Could you optimize the acoustic insulation? How long would it take?

Assessing large buildings is not an acoustic problem anymore – we have created the tool allowing you to concentrate on pure acoustic performance.

The working philosophy is simple: SONarchitect has 6 working modes. Complete these six simple stages and get your results.

 Specify the geometry


 Just sketch the plan of every different floor in the building, optionally using a template from a DXF file.

You do not have to tell SONarchitect which are rooms and how, it will automatically detect every room as you draw. Every line becomes a wall, every cross a junction, and every closed shape a new room.

Aid tools allow you to draw normals, specific angles and lengths, ortho lines, and the sticky cursor will help you with clean shapes and correct junctions, also between different floors.

 

 

3D model


 A 3D model of your building is created, where you can verify the geometry of your building, and also virtualize some of the slabs to get complex volumic geometries.

The 3D model can be inspected at any moment during the drawing of the floor plans to asses the progress of the project. Floors having the same plan and building solutions are specified just by a repetition number that creates repeated floors in the 3D model.

 

Assign materials


 At any time you can assign building solutions from the customizable database to any element in any floor. The building solutions can be changed at any time, before or after the computation of the acoustic insulation.

 

Room specs


 You can identify at any time the enclosures of any floor, and tell SONarchitect the use of each room in the building. This determines the aplicable legislation limits to verify the building compliance. Room identification and use can be changed at any time, before or after the computation, without any additional hassle.

 

Computation


 Just press a button… and do not think you will have time for a cup of coffee!

In a couple of seconds you will get the sound insulation values in the entire building, which you will be able to explore room per room, with hints as to any potential troublesome location.

If you have compliance problems, you can go back to the drawing stage, or, more likely, to the material selection, and change whatever may be required. Getting the new results is every time just a matter of a couple of seconds.

Once you are satisfied with the acoustic performance of your building, just press a button, switch on the printer, and have ready your pen to sign the report.

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Jens Holger Rindel

A new age for building acoustics.

With SONarchitect it has been possible for the first time to analyse the sound insulation performance of an entire building project, and with direct comparison to the relevant sound insulation requirements.

The user interface is very good, and the calculation time is close to nil, even for very big projects. Details on a single transmission path or the statistical overview for all calculation results – both are easily accessible. SONarchitect has set a mile-stone in computer modelling and brought building acoustics to a new age.

With a glance to the ongoing fast development in 3D design and modelling tools for architects, this software means a very big step forward in the direction of integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) also for building acoustics.

Managing Director, Odeon A/S, Denmark

Former Professor at the Technical University of Denmark