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The QUIESST consortium is composed to provide different points of view to the same problem, and to increase the identification of opportunities. The 13 partners come from 9 different Member States, thus providing satisfactory geographical coverage to the activities of the project. Appropriate industrial / commercial involvement is included in the consortium, consequently the best exploitation of the results will be guaranrteed.


A -Tech  - Project Coordinator
Since its start in 1989, we advise professionals and public authorities facing problems related to noise and vibrations : transports by rail, road or air, building, industry and leisure.
Our founders Joseph Grunenwaldt - creator of the first Belgian consultancy firm in acoustics (1949) - and Jean-Pierre Clairbois - internationally accredited expert in environmental acoustic,- account for more than 50 years of expertise in acoustics and vibrations engineering.




ACAI, the Italian Association of Steel Constructors, was founded on 18th January 1946 by the leading public and private companies operating in the sector at that time, with a view to representing the metal construction sector in its relations with public bodies and technical, economic, political and social organisations. Another reason, by no means secondary, for the founding of the Association was to encourage the cooperation between steel construction companies and provide them with technical, scientific and regulatory assistance.




The Österreichisches Forschungs- und Prüfzentrum Arsenal Ges.m.b.H. is a subsidiary company of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH and constitutes the Mobility and Energy departments.  The AIT works in close collaboration with industry and customers from public institutions, striving to increase their added value through innovation and new technologies. The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology is a highly-specialised Research & Development partner focusing on key infrastructure issues of the future.   The AIT Mobility Department focuses on the development of safe, efficient and green mobility solutions. In addition to high-quality measurement and testing technology, AIT Mobility employs state-of-the-art simulation methods aiming at guaranteeing the capability and sustainability of transport systems for the future. AIT Mobility manages extensive measurement databases using the highest technical standards and links this information with additional transportation-related simulation data to create intelligent and environmental friendly transportation system.  The experts of the AIT Mobility Department derive measures to lessen the acoustic impact from specific inspections as measurements of rolling noise and analysis of noise barriers.




Institute (BASt)  is a technical and scientific institute under the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS). It provides the ministry with scientifically-backed decision aids for technical and traffic-related issues and plays a significant role in drawing up regulations and standards.
At its testing plants, the Federal Highway Research Institute conducts its own research on issues of special significance. Its tasks include consulting services and assessment reports. The Federal Highway Research Institute also evaluates the quality of services and products. For this purpose, it performs accreditation, testing, issues approvals and holds training courses.
Most of the Federal Highway Research Institute's areas of work involve cooperation with other research agencies, particularly institutes associated with universities and colleges. Work here is oriented towards defined objectives.



CETE - Centre d'Etudes Techniques de l'Equipement de l'Est

The Regional Laboratory of Roads and Bridges in Strasbourg (Laboratoire Régional des Ponts et Chausséesde Strasbourg) is a division of the Center for Technical Studies of Equipment (Centre d'Etudes Techniques del'Equipement) of the East of France. CETE is a member administration of the french ministry of Energy,Ecology, Sustainable Development and Planning (Ministère de l'Energie, de l'Ecologie, du DéveloppementDurable et de l'Aménagement du Territoire). More than 350 persons work aCETE de l'Est.The missions of a CETE cover the technical aspects of infrastructure (roads,bridges) and buildings, during all the stages of projects: design, construction,operation. CETE works mainly for other administrations at different levels(national, regional, local).The acoustics group is composed of 11 collaborators, all located inStrasbourg. The acoustics group is focus on transportation noise. It receivedin 2005 the label of joint research team for the Central Laboratory of Roadsand Bridges. The acoustics group was part of the european ADRIENNE andSMILE projects. The group has an extensive experience in noise reducingdevices and especially noise barriers, modelling and in situ testing of variousroad equipments.




CIDAUT was created in 1993, as a non-profit making organisation. Its main aim is to increasecompetitiveness and industrial development of companiesoperating mainly in the automotive and energy sectors, butalso in the railway and aircraft sector, strengthening theirindustrial fabric by increasing their technologicalcapabilities, allowing the development of new products andprocesses.CIDAUT has an extensive experience in project management at Regional, National and European level, as ithas been leader of more than 200 research projects, among which more than 25 European projects inprevious FP. The technical force of CIDAUT is formed by more than 300 engineers and researches. CIDAUTis an active member of several associations and networks at European level: APSN, EARPA, ERF,DYNTEST, EAEC (STA) and European technology platforms as BIOFRAC, HPF and EUMAT.



CSTB - Scientific and Technical Building research Centre

CSTB is the French research centre in building sciences with 755 employees including 350 engineers and research scientists. CSTB is a State-owned industrial and commercial corporative, placed under the administrative supervision of the French Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Housing. It is one of Europe's leading research and evaluation centres. Its experts include specialists in construction materials and techniques, facilities, safety, thermal engineering, acoustics, aerodynamics, etc. Involved in European codification and research programmes, CSTB is well-placed to help manufacturers dealing with the European single market and support their export projects.
The acoustics and lighting department (amongst 8 CSTB departments) aims to better fulfil the needs of designers and contracting authorities in order to optimise the indoor and outdoor conditions of buildings, districts, towns and transport modes. The department advises the public authorities about acoustic regulation and offers its skills in modelling to manufacturers in construction and transportation for instance.



ERF - European Union Road Federation

The European Union Road Federation (ERF) is a reputed platform which brings together all segments of the road sector in order to foster dialogue on major mobility issues. Its mission is to offers its views and expert advice on transport policy to a wide panel of international bodies and institutions. The ERF answers the raising public concerns over the environmental and safety impact of road transport by promoting a sustainable and intelligent mobility. Moreover, the ERF initiates and supports itself scientific studies and publications aimed at improving the knowledge of the European road system.



Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH) – Institute of Technical
Acoustics (ITA)

RWTH Aachen University, established in 1870, is divided into ten faculties. Approximately 30,000 students are enrolled in 92 courses of study. Approximately 400 professors as well as 2,000 academic and 2,000 non-academic colleagues work at the RWTH Aachen University. Special fields of research, two interdisciplinary working groups, eight graduate colleges, 16 competence centres; twelve ancillary institutes with strong industrial alignment illustrate the university's considerable research potential.



TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research is the largest independent contractresearch organisation in the Netherlands. TNO is established by law, but is not a governmental organisation.It makes knowledge available for practical applications and, as such, contributes to the innovative power ofgovernmental bodies of trade and industry – amongst which small and medium enterprises – in the Netherlands and abroad and of non-governmental and internationalorganisations. TNO employs a staff of 4.700 and is organised in 5 core areasamong which TNO Science and IndustryThe discipline of acoustics and noise abatement is placed within the BusinessUnit “Imaging Systems” in the core area of Science and Industry.In the field of noise abatement TNO is aiming at the development of design andmeasurement methods for low-noise machines and vehicles, on reduction ofnoise transmission in buildings, on the development and application of advancedmethods for prediction of sound propagation in the environment and of noiseimpact from traffic and industry and on consultancy to national and European governmental bodies regardingmethods for the assessment and management of noise impact.


University of Bologna

University of Bologna, Alma Mater Studiorum, was founded in 1088. Nowadays, it is one of the mostimportant institutions of higher education across Europe with more than 100.000 enrolled students, 23faculties, 69 departments, 3.000 academics and 3.000 administrative staff.The University of Bologna successfully participated in FP6 with a total of 103 projects funded bytheEuropean Commission in the different specific programmes. The University acted as coordinator in 14 ofthese projects. As far as FP7 is concerned, up to now about 70 projects were selected for funding.The Dipartimento di Ingegneria Energetica, Nucleare e del Controllo Ambientale is an engineeringDepartment of the University of Bologna, Italy.UNIBO is one of the leading research centres for acoustics in Italy, theoretical, numerical and experimental researches are going on in different areas of acoustics.




University of Bradford

The University of Bradford received its Royal Charter in 1966 but its origins date back to the 1860s. Today theUniversity has around 10,000 students. The School ofEngineering, Design and Technology (EDT) within theUniversity of Bradford formed in 2002 by bringingtogether, in a single interdisciplinary academic unit, theareas of Mechanical and Medical Engineering, Civil andStructural Engineering, Electrical and ElectronicEngineering and Industrial Technology, is one of the UK'sleading engineering research institutions with roots that stretch back to 1832 when the Mechanics Institutewas first established in Bradford. It specializes in applied inter-disciplinary research and has an excellent trackrecord in the field of civil and environmental engineering.The Environment and Infrastructure Research Group (EIRG) within the School of EDT has a clear focusand recognises the importance of sustainability for infrastructure systems and also the requirement to providetechnologies to address the needs of such systems to adapt to climate change and reduce their impact on theenvironment. The key personnel involved in this research proposal are active in the areas of sustainabledevelopment research, infrastructure monitoring, environmental noise control and the development of newtechnologies and techniques to better protect the environment, optimise infrastructure systems to enhancetheir sustainability and examine the impact of long term climate change on the built environment andinfrastructure.



The Laboratory for Acoustics and Thermal Physics is part of the department ofPhysics and Astronomy of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Today theUniversity has around 30,000 students. K.U.Leuven employs more than 8,000people, of whom more than 5,000 researchers. The research activities of theLaboratory for Acoustics and Thermal Physics concentrate on material investigation using thermal andacoustic waves (both in the audio frequency range and at ultrasonic frequencies). The laboratory has fourtransmission rooms, one reverberant room and two anechoic chambers. It is fully equipped for measurementsof sound and vibration (microphones, intensity probes, laser Doppler vibrometers, artificial head, ...) and somestaff members are recognized by the Flemish government as expert in the field of environmental acoustics.