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Press Release - Final Event

On 10th December 2012, the QUIESST Consortium, afteposterr 3 years of intensive research in Noise Reducing Devices, presented the results of its work and launched the “QUIESST Guidebook” an essential tool for any NRD’s manufacturers and end-users willing to optimise his products and their use.


The Project Coordinator Mr Jean-Pierre Clairbois, opened the event, followed by Mr Walter Mauritsch (EU Directorate-General for Research, Surface Transport Unit) who focused on the Environmental Noise Directive and its objectives. Then Mr. Jean-Pierre Clairbois (A – Tech/Acoustic Technologies) presented the agenda and the 13 partners of the consortium.


ERF was represented by its Director General, Mr. Christophe Nicodème, who elaborated on how important it is to improve NRDs’ use, presenting the road infrastructure perspective.


Mr Jean-Pierre Clairbois provided the general context and the overall objectives of the research, followed by Prof. Massimo Garai (University of Bologna) who introduced the new method for sound reflection and airborne sound insulation in situ measurements and presented the results from WP3. At the end of this presentation there were interesting interventions with key questions from various stakeholders.


Mr. Marco Conter (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology) presented the results from the WP4 and the first database on the intrinsic acoustic performance of various European NRDs, insisting on the benefits for the stakeholders. Mr. Foort de Roo (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) explained the near-field/far field relationship for sound reflections on NRDs of different shapes and materials as concluded by the WP2. Prof. Crina Oltean Dumbrava (University of Bradford) raised the crucial role of sustainability. She presented the results of the WP6, a new definition for sustainability as well as an example analysis of assessing sustainability, prepared only for the event. Later on, Mr. Giovanni Brero (ACAI) insisted on the importance of sustainability and noted that all involved parts have to decide if the game worth the candle.

Mr. Jérôme Defrance, the leader of the WP5, explained how to optimize the use of NRDs through the holistic approach, pointing out that the goal is not the design of new NRDs but their assessment and development.

Mr Jean-Pierre Clairbois presented "The QUIESST Guidebook to NRDs optimisation" which summarizes all the outcomes of the research and will be published soon on QUIESST's website.

Finally, a roundtable presented an exceptional opportunity for stakeholders to exchange views and all agreed that “if we want to improve, we need to know”.



European Commission Presentation

ERF Presentation

ACAI Presentation