Communication is key to the success of a workplace. Different people have different communication needs – some need to be able to speak face-to-face and to be understood, others require privacy, while others need to be distraction free. The concept of speech intelligibility (being able to understand, as well as hear, speech) is familiar to us all. But, how do we express this in workplace design?
Computer simulations allow us to create auralisations, to predict how a space will sound before it is built. Combined with virtual reality, we now have a tool that lets people see, as well as hear, how a space will look and sound whilst still in the design stage. This is a game changer and moves the often abstract nature of acoustic design into something that everyone can understand and appreciate. Developments in new technology and how it is being used to aid design, including audio visual demonstrations are part of this timely session.
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