After the teaming up in 2017 of GAMBA Acoustique and serdB into the Gamba Group, ACOUPHEN joined the GAMBA Group in spring 2019. A major stakeholder on the acoustic and vibration engineering stage with manpower of 80 and 9 set-ups in France, the group is bolstering its excellence in the traditional acoustic engineering professions and its leading position on the emerging issue of vibration treatment. For our customers and partners this means increased skills, greater responsiveness and greater proximity across the country.
For our teams and directors this means a serene and promising future.
Photo: Denis Bozzetto, Director of Acouphen and Claude Senat, CEO of Gamba Group, are happy to seal the merger of the two structures.
After being awarded in 2017 with the vibratory sizing studies for the new Light Rail Line of Grand Avignon. serdB continues its momentum and is entrusted by the specialist for railway construction TSO to carry out the railway superstructure inspection.
The 5.2 kilometres of the LRT are under construction with the works having no delay or extra cost. The inauguration is scheduled for summer 2019.
The inauguration took place as part of the lively open day on September 22nd 2018, a project of nearly 10 years and 6 million euros in cost.
The ceremony was presided by Yannick Borde the Mayor of Saint-Berthevin. In his speech he emphasized the acoustic performance of the auditorium for which SerdB conducted a complete acoustic study. The words of the mayor: "All those who have already come are quite impressed by the quality of listening in the auditorium ... It is a real pleasure to present it"
Congratulations to the Building team of SerdB!"
On March 6th at 1:00pm the national French TV on France 2, INA (National Audiovisual Institute) many archives from the 50s were broadcasted. The subject: The noise in the city, in the housing and at the schools.
Noise related subjects regulary hits the newspappers headlines. Paris Match (famous french review) titled in 1964 « YES, noise kills ! », making a reference to Pierre Blanchet, a man who killed his upstairs neighboor « because she made too much noise » Anecdotal?
In the same review journalists talk about Dortmund city. Which with 50 years ahead, launched a noise map availbale for consultation in the town hall by the citizens. This was implemented in order for them to choose the perfect place to live.
The magazine Paris Match has evaluated the price of noise: One billion hours of work lost in France because of noise, ie 300 billion old French francs. That equals 450 million euros value of the year 1964!
What about today? With all progress, standards and regulations, did the facts improve?
Consider by yourself: 57 billion Euros were lost every year according to the 2016 estimation of social costs relating to noise impact by the National Council of Noise and ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency), which experts agreed in saying that it is a low estimation.
Well, now.... everything isn't that bad, but when are we (« we » is obviously for politics) going to be aware that the noise is not a minor problem and it COST 57 billion Euros every year in France. Represented over 70 years it works out to be like 3990 billion Euros (approximatively, I assume).
It's obvious that I only speak about financial cost and not about daily suffering … After all, if the financial aspect only is enough to raise awareness, it would not be so bad.
By the way, today is National day of Hearing.
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Author: Fabien Krajcar, Managing Director.
A new success in Africa for serdB who has just signed a contract as the acoustics and vibrations experts of the guided transport systems, tasked to perform acoustic and vibratory studies of the first light rail system of Mauritius, mandated by SYSTRA.
The trams will not circulate in Caen until mid-2019. The city has started the project to replace the trams on tires by a trams on rails.
SerdB won three contracts for this project. The first contract was with TSO, the second with ETF and the third with Colas, all of which hold part of the works contract.
The three companies entrusted our vibration experts in guided transport systems with measurements and vibratory studies to verify the types of railway superstructure for the tramway.
Our team specializing in architectural acoustics was retained in a group of specialists with the architectural firm IVARS & BALLET to intervene on the construction of the conservatory of music and dance at municipality Pré-Saint-Gervais (93).
The project includes an auditorium, current music rehearsal studios, a recording studio and a dance hall.
Our acousticians will carry out a complete study test (APS + APD + PRO + DCE) as well as it's commissioning (VISA + DET + AOR).
SerdB has been mandated by Archi Urba Déco to conduct a complete acoustic study as part of the creation of a multipurpose complex for the commune of Clisson with a multifunctional main room for theater use, reception, wedding, and a secondary hall for meetings and receptions
SerdB was present at the annual congress of ALAMYS (Latin American Association of Subways and Underground), whose main subject was «Public transport as protagonist in improving our quality of life « which took place this year in Barcelona from 13th to 16th of November, 2017.
Together with various architectural experts, serdB has won new tenders to carry out a full acoustic study (APS + APD + PRO + DCE) as well as the site monitoring (VISA + DET + AOR) of the project of construction of a multi-purpose room in Pont Saint Martin, with an HQE approach. The entire project will be directed by Archi Urba Deco architect.