Editor’s View (Jun 2021)

Welcome to the June 2021 issue of Noise/News International.

In this issue we learn about a brand-new professional society in Ireland (the Association of Acoustic Consultants of Ireland), which was founded less than two years ago, and earlier this year formally became the EEA membership society for the Republic of Ireland. We also hear from SoundPLAN, who write to tell us about a newly developed Room Acoustics module, while Eric Ungar returns with a tutorial describing what happens when a vibration-producing machine is to be moved. We also remember the life of one of the founders of INCE-USA, Jim Chalupnik, with a contribution from Ulf Sandberg.

This issue also includes a review of NOISE-CON 2020, which was held as an online event in late 2020. I thoroughly enjoyed the event, and with the success of NOISE-CON 2020 I do wonder if there is a place for hybrid online/in-person events in the future. While nothing can replace those face-to-face meetings or random chats over a cup of coffee, I was very impressed with how simple it was and how smoothly it all ran. On the back of this I’m really looking forward to INTER-NOISE 2021 in August, which of course will mark the 50th International Congress and Expo on Noise Control Engineering.

As I’m writing this, some parts of the world seem to be getting over the worst of the pandemic, whereas others are still fighting. I hope wherever you are in the world that you are safe, and the end of the pandemic is near, and someday we will all return to normal, or the new normal, whatever that may be.

I hope you enjoy this issue of NNI, and don’t forget to listen to our companion podcast, The Noise/News, available wherever you get your podcasts.

Eoin A. King, PhD