Noise mapping has become a standard procedure in the European Community and is based on directives from Brussels. Usually the directive for the noise mapping is referred to as END (European Noise Directive), but technically it is Directive 2002/49/EC.

This noise mapping is also referred to as strategic noise mapping because it is supposed to be the first step in a process for reducing noise in big cities and along major traffic channels for road and rail. The aim of the strategic noise mapping is to generate an overview of the noise situation and learn how many citizens in their dwellings are exposed to high noise levels.

In order to do the job properly, consultants must manage large areas with very diverse types of input data. They must join these areas in a consistent data base where traffic numbers at intersections are equalized, terrain data becomes consistent and population numbers are assigned to buildings.

To efficiently manage such diverse requirements, SoundPLAN created the END Package where the GIS, DXF and ASCII interfaces, along with an organization structure called “tiling”, allow the import and management of even the biggest areas. Distributed Computing allows the user to harness as many computers as needed for the computation intensive simulations. Grid, Façade and Meshed Maps calculate the noise in the area and generate the feed data for the accounting phase to show which building suffers excessive noise levels and to indicate where noisy and quiet facades are located. Presentation graphics have Hot Spots highlighting the problem zones in urban area. As with all SoundPLAN packages, this END package offers what you need for a greatly reduced price. These moddules are included in the END Package: