If it doesn't exist, we'll invent it
Do you want to know the noise reduction of a road? Do you want to check if a road constructor delivered a quiet road surface according to your specification? We have a measurement system that can answer these questions: CoMeT CPX.
Noise and air quality are tested and assessed using calculation models. Why aren’t measurements used? How can measurements and models complement each other to form an assessment that best matches the perception and experience in the environment itself?
It is always difficult to explain that, under current legislation, the noise of a particular train in a timetable is covered by certain standards and calculation and measurement methods, but the noise of the same train outside the timetable is covered by industrial noise with ot
ARRoW is short for “Acoustic Rail Recording on Wheels” and consists of a measurement system on the train and analysis software. The measurement system measures the noise and vibrations close to the wheels of the train, along with the position and speed.
In the coming years, municipalities will have a major task when it comes to building new homes. The Environmental Act is fast approaching.
M+P is part of the consortium working on the NEMO project for cleaner and quieter vehicles in Low-Emission Zones (LEZ) of cities.
Directly measuring the effect of road design on the fuel consumption of traffic in high resolution provides insight into the possibilities of reducing CO2 by improved road design.
No, Yasmin is not one of our M+P colleagues. It is the name of our measuring system. And an ingenious one to boot. Yasmin is able to work without anyone around, and can be monitored remotely.
Acoustic Rail Recording on Wheels (ARRoW) if we use the full name of the measuring equipment that can reveal everything
Measuring Acoustics for Comfort & Health, or MACH for short, is a measuring system that can monitor noise levels on an of
42 test sections, varying in length from 20 to 80 metres, and 20 sets of tyres were needed. The location to be used for the tests also had to be in a quiet area. After all, this concerned acoustic measurements.
A very pleased project leader, a major challenge that was quickly solved (much to the surprise of the client), and a proud senior M+P consultant. What we are talking about here is the ProRail project, which was started in 2020 to develop a new software application in collaborat
Animals can cause noise pollution with their barking, roaring or screeching. On the other hand, some animals are bothered by ‘our’ noise. Nesting birds for example.
Manufacturers from all over the world ask M+P to certify their test tracks: stretches of road surface to test whether new tyres or new vehicles are making too much noise.
There was no such thing as Artificial Intelligence 50 years ago. But senior advisors Bert Peeters and Erik van Gils have been getting to grips with it for several years now. With 19 years and 13 years with M+P respectively, they now have the necessary experience.
For the measurements we take at M+P, we are often on the road at unusual times and locations.
We don’t advertise it, but the niche measuring systems market around the world is fully aware of the quality of M+P equipment.
When Dr. Alexander von Meier, Alex to his M+P colleagues, returned from South Africa in the early 1970’s; at the time he was ready to put his acoustic training and experience into the European sound industry. He was introduced to Müller-BBM by his former professor Dr.
Sometimes you have to get creative in order to achieve your goals. Gijsjan van Blokland, former managing director and senior consultant at M+P, agrees.
The Netherlands leads the way when it comes to innovations in quiet road surfaces. This is partly due to the research and many measurements carried out by M+P.
Between 1971 and 1996, when he ended his duties as director of M+P, Dr. Alexander von Meier – Alex to employees – had some great experiences that turned into some very vivid memories.
Specially designed sound barriers that changed shape every 3 months, 13 measuring points behind and next to the barriers, and a mountain of measuring equipment. The Testing Ground for air quality was a major study commissioned by Rijkswaterstaat.
When we grew out of our first office as M+P - the ground floor of a block of flats in Amstelveen - we bought an abandoned, half-finished building in Aalsmeer. ”A good choice,” says former colleague Cees Sangers.
With the emergence of noise legislation, M+P received an increasing number of large assignments from governments.
Many people know M+P because of our work on quiet road surfaces. Our research is well covered in a recent book on the silent innovation OAC.
Thousands of reports on one USB stick: looking back at how colleagues worked decades ago has never been easier. ‘You can see connections to our present day all the time; it's addictive’, notes director Jan Hooghwerff.
At M+P, we have been dealing with noise pollution from passing traffic and its effects on quality of life for 50 years. Has all this research truly improved the situation? Absolutely!
In our densely populated country, people quickly get annoyed when a train flies past. Limiting such annoyance is crucial, especially if we want to make more intensive use of the environmentally friendly train tracks.
Our measuring technicians Patrick Boelens and Patrick Meelen frequently encounter it.
On the table is a coffee cup. The room is silent. And then, as if it is being awakened, the spoon in the cup begins to rattle. Briefly. The cause? A passing freight train. You can't hear this train thanks to a noise barrier. But you can feel it.
An internship at M+P can simply define your career. Senior consultant Ronald van Loon is still working with us almost 25 years later.