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Vibration monitoring in road and rail transport

Vibration measurements assess the impact of rail traffic on people in buildings

Traffic, especially rail traffic, induces vibrations and secondary airborne noise in neighbouring buildings and structures. As part of the transport transition, many lines will be modernised or newly built in the coming years.

Vibration and noise measurements determine the necessity and effectiveness of protective measures along the railway lines and especially in residential areas. Spectral forecasting methods are used here to assess the impact of rail traffic on people in buildings:

  • VDI 3837: Vibrations in the vicinity of overground railway lines - Spectral prediction method
  • RIL 820.2050: Vibrations and secondary airborne noise
  • ÖNORM S 9012: Assessment of the impact of vibration immissions from land-based traffic on people in buildings - vibrations and secondary airborne noise

Automated evaluation of vibration measurement values

In cooperation with DB Systemtechnik, SEMEX-EngCon has developed and tested the METRIS RAILWAY analysis software, which automatically analyses the vibration measurement values collected with MENHIR in accordance with the underlying standards.

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DB Systemtechnik
DB Systemtechnik, Europe's largest competence centre for railway technology, is the engineering office of DB AG.
METRIS is a PC-based programme for data analysis of exported vibration measurement data for Windows and MacOS-based computers and offers extensive functions.