Noise & Vibration Database

Introduction

The PDCA collects case histories and data related to noise and vibration levels emitted at work sites where crews install driven-pile based foundations. The Association has also compiled a bibliography of technical literature related to vibrations and noise from pile driving projects.  Both the database and bibliography are provided to educate and guide pile driving contractors, project engineers, developers, and owners on any environmental impacts of driven pile based foundation installation and aid in future research

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Database
The PDCA Vibration Database contains individual vibration case histories and more than 1800 individual pile-ground vibration measurements relating to pile driving vibrations. Information includes includes peak particle velocity (PPV) data with regard to vibration frequency and distance to the driven pile, pile type, pre-auger information, impact and vibratory hammer data (e.g. rated energy), measured energy (i.e. PDA results), relevant soil data, and pre/post condition survey data. As noise case history becomes available, this data will be added to the database.

The PDCA Vibration Database case history data is contained within a Microsoft Access™ database file. Although this database file is intended to be used with Microsoft Access™ software, the file and data contained within can be opened with Microsoft Excel™. Please consult the instructions for these software programs for additional details on how to use these programs.

View the PDCA database.