Noise at Heathrow Airport

Ian Carr from http://www.iancarr.net has created a set of visualization as part of a study about the noise levels around the area of Heathrow Airport. The study is focused on uncovering the noise created by the vast network hub that is Heathrow Airport, specifically looking at the sources which create that noise, by breaking down the noises into visual format.

The dataset was built by recording noise levels at different locations in and around the airport building/boundaries. The information recorded has also been presented in a visual format in order to communicate the levels of noise. A Book, an interactive website and a set of data posters are all final products.

Spheres

One ring portrays noise levels recorded at locations in and around Heathrow Airport. A complete circle represents two minutes. This is the average time gap between two aeroplanes landing.

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Matrix

The matrix displays the links between each location in and around Heathrow Airport. Location and the type of sound recorded over two minuets.

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Density

Each column portrays noise levels recorded at locations in and around Heathrow Airport. Each line represents when the noise level reached above the average of 57 dB. The scale on the left hand side represents every ten seconds. All locations can be traced via the location map. Starting left with location 01 the columns run in sequential order to location 15. A complete column represents two minutes.

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Map

This is a dB noise map of Heathrow Airport runway 1 & 2. The map shows areas with a specific dB level.

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See all the visuals on iancarr.net

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  • http://www.va-consult.com/ vibroacoustic

    These are fantastic; I hope Ian won’t mind if I take some inspiration in my firm’s reporting.

  • http://www.va-consult.com vibroacoustic

    These are fantastic; I hope Ian won’t mind if I take some inspiration in my firm’s reporting.

  • http://www.artillery.ch/ Wiederkehr

    @vibroacoustic: As usual it is recommended to contact the creator himself to talk about the copyright of his work. Maybe this could be a opportunity for a collaboration? Reach Ian on iancarr.net.

  • http://artillery.ch Benjamin Wiederkehr

    @vibroacoustic: As usual it is recommended to contact the creator himself to talk about the copyright of his work. Maybe this could be a opportunity for a collaboration? Reach Ian on iancarr.net.

  • Tony Pritchard

    The potential in visualising information in this way is that you see it and can re-design it (in this case noise). Accepting that noise exists as a contemporary evil, one can push noise generating activities around through the day. Design can have societal implications as well as looking beautiful (at best form and function).

  • Tony Pritchard

    The potential in visualising information in this way is that you see it and can re-design it (in this case noise). Accepting that noise exists as a contemporary evil, one can push noise generating activities around through the day. Design can have societal implications as well as looking beautiful (at best form and function).

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