MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- HGC Engineering's Wind Energy Division has been awarded full ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation to conduct measurements of wind turbine noise emissions to the exacting methods set out in IEC-61400-11.
This international accreditation means that HGC Engineering has demonstrated that it has the compulsory laboratory quality management system in-place, and the required technical competence, to consistently produce valid, calibrated, test and measurement results demanded by renewable wind energy project developers, wind turbine manufacturers, and local municipalities and communities.
HGC Engineering is now part of a small, select group of international consultants that can complete accredited acoustic noise emission measurements of wind turbines.
"Valid measurement data is essential for use in verification audits or warranty claim issues against manufacturers by operators, or for investigations into noise complaints by neighboring wind farm communities or municipalities," explains Brian Howe, President of HGC Engineering and an internationally recognized authority on wind turbine noise. "To maintain our market leadership and continue to offer cutting-edge, unassailable data to all industry interests requires that we continue to invest in, and stay up-to-date on noise assessment best practices and technologies. There is no resting on our laurels."
To that end, HGC Engineering is now not only one of a handful of North American based ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited acoustical consultants, they are now also one of the few groups in the US and Canada to deploy RoBin, a European engineered, state-of-the-art measurement and analysis system which streamlines IEC-61400-11 testing.
This integrated infield software/hardware solution by Wölfel of Germany, allows acoustical, meteorological, and operational data streams to be consolidated, viewed and verified simultaneously for integrity in real-time via a wireless network.
"This investment in state-of-the-art technology, coupled with our measurement and testing expertise, and new ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, means we can continue to offer uncompromising responsiveness, accuracy and customer satisfaction to the wind energy industry and all its impacted stakeholders," notes Ian Bonsma, Senior Engineer and Manager of HGC Engineering's Wind Energy Division. "This unrivalled value proposition of speed and technical prowess has been very well received by our clients in North America and has led to growing interest and demand for our services around the world."
About HGC Engineering
HGC Engineering is a North American pioneer and leader in the precision measurement and management of noise from wind turbine developments, with project assessments and reports completed for a growing international customer base. The acoustical engineering group's wind energy division specializes in helping operators, manufacturers and municipalities address potential sound issues in communities surrounding wind energy projects. The group has also worked in partnership with Governments and Associations in developing policies and standards for assessing the noise impact of wind turbines.
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