Statistical Pass-By (SPB) method

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SPB measurements at Bambois (Belgium)

The purpose of this method is to determine the acoustic quality of a given road pavement at a well-defined location. BRRC performs this test according to the specifications given in the relevant standard ISO 11819-1. A sound level meter and a tachometer are installed on the roadside to measure the maximum sound pressure level and the speed of a large number of randomly sampled passing vehicles. The results are statistically processed into an SPB index (SPBI), which is a good measure of the acoustic quality of the pavement at the measuring site – more particularly, of the influence of the pavement on traffic noise load for local residents. A full description of the test can be found in BRRC’s leaflet F67 “La méthode Statistical Pass-By (SPB)”.