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Recent Design Trends for AV Systems

We were recently contacted by a friend who is the Chief Technology Officer for a large hospital. He became involved with a major renovation project on his main campus. Having been involved with the Design/Bid/Build process many times before, he was caught off guard when his project team told him the AV in the huddle… Read more »

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Happy April Fool’s Day! Happy Anniversary TA!   29 years ago, Steve and I sent out an April Fool’s Day fax stating, “It’s No Joke – Thorburn Associates is Launched!” Since then, we’ve: Opened five offices across the United States: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orlando, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham Teamed with exceptional clients on over 3,500… Read more »

Wireless Audio Systems

“I just want to stream the audio from my laptop or device to the audio system in the conference room,” was a request during an initial design meeting.  This is another great example of technology in the home now pushing us at work. For a number of years different products have been on the market… Read more »

Using Cell Phones to Make Noise Measurements

Twice in the last month, we have heard “I just used my cell phone to make noise measurements so you do not need to make measurements.” Mobile phone sound meter applications have added a new twist to our consulting services.  As for using our smart phones as sound level meters…  The standard phone, as delivered… Read more »

PEX Plumbing – Is it as Quiet as They Say?

Flexible water lines, to some the greatest thing since “Romex” wire for houses. No longer does a person need to fight with rigid pipe when they are plumbing a residence. The product has been around for many years in Europe, and the manufactured home industry has been using it for a number of years in… Read more »

Changes in Resilient Channels

For a recent project at a medical research university we were called in to investigate a vibration issue.  The lab is located on the fourth floor of a newly constructed building.  The research team was having problems with samples in Petri dishes clustering into groups.  For their work the samples needed to be evenly distributed… Read more »

Too Much Lot Line Noise

As winter turns to spring people start talking to their architect or landscape designer about a new hot tub or pool, or perhaps it’s a new air conditioner or even an emergency generator. Soon we will start to get phone calls from homeowners at their wits end because they’ve lost many hours of sleep due… Read more »