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August 28, 2008

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Pulsating property predictions

There are three main reasons why there may be a need to measure vibration during construction works:

• to ensure that levels of vibration do not cause damage to property;

• to prevent annoyance to people by maintaining the lowest possible levels; and

• to demonstrate compliance.

Parts 1 and 2 of BS 6472:2008 provide guidance on human response to building vibrations that can be detected by occupants.

BS 6472-1:2008 is concerned with predicting human response to vibration in buildings over the frequency range 0.5Hz to 80Hz. BS 6472-2:2008 gives guidance on human exposure to blast-induced vibration in buildings, and is primarily applicable to blasting associated with mineral extraction.

For more on these guides, go to: and, respectively.

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