Archives of Acoustics, 37, 4, pp. 499–514, 2012

Analysis of the Grid Sampling Method for Noise Mapping

Valentın GÓMEZ ESCOBAR
Departamento de Fısica Aplicada, E. Politecnica, Universidad de Extremadura

Juan Miguel BARRIGÓN MORILLAS
Departamento de Fısica Aplicada, E. Politecnica, Universidad de Extremadura

Guillermo REY GOZALO
Departamento de Fısica Aplicada, E. Politecnica, Universidad de Extremadura

Rosendo VILCHEZ-GÓMEZ
Departamento de Fısica Aplicada, E. Politecnica, Universidad de Extremadura

Javier CARMONA del RIO
Departamento de Fısica Aplicada, E. Politecnica, Universidad de Extremadura

Juan A. MENDEZ SIERRA
Departamento de Fısica Aplicada, E. Politecnica, Universidad de Extremadura

The grid method is the most widely used technique for measurement-based noise assessment, and
indeed is part of the ISO 1996-2 standard. Nevertheless it has certain disadvantages. The present work
is an analysis of the grid method for evaluating noise, firstly in the city of C´aceres and, secondly in
two other smaller towns. Using as reference a 200 metre grid study, a study was made of the effect of
varying the size and form of the grid on the city’s overall noise value, the percentage of data found to lie
above some reference thresholds, and the noise value assigned to a certain zone of the city. The ISO 1996
recommendations of the necessity of new sampling points and the method’s predictive capacity for these
new measurements were also analyzed.
Keywords: grid method; noise mapping; urban noise
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