Short courses, meetings and conferences

ISVR Consulting, the ISVR and the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences offer regular courses in various aspects of noise and vibration. Some courses are designed to give an introduction for those new to noise and vibration, while other courses are more specialised.  The courses are open to everyone. 


Bespoke courses

ISVR Consulting can also provide special courses tailored to the needs of individual companies or industries.  Examples of possible topics include

These courses, which are typically one or two days in length, may be held either in Southampton, or at a client’s premises.  If you would like a course tailored to your needs, please contact us, without obligation, to discuss your requirements.

Meetings and Conferences

ISVR Consulting staff regularly present papers at meetings, conferences and workshops:

The presentation by Dr Christos Karatsovis to the IOA Central Branch, which was scheduled for Tuesday 31st March, has been postponedWe will let you know if it is rescheduled.

Abstract:  Low-vibration Design and Performance Validation of High-end Buildings: Expectations and Realities.
From microchip fabrication to microscopes operating at atomic and sub-atomic scale, the vibration environment of specialist buildings is of utmost concern since highly stable conditions are required for the operation of sensitive equipment in labs. In this presentation, the concept and principles of low-vibration design of science and R&D facilities will be discussed in addition to what specialist vibration mitigation measures (air tables/springs and structural isolation breaks/movement joints) can be considered. Finite element modelling will be also be explored as a tool for assessing the vibration performance of a building, and will directly be compared with real data gathered from a high-end building. Design discrepancies between the various stages of the building project will also be discussed.


The paper by Dr Malcolm Smith for Acoustics 2020, originally scheduled for 14 May 2020, has been postponed.  Acoustics 2020 is now scheduled to take place at the Crowne Plaza, Chester on  8-9 OCTOBER 2020.

Abstract: A Review of Mechanisms for Flow Induced Noise and Vibration
Flow-induced noise and vibration can be beneficial, as in the diverse range of musical wind instruments such as organs, bagpipes and the Aeolian harp. In the wrong place however, such as whistling from a building or flow-induced resonances in an oil riser, it can require expensive and challenging remedial engineering works. A crucial aspect of many problems is a feedback mechanism between turbulence in the flow and the acoustic or dynamic response of the system, and correctly identifying the mechanism can lead to effective solutions. More difficult, however, is predicting at the design stage when problems might occur. Since there are many potential mechanisms, and since predicting the exact conditions under which they occur can be rather imprecise, in general the best that can be achieved is a review of what could go wrong followed by testing to confirm that problems have been avoided. This paper will use a number of practical examples to demonstrate some of the key feedback mechanisms, show how to minimise the risks, and the appropriate remedial actions if problems do occur.

Acoustics 2020 will be a two-day conference on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 October 2020 at the Crowne Plaza, Trinity Street, Chester, CH1 2BD.   Further details


Advanced course on Aeroacoustics and Noise Control, September 2020

The ISVR Advanced Course on Aeroacoustics and Noise Control is a five-day taught course in Sound and Vibration led by world-class experts in their fields. It is held annually.  The next course will be at the ISVR, University of Southampton, from Monday 7th to Friday 11th September 2020. 

The first two days provide a ‘refresher’ course in the fundamentals of sound and vibration, and are followed by a three-day ‘advanced’  course in either Aeroacoustics or Noise Control.  The two refresher days are common to both streams.  The Aeroacoustics and Noise Control options are then run as parallel streams over the next three days.  Although there are two distinct streams, delegates can, if they wish, mix lectures from the different streams to suit their specific interests.

Course delegates can attend for the full five days of the refresher and advanced course, or just for the three days of the advanced course. 

Advanced Course in Noise Control

The Advanced Course in Noise Control outlines the underlying principles of noise control, examines the character of noise in some key applications and discusses how noise may be reduced by design or palliative treatment.

Advanced Course in Aeroacoustics

The Advanced Course in Aeroacoustics provides an introduction to the phenomena involved in the prediction and control of noise generated by flow, with an emphasis on the physics and modelling that underpin predictive acoustic analysis. 

Course Features

Further details

The fees for the Avanced Course will be as follows:

Five-day Refresher plus Advanced Course:
Residential - £1675
Non-residential - £1475

Three-day Advanced Course only:
Residential - £1475
Non-residential - £1275

The residential option includes accommodation in a university hall of residence. Both fees include course literature for your chosen stream and a course dinner on Thursday evening.

There will be a discount of £100 for applications received before 1 July 2020.   Booking details .

The brochure for 2020 is not yet available, but the brochure for the 2019 course is still online.   Please note that the NVH option offered in 2018 will not be running in 2020.


Short courses and workshops

Details of short courses and continuing professional development  opportunities at the ISVR and in the School of Engineering are available on line.