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2012 AAS AGM

The 2012 Annual General Meeting was held at 6 pm on 4 September 2012, at the University of Adelaide School of Mechanical Engineering. Following the meeting Peter Heinze gave a talk on the new Version 7 Insul software, which introduced the new features included in the software.

New Web Site

The web site for the SA Division has been relocated to a new web hosting service and the whole site has been upgraded. The mailing list server has also been migrated and SA members will be receiving an email shortly inviting them to accept the new email subscription to the email list.

Farewell to Peter Teague and Byron Martin

Peter Teague and Byron Martin have been committee members with the SA Division for a long time, more than 10 years. Peter and Byron, are (independently) moving interstate to start new adventures. They have both provided valuable contributions to the local and federal divisions of the AAS.

Peter Teague was chairman of the division in 2005, 2006, 2007, was a federal councillor in 2007 to 2008, has been an AAS representative on several acoustics standards, and on the organising committees for AAS 2002, Active 2006, AAS 2009 conferences.

Byron Martin was the SA Division treasurer for around 14 years, local division chairman, federal secretary, chairman for the AAS 2009 conference and was honoured at the 2010 AAS Christmas dinner for his services to the local and federal divisions.

As a big thank you to them and to wish them the best in their new business ventures, a farewell dinner is being held on Thursday 14 June 2012.

Thanks guys and good luck.
Carl Howard

Technical meeting: Overview of the Assessment and Compliance of Wind Farm Noise in Australia

On Tuesday 5 June 2012, Peter Teague from Vipac Engineers and Scientists, gave a technical presentation titled, "Overview of the Assessment and Compliance of Wind Farm Noise in Australia" to members and colleagues of the SA Division. There were about 15 people that attended the presentation. Peter covered many of the acoustics standards concerning wind farms and some of the issues surrounding this topical area. Thanks Peter and to all those that attended.

Room Acoustic Design of the Guangzhou Opera House

On 1st June 2011, Peter Exton, from Marshall Day Acoustics, Melbourne, Australia gave a presentation to around 20 people at the University of Adelaide on the acoustic design of the Guangzhou Opera House, which has been hailed as 'an architectural masterpiece'. The project was designed by the famous Zaha Hadid Architects and was opened formally in February 2011.

The theatre has become the biggest performing centre in South China and is one of the three biggest theatres in the nation alongside Beijing's National Theatre and Shanghai's Shanghai Grand Theatre. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guangzhou_Opera_House

The presentation described the design process for the Opera House interior from the discussions of the initial design concepts and the development of design parameters for the room, to the creation and modelling of the principal reflection surfaces. The process of
modelling in Odeon and with a physical 1:10 scale model.

I found that the presentation provided an interesting insight into the teamwork between acoustic consultants, architects, and the client to achieve an outstanding result. Each group have their own technical language and it is necessary to develop an understanding of the wishes from each group and to be able translated their desires into real outcomes.

The South Australian division was pleased to sponsor Peter's visit to Adelaide. We strongly encourage our members to suggest topics of interest or speakers that they would like to hear.

2011 Student Prize awarded

The South Australian Division of the Australian Acoustical Society is pleased to announce that the 2011 student prize for final year project sponsorship was awarded to a project group 'Levitating magnet vibration isolation device'. The group comprising Yann Frizenschaf, Siobhan Giles, Jack Miller, Christopher Stapleton, and Thomas Pitman are final year mechanical engineering students at the University of Adelaide, and were awarded $850 to aid them in their project.

The final year project financial sponsorship scheme is open to all final year students enrolled at a university in South Australia. The purpose of the scheme is to encourage students to undertake acoustics or vibration related projects.

Peter Heinze takes the reigns as Federal Chairman

Congratulations to SA Committee member Peter Heinze who has been elected as the Federal Chairman of the AAS at the Annual General Meeting held in Victoria on 7 December 2010.

AAS Committee Meeting 22 Oct 2010

There will be a AAS Committee Meeting on Wednesday 22 October 2010 at Cafe Brunelli.

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AAS Student Prize in Acoustics for 2010

Part of the charter of the Australian Acoustical Society is to encourage and promote the field of acoustics. The South Australian Division of the AAS awards a prize to the student who obtains the highest mark in undergraduate acoustics course. This year it is our pleasure to award the 2010 Student Prize to Michael Lewis, who will receive a cheque for $500 and a certificate. Congratulations Michael!

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