Modeling & Simulation, Testing & Validation (MSTV)

Real Time Urban Acoustics Using Commercial Technologies

by Steven G Mattson; Stephen E. Polakowski; Jeff Pruetz; Rob Smith; Phil Janicki


A methodology based on a combination of commercial software tools is developed for rendering complex acoustic scenes in real time. The methodology aims to bridge the gap between real time acoustic rendering algorithms which lack important physics for the exterior urban environment and more rigorous but computationally expensive geometric or wave-based acoustics software by incorporating pre-computed results into a real time framework. The methodology is developed by surveying the best in class commercial software, outlining a general means for accommodating results from each, and identifying areas where supplemental capability is required. This approach yields a real time solution with improved accuracy. Strengths and limitations in current commercial technologies are identified and summarized.