WSDG is a global firm specializing in Architectural Acoustic Consulting and Media Systems Engineering.
WSDG provides a wide portfolio of design and consulting services that support architectural projects during all phases from site selection to final commissioning testing .Our international team of consultants, designers and engineers has provided timely, detailed and cost-effective guidance on highly complex architectural construction and renovation projects, from small critical retrofits to challenging ground up developments. WSDG has extensive experience with sensitive architectural issues including historical renovations, additions and new construction.
We have collaborated with a wide range of international architectural and engineering teams on assignments which include facilities for music and media production, entertainment, broadcasting, performing arts complexes, corporate multimedia boardrooms and conference centers, government facilities, residential entertainment spaces, houses of worship, industrial acoustical applications, product development, transportation hubs, sports venues, and university campuses. WSDG is recognized for its expertise in computer-modeled reverberation studies, speech intelligibility analysis, environmental assessments, mechanical / electrical noise control, and technical interior analysis and design.
Architectural Acoustic Consulting
Successful projects start with a well-developed plan. WSDG designers help their clients in the initial evaluation and development program / requirements summary, advising them of the many variables and stages of site selection, design development, timetables, budgets and construction documentation. WSDG is available to provide project management and on site supervision. Equipment choices, which are often highly subjective, are discussed and evaluated while maintaining realistic budget and client expectations. WSDG engineers and designers are well versed in the professional audio industry innovative advances. We keep track of relevant trends in the marketplace in order to intelligently guide client decisions.
Technical interior design coordination and quiet, ergonomic technical lighting are key elements to a well designed space. These specifications should be part of any recording studio design package.
The placement of surface treatments and special acoustic materials significantly affects in-room hearing conditions. For example: Sonic integrity in a recording studio, reverberation characteristics in auditoriums and speech intelligibility in a conference room or stadium. WSDG provides services to determine room acoustical criteria, surface treatment recommendations, detailed measurements, simulations and analysis, as well as professional liaisons to manufacturers of acoustical products.
Any audible noise from mechanical and electrical systems will detract from (and impede) the sound of a performance, a recording or any form of media playback or presentation. Therefore, noise from mechanical systems that travels through ductwork as well as through walls and floors must be controlled and minimized.
WSDG establishes noise criteria for each space, prepares guidelines for the mechanical engineer and offers complete HVAC design services for technical facilities to assure that the noise criteria are met.
In any acoustical environment, the impact of outside noise and vibration sources (traffic, subways, trains, aircraft) and in-house noise and vibration sources (room-to-room transmission, HVAC systems) has to be carefully studied and then minimized for production, comfort, and privacy reasons.
WSDG provides acoustical measurement, simulation, analysis and design services to determine the acoustical performance of existing or to-be-built wall, ceiling and slab constructions. Construction descriptions for wall and slab assemblies, specifications, details for special acoustical isolation joints, room-within-room construction, and on-site inspections are provided to ensure effective sound isolation.
Over the past decades there have been significant advancements in the science of acoustical measurements and simulations. WSDG has been at the forefront of many of these advancements and maintains a research program, constantly improving upon the state of the art. WSDG uses complex prediction and analysis software to model and study the behavior of sound in three-dimensional space and has also pioneered the use of acoustical modeling tools and auralization for media facility design.
WSDG uses com time and frequency domain criteria of a room-loudspeaker-system, analysis of reverberation characteristics and background noise levels in a room, or quantifying the sound isolation of a boundary system are all critical to facilitate and increase the effectiveness of the design or remodeling process.
WSDG’s engineers engage sophisticated measurement equipment, the most up-to-date acoustical data-collection and analysis software, and complex visualization tools to determine and optimize existing acoustical conditions. WSDG specializes in collecting required measurement data for documentation (technical or legal / forensic purposes) and presents a useful interpretation of measurement results and their consequences.
WSDG uses the industry’s most advanced acoustic prediction, modeling and measurement software, including:
• EASERA – provides both data acquisition with a variety of stimulus signals including Time Delay Spectrometry, sweeps, MLS or noise excitation signals, and a post processing engine to calculate all acoustic functions or measures according to ISO Standard 3382 and higher.
• EASERA SysTune – acquires Impulse Response data using live program material and simultaneously displays time-domain and frequency-domain measures in real time.
• Smaart – performs dual-channel, FFT-based audio measurement integrating Page” aneously displays time-domain and frSmaart also remotely controls professional equalizers and DSP processors.
– SigmaPlot – allows comprehensive visualization of data in 2D and 3D graphs.
Media Systems Engineering
Some electro-acoustical systems may be used in voice alarm / emergency scenarios, where properties such as redundancy, certification and reliability are highly critical. WSDG embodies years of design experience for such systems and extensive familiarity with national and international regulation e.g. FIFA.
In today’s world of increasingly complex technical media installations, multi-functional devices and computer controlled sound and video systems the integration of all equipment pieces into a working system is a complex engineering task.
WSDG provides services that start with the design and end with the complete implementation of solutions for commercial, corporate and residential areas that seamlessly integrate, in such a way that the system is operable by personnel with differing needs and technical skill. These programs include:
• Distributed Audio Networks
• Distributed Video Networks
• Lighting Control (Natural and Artificial)
• Systems Integration and Automation
• Telephony and Communications
• Remote and automatic systems management.
• Temperature Control / Building Management
• Voting Systems
• Interpreter Systems
• Conference Systems
WSDG can custom engineer solution to meet the specific needs of any project, from the definition of requirements to early conceptual studies, the choosing of equipment in coherence with budget, technical and aesthetical requirements, and the implementation, wiring and custom programming of the system’s components and control elements.
At WSDG the theater experience starts with the design that architecturally incorporates all the interior design, acoustical requirements and carefully selected audio, video and control equipment required to meet the client to expectation and budget. A detailed plan of the home theater will provide room and structural acoustic design, interior design, architectural renderings, custom electronics specifications and integration design.
WSDG can project-manage the construction as supervisors or by providing the entire build-out. Finally WSDG performs the installation of acoustic elements, lighting, environmental systems and integration of custom electronics.
WSDG provides every project with a seamless integration of all analogue and digital technical components, coupled with direct, user friendly access to a variety of tools that match the task at hand and systems users to build a deeper understanding of content.
Technology is continuously, and rapidly, evolving. It is an ongoing process and demands continual education. WSDG´s design team is committed to this process. Additionally, WSDG principals are educators who lecture on these topics at colleges and universities around the globe.
From defining the project concept and initial specifications, to front end engineering & design, our team can help you identify the right technology. WSDG, detailed engineering phase addresses gap, and also minimizes cost and schedule risks. Once complete, the team moves into the build, test and delivery stage to prepare for installation, commissioning and ongoing project support.
WSDG provides theatrical technology and lighting design services for professional theater designers, educational workshops and special events.
We work closely with diverse and complex production and design teams to make every project a success.
We blend science with art to create beautiful environments and captivate audiences. We will work with you through the programming and tech periods, up to finalization and final set-up of the systems.