Consulting is all about people – clients and consultants, working together to solve problems.
Here’s a summary of the team we have at BKL, ready to work with you:
Douglas S. Kennedy, P.Eng. is one of the original principals of BKL Consultants Ltd. and has consulted in acoustics since 1971. Although he has extensive experience in many areas of acoustics, he has specialized in environmental and marine noise control. His environmental noise work has included a wide range of projects involving both industrial and transportation facilities. He has been particularly active in studies involving military training ranges, commercial airports and heliports. His expertise in shipboard noise control has been developed over a period of 35 years during which time he has consulted to naval architects, shipyards, ship operators and government agencies. He has been involved in the acoustical design and/or construction of well over 100 ships including yachts, towboats, patrol vessels, research vessels, ferries and naval vessels. Services in this area have been provided throughout Canada and in the United States.
Tiberiu Spulber, M.Sc., P.Eng. started working in the field of acoustics in 2001, after a long career in the HVAC systems design field. His expertise includes architectural acoustics, mechanical noise control, environmental noise control and vibration analysis and control. He is experienced in modelling and designing the acoustics for classrooms, boardrooms, worship spaces, theatre and performance spaces, auditoria, sport facilities etc. He has conducted hundreds of acoustical field measurements of sound and vibration levels. He has expertise in investigating noise problems in existing buildings and designing solutions to mitigate them as well as providing design recommendations for new buildings to meet the required noise criteria. He had projects for a wide variety of clients in various fields of activity such as institutional, educational, industrial/commercial, residential, arts, sports, etc. He has a particular interest in modelling indoor and outdoor sound transmission. He is also interested in the measurement of structure borne noise in condominium buildings in correlation with the vibration levels in the building structure.
Mark Bliss, P.Eng., INCE, is a professional engineer and member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
The majority of his time is spent managing environmental impact assessment projects from all types of noise and vibration sources: road, rail, light rail, aircraft, industrial, ports, wind turbine, mining, construction, entertainment, leisure activities (e.g. shooting ranges) and commercial (e.g. rooftop equipment). His knowledge of the health effects of noise, international regulations, standards and best practice and practical mitigation options permit him to provide appropriately focused advice. He has given testimony as an expert witness in BC Supreme Court and has assisted all levels of government in noise policy development.
Ping Chen, M.Sc., P.Eng. is a professional engineer, who has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary. While experienced in many areas of acoustics, her major interest is in architectural acoustics. This includes acoustical design of schools, universities, worship facilities, recording studios, theatres and performance spaces. She has extensive experience in building HVAC noise control, noise isolation of both interior and exterior noise sources, and vibration isolation of mechanical equipment. She has carried out a variety of noise and vibration field measurements. Her work in environment noise impact assessment has included a wide range of projects involving transportation, industrial and energy related facilities. She is proficient with various noise modelling software including TNM, ENM and Cadna/A. She has evaluated exterior wall and window constructions for residential and educational developments and provided opinions on STC ratings of wall assemblies in residential buildings. She has worked on vibration analysis and dynamic balancing of rotating equipment.
Mr. Noble’s experience in all aspects of acoustics and noise control has enabled him to provide cost effective consultation on large and small projects throughout Western Canada. He has also presented lectures and short courses on architectural, environmental and industrial noise issues to audiences of his peers, architects, municipal officials and trade groups.
Tyrone Hunter, M.A., INCE is an engineer with advanced degrees in both Audio Design and Acoustics. A member of the Institute of the Noise Control Engineers, he earned his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University (Aggie Pride!).
His interests and skill set cover a diverse set of topics in the realm of architectural and environmental acoustics as well as computer aided design and modeling in various applications.
Over the course of time while earning his masters degrees and professional certificates, he published work in hospital acoustics, sustainable design and building science.
Brizi Coetzer, EIT has a background in Mechatronic Engineering, with a Masters in Music Technology. Prior to employment at BKL, she was involved in Research and Development for various large companies in South Africa. Since joining BKL in July 2010, Brizi has worked in a diverse range of disciplines covering environment noise impact assessments, residential site surveys, room acoustics in small to medium sized performance spaces, construction noise and vibration monitoring and HVAC system noise control. The following are among her most notable projects: Telus Garden Residential Tower, Vancouver – Parkade Fan Noise Control and Traffic Noise Control in Interior Spaces. Baseline Monitoring and Acoustic Acceptance Testing for the YVR Ground Run-Up Enclosure (GRE), UBC Old Auditorium Remedial Acoustic Design, Bard on the Beach Mainstage Intelligibility Review, KSM Mine Northern BC Environment Impact Assessment. Brizi is a member of the Audio Engineering Society as well as the Acoustical Society of America.
Graeme Garvin, EIT completed a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2011, and began work as an acoustical consultant shortly thereafter.
Graeme is experienced in environmental assessments of noise from road, rail, aircraft, industrial, sporting activity and construction noise sources. He routinely conducts field measurements followed by data analysis and has become proficient at predicting environmental noise using 3D computer modelling software. He has experience in large scale HVAC system noise calculations and design. He has evaluated the design of exterior and interior wall constructions and has performed multiple on site residential and commercial unit partition noise investigations.
Graeme has experience in and is passionate about playing, listening to and recording music, and is excited about conducting further work in this area.
Gary Mak, EIT graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2011 with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his undergraduate studies, he completed courses in acoustics, vibration, and HVAC design. He joined BKL Consultants Ltd. shortly after his graduation and has been working on many environmental noise assessments for residential developments. He is experienced in conducting noise and vibration measurements at project sites and utilizing noise modeling software such as Cadna/A and Sound of Numbers Architect to predicted facade noise exposure and outdoor noise ingress from road, rail, or aircraft traffic. Gary has also participated in many noise impact assessment projects involving transportation, industrial development, and construction work. He has worked on a number of room acoustics projects where he measured sound isolation properties of room partitions and reverberation time in spaces such classrooms, gymnasium, and workshops. His main interest is in room acoustics related performance spaces.
Eric Gu, EIT graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2013 with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his masters and bachelors studies, he completed courses in acoustics and vibration. He joined BKL shortly after his graduate studies.
Eric has worked on a number of environmental assessment projects and residential development projects. He is experienced in conducting field measurements and performing data analysis. He is proficient with 3D acoustical modelling software such as Cadna/A and Sound of Numbers Architect.
Gabriella Schmidt has been with BKL since 1986. As the receptionist and financial administrator, Gabriella is usually the first contact with our clients. Over the years she has managed our finances through specialized software: from an in-house program written for the DEC PDP-8 to Axium’s AEasy and now ajeraComplete.