Tools & Graphics

SoundPLAN Tools & Graphics

Tools, Documentation, Spreadsheet, Interfaces.


Noise Mapping Toolbox is useful for calculating big noise maps. It allows the user to convert the project into a tiled project with a tile size of usually1x1 km or 2×2 km. With this technique, there is no limit to the size of the noise model you can process. All of Germany has been processed this way in a single project for the German END type railway noise map.

Grid Noise Map follows the terrain with a noise map calculated at a user specified height above the ground. Powerful tools allow the results of the Grid Noise Map to be processed into noise contour maps. Colour the contour lines or the fill pattern in accordance to the user defined scale. Multiple Grid Noise Maps can be used in the same project and displayed in the same or multiple different drawings.


Grid Cross-sectional Noise Map calculates and displays a grid type noise map on top of a given cutting line. Resolution and maximal height above terrain are user defined. One Cross-sectional Noise Map can be displayed in the graphics, but one or multiple maps can be shown in the 3-D Graphics.

Facade Noise Map is the perfect tool for generating the base data for END statistics.
Calculations are carried out for every floor of all enabled (mainly residential) buildings. The program can create receivers with a constant spacing along the façade or with a fixed number per façade. In the top view, it is possible to color each façade with the maximum noise level found on the façade, or to mark facades that exceed the noise limit or that are quiet facades.


Cartography module allows us to import from google earth and use it as a background for the project. The project area can also be viewed on google earth without first navigating to the correct place. Cartography makes it possible to generate contoured maps from user measured data depicting any topic from noise levels to annual rainfall.


3-D Graphics can create wire frame and solid models from your graphics. Objects for display are the input geometry of the noise models plus derived, calculated data such as Digital Ground Models, Grid Noise Maps, Grid Cross-sectional Noise Maps, Meshed Maps and Façade Noise Maps. The program is capable of displaying multiples of each noise map type. It is also possible to “stretch” a bitmap from the planning process over the DGM and display it as a 3-D Graphic.

3-D Graphics Animations are an extension of the normal 3-D Graphics. This module allows you to create a film sequence to move along a given road or other path, and to view the model from the perspective of a driver on the road. A second animation type is available to make a moving noise map for trains, where the maximum noise calculation intermediate results are displayed, resulting in the production of noise maps in time steps. This film sequence can be displayed on line or saved to an AVI file.

ArcView Shape File Interface allows the import and export of data in the ArcView Shape file format. As this interface format involves a flexible database format, each imported file can contain coordinates as well as descriptive attributes.

TNM Interface allows users that have access to the US-TNM 2.5 software to export entire SoundPLAN models to TNM and to import TNM models. (TNM is a trademark of the US government; SoundPLAN is not endorsed by the Federal Government or any of its branches.)

14Wall Design is the perfect tool for SoundPLAN users who need to dimension noise protection walls. A pre-calculation for single receivers or a Façade Noise Map iterates the height of a noise control wall (or the height of a berm) and records the reductions of noise levels per change in wall height. The automatic part of the optimization selects elements of the noise barrier in accordance to the reduction potential of the element.


Window Dimensioning is a simple application in spreadsheet format to associate receivers on the outside of a building with the room type and the noise levels inside. If the actual noise level exceeds the limit, suggestions about noise control windows are made in accordance to the size of the façade, the room’s usage and the type and size of the window.

16Building Acoustics Outside was created for customers who need to assess and document noise levels inside a building. Walls and windows are included in the assessment of the transmission and the optimization of a noise control concept. The data are organized in buildings, floors, apartments and rooms.