Network Rail wins IOA-sponsored 'Oscar'

A mobile flash butt welder designed by Network Rail National Supply Chain (NRNSC) to minimise noise nuisance during trackside repairs has won the innovation category in the Noise Abatement Society's annual John Connell Awards.

The award was presented last night by William Egan, President of the Institute of Acoustics, which sponsored the award, to representatives of the organisation at a ceremony at the House of Commons.

The welder is the first piece of equipment designed by NRNSC with a specific sound power target of under 85dB as part of its policy to protect people from noise while it carries out trackside maintenance and repairs, which are often performed at night. 

Highly commended in the innovation category was Rockwool for its range of innovative, highly specified acoustics products which protect against noise and fire.

Professor Jian Kang, a Fellow of the IOA and a former Council member, won the Lifetime Achievement award for his "unstinting work in promoting the science of acoustics in the urban realm and for his continual drive for innovation and the standardisation of the emerging science of soundscape management".

The John Connell Awards, known as the industry's "Oscars", aim to recognise organsiations and people who have made outstanding contributions to reducing noise pollution.