Case Studies

SBS Radio Federation Square

  • Location
    Alfred Deakin Building, Federation Square, Melbourne
  • Value


The SBS Radio project included the redevelopment of existing office and radio broadcast studio spaces, consolidating two floors onto a single floor within the Deakin Building at the iconic Federation Square.

For this project, an exceptionally high acoustic performance was required within the critical listening spaces, including broadcast studios, recording studios and production booths. These spaces required a low internal noise level, high sound insulation against both external and internal noise sources, and a neutral internal acoustic environment.

How was SS used?

The existing HVAC system was largely retained and modified to suit the new layout. SoundSurfer was used extensively on the project for the modelling of internal noise levels from HVAC systems, and also for the modelling of sound transfer between spaces with regard to flanking paths.

Engineer quote

One of the acoustic engineers working on this project quotes:

“SoundSurfer facilitated the rapid modelling of and remodelling of HVAC systems and acoustic separation, saving significant amounts of time which was critical to the delivery of the project in such a short timeframe. Using traditional calculation methods, we would not have been able to turn around our advice as quickly and accurately as we could using SoundSurfer.”