A consultant will typically be working on a number of different projects at the same time, so needs to be good at balancing the demands of clients with prioritising deadlines. Even with clear project timelines, it’s not always possible to predict when an urgent request for information will arrive. So, we need to be adaptable to get things done. If we aren’t out on site carrying out a survey, doing testing, or in a design meeting with a client, you’ll find us at our desks.
The Software We Use
We still do a lot of calculations and data processing using spreadsheets. However, we also use software such as Odeon and CATT to look at room acoustics, and Cadna or Soundplan for environmental noise predictions. We tend to resort to the computer modelling packages when a simple calculation won’t be sufficient to answer our questions. Sometimes using a simple spreadsheet can give a more robust result in a shorter space of time.