Differences between SoundPLAN and SoundPLAN essential


noise 8.1

SoundPLAN essential 5.0

Calculation of road, railway, industry noise and noise from parking lots

Indoor noise calculations

Calculation of room acoustic parameters

Configuration of facade sound reduction

Aircraft noise calculations

Calculation of a digital ground model (DGM)

Automated optimization of noise protection walls and berms

Use of digital background maps for input and output

Connection to Google Earth / Google Maps

Elevations from Google Earth / Google Maps

Interface to ASCII, DXF and Shape files for the model data import

Import of OpenStreetMap

Import of object properties (e.g. building height)

Import of CityGML

Connection to OpenStreetMap and WMS Servers

Intelligent filter for imported elevation data

Two variants for the calculation without and with noise protection

Free variants

Distribution of the geometry data to any number of files and in any desired sorting (e.g. for efficiently editing the currently needed data in big investigation areas)

Simple tools to adjust the geometry data (e.g. duplicate, parallel object, place objects to a digital ground model)

Efficient and high-level tools to modify selected geometry data (e.g. combine areas, create embankments)

Checking and changing object properties of all entered Objects on the basis of a clearly arranged table

Enhanced data management for huge projects (noise mapping)

Industrial building with automatic generation of the sources from the noise levels inside


noise 8.1

SoundPLAN essential 5.0

Calculation of single frequencies, octave and third octave bands

Library for source emission spectra

Library for transmission and absorption

Time history for the sources hour by hour


2D, 2D rotational and 3D directivity

High performance calculation core with dynamic search algorithms

Calculations multi-threaded for multi core CPU

Distributed computing – calculation with multiple PCs in a network

User defined calculation job management (unattended processing of several calculation jobs)

Single receiver calculations

Grid noise map calculations

Facade noise map calculations

Dynamic triangulated meshed noise map

Cross sectional noise map

Integrated spreadsheet

Documentation of the noise sources in tabular format

Documentation of the results in tabular format

Optimization of noise reduction concepts for industrial sources

Single point map with level tables and contour maps

Noise contour maps with free selection of scales, colors etc.

User defined configuration of the drawing properties of objects (roads, buildings) for the printout

Arithmetic with noise maps (e.g. difference, energetic addition)

Cartographical enhancements for the graphics (own patterns, multiple plots on a sheet, …)

Map sections and overview map

3D solid view of the model data while generating the model

3D view overlaid with results, animated noise maps

Modular software structure – only buy the needed modules

Individually executable programs (e.g. process calculations and data modelling sat the same time)