It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Edward (Eddie) recently; another talented and knowledgeable professional engineer who we have lost too soon.  A well rounded and professional team leader, who commanded a great level of respect from those who worked with him.

I first met Eddie when I moved to the UAE in 2006, although he had been in the region before me for a number of years.  Senior colleagues of mine were already familiar with his work and his solid reputation as a consistent and well-informed consultant, and recommended he be a first port of call when moving to the region.  A loyal member of the PMK team, in it’s various forms throughout the years, he was a regular point of contact for me when I needed a second opinion on an ambiguous or little-known piece of regulation or technical standard, or just a chat about the current state of the building industry. Always willing and happy to share his time and extensive knowledge with those around him, and was a strong supporter of simple and effective education on the topic of acoustics to those in the industry.  His input and presence will be greatly missed.

Paul Schwarz

Chairman MEAS



Update - 08 November 2020 - As the region is now largely back to activated and not under lockdown conditions, it has been suggested that noise studies for background noise would be closer to normal conditions than previously encountered.

The Middle East Acoustic Society would still adopt the protocols that have been adopted by our sister societies the IOA and the ANC. Please find here the recommended methods to use in the region should lockdown conditions occur again in your area.

The MEAS committee are looking for willing members of the acoustic community that can provide informative, technical presentation at our meetings. 

As many of you know, we hold quarterly meetings where a technical presentation is provided. Technical presentations should be informative about technical based solutions to Acoustic, Noise and Vibration problems with any claims of performance backed up by technical evidence rather than opinion. Presentations should not simply be a sales pitch of your products. 

If you would like the opportunity to present to the MEAS membership at one of our meetings please firstly read the MEAS TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR PRESENTERS (click link to download pdf).

All technical presentations are to use the MEAS Technical Presentation MS PowerPoint® Template (click link to download pptx).

Please get in touch with MEAS secretary should you wish to present at one of the upcoming MEAS quarterly meetings to arrange a speaking slot.  


MEAS members Sarah Huskie (MEAS Secretary) and Dominic Parkinson (Associate Consultant at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff) presented at the World Indoor Environment Quality Forum 2015 in Dubai.

The Middle East Acoustic Society website is now live!

This is the first time the Middle East Acoustic Society (MEAS) has had an online presence since its informal inception 7 years ago. This is the result of quite a few months of work and we are quite proud of our achievements so far. Why did we decide it was time for a website? Read on.

No matter how diligent architects and engineers are when specifying sound control measures in buildings, unless contractors follow basic rules when detailing and finishing, sound performance will be downgraded, and putting this right later can be difficult, and very costly. Jason Hird highlights some of the common problems found on site, and demonstrates that effective sound control demands good practices on site.


Science Daily Acoustic Stories

30 June 2022

Read all the latest research on acoustics, including novel sound systems, wearable musical instruments, and information on indoor acoustics.
  • Optical microphone sees sound like never before
    A camera system can see sound vibrations with such precision and detail that it can reconstruct the music of a single instrument in a band or orchestra. Even the most high-powered and directed microphones can't eliminate nearby sounds, ambient noise and the effect of acoustics when they capture audio. The novel system uses two cameras and a laser to sense high-speed, low-amplitude surface vibrations. These vibrations can be used to reconstruct sound, capturing isolated audio without inference or a microphone. 'We've invented a new way to see sound,' said Mark Sheinin, a post-doctoral research associate at the Illumination and Imaging Laboratory (ILIM) in the RI.
  • Moth wing-inspired sound absorbing wallpaper in sight after breakthrough
    Experts at the University of Bristol have discovered that the scales on moth wings act as excellent sound absorbers even when placed on an artificial surface.
  • Sizzling sound of deep-frying reveals complex physics
    Researchers carefully studied bubbles that form when water droplets come into contact with heated cooking oil and found that the type and number of bubbles formed depends on the amount of water absorbed by the chopsticks as well as the chopstick material. The water droplet explodes when it hit the hot oil, in three types of bubble events: an explosion cavity, an elongated cavity, and an oscillating cavity.

NYT Acoustic

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