Rules & procedures

Part 7 of the I-INCE Rules for Operation
I-INCE NOISE CONTROL EVALUATION PANEL
PDF version of Part 7

Article 1. CONCEPT

It has become increasingly evident over the past decade that the noise climate, particularly in the cities and suburban areas of the world, is deteriorating and is dominated by the noise emissions of transportation vehicles, consumer devices, and other machinery and equipment. Relief for the world's people in their homes and neighborhoods, public spaces, and workplaces can best be achieved if consideration is given to reducing the noise emissions of these sources. Moreover, if a quieter world were to emerge by the gradual replacement of these dominant noise sources with low-noise products, relief for the world's people would have been achieved by the most cost effective means. To this end I-INCE establishes a Noise Control Evaluation Panel to focus on evaluations of the technology now available as well as the technology needed to suppress the noise emissions of these dominant sources.

Article 2: MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

The International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS) has affirmed the need for the emission control of the dominant noise sources. CAETS has established a Noise Control Technology Committee (NCTC) that is pursuing a program to inform the world's policymakers and others, including the public, on the technology available and needed in the future to provide control for the dominant noise sources. A Memorandum of Understanding between I-INCE and CAETS concerning cooperative joint activities has been approved and is attached as an appendix. The cooperative I-INCE activities under this agreement shall be undertaken by the I-INCE evaluation panel.

As described in the Memorandum of Understanding the I-INCE evaluation panel shall have primary responsibility for providing expert assessments of relevant noise control technology, establishing safeguards to maintain the highest quality of these evaluations, and making them readily accessible to the CAETS committee.

Article 3: SCOPE OF THE PANEL'S WORK

The panel is established to evaluate the noise control solutions, designs, and concepts of the dominant noise sources, as needed, with the known technology as reference and assess the extent to which these designs have the potential to reduce worldwide noise levels and improve the noise climate. Attention will be focused on those sources where current noise control designs do not reflect the quieter designs that are possible to implement with the known technology.

Article 4: PRINCIPAL TASKS OF THE PANEL

The evaluation of a dominant noise source shall include the following:

Article 5: QUALITY OF TECHNOLOGY EVALUATIONS

A primary objective of the panel is to maintain the top quality of the technology evaluations to be provided to and distributed by CAETS and its constituent engineering academies. Safeguards to maintain the integrity and high-quality of I-INCE technology evaluations are described in the operating procedures of the panel.

Article 6: CONSTITUTION OF THE PANEL

The chair or co-chairs of the panel shall be appointed by the I-INCE Board of Directors and may serve for one or more four-year terms. Members of the panel shall be recommended by the chair or co-chairs in consultation with the I-INCE VP for Technical Activities and their appointments shall be approved by the I-INCE Board of Directors. The number of members serving on the panel representing the several subspecialties of noise control engineering shall be decided by the panel. Further, a secretary may be chosen from the members serving on the panel for one or more four-year terms and will maintain the secretariat for the panel.

Article 7: REQUIREMENTS FOR PANEL MEMBERSHIP

A prospective panel member shall be an expert in the noise control design of one or more of the principal noise sources listed in the categories of Article 11 and recognized as such by I-INCE or by CAETS. The credentials of each prospective panel member shall be "vetted" prior to the submission of the candidate's name to the I-INCE Board of Directors for approval.

Article 8: LENGTH OF PANEL SERVICE

A member of the panel may serve for one or more four-year terms. The appointment for the chair or co-chairs, secretary, and individual members shall be approved by the I-INCE Board of Directors.

Article 9: RESOURCES OF THE PANEL

Resources of the panel will include:

Article 10: MEETINGS AND COMMUNICATIONS

The panel shall meet once a year prior to, during or immediately following an INTER-NOISE congress. In the interim between meetings, communications shall be exclusively by electronic means. A panel member is not obligated to attend the annual meeting of the panel but is required to maintain regular communications with the panel secretary by e-mail.

Article 11: CATEGORIES OF DOMINANT NOISE SOURCES

Transportation Noise Sources

Other Noise Sources

Article 12: CATEGORIES OF 'ADD-ON' TREATMENTS

For details, refer to Sections 10-14 of the INCE Classification of Subjects:
http://www.i-ince.org/data/classification.pdf

Article 13: OPERATING PROCEDURES OF THE PANEL

The panel shall adopt and subsequently review and update at least annually its operating procedures.

NOTE: Part 7 of the I-INCE Rules was approved by the I-INCE Board of Directors by an e-ballot on 2010 August 25 and was reviewed and approved by the General Assembly at its meeting in Osaka, Japan, on 2011 September 4.

APPENDIX
Memorandum of Understanding
between
The International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, Inc. (CAETS)
and
The International Institute of Noise Control Engineering (I-INCE)
on
Cooperation on Promoting the Reduction of Noise Emissions and Disseminating Knowledge in this Field

1: Purpose

The organizations have mutual interests in promoting the reduction of noise emissions of the principal noise sources worldwide and in disseminating knowledge in this field to decision makers, manufacturers, consumers and the public.

2: Cooperation

The cooperative activities under this agreement involving technology evaluations shall be undertaken by the CAETS Noise Control Technology Committee and the I-INCE Noise Control Evaluation Panel. The CAETS committee shall have primary responsibility for interactions with those organizations (governmental and non-governmental) that are engaged with national and international policies seeking to improve the quality of life, public health and welfare, by promoting the reduction of the noise emissions of the principal noise sources in the environment and at the workplace; the committee shall be responsible for the dissemination of relevant information to decision-makers, manufacturers, consumers, and the public. The I-INCE panel shall have primary responsibility for evaluations of relevant technology, establishing safeguards to maintain the highest quality of these evaluations, assembling these in simple formats and making them readily accessible to the committee. The committee and the panel may cooperate in co-sponsoring and co-organizing conferences, forums, and/or workshops related to the technology evaluations.

The organizations may also explore joint activities devoted to improving the education of engineers in the field of mutual interest.

3: Communication

Each organization agrees to invite the other to have a representative copied on all electronic communications of the CAETS Noise Control Technology Committee and the I-INCE Noise Control Evaluation Panel. Communications resulting from cooperative activities will be approved by both organizations before release to the public.

4: Review, Amendment, and Termination

The term of this agreement will be for an initial duration of six (6) years from the date of signature.

Either organization may terminate its obligations under this agreement by three months notice in writing to the other party.

Amendments to the agreement may be proposed at any time.

This agreement and any amendments thereto will come into force only after ratification by the governing bodies of each organization.

The following addresses apply for the purpose of formal notification under this Agreement:
CAETS, c/o William Salmon, 3601 N. Peary Street, Arlington, VA 22207, USA
E-mail: CAETS@nae.edu
I-INCE, c/o Gilles Daigle, Bldg. M50, National Research Council, Ottawa ON K1A 0R6, Canada
E-mail: gilles.daigle@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

On behalf of I-INCE

                                                                       2010 October 20
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Gilles Daigle                                                                                     Date