Login

HISTORY OF THE AAAC

In the mid-late 1960s and early 1970s, Jim Madden, Peter Knowland, Louis Challis and Roger Wilkinson were in Sydney, practicing the then-new art of ‘Consulting in Acoustics’. At the same time, (Hugh) Vivian Taylor, Gerald Riley and Ron Carr were showing the Victorians (and others) how noise control and architectural acoustics could be done. Talent in the form of Jim Watson, Graham Moss, Doug Growcott, Graeme Harding, Sam Richardson, Rob Burton and others were also busily engaged.

A few years after their involvement in the formation of the Australian Acoustical Society, (AAS), Jim Madden, Peter Knowland, Roger Wilkinson, Louis Challis, Ron Carr, Gerald Riley and H. Vivian Taylor, started mutual-interest meetings about acoustical technologies and practicalities. Out of these meetings grew the idea of the formation of an independent Acoustical Consultant Association, at arms-length from the AAS, which would formulate and implement a standard of professional behaviour and performance for specialist Acoustical Consultants which could be recognised and accepted on a similar level and status as the Institution of Engineers Australia (IE Aust) and the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (ACEA).

Preliminary meetings regarding the formation of the Professional Association were held every few months, in both Sydney and Melbourne, over a period of some 18 months. During which time a Constitution was prepared, together with a set of Rules of Eligibility and Membership, and a Code of Ethics and Professional Practice. The new Association of Australian Acoustical Consultants, AAAC, was officially formed in 1978, with the following Founding Members:-

Ron Carr - Ronald J Carr Acoustics (President);

Peter Knowland - Peter Knowland and Associates (Vice President);

Jim Madden - James A Madden and Associates (Secretary/Treasurer);

Gerald Riley, H. Vivian Taylor and Roger Wilkinson - Wilkinson Consulting.

Following suitable qualifying periods Graeme Harding, Mark Eisner, Barry Murray, David Eden, Richard Heggie and Athol Day became members.

Reflecting back to those early years, we imagine that some of our readers will boggle at the idea that, in the early 1960s, a third-octave Sound Level Meter was state-of-the-art. The meter weighed about 20 kg (44 lbs, in those days) and required 240 volt power to drive it. Some field work required 200m-500m of 240v cable – just to get some real-time noise measurements. The old-acousticians often had to rely on brute strength for their information.

Statistical analysis of long-term noise logging was conducted with a tape recording in the field for perhaps 30 minutes followed by office processing with a Level Recorder. Data was dropped into 5 dB bins for calculation of L10’s and L90’s. Leq’s were an after-thought.

After this type of measurement the various third-octave results were depicted with the aid of coloured pencils! Then coloured ballpoint pens became available, what joy: we really could upgrade the presentations of our reports! The current, impressive computerised presentations were not even envisaged until the early 1990’s.

In 2010, the AAAC comprises some 40 member firms across Australia. They provide a wide range of Consulting, Testing and Research facilities to Community, Industry, Commercial and Government organisations as well as to individual projects and programs.

Full up-to-date information and details of AAAC Members and their respective skills is available on the AAAC website, www.aaac.org.au An earlier ‘edition’ from Jim Madden, found in a blue file called “AAAC Secretary Handbook” in a very dusty box recently uncovered, follows:

Period

Chairman

Vice Chairman

Secretary

Treasurer

Exec. Members

1977-78

Ron Carr

Peter Knowland

James Madden

James Madden

Ron Barden

1979-80

Ron Carr

Peter Knowland

James Madden

James Madden

Ron Barden

1981-82

Barry Murray

Ron Barden

James Madden

James Madden

Doug Growcott

1983-85

Ron Barden

Barry Murray

Doug Growcott

Doug Growcott

1986-88

Barry Murray

Doug Growcott

Richard Heggie

Steven Cooper

Mark Eisner

1989-90

Richard Heggie

Doug Growcott

Barry Murray

Barry Murray

Mark Eisner

1991-92

Richard Heggie

Doug Growcott

Barry Murray

Barry Murray

Mark Eisner

1993-94

Graeme Harding

Renzo Tonin

Athol Day

Athol Day

Alan Herring

1995-96

Graeme Harding

Dick Benbow

Athol Day

Athol Day

Alan Herring

1997-98

Graeme Harding

Dick Benbow

Alan Herring

Alan Herring

Ron Rumble

1999-00

Graeme Harding

Peter Knowland

Alan Herring

Alan Herring

2000-02

Graeme Harding

Peter Knowland

Alan Herring

Alan Herring

2003-04

Graeme Harding

Peter Knowland

Alan Herring

Alan Herring

2005-06

Graeme Harding

Peter Knowland

Shane Elkin

Alan Herring

2007-08

Tim Marks

Peter Knowland

Shane Elkin

Alan Herring

2009-10

Tim Marks

Matthew Stead

Shane Elkin

Stephen Gauld

2011-12

Matthew Stead

Shane Elkin

Nick Tselios

Stephen Gauld

2012-13

Martti Warpenius

Shane Elkin

Tim Trewin

Stephen Gauld


2014-15
Matthew Stead

Gustaf ReuterswardTim TrewinRichard Haydon 
2015-17
Matthew Stead

Gustaf ReuterswardNeil GrossRichard HaydonTim Reynolds
2017-
Matthew Stead

Gustaf ReuterswardTim TrewinRichard HaydonNeil Gross, Tim Reynolds


Contributors to this article:

The combined memories of Sydney-based Founding Members Peter Knowland, Jim Madden and Roger Wilkinson, plus ‘newer member’, Athol Day, are now being tested! Any help, omissions, additions or corrections will be welcomed. Those with better memories than the above-mentioned contributors may respectively submit their recollections to the AAAC secretary. 

AAAC Privacy Statement             Site Map