Welcome to the website of the Middle East Acoustic Society (MEAS)
MEAS is a group of individuals with a keen interest in acoustics in its different guises. We are formed from consultants, engineers, suppliers and local authority members with technical expertise in acoustics and we offer members a platform to exchange information and experiences on acoustic related matters by means of meetings and gatherings and presentations on the group and our activities at industry events.
Many members also provide guest lecturing at local universities to raise awareness of future generations. As a group we aim to inform the public of the role and responsibilities of Acoustical firms and in particular the services which such firms provide.
We also promote the services of the industry and contribute to the establishment, maintenance and application of standards, laws and registrations.
We encourage a high professional standard in all matters of practice including technical advice, calibration and use of instruments, measuring techniques and data processing employed by acoustical firms.
MEAS hold quarterly meetings which range from discussion workshops on the current state of acoustics in the Middle East to practical sessions on building partitions, plus many more. MEAS is currently undergoing registration with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce. The ultimate aim of registration is to allow hosting of conferences and seminars to further promote our activities and the services provided by our members and raise awareness of the importance of good acoustic design.
MEAS hold quarterly meetings which range from discussion workshops on the current state of acoustics in the Middle East to practical sessions on building partitions, plus many more. A summary of the latest quarterly meetings is shown below to give you an idea of what we get up to.
4th June 2020 - Quarterly Meeting
Photo update to follow
As with many of the worlds meetings, the second 2020 quarterly meeting was held Online via TEAMs due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.
Due to the current downturn in movements in the region and many parts of the region being in lockdown it was discussed and agreed that background noise studies should take on the guidance of the IoA / ANC objectives until further notice.
This means that in essence the results would not be considered appropriate for use in the mitigation design of external noise sources to internal spaces and that consultants should converse with each other to try to ascertain as best as is possible (under the circumstances) appropriate levels to use in design.
As no additional comments were received The society has adopted the nominated path for CPD and membership validation and requested all members to work towards submitting their CPD early in 2021 for reactivation of their membership. Refer here (login required) for review of the presentation.
The next Quarterly meeting will be held on September 3rd so keep checking into the site for further details.
5 March 2020 - Quarterly Meeting
The first 2020 quarterly meeting was held at the Blue Rhine Industries Showroom and Factory in DIP2. Nita Odedra presented a very interesting explanation on their current cinema technologies and manufacturing processes.
Paul Schwarz presented a summary of the current and future projected KSA Cinema plans and some of the acoustic challenges that could be found in that emerging market
Gerald Stewart presented the society with a path for CPD and membership validation and requested all members to provide their views on the proposal. Refer here (login required) for the presentation and please submit comments to the secretary via the contacts link.
Blue Rhine sponsored the event and gave a tour of the very interesting plant and production insights to close the morning out.
The next Quarterly meeting will be held on June 4th so keep checking into the site for further details.
27 November 2019 - Quarterly Meeting
The final 2019 quarterly meeting was held at the Ibn Gate Movenpick, Dubai. Sarah Darwish presented a very detailed explanation on the current implications in the UAE of hearing and audiology.
Gerald Stewart was presented with a Lifetime achievement award and was inducted as a Fellow of the society.
DARL sponsored the event and a post-meeting social event was enjoyed by all present members at the IBN Gate Movenpick, Dubai.
4 May 2017 - Quarterly Meeting
The May 2017 quarterly meeting was held at Optima Partitions LLC offices in Marina Plaza, Dubai. Jon Lee and Ida Larrazabal presented on the Creation of the Optima Listening Room. Members were invited to listen to an auralisation demonstration in the listening room along with technical discussions on the build and finishes. A copy of the presentation can be found here (you will need to log in to view / download)
A post-meeting social was enjoyed by members at Pier 7, Dubai Marina.
1 November 2016 - Quarterly Meeting
The July 2016 quarterly meeting was held at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff offices in H-Tower, Dubai
Thanks to Gerald Stewart for providing the technical presentation on 'The Art of Being a Consultant'
Meeting minutes are available here (you need to log in to view)
4 July 2016 - Quarterly Meeting
The July 2016 quarterly meeting was held at the Dubai Acoustic Research Laboratory, Dubai Investments Park.
Thanks to Paul Schwarz, MEAS Chairman, for providing the venue and lunch.
Thanks also to Cambridge Sound for providing the technical presentation on Noise Masking
Minutes for the meeting will be uploaded shortly.
4 April 2016 - Quarterly Meeting
The April 2016 quarterly meeting was held at the College of Sustainability Sciences and Humanities at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi.
Thanks to Andrew Peplow, Associate Professor, for providing the venue and a delicious lunch!
Thanks also to CDM for providing an enlightening technical presentation on 'Problem Solving for Vibration Isolation & Sound Insulation'
Minutes of the meeting can be found here (you need to log in to view)
18 January 2016 - Quarterly Meeting
The January 2016 quarterly meeting was held at WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff Offices in the H-Tower, Dubai.
Discussion topics included:
Formalising MEAS membership and introducing new membership types.
Review of the new MEAS website and its benefits. The website has been central in bringing new members into the Society.
Presentation by Svantek on their noise & vibration monitoring equipment.
23 March 2015 - Quarterly Meeting
The March 2015 quarterly meeting was held at WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff Offices in Boulevard Plaza, Dubai. Discussion topics included
15 December 2014 - How to Build a Drywall Cinema Partition
Members of MEAS got together for the Quarterly meeting hosted at the Gyproc headquarters in Dubai. After an informative presentation by Gyproc on the current healthcare and education market in the Middle East (and a tasty buffet), MEAS members donned their site boots and PPE gear for an interactive demonstration of how to build a drywall cinema partition.
Site System Demonstrator for Gyproc, Gary Condon explained the process of building partitions in exquisite detail, demonstrating the expert way to build stud framing, screw fix plasterboard panels and apply tape and joint finishes correctly. Then it was the MEAS members turn, and results were... of quality that was consistently inconsistent to say the least.
Overall a great time was has by everyone attending and many thanks to Gyproc for hosting the event.