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Contact Geovision. I have worked with them in the past. They know dynamic instrumentation and how to interpret the results. I was doing a project with them and they located a fan that was out of balance on an adjacent structure. They also monitored and helped assess the site for ground motion vibration transmisability. The tolerance level was 4 micro radians.

I am not totally sure, but I believe they can instrument the building and locate the source of the noise.

Their web site is

Harold Sprague

From: "Bill Allen" <t.w.allen(--nospam--at)>
Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Banging Bolts?
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 10:26:50 -0700

A friend of mine works in a new building where there have been strange
sounds which have been difficult to identify. The e-mail message below is
what he received from management to explain the problem:

It has been over two weeks since we have had a report of the loud noises
that were occurring in the building.  We believe we have identified the
source and would like to share the following information with you.


The project design and construction team conducted a thorough inspection of
the building, including the plumbing, mechanical and structural systems.  A
couple of independent consultants also assisted in this effort.  All of the
systems at Carson One were found to be safe and sound.

The suspected cause of the noise is a phenomena known as "banging bolts".
The team is confirming this information and will issue a report for the
record. The cause of the noise is the high strength bolts at the structural
steel connections making final adjustments as the building is loaded; it is
a natural occurrence and does not reflect on the building's structural
integrity.  Most of these adjustments occur during construction, some occur
early in occupancy (as many of you have heard) and eventually they stop
completely. These adjustments have been reported as long as two years after
construction of a building.

We will update you as new information is received and appreciate your
patience as we deal with these issues.

Does this sound reasonable? I've never heard of "banging bolts", but I don't
do a lot of steel work, so maybe it is common.


T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.


Consulting Structural Engineers
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