A Brief History of ASK’s Time

(in memory of Stephen Hawking)

 

1993
Kamst & Simpson Environmental & Acoustical Consultants commences operation

Kamst & Simpson Environmental & Acoustical Consultants commences operation

Frits Kamst & Mark Simpson start a partnership and Kamst & Simpson Environmental & Acoustical Consultants is established and operated from their respective private residences. A southside and northside office.

1993
Founding staff members were Frits Kamst and Mark Simpson

Founding staff members were Frits Kamst and Mark Simpson

After having worked together for a number of years, Frits & Mark bravely start a new business around their young families.

1993
First project: Steve’s Tavern Macleay Island

First project: Steve’s Tavern Macleay Island

Noise monitoring job on an island in Moreton Bay undertaken on the second day of business, paid for on the day by Steve himself.

1994
Sapar Landscape Supplies (24-year project)

Sapar Landscape Supplies (24-year project)

Dust monitoring project undertaken continuously since the second year of business. Has also included advice on environmental compliance.

1995
Gillian Adams joins K&S

Gillian Adams joins K&S

Gillian was hired as their first engineering employee and took up residence in a donger in Mark’s front yard, the first official Kamst & Simpson office.

1995
Woodford Folk Festival Noise

Woodford Folk Festival Noise

When the music festival relocated from Maleny, Kamst & Simpson provided the valuable noise assessment and management services.

1996
Moved from private residences to Spring Hill

Moved from private residences to Spring Hill

With business success new offices were required to combine the southside and northside offices in one location, and relocation into the city occurred.

1997
QCL Gladstone Rail Loader Noise Mitigation

QCL Gladstone Rail Loader Noise Mitigation

Investigation of noise from the rail loading facility at Mount Larcom and design of noise control measures for the Gladstone Expansion Project including loader building, head shute building, external lagging of the surge bin and internal lining in the apron conveyor room.

1997
Julie Tam joins K&S

Julie Tam joins K&S

Julie was hired to keep the office in order and to ensure the important monthly tasks such as invoicing occurred.

1998
Springmount Waste Facility Noise and Odour Assessment

Springmount Waste Facility Noise and Odour Assessment

ASK assessed noise, dust and odour impacts from construction and operation of a landfill in the Atherton Tablelands. Recommended covering of trucks and the working face every evening to avoid undiluted odour reaching sensitive locations due to katabatic drainage.

1999
Linkfield Road Noise Modelling

Linkfield Road Noise Modelling

ASK modelled and assessed road traffic noise arising from the extension of Linkfield Road near Gympie Road and South Pine Road, including background noise monitoring. Noise amelioration recommended included noise barriers (with consideration of reflection) and building façade treatments.

2000
Inner City Bypass Noise Mitigation Design

Inner City Bypass Noise Mitigation Design

Leighton Contractors engaged ASK as the Inner City Bypass acoustic consultant. Prior to the calling of tenders ASK was involved in the design of the ICB and part of the brief required that ASK investigate options that involved innovation and value adding. The noise barriers at Normanby Terrace are an example of the innovation where the various competing issues were resolved and culminated in the first use of transparent noise barriers in Brisbane.

2000
QCL Gladstone

QCL Gladstone

QCL Gladstone Lime plant – ASK were part of the design team to design noise control measures and assess the environmental impact.

QCL Gladstone clinker plant – Environmental assessment of operations, detailed environmental measurements, detailed plant measurements, modelling environmental noise levels and devise a suitable noise control strategy.

QCL Gladstone – EIS covering expansion of the QCL plant, mine and new rail transportation corridor. Project involved site visit, monitoring, modelling of noise emissions, nomination of noise control measures and assistance during extensive community consultation phase.

2001
Name changed to ASK Consulting Engineers

Name changed to ASK Consulting Engineers

After a couple of years away, Gillian was invited to return as a Director and shareholder and a name change was in order. Hence ‘ASK’ (Adams, Simpson and Kamst) was created.

2001
Allen’s Asphalt Plant Air Monitoring and Modelling

Allen’s Asphalt Plant Air Monitoring and Modelling

ASK completed an air quality impact assessment of a proposed asphalt manufacturing plant at Lytton Road, Lytton. Included stack testing at the existing Caboolture plant and modelling of the proposed plant. The site was surrounded by industry, and predicted impacts at the nearest sensitive receptors were insubstantial.

2002
Brisbane City Works Equipment Noise Survey

Brisbane City Works Equipment Noise Survey

ASK was engaged by Brisbane City Works to monitor itemised machinery and plant. A wide range of specific measures were recommended to ensure compliance including hearing protection, hours of operation, noise attenuation, maintenance, machinery orientation, work methods, community liaison, acoustic screens and noise barriers.

2003
Stephen Pugh joins ASK

Stephen Pugh joins ASK

Steve joined ASK to add experience and much needed manpower.

2003
New Caledonia Waste Storage Facility

New Caledonia Waste Storage Facility

Noise modelling of the waste storage facility near Boulouparis Village for URS of dozers and compactors with reference to French guidelines.

2004
Thuringowa Riverway Cultural Precinct Acoustics and Noise

Thuringowa Riverway Cultural Precinct Acoustics and Noise

ASK advised Cox Rayner Architects on the Riverway Cultural Precinct, Thuringowa, which included an auditorium consisting of a 300 to 350 flat floor performance space, backstage area including change rooms and green room, a foyer that opens to environment, an art gallery, a small and large rehearsal space, administration area for tenant groups including offices and a meeting room, a multi media room, a video recording room, and a dark room.

The flat floor performance space is used for many purposes and by a number groups including tenants groups, non-tenant groups, the community and schools. The types of uses of this space included drama, musical, orchestral performances; seminars and conferences; cinema; digital multi media; and catered functions such as formal balls, dances and weddings.

2004
All Hallows Performing Arts and Pool Complex Acoustics and Noise

All Hallows Performing Arts and Pool Complex Acoustics and Noise

ASK provided acoustic advice to a 350 tiered seat auditorium, which formed a new development within the school which included a gymnasium and swimming pool.

2005
Hail Creek Noise and Vibration

Hail Creek Noise and Vibration

We undertook a detailed assessment including background noise measurements around the proposed mine site and along the haulage route. Noise measurements were also conducted of the new B triple haul trucks to be used in the operation. A noise impact assessment was undertaken by ASK using this data and the report was included in the EIS. The mine is now fully operational.

2006
Logan Motorway Noise Assessment

Logan Motorway Noise Assessment

ASK undertook assessment of road traffic noise on a proposed upgrade to the Logan Motorway between Berrinba and Parkinson, including prediction of noise levels at residences, verification with monitoring and design of mitigation measures.

2006
Robina ‘Skilled Park’ Stadium Acoustics and Noise

Robina ‘Skilled Park’ Stadium Acoustics and Noise

ASK provided the acoustic advice for Skilled Park Robina Stadium, which is the home for the Gold Coast “The Titans” Rugby League Team. The stadium is a premier rectangular field sports ground with a capacity of approximately 25,000 people. The acoustic input included baseline noise studies, a review of relevant state government, local council and site specific planning guidelines. ASK undertook 3D computer modelling of the facility, developing noise contours for crowd and PA noise. ASK provided the architectural acoustic input for the western stand which included all the stadium facilities including players areas, corporate and function facilities, administration and all support amenities.

2007
CPX Road Noise Monitoring Development and Testing

CPX Road Noise Monitoring Development and Testing

ASK completed a research project for Department of Main Roads developing a mobile apparatus (Road-Ear trailer) for measurement of tyre noise using the close proximity (CPX) method.

2007
Redlands Performing Arts Acoustics and Noise  

Redlands Performing Arts Acoustics and Noise  

ASK provided acoustic services for the design of this music and performing arts hall. Key issues were auditorium reverberation absorption, rail and road traffic, rain noise, rooftop plant, air-conditioning, duct break-in, and partition and door design.

2007
Emporium Hotel, Fortitude Valley Noise

Emporium Hotel, Fortitude Valley Noise

ASK provided an acoustic assessment of amplified music from the Emporium Hotel in accordance with Liquor Licensing criteria.

2008
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Acoustics and Noise  

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Acoustics and Noise  

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2008
UQ Gatton, School of Veterinary Science Acoustics and Noise 

UQ Gatton, School of Veterinary Science Acoustics and Noise 

We provided acoustic advice to Architectus from schematic design stage to detailed design stage for the refurbishment of multiple existing teaching and administration buildings in addition to construction of a new research laboratory and a new animal hospital. Advice covered internal partitions, glazing, absorption, ceilings, design sound levels, reverberation times, mechanical vibration isolation, and hydraulic plumbing noise.

2008
Cairns Southern Motorway Impact Assessment Noise and Air (Largest project at $237K)

Cairns Southern Motorway Impact Assessment Noise and Air (Largest project at $237K)

Noise and air quality assessments for major highway upgrade. Developed noise criteria for dwellings, schools and parks. Recommended options for noise barriers, dwelling treatments, and road surface treatments.

2008
TRI (PA Hospital) Acoustics

TRI (PA Hospital) Acoustics

We provided acoustic design advice to Wilson Architects for the detailed design and construction stages of the Transitional Research Institute at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

2008
QIMR Smart State Medical Research Centre Noise, Vibration and Acoustics

QIMR Smart State Medical Research Centre Noise, Vibration and Acoustics

ASK provided acoustic and vibration design services for the Smart State project of Queensland Institute of Medical Research at Herston. This required integration of research laboratories, auditorium, offices and meeting rooms. In addition sensitive equipment such as scanning electron microscopes were adjacent to rail, busway road traffic and helicopter facilities.

2008
Southpoint Development Noise, Vibration and Acoustics Assessment

Southpoint Development Noise, Vibration and Acoustics Assessment

Comprehensive noise assessment of emission from mechanical plant, intrusion from road and rail, vibration from bus, rail and pool, internal privacy and building services. Involvement in multiple stages of the project.

2008
BGS Lilley Centre Acoustics

BGS Lilley Centre Acoustics

This project for Wilson Architects was the Brisbane Grammar School’s new integrated learning facility. The Lilley Centre incorporates a range of spaces. These include Library facilities, a contemporary forum space, student computer rooms, an archive area, a teaching laboratory that facilitates research into classroom learning utilising cutting edge audiovisual and IT resources, and a function and seminar space.

2008
St Laurence’s Auditorium Acoustics

St Laurence’s Auditorium Acoustics

ASK provided acoustic and vibration design advice to Conrad Gargett for a five-storey carpark and auditorium including two music rehearsal rooms, adjacent to a railway line and tunnel.

2009
Carrara ‘Metricon’ Stadium Noise and Acoustics

Carrara ‘Metricon’ Stadium Noise and Acoustics

ASK provided the acoustic advice for Skilled Park Robina Stadium, which is the home for the Gold Coast “The Titans” Rugby League Team. The stadium is a premier rectangular field sports ground with a capacity of approximately 25,000 people. The acoustic input included baseline noise studies, a review of relevant state government, local council and site specific planning guidelines. ASK undertook 3D computer modelling of the facility, developing noise contours for crowd and PA noise. ASK provided the architectural acoustic input for the western stand which included all the stadium facilities including players areas, corporate and function facilities, administration and all support amenities.

2009
UQ Qld Brain Institute Acoustics

UQ Qld Brain Institute Acoustics

The goal of the Queensland Brain Institute project was to develop a world class research institution that maximised the potential for effective collaboration in research within this Complex and across the University Campus. This was achieved by the provision of internal space in an efficient arrangement that maximises flexibility through the provision of generic laboratory modules, space types and groups. As such there were open-plan laboratory and office areas, and an atrium void to ‘interlock’ the floors together and provide for ‘vertical interaction’. ASK provided acoustic advice to Wilson Architects.

2010
Tim Osborne joins ASK

Tim Osborne joins ASK

Tim joins ASK as a fresh graduate from QUT.

2010
Brightwater Estate Subdivision Noise (One of $680K projects for Stockland Development)

Brightwater Estate Subdivision Noise (One of $680K projects for Stockland Development)

Provided acoustic design certification for a large number of residential stages of the Brightwater Estate, Kawana near the Sunshine Motorway. Each stage included baseline monitoring and modelling of future scenarios.

2010
Great Keppel Resort EIS Air and Noise

Great Keppel Resort EIS Air and Noise

Air and noise assessment for EIS of $600 million resort development. Included air emissions from aircraft, waste treatment, power generation, marina, golf course and construction. Baseline noise and vibration monitoring undertaken including aircraft.

2010
QR Collinsville Air Monitoring

QR Collinsville Air Monitoring

We undertook assessment of dust from coal trains passing through Collinsville including monitoring of dust deposition and analysis of proportion of coal dust (using StM, photomicrographs, POM and SEM/EDS) at seven locations. The number of train pass-bys and wind direction were used to interpret results.

2011
Cairns Bruce Highway Noise

Cairns Bruce Highway Noise

ASK completed an assessment of noise impacts from operation of the upgrade of the Bruce Highway between Ray Jones Drive and Foster Road. Mitigation measures were recommended.

2011
Belmont Shooting Range Noise

Belmont Shooting Range Noise

ASK undertook noise monitoring, assessment and mitigation design for the Belmont Rifle Range to address concerns of residences and culminating in the upgrade for the Commonwealth Games.

2012
Relocated from Spring Hill to South Brisbane

Relocated from Spring Hill to South Brisbane

ASK decides to freshen up and move to where the action is on the southside in South Brisbane.

2012
Parklands Quarry Planning & Environment Appeal Noise

Parklands Quarry Planning & Environment Appeal Noise

ASK’s Gillian Adams was appointed by Parklands quarry as noise expert in Appeal 247 of 2011. The appeal was allowed and quarry approved by the court.

2012
Andrew Martin joins as Air Quality Manager

Andrew Martin joins as Air Quality Manager

Andrew is persuaded to join ASK as a principal and to head up the air quality section.

2013
Bluff Coal Mine EMP & Noise and Particulate Monitoring

Bluff Coal Mine EMP & Noise and Particulate Monitoring

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2013
Mackenzie North Mine EIS Noise and Vibration

Mackenzie North Mine EIS Noise and Vibration

ASK undertook analysis of noise from operations at the Mackenzie North coal mine. Measurements were undertaken of operational mobile equipment and fixed plant, as well as at four nearby residential properties. Analysis established the background noise environment and determined the contributions from four other coal mines in the area based on meteorological conditions and attended monitoring. A noise prediction model was prepared and the results verified based on residential monitoring. Detailed reporting was prepared as part of overall mine environmental submissions.

2013
1 William Street Air Quality Monitoring

1 William Street Air Quality Monitoring

ASK measured combustion gases and suspended particulates at ground and at 18 metres above ground using an elevated work platform.

2014
Hummingbird House Acoustics and Air (Pro bono project)

Hummingbird House Acoustics and Air (Pro bono project)

ASK was proud to provide the Acoustics and Air Quality Consultancy services pro bono to Wesley Mission for the Hummingbird House project, an organisation that provides hospice, respite and end of life care to life-limited children and their families.

2014
Flight Centre Building and Fitout Acoustics

Flight Centre Building and Fitout Acoustics

ASK provided acoustic advice on noise from mechanical services for an office fitout for Flight Centre at Southpoint.

2014
BGGS Research Innovation and Learning Centre Acoustics

BGGS Research Innovation and Learning Centre Acoustics

Brisbane Girls Grammar School have constructed a new Year 7 Research Centre. ASK provided acoustic design advice. Recommendations included laminated glazing on the façade facing the main road, as well as on internal glazing, partitions, doors and walls. Reverberation control measures and mechanical plant treatments were also specified.

2014
Waigani Courts PNG Acoustics

Waigani Courts PNG Acoustics

The Waigani National Courts Complex has undergone a significant refurbishment including three new buildings. ASK has provided acoustic advice to Peddle Thorp throughout the process from schematic design to construction. Issues included acoustic privacy between spaces, horizontally and vertically, reverberation control, building services and rain noise.

2015
GreenHeart Gardens Mixed Use Odour Assessment

GreenHeart Gardens Mixed Use Odour Assessment

TAPM and Calpuff modelling of the impact of odour from the Merrimac Sewage Treatment Plant on the Gold Coast onto the proposed Green Heart Gardens mixed use development. Includes multiple upset condition scenarios and assessment of exposure of day-time recreational users.

2015
Rockhampton Hospital Central Energy Air Assessment

Rockhampton Hospital Central Energy Air Assessment

TAPM and Aermod modelling of diesel power generation at Rockhampton Hospital, for Mode Design. Recommended maximum number of generators that could operate and location of exhaust vents to avoid impacts on upper levels of nearby hospital block.

2016
Cairns Shipping EIS Noise and Air

Cairns Shipping EIS Noise and Air

Trinity Inlet in Cairns is the location of a major wharf for cruise ships and a range of cargo vessels. Ports North propose a major upgrade including deepening of the channel, placement of dredged material, more frequent and larger vessel access, and infrastructure changes. ASK provided the noise, vibration, air and greenhouse assessments for this EIS managed by Flanagan Consulting. A major challenge for the air quality assessment was the high variability of ship emissions depending on power load, sulfur content of fuel and scrubber technology. ASK completed substantial research and consultation to characterise the complex relationship of nitrogen oxides and suspended particulates with all three of these factors. Recommendations included use of marine diesel rather than fuel oil, SCR controls on plant, long-term air monitoring in the vicinity of the wharf, and for the Cairns Plan 2016 to include a wharf overlay code to avoid inappropriate future encroachment. The Coordinator-General was satisfied with the ASK contributions to the EIS and supported the recommendations.

2016
QGC Coal Seam Gas Noise Appeal

QGC Coal Seam Gas Noise Appeal

ASK’s Gillian Adams was appointed by QGC to provide expert advice on noise impacts of their operations at a resident’s property. Included noise measurements at the residence and at the sources.

2016
Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Air Quality Assessment

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Air Quality Assessment

This project for Destination Brisbane Consortium included modelling of road and power emissions onto the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development. We prepared air quality aspects of the Plan of Development and provided modelling and advice on constraints associated with Stage 1 of the development. Plan of Development was approved.

2017
Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre Extensions Noise Monitoring

Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre Extensions Noise Monitoring

This project assessed construction works for the Stage 2 expansion of the Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre in Maroochydore. ASK provided acoustic services to Lend Lease including noise monitoring prior construction, and modelling of noise and vibration impacts during piling.

2017
South Bank Noise Survey

South Bank Noise Survey

ASK was commissioned by South Bank Corporation to review noise conditions and noise management for retail tenancies. The aim was to achieve balance between entertainment sounds and acceptable impacts at residences.

2017
Saraji East Mine Appeal Noise, Dust and Lighting Experts

Saraji East Mine Appeal Noise, Dust and Lighting Experts

ASK’s Gillian Adams and Andrew Martin were appointed as expert witnesses by a local resident for his appeal against the Saraji Coal mine expansion: BHP Coal & Others v Gavin John Finger & Others, Land Court MRA090-17. Client settled out of court with the mine owner.

2018
Saint Elmo Vanadium Project EIS Noise and Air

Saint Elmo Vanadium Project EIS Noise and Air

ASK is undertaking air quality, noise, vibration and greenhouse assessment of the St Elmo Vanadium Project near Julia Creek in North Qld for Epic Environmental. Includes long-term continuous monitoring of suspended particulates, in addition to a short period of noise monitoring.