I started my career in acoustics at the UK Atomic Energy Authority, researching the application of acoustic techniques to the instrumentation of Nuclear Reactors. This led to three years as a sales manager for a firm producing data acquisition and analysis systems with emphasis on underwater acoustic data collection and processing.From 1981 I have been an acoustic consultant, working first for a manufacturing company and then for a large acoustic consultancy, Sound Research Laboratories. Throughout that period my particular interest was in developing computer modelling techniques for the solution of noise and vibration problems, in particular ‘Noise Control at Source’ techniques. Whilst at Sound Research Laboratories I co-authored a text book ‘Noise in Building Services’ and presented numerous technical articles.In 1988 I left Sound Research Laboratories to found Philip Dunbavin Acoustics Ltd. PDA is now widely regarded as one of the foremost acoustic consultancies in the country.In 1997 I became the Honorary Secretary for the Association of Noise Consultants which allowed me to assist in many aspects of the industry including work on British Standards and many ISO standards. To see a list of the BSI and ISO Committees I serve on please click here to download my CV.In 1999 I took on the role of Vice Chairman of the Association of Noise Consultants and was elected to the position of Chairman in May 2001 and in May 2003 became the Immediate past chairman.Between July of 2002 and July of the following year, together with a fellow acoustician, Professor Sean Smith of Edinburgh University, I helped run the steering group of the House Builders Federation’s Robust Standard Details research project.
This culminated in the formation of Robust Details Ltd which is
now viewed by many as the model for achieving almost total
compliance with Building Regulations. I was a director of
Robust Details Ltd in its early years and am still a Senior
Between 2005 and 2010 I was the Chairman of the ANC’s Pre-
Completion Testing Committee for domestic sound insulation
measurements in accordance with Approved Document E of the
Building Regulations. In May 2010 I stepped back from this role
to give myself the time to re-join the board of the ANC as
Honorary Secretary for the second time. In May 2012 I took on
the role of Chairman, also for the second time. Between May
2014 and May 2016, I sat on the ANC board as the immediate
In late 2009 I had, as part of my retirement planning, stepped
out of full-time consultancy with PDA Ltd and became semi-
retired. I now provide consultancy services from my personal
practice which I established in 2005 to enable me to work on
those areas that really fascinate me. I still own PDA Ltd and am
its CEO and Chairman of the board.
In December 2011 I took on the role of Convenor of Working
Group 1 of the COST Action TU0901 – Integrating and
Harmonising Sound Insulation Aspects in Sustainable Urban
Housing Constructions. Working Group 1 developed the
harmonised sound insulation descriptors and classification
schemes in Europe. The project involved acousticians from 29
European countries as well as Australia, Canada and New
Zealand. The project reached its conclusion at the end of 2013
and the summary report is available for download from the
Published papers page of this site.
I am currently engaged in the development of the new Soundscape series of standard. Reports on this are also available on the published articles page of this web site.