Traffic Noise (Overlay)

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After reading this page:

  • you've learned what the Traffic Noise overlay is.
  • you've learned which information is displayed on the Traffic Noise overlay.
  • you've learned how to add or remove the Traffic Noise overlay.

What is the Traffic Noise overlay?

The Traffic Noise overlay is an overlay which displays the impact of traffic noise in DB(A) for the project area. Based on traffic flow, distance and several computation parameters a grid is calculated for the project area. Note, this overlay only shows the impact of traffic noise on top of a background value of 48 dB(A). Influence of other sources (e.g. windmills, air traffic, factories, etc) is excluded.

Adding and removing

To add a traffic noise overlay go to the Overlays menu in the GEO DATA ribbon and select Add Traffic Noise. To remove the overlay, press Remove below the overlays list.

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The calculations follow the standard rekenmethode 1 (SRM 1), as described on [1]:

LAeq = E + Co + Cr - Da - Dl - Db - Dm


  • LAeq: equivalent noise level (dB(A))
  • E: emission
  • Co: acceleration term (default = XXX dB(A))
  • Cr: reflection term (omitted)
  • Da: distance reduction
  • Dl: air reduction (default = XXX dB(A))
  • Db: surface reduction (default = XXX dB(A))
  • Dm: meteorological reduction (default = XXX dB(A))

Default values are taken from InfoMil [2]


Emission is computed as:

E = 10 * log(10^(Elv/10)+10^(Emv/10)+10^(Ezv/10)

Per vehicle category, the emission is computed as:

Em = am + bm * log(m/v0) + 10 * log(Q/vm)+Cw;m


Cw;m = σm + τm x log(vm/v0,m)


  • m: vehicle category (light weihgt, medium weight and heavy)
  • a and b: factors to be found at InfoMil [3]
  • Cw = road surface correction
  • σ = correction factor at reference traffic speed
  • τ = correction factor per 10 km/hour deviation from reference traffic speed

Distance reduction

Distance reduction is computed as:

Da = 10 * log(r)


  • Da: distance reduction
  • r: shortest distance between the source and point of evaluation



The overlay calculations are based on Standard Calculation Method 1 (SRM1) as defined by the dutch government: