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Our People: Martin McNulty.


The importance of vibration.

Martin joined us in 2009 to work with our Acoustics group. Over the last decade, he has become a Group Leader and Associate within our Vibration team.

My interest in vibration…

…and structure-borne sound systems started when I was at the University of Salford. My brilliant mentor, Professor Andy Moorhouse, ignited my passion. He encouraged me to pursue my interests and start a career in this field.

Since being at Hoare Lea…

…I’ve worked with some brilliant, highly skilled and competent people. With my team I can fuel my curiosity, develop my capabilities and work on some very interesting and technical projects!

My most challenging project so far…

…has been the Manchester Airport transformation. It’s been brilliant to be part of; challenging but rewarding.

I was given the opportunity to utilise advanced vibration-simulation capabilities in a way that helped the mechanical design.

My team and I worked alongside the structural engineer so that we could benchmark our vibration models against their anticipated footfall structural response predictions. This meant we could undertake simulations interrogating our MEP proposals to gain insight and craft bespoke solutions. This allowed us to go over and above above the old ways of thinking which do not account for the real-world dynamics of structures.

Working in this sector…

…is incredibly exciting. The best part is the opportunity to apply cutting-edge measurement and simulation techniques in way that adds real value to schemes.

These capabilities bring such varied opportunities, from structural designs concerns through to complex diagnostics.

I’d like to think that our continued commitment to internal research will keep these interesting projects coming our way.

Outside of work…

…I am in the process of resurrecting my Sunday league football career. I’ve had five appearances and one goal so far (not a bad return in my opinion!)