In September 2001, Hugh and Linda Saurenman did what all small business owners do; they took a risk. With one potential contract in hand, the couple embarked on a new adventure in a familiar place, traveling across the country from their home in Massachusetts to start anew in Southern California.
Moving mere miles away from Hugh’s childhood neighborhood, he and Linda set down roots and began to carve their own corner of the noise and vibration consulting industry. The journey began locally with the LA Metro Gold Line Extension, and ATS quickly grew to be a part of numerous project teams in Southern California and across North America. From evaluating atmospheric effects for the Arizona DOT, to assessing vibration impacts on The Walt Disney Concert Hall and surrounding studios in DTLA for the LA Metro Expo Corridor, to influencing the Final Design of the SANDAG Mid-Coast Trolley. In just ten years, ATS established itself as one of the industry’s leading noise and vibration consultants for rail and other transportation projects.
In nearly twenty years, ATS Consulting has now provided expert service on over 500 projects with Hugh Saurenman at the helm as President and Project Lead. Most notable have been the projects with our strongest teammates to date: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit). Through early subconsulting projects, ATS quickly established a strong reputation for noise and vibration assessment and mitigation. This led to the creation of our ATS OnTrack™ system designed to monitor onboard noise and rail corrugation at BART and Sound Transit. Today we are working to expand this service and software in an effort to support more transit agencies across North America.
What will the future bring for ATS? Well, if the past year and a half has taught us anything, it’s to let go of expectations and focus on the work of today. In nearly two decades time, ATS has developed a strong footing in the field of noise and vibration and will leave a lasting legacy as Hugh and Linda Saurenman soon embark on their next chapter: retirement. Stay tuned for more as we continue this story.
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Recent Changes at ATS
As of April 30, 2020, ATS Consulting closed its Pasadena office. We followed through with our original plan to work from home starting March 16, 2020, just in time for the COVID-19-induced social isolation and California's Safer at Home order. ATS Employees continue to work remotely as we wind down the engineering side of things and focus our efforts on our ATS OnTrack™ system.
We designed our ATS OnTrack™ system to work in conjunction with rail transit maintenance staff and rail grinding crews. Using onboard noise and vibration measurements, ATS OnTrack™ monitors track condition, offering maintenance suggestions based on the identifying and mapping of corrugation and other rail defects. To learn more, please go to our ATS OnTrack™ page or contact us.
Our reduced staff is currently available to assist with OnTrack-related tasks and Hugh Saurenman is available to provide technical support based on his 40 years of experience.
For nearly two decades, ATS Consulting has been a prominent player in the field of noise and vibration control, specifically for rail transit systems. We are grateful for the opportunities that have afforded us much success in this industry over the years, and we wholeheartedly thank those who have helped form the ATS legacy. As we close one chapter and embark on another, we look forward to what the future will bring.
ATS Consulting provides innovative and effective acoustical consulting services.
The ATS mission is to:
1. Work closely with key stakeholders.
2. Apply the best possible technology for the prediction and control of noise and vibration.
3. Help clients solve problems and complete their projects in an environmentally sensitive, cost-effective, and time-critical manner.
ATS has industry-leading knowledge of acoustic principals and practical experience resolving key technical challenges. In particular, we have an outstanding record of employing advanced measurement and prediction methodologies to accurately identify potential issues and develop cost-effective strategies for controlling noise and vibration.
In addition to technical resources, ATS offers its clients unique insights and proven performance in managing complex projects. As a result, ATS is able to provide a comprehensive array of acoustical consulting services for a variety of clients, industries, and projects.
The foundation of ATS Consulting is a wealth of experience with an active approach to problem solving. ATS combines technical know-how, an understanding of overall project needs, and practical solutions for tackling noise and vibration and other strategic project issues. Collectively, our team's experience provides a full range of noise and vibration consulting services for the environmental review, design, construction, and operation of surface transportation, infrastructure, and development projects.
Railway Noise and Vibration Analysis
Traffic Noise Studies
Research and Specialized Studies
Construction, Infrastructure and Facilities