Merger of SINUS AS and Brekke & Strand Akustikk AS

Brekke & Strand Akustikk AS is currently the largest specialized company within acoustic consulting in the Nordic region. SINUS AS started in 1992 and hold currently 18 employees at their two offices in Stavanger and Kristiansand:
The merger plan has now been approved in both companies and SINUS AS will be merged with Brekke & Strand Akustikk AS during the autumn of 2018.

-We’ll have a unique opportunity to develop our acoustics-, noise- and vibration-services with new employees, new markets and new knowledge. Especially interesting for us is the oil and gas sector. There are a lot of specialized tasks for noise engineers in this sector, says Ingjerd Aaraas, CEO at Brekke & Strand.
– We are two employee-owned companies, additionally the founders of both firms were colleagues in the 80’s, maybe it was written in the stars, Ingjerd says.
-This is a new and important step in a long and productive development for SINUS, says Tønnes Ognedal. He has been head of the company since its start in 1992. -For several years we have been involved in lots of interesting projects for our engaged associates. Our employees are looking forward to even more fun at work through merging with Brekke & Strand! We will continue to take care of our loyal clients. In the merged company we can offer more specialized competence and increased capacity.

After the merge Brekke & Strand Akustikk AS will be a company with 86 employees with offices in Gothenburg, Trondheim, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Bergen and Oslo.

This year’s Master’s thesis in acoustics

The expert group in acoustics in RIF (Advisory Engineers’ Association), has this year as last year handed out the award for the year’s best master’s thesis in acoustics.
The prize of 10,000 NOK was awarded to Paula Cruz Gonzalez for her task of comparing measurements and calculations of sound propagation.
“We congratulate Paula with a well-deserved prize and hope that more NTNU students get their eyes on acoustics,” says Brekke & Strand’s own Tore Moen, who is the head of the RIF Expert Group.

Picture and article on bygg.no.

#Osebergontheweight

Weighing off “Osebergskipet”

When the new museum is completed on Bygdøy, the ships will be moved and preparations for this are under way.
New support structures for the ships will also be installed when they are in a new museum. As part of the preparations, load cells are now installed under all supports and arrangements on the Oseberg ship. One will then get the exact weight of the ship and weight distribution.
Load cells are mounted under today’s support and then the ship and today’s supporters lifted a little to accommodate. The first step is to see how the Oseberg ship relies on being lifted up a bit. 4 supports were lifted 2 – 3 mm while it was carefully recorded how the ship responded to this. The first step in the weighing process is done. The ship will be on load cells for at least one year, and it will be monitored how the load depends on moisture and temperature. Meanwhile, deformations of the polls and other critical places are measured.

Christmas presents for charitable purposes

Brekke & Strand Akustikk AS and AB have chosen to donate money for charitable purposes this year, rather than giving Christmas gifts to their employees.

All our colleagues suggested an organization they wanted to support and this year the choice fell on the Children’s Cancer Association (Barnekreftforeningen) and the Children’s Cancer Foundation (Barncancerfonden) in Norway and Sweden.

Hopefully we will make this a tradition in the coming years.

 

 

 

Brekke&Strand is Great Place to Work® certified

Great Place to Work® is a global consultant and analysis institute with over 25 years of experience in measuring and developing trust-based culture and leadership at workplaces. Great Place to Work and their awards for Best Workplaces are assigned to organizations that have proven to have created a good workplace for their employees.

Brekke & Strand Akustikk AS has achieved this certification this year.

The GPTW certification is a confirmation that what we in Brekke & Strand believe in and work for, works. Brekke & Strand is ‘Great Place to Work’ for almost 70 competent and committed employees.

Acoustics in practice

The European Acoustic Organization EEA publishes a magazine called “Acoustics in Practice”.
In the last issue, an article by our own Sigmund Olafsen (and others) has been published. The article deals with the tram measurements we have done for Oslo Sporveier.
Atle Stensland and Tore Killengreen are co-authors.

The whole article can be read here: Acoustics in Practice – october 2017

 

New office in Bergen!

Brekke & Strand expands its business and opens a new office in Bergen with currently 3 experienced acoustic consultants: Frode Eikeland, Ketil Olset and Espen Hatlevik.
The office is at Minde; Glasshuset on Conrad Mohrs veg 23.

We welcome Frode, Ketil and Espen to Brekke & Strand and look forward to explore the Bergen region.

For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us:
In Bergen – Ketil Olset, ketil.olset@brekkestrand.no
CFO – Ingjerd Aaraas, ingjerd.aaraas@brekkestrand.no

 

 

New office manager in Oslo

Trond Blesvik is the new office manager in Brekke & Strand Akustikk, Oslo

Trond Blesvik has worked in the company for 6 years and has in connection with the reorganization of the company taken over our Oslo department.

Trond manage our biggest department: 35 experts in acoustics are employed at the Oslo office. We have much to do, says Trond, and we will therefore take this opportunity to encourage acousticians, recent graduates and more experienced, to apply. We have adverts up on our website, LinkedIn and on finn.no. Would you like to join us? Are you passionate about acoustics and want to be involved in spreading the good message: A good sound environment for everyone, then feel free to apply, says Trond Blesvik.

CEO, Ingjerd Aaraas states that Brekke & Strand has undergone a major reorganization, with a clear division structure reflected in our largest offices: Oslo, Gothenburg and Trondheim.

We are investing with an employee in the Østfold region. Our Anders Isebakke is  sharing an office with Griff Architecture in Fredrikstad.

We believe to be well prepared for a new year and look forward to all the assignments and the challenges that our customers have for us!

New office manager in Trondheim

Anders Fiskvik is the new office manager in Brekke & Strand Akustikk, Trondheim

Anders Fiskvik began in Brekke & Strand Akustikk in Trondheim September 1st as office manager.

The position will have specific responsibility for the development of Brekke & Strand’s services in the Trøndelag region and in the northern parts of the country. The position will report to the Managing dir. Ingjerd Aaraas. Brekke & Strand has 6 acousticians in Trondheim and will thus help to sharpen skills and competitiveness in the region.

“As of today we in Trondheim are strong in planning and building acoustics and noise studies in planning and building, we wish to increase the market shares also in industry and transport in our region” says Fiskvik. He also adds that Brekke & Strand wants to bet northwards: “We will be a good partner for architects, contractors and builders in our northernmost counties.”