Building Vibration


Field of Application:

For construction works in cities and industrial areas, immission control with regard to the vibration caused is of considerable importance. The high building density has as a result that people in housing and office buildings are affected increasingly often by vibration events in their vicinity.

Furthermore, for construction works, industrial production and blasting, the effects on existing buildings and structures must be investigated. This primarily involves the evaluation of the vibration with respect to the endangerment of buildings and structures.


This option allows the measurement and analysis of building vibration according to DIN 4150 for the purpose of the evaluation of its effects upon buildings and structures as well as people within them.

Upon the occurrence of vibration, a marker is set in a vibrational velocity / frequency diagram at the position determined by the relevant frequency and the maximum velocity from the three axes.

The guideline values for vibrational velocity in foundations of commercial buildings, housing and protected historical monuments are also shown graphically in the diagram.

Thus, already during the course of the measurement the distribution of the markers shows whether and how often the threshold values for the relevant building type were exceeded.

For evaluating the effects of vibration upon people in buildings, the option provides the takt-maximal value (maximum level in consecutive time intervals) of the frequency-weighted vibration signal, KB(t). The length of the time intervals is freely selectable.

The BUILDING VIBRATION option, in conjunction with our portable and robust Soundbook measurement system and the ICP seismometer developed especially for this application, is a handy and convenient solution for measurement, analysis and evaluation of building vibration.

Figure 1:
Graphical representation of guideline values for vibrational velocity in foundations

Figure 2:
SINUS Triax Seismometer
Overview Seismometer


Implemented Standards

DIN 4150-2: Vibrations in buildings - Part 2: Effects on persons in buildings

DIN 4150-3 Vibration in buildings - Part 3: Effects on structures

UNI 9916: Criteria for the measurement of vibrations and the assessment of their effects on buildings

DIN 45669-1 (2010): Measurement of vibration immission - Part 1: Vibration meters - Requirements and tests


Sensors SINUS 3D Seismometer or other vibrational velocity sensors
Measurement range SINUS 3D Seismometer: 1 – 80 Hz (order no. 902220.3) or 1 - 315 Hz (902219.7)
Software overview
  • Graphical representation of guideline values for vibrational velocity in foundations (commercial buildings, housing and protected historical monuments)
  • Time signal, FFT, Third-octave and statistical analysis in real-time and simultaneously
  • Table for the sequence of vibration events, showing date/time, dominant axis, frequency and level
  • Export to Excel, text files, UFF and directly to the NWWin software


This software option require a valid SAMURAI license.