Result Tables

Result tables are the prime documentation of results from a single calculation run. If you want to have more detailed information that involves multiple calculation runs i.e. a before / after scenario you can use the Spreadsheet which can open the simple receiver table and then add columns for the results from other calculations.

Starting Result Tables

Result tables start their life in the Calculations. Here the user requests what shall be saved for the result tables.

Plain Result Tables are only the receivers and their levels

Level Charts depicts where the noise is received from

Detailed Result Tables are saving details such as frequency information, time history and averaged propagation parameters

Table for Expert Industry is creating feed data for the Expert System

Protocol Tables is writing a protocol of all parameters during the propagation calculation. This file will be very big!

Opening the results

SoundPLAN for each project can create 10 000 result files for each project. All result files are numbered, the scheme of the numbering system is left up to the user, they can be fully sequentially or be used to organize the calculation results in groups.

Result files can  be of different types, to limit the number of results the focus here was set on results from single receiver calculations. The result file 23 from the Industry Calculation of the present situation is used in this example.

Run Info

For each calculation result (result tables, Grid Noise Maps....) SoundPLAN is attaching a RUN INFO that contains a list all geometry files, run parameters and settings that were used in the calculation. You find details in this table about:

Project Description with project title, project number, customer and a text field with a verbal description

Run Description with calculation type, calculation title, result number, when was the run created and when last calculated

Run Parameters with the calculation parameters or how many reflections and where they are allowed (max dist), environmental factors, settings that can be made for the used calculation standards

Geometry Data with a complete list of all Situations, GeoFiles and Digital Ground Models assigned to the calculation.


Selecting the right table

Not all documentation requirements are the same, therefore you can choose to have a simple list of just the receivers and their results or choose more details with or without diagrams or create a document about the sources.

Depending on the calculation type, there may be additional types of diagrams such as the sound propagation diagrams for indoors or the statistics for the aircraft noise.

Formatting the Table

All tables can be formatted by right clicking on the table header. The formatting starts with selecting the columns that you want to display. Here the spectral results for day, night and the Ldn for each receiver are configured.. In the column selection only the time slice and the frequencies from 63Hz..16k Hz are selected. The database behind the table always contains all re data you selected in the calculation but here you can select which data to present in tabular form.

For each of the columns to be displayed, you can write the header with entries in 2 rows, column width and alignments. Additional controls are for the Table Layout, Page Format, Header and Footer Texts.

With a click on the Preview button you can see the formatting of the table.

The Pre-View

As can be seen on the left, the table contains a header, the main body and a footer. Header and footer can contain bitmaps of your company logo and standard text components such as data, page number, project title etc.

The document offers search functions so that you can quickly find specific receivers and have only part of the table printed.


On the left you see a sample of a table with diagrams. The receiver information is seen in the gray lines above the diagrams.

Types of details

Spectrum - frequency spectrum at the receiver in tabular form (octave band or third octaves)

24h Distribution - noise level changes over 24 hours are  important for finding the loudest hour at night, for example

Source Contribution - a list of the contributions of all the sources to the receiver

Mean Propagation Leq - see the average spreading, air absorption, screening for each source/receiver

Mean Propagation Lmax - same as above but for the Lmax instead for the Leq

Source Contribution - 24h Distribution - contribution of all sources to the receiver hour by hour

Contribution Spectra - contribution of all sources frequency by frequency

Groups - if multiple sources form a group of sources, the contributions of each source is listed

Diagrams - a frequency diagram for all set time slots, a history of the noise at the receiver and directional diagrams can be presented for each receiver. The last picture to the left is the graphics and diagram page.

Result Tables

The Single Receiver table is a simple listing of all receivers with the relevant parameters. The user can select or deselect any of the 29 parameters contained in this list. For visibility purposes of our example, the results were limited to the name of the receiver, the usage of the building and the noise levels at night.

After defining the structure of the page with headers and footers, logo boxes, etc., we can examine the print preview. The preview pane to the left allows the user to search in the table, i.e. to find a specific receiver in a multi page document. This report can be printed or saved in multiple formats.

The Single Receiver table is one option, other tables are master/detail tables. Select the receiver in the master list and look at the details of a specific receiver. The following are available as detail options for each receiver:

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