Short Courses

Short Course #1: INCE Fundamentals Exam Prep — $200

Sunday, June 28 (morning and afternoon)

Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (course), 1:00 pm (fundamentals exam)
Location: TBD
Cost: $200
Description: The INCE Fundamentals Exam may be used in partial fulfillment of the requirements for INCE Membership. A review session will be conducted from 8 am – 12 pm to prepare for the exam. The exam will then be offered beginning at 1 pm. Please note that when registering for this course, you will be asked to upload a digital photo.


Short Course #2: Implementation of Occupational Hearing Conservation Programs for Engineers and Safety Professionals

Sunday, June 28

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (lunch is provided)
Cost: $450 member/$500 non-member

Instructor: Beth A. Cooper, PE, INCE.Bd.Cert., Fellow INCE/USA

Description: This full-day seminar will provide an introduction to the field of occupational hearing conservation, focusing on topics relevant to engineers and safety professionals. The seminar will establish a solid technical understanding of noise exposure metrics and hearing conservation program design, address OSHA regulatory requirements, and introduce recommended best practices for all hearing conservation program elements. Registrants will receive a copy of the Council for Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) Hearing Conservation Manual prior to the seminar. Registration deadline: June 1.


  • The Effects of Noise
  • Hearing Conservation Program Regulations and Best Practices
  • Hearing Conservation Program Design
  • Noise Exposure Metrics
  • Noise Exposure Assessment
  • Engineered Noise Control Strategies
  • Audiometric Monitoring
  • Personal Hearing Protective Devices
  • Worker Training and Motivation
  • Audiogram Review and Follow-Up
  • Hearing Conservation Program Evaluation

Beth Cooper is an acoustical engineer and hearing conservationist with 35 years of experience in acoustics, noise control, hearing loss prevention, and occupational health. As the owner and principal of Beth Cooper Acoustics, she maintains an active schedule of open-enrollment and private onsite hearing conservation courses leading to certification by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). For more information about the course and to contact the instructor, see


Short Course #3: Overview of Acoustic and Vibration Simulation Methods

$450 INCE-USA Members and Associates / $500 Non-members

Sunday, June 28, 2020 (Full-Day Course 8am to 5pm – lunch is provided)

Description: Numerical Simulation has become an accepted and essential part of interior and exterior acoustics and vibration design for a range of industries and products and especially for the vehicle industry in order to allow effective early design and to complement and reduce the amount of testing involved in product development. Well-established tools and modeling practices exist for several different simulation methods each of which has its own particular advantages and limitations based on frequency range, modeling objectives, and speed versus accuracy tradeoff and computer resource required. This full-day course is intended to offer to the test engineer, minimally to moderately experienced simulation engineer or those wishing to have a deeper understanding of one or more of the presented analysis methods an introduction to these different modeling techniques with the goal of improving understanding of the best applications to current state-of-the art vehicle acoustic and vibration design processes. The team of instructors offering nearly a combined century of applied acoustics and vibration simulation experience will present background, theory, practical application examples and discussion of several of the current state-of-art analysis useful methods listed in the agenda.


  • Introduction and Background of Noise and Vibration Simulation Methods
  • Statistical and High-Frequency Methods
    • Statistical Energy Analysis
      • Overview & Basic Theory
      • Practical Applications and Examples
      • Use with Complex Sources including Aero-Vibro-Acoustics
    • Ray Tracing
      • Overview & Basic Theory
      • Practical Applications and Examples
      • Use to Complement other Simulation Methods
  • Lunch Break (provided at event and included in registration fee)
  • Deterministic and Hybrid Methods
    • Boundary Element Method
      • Overview & Basic Theory
      • Practical Applications and Examples
    • Hybrid Finite Element & SEA Combination
      • Overview & Basic Theory
      • Practical Applications and Examples
      • State-of-the-Art and Evolution of Hybrid Method

Instructors (all affiliated with ESI Group):

Dr. Bryce Gardner
Dr. Ricardo Alvarez
Dr. Abderrazak Mejdi
Dr. Luca Alimonti


Short Course #4: Introduction to Acoustic Imaging

Sunday, June 28, 2020 (Full-Day Course 8am to 5pm – lunch is provided)

Cost: $450 INCE-USA Members and Associates / $500 Non-members

Description: This full-day seminar will provide an introduction to acoustic imaging and the different theoretical and practical approaches behind it. The theory of beamforming, nearfield acoustic holography and nearfield intensity will be explained. Furthermore, the seminar will give an overview of the most important aspects of microphone array design. Some applications with different acoustic imaging systems will be shown. The last part of the seminar is a hands-on session, where attendees will get the chance to work with a beamforming system and the related software. A microphone array, data recorder, Laptop and a measurement object will be provided. All attendees are invited to bring additional measurement objects to the seminar to measure them and identify the sound sources with the beamforming system.


  • Introduction
  • History and origin of phased array technology
  • Theoretical Introduction:
    • Beamforming
    • Nearfield intensity
    • Nearfield acoustic holography
  • Microphone array design
    • Frequency-range
    • Aliasing
    • Spatial resolution
    • 2D vs. 3D
    • Focus-dependency
  • Typical applications
  • Hands-on session
  • Q&A

Benjamin Vonrhein
Michael Kerscher (affiliated with gfai tech)





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