Mr. Richard Patching, B.Sc. (Physics), M.Eng., P.Eng., and INCE Board Certified, has been working in the field of Acoustical Engineering for 35 years. He is registered as a professional engineer in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Richard founded Patching Associates Acoustical Engineering Ltd. in 1990 as an independent acoustical engineering consultancy. The firm has since grown to be one of the largest acoustical consulting firms in Canada, dealing in a wide range of areas and specific expertise in transportation noise assessments and oil and gas noise control concerns.
Richard has conducted a wide range of projects dealing with oil and gas facility building designs, power plants, mining, commercial and residential buildings, and transportation noise and vibration analysis. A typical project for him is completing architectural design for industrial sites to meet stringent environmental noise criteria.
Richard has presented papers at national and international conferences in Canada, the USA, Japan (International Congress on Acoustics 2004) and Turkey (InterNoise 2007), under the auspices of the Institute for Noise Control Engineering (INCE), the Canadian Acoustical Association and the Acoustical Society of America. He has served on the organizing committee for the Alberta Spring Noise Conferences from 1989 to 2011, conducted courses for the Energy Resources Conservation Board of Alberta (ERCB), now the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), the Sundre Petroleum Operators Group, and other petroleum industry companies. Richard has presented educational ‘lunch-and learn’ seminars to a number of companies from architectural firms to oil and gas companies, and also serves as an expert witness at environmental hearings and court cases.
Over the last decade, Richard has passed the ownership of Patching Associates to Neil Morozumi and Justin Caskey, both professional engineers registered in Alberta. He remains with the company as a Principal Acoustical Engineer.