Olivier Gaussen

Olivier Gaussen - National Acoustics Coordinator, Principal

  • Office: Sydney
  • E: olivier.gaussen@wge.com.au
  • P: +61 2 8484 7025
  • M: +61 (0)450 978 070
  • Acoustics

Olivier joined WGE in 2009 as the acoustic section manager in the Sydney office. He became a shareholder (Associate) of the firm in 2010 and a Principal of the firm in 2011. Since 2012 Olivier is the National Acoustics Coordinator at WGE.

His experience and understanding of other disciplines relating to acoustics such as mechanical, electrical, hydraulics, architectural and structure allows him to provide an integrated approach to acoustic design, ensuring the projects acoustic performance requirements are met without compromising the design intent.

Outside of work

Outside work Olivier enjoys spending time with his family, Georgina his two boys Noah and Leo. Olivier also likes to play beach volley ball which reminds him of the years when he use to play in the National league in France. Olivier also likes skiing, playing the drums and catching up with friends around a glass of Pinot Noir.

What will you bring to a project

The experiences that I have acquired working on high-end projects within a multi-disciplinary company allow me to bring a strategic contribution to the concept stage of a project, setting it up for success.

Qualifications

  • BSc
  • Post-Master Deg Sc (Acoustics & Vibration)
  • MAAS
  • APESMA

Industry accreditations / bodies

  • Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust)
  • Member of Australian Acoustical Society – MAAS
  • Member of Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia (APESMA)
  • Member of the French Acoustical Society (SFA)
  • Member of the Association of Australian Acoustical consultant (AAAC)

Previous projects

NTU Vibration Free Laboratory

Vibration free laboratory for Nano science technology. The laboratory is vibration isolated to achieve a maximum 10nm displacement at 2.25Hz.

Palace Cinema

The addition of four new projection rooms on-top of an existing cinema structure. The main issue was to provide enough noise insulation from external sources with Sydney’s international flight path located at the vertical of the building requiring the team to use light weight construction due to existing structural limitations.

Parkes and Forbes Hospital

The project involved two regional hospitals located in NSW, one being a refurbishment of a heritage building and the other a new build. The project had typical acoustic issues associated with hospital such as helicopter noise and emergency department noise. Nevertheless the main challenge was to accommodate the construction activities with an operational hospital.

Gosford Regional Performing Art Centre

WGE were successful in a design competition for this regional performing art center that included a 1000-seater auditorium and a 120-seater blackbox with ancillaries’ facility. This project is one of a kind which only occurs every 5 to 10 years in each state around Australia. The reason for the team being successful was the translation of the project brief into the project schematic design presented to the judging panel.

Client testimonials

What I can say Olivier is that I found you to be very precise and professional. The manner you achieved your work commitments in the VVCS was very acceptable – you were very open to discussions with staff and at all times very pleasant and courteous. We appreciated your ability to work after hours due to our client work. You grasped our difficulties very quickly and were easy to communicate with

Irene Stark, Department of Veterans' Affairs