NoiseModelling v4.0 User Guide


Welcome on the official NoiseModelling v4.0 User Guide.

NoiseModelling is a library capable of producing noise maps. It can be freely used either for research and education, as well as by experts in a professional use.

A general overview of the model (v3.4.5 - September 2020) can be found in this video.

What’s new with the V4.0?

Since the release v4.0, NoiseModelling implements the CNOSSOS-EU standard method for the noise emission (road and rail (for France)) and with noise propagation (read “Numerical Model” and “Validation” pages for more information).


  • H2 and H2GIS versions have been upgraded (respectively to v2.0.202 and v2.0.0)
  • Triangulation library Poly2Tri has been replaced by Tinfoor
  • Triangulation to accelerate the propagation is not used anymore (only used in DEM intersections test)


On the NoiseModelling latest release page, three packages of NoiseModelling are proposed:

  • : cross-platform version, with GUI (Graphic User Interface)
  • NoiseModelling_4.0.0_install.exe : windows installer, with GUI
  • : version without GUI. Usefull to run NoiseModelling using command lines (read “Pilot NoiseModelling with scripts” page for more info)


NoiseModelling project is leaded by acousticians from the Joint Research Unit in Environmental Acoustics (UMRAE, Université Gustave Eiffel - Cerema) and Geographic Information Science specialists from Lab-STICC laboratory (CNRS - DECIDE Team).

The NoiseModelling team owns the majority of the authorship of this application, but any external contributions are warmly welcomed.


NoiseModelling and its documentation are distributed for free under GPL v3 License.


NoiseModelling was initially developed in a research context, which has led to numerous scientific publications. For more information, have a look to “Scientific production” page. To quote this tool, please use the bibliographic reference below:


Erwan Bocher, Gwenaël Guillaume, Judicaël Picaut, Gwendall Petit, Nicolas Fortin. NoiseModelling: An Open Source GIS Based Tool to Produce Environmental Noise Maps. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, MDPI, 2019, 8 (3), pp.130. (10.3390/ijgi8030130)


Research projects:

  • ANR Eval-PDU (ANR-08-VILL-0005) 2008-2011
  • ANR VegDUD (ANR-09-VILL-0007) 2009-2014
  • ANR CENSE (ANR-16-CE22-0012) 2017-2021
  • Nature4cities (N4C) project, funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°730468
  • PlaMADE 2020-2022

Institutional (public) fundings:

Private fundings:

  • Airbus Urban Mobility


  • The official documentation is available in English only
  • Some illustrations may refer to previous versions of NoiseModelling
  • If you observe some mistakes or errors, please open an issue here or contact us at
  • You are also welcome to contribute to the documentation (click on “Edit on Github” - top of the page)

For Developers

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