Noise Map from OSM - Tutorial


  • You need at least NoiseModelling v.3.0.6, the best is always to use last release.
  • If you have just finished the first tutorial, please clean your database with the WPS block Clean_Database


Don’t forget to check the Are you sure check box before running the process.

Step 1: Importing OSM data to the database

Exporting data from


For Mac users, safari may automatically rename the file to “map.osm.xml”. Simply delete the “.xml” extension before import.

Import to the database

  • Use the WPS block Import_OSM


About the Coordinate System (EPSG code)

In several input files, you need to specify coordinates, e.g road network. You can’t use the WGS84 coordinates (i.e. GPS coordinates). Acoustic propagation formulas make the assumption that coordinates are metric. Many countries and regions have custom coordinate system defined, optimized for usages in their appropriate areas. It might be best to ask some GIS specialists in your region of interest what the most commonly used local coordinate system is and use that as well for your data. If you don’t have any clue about what coordinate system is used in your region, it might be best to use the Universal Transverse Mercator coordinate system. This coordinate system divides the world into multiple bands, each six degrees width and separated into a northern and southern part, which is called UTM zones (see for more details). For each zone, an optimized coordinate system is defined. Choose the UTM zone which covers your region (Wikipedia has a nice map showing the zones) and use its coordinate system.

Here is the map :


  • Inform the target projection identifier field with the corresponding SRID
  • Enter the path to the file map.osm
  • Select OsmToInputData box then click on the green button


  • The current import script from open street map can produce geometries incompatible with NoiseModelling. If an area is a problem try to reduce the area. A much more robust version of this script will be available soon.
  • As OSM does not include data on road traffic flows, default values are assigned according to the “Good Practice Guide for Strategic Noise Mapping and the Production of Associated Data on Noise Exposure - Version 2” (

Three tables must be created: GROUND, BUILDINGS, ROADS

Step 2: Viewing tables and data layers

Using WPSBuilder

  • The contents of the database can be viewed using Display_Database.
  • A spatial layer can be visualized using Table_Visualization_Map.
  • A data table can be visualized using Table_Visualization_Data.

Viewing the database

  • Export a table

It is also possible to export the tables via Export_Table in Shapefile, CSV or GeoJSON format.

  • Viewing a table

Then import these tables into your preferred Geographic Information System (e.g. OrbisGIS, QGIS). You can then graphically visualize your data layer, but also the data it contains. Take the time to familiarize yourself with your chosen GIS.

  • Adding a background map

OrbisGIS/QGIS allow you to add an OSM background map :

  • Change colors

OrbisGIS/QGIS allow you to change layer colors (e.g. Surface_osm in green, Buildings_OSM in gray, ROADS in red).

Step 3: Generating a Receiver table

The locations of noise level evaluation points needs to be defined.

Use Delaunay_Grid with the previously generated BUILDINGS table as the buildings table, and ROADS as Sources table name. Other parameters are optional.

Don’t forget to view your resulting layer in WPSBuilder or OrbisGIS/QGIS to check that it meets your expectations.

This processing block will give the possibility to generate a noise map later.

Step 4: Using Noise Modelling

Associating an emission noise level with roads

The Road_Emission_from_Traffic block is used to generate a road layer, called LW_ROADS, containing LW emission noise level values in accordance with the emission laws of the CNOSSOS model. The format of the input road layer can be found in the description of the WPS Block.

Don’t forget to view your resulting layer in WPSBuilder or OrbisGIS/QGIS to verify that it meets your expectations.

Source to Receiver Propagation

The Noise_level_from_source block allows to generate a layer of receiver points with associated sound levels corresponding to the sound level emitted by the sources (created table LW_ROADS) propagated to the receivers according to the CNOSSOS propagation laws.

Step 5: Create Isosurfaces map

Create an interpolation of levels between receivers points using the block Create_Isosurface.

Set LDEN_GEOM as Name of the noise table.

Step 6: Viewing the result


You can then export the output table CONTOURING_NOISE_MAP via Export_Table in shapefile or GeoJSON format.


You can view this layer in your favorite GIS. You can then apply a color gradient on ISOLVL field, the noise level intervals are in ISOLABEL field.