Chris is the Principal Acoustic Engineer and founder of Sonus. Chris formed Sonus in 2002, having worked at Bassett Acoustics for seven years where he was an Associate and State Manager. This followed 5 years as an Acoustic Engineer with the Maritime Operations Division of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO).
Chris has achieved a highly regarded reputation across all sectors in his more than 30 years experience in acoustics, which has included experience with power station developments, renewable energy projects, mining and major infrastructure through to local commercial, industrial and residential planning.
Chris likes: craft gin, beef vindaloo and classic cars
Chris doesn’t like: fancy dress parties, double dipping and improper use of critera/criterion
Mathew joined Sonus in 2008 after graduating from the University of Adelaide with an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering.
With over 10 years of experience in power generation, industry, aircraft and underwater noise assessments, Mathew is the first point of contact for graduate engineers when undertaking noise modelling tasks.
Mathew’s current role includes the assessment of major environmental noise and building acoustic projects including wind farms, gas fired power stations, transport routes and multi-level residential and commercial developments.
Mathew likes: Parkrun, movies, spending time with family, spring, Formula 1
Mathew doesn’t like: home schooling, cold weather, sick kids
Alex has an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Adelaide. Alex joined Sonus in 2015 after briefly working in the manufacturing industry.
Alex has experience in a wide range of environmental and building noise projects, with a particular focus on field work and on site measurements. Alex manages the maintenance of acoustic equipment and trains and assists graduate engineers within these areas.
Alex likes: working on cars or bikes, running (as far as possible) and getting away on a 4WD trip
Alex doesn’t like: olives anywhere near his food, pineapple on pizza, slow drivers anywhere but the left lane
Byron joined Sonus in May 2019 after more than seven years at the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) as a Project Engineer (Noise) and almost two years as an Acoustic Engineer at Vipac.
Byron is involved in the assessment of all acoustics related projects across the fields of environmental noise and building acoustics.
Byron likes: Craft beer, hiking, coffee and live music
Byron doesn’t like: Rain, bananas, getting up early, the middle seat on an aeroplane
Rhys joined Sonus in December 2019 after graduating from the University of Adelaide with an Honours degree in both Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science.
Rhys is involved in the assessment of all acoustics in environmental noise and building sectors.
Rhys likes: reading books, wood-fired pizza, and video games
Rhys doesn’t like: seafood, cold feet, and creasing the corner of pages in books
Jason joined Sonus as an Associate in 2006. Prior to this he spent 6 years with the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) during which time he drafted the State’s Noise Policy (Environment Protection (Noise) Policy 2007). At the EPA he managed the Atmosphere and Noise Branch as well as acting as the EPA’s Principal Adviser in the field of Noise and Vehicle Emissions. This public sector experience is supplemented by 5 years experience as a Senior Acoustic Engineer at Bassett Acoustics and 5 years experience at Bestec Pty Ltd as a Mechanical Services Engineer.
Jason’s professional interests include a 2 year period as Chair of the South Australian Division of the Australian Acoustical Society as well as representing the National Environment Protection Council on the Australian Standard Technical Committee EV-016, responsible for the development of an Australian Standard relating to the assessment and measurement of wind farm noise.
Jason likes: family, craft beer, coffee, barbecues, naked flame, holidays
Jason doesn’t like: limited coffee or beer options, having to return the same way he went, providing justification for his actions
Tim joined Sonus in January 2021 after graduating from the University of Adelaide with an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering.
As a Graduate Engineer Tim works on all aspects of acoustic engineering with guidance from the experienced team at Sonus.
Tim likes: Gravel & road cycling, SA wine, Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens, puppies, terrible 90s action movies
Tim doesn’t like: Yappy dogs, noisy neighbours
Stefan joined Sonus in January 2021 after graduating from the University of Adelaide with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
As a Graduate Engineer Stefan works on all aspects of acoustic engineering with guidance from the experienced team at Sonus.
Stefan likes: Cricket, dance, philosophical conversations, public speaking, studying theology and soccer
Stefan doesn’t like: Green vegetables, traffic, long words and winter