PLASA 2012 adds to Professional Development Programme

Thursday, 16 August 2012

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UK - A number of important additions to the London edition of the PLASA Professional Development Programme have been announced. The 80 free-to-attend sessions form the backbone of the 2012 edition of the PLASA Show, which takes place on Sunday 9 - Wednesday 12 September, live at Earls Court in London. From the creative minds of world-renowned LDs and sound engineers, to the visionaries of tomorrow's technology, the PLASA Professional Development Programme is the largest free knowledge sharing event of its kind.

"The new style programme forms a roadmap for the next twelve months in theatre, live concert and touring, live events and installed environments. PLASA 2012 continues to be the place where pace setters converge to share expertise and ideas, and we are delighted by the concentration of talent coming to London this September, it is simply phenomenal. Anyone wishing to contribute should get themselves to PLASA 2012 in a few weeks' time." Comments PLASA CEO, Matthew Griffiths.

Organised into 10 distinct categories, the new Pro Development Programme has been designed to entertain as well as inform. The new additions to each category include;

Emerging Technologies Programme

Networking for Roadies, presented By Wayne Howell

This seminar will focus on the use of Ethernet and Networking in the lighting industry. Covering essential information on the 'hows and whys' of Cat 5E and Cat 6 cables, which are becoming increasingly prevalent in the entertainment technology sector, the seminar has immediate relevance for any designer, technician or electrician interested in keeping up with the state-of-the-art.

An Introduction to RDM for Technicians, presented by Hamish Dumbreck (Jese Ltd), Peter Willis (Howard Eaton Lighting Ltd) and Tim Baarsch (Artistic Licence Ltd.)

Everything you need to know about the protocol for remote management of fixtures and other lighting devices. Find out why it really is faster than a lampie on ladder.

The Art of Noise, presented by Panellists John Taylor (d&b audiotechnik), Jim Griffiths (Vanguardia Consulting), and Jacob Nayne (SGAudio Aps)

A look at the issues surrounding creeping noise control regulations at urban concerts and festivals, the latest tools on the market which aim to allow engineers and promoters to monitor noise levels, and the methods that sound engineers employ to stay within the sound boundaries.

Keeping it within limits, presented by Jon Burton (chief live sound engineer for The Prodigy)

How to try and maintain a dynamic mix whilst still remain within the increasingly draconian noise limits being introduced around the world.

The Future of Lighting Technology presented by James Simpson, The Royal Opera House

James Simpson is passionate about the integration of new technology into every day working practices to make us more efficient, more capable and more creative. In this seminar James will discuss some interesting ideas that are emerging in all industries that may one day be an everyday tool for the lighting industry.

Getting a Return on RDM, presented by Peter Kirkup (Cooper Controls) and Simon Hobday (Artistic Licence Ltd)

Focused at sales staff, this session will introduce Remote Device Management and explain how to increase sales through specification of RDM.

Future Trends Programme

LED Theatrical Luminaires: Are We There Yet? Presented by Fred Foster

The explosion of LED luminaires has turned the industry on its ear. But are LED luminaires ready for theatrical applications where the most discerning designers in the world work?

Architecture and The Art of Theatre Design, presented by Richard Pilbrow

A revolution in theatre architecture has occurred. The dead hand of modernism and 'engineered' theatre has been lifted. The human scale, three dimensional theatre, beloved of our ancestors, has re-emerged with a new re


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