USA - ESTA and USITT has announced the session line-up for the New World Rigging Symposium taking place 13-14 March 2018 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
In these 10 sessions, participants will be given the opportunity to further their technical knowledge, keep up to date with codes and standards, and learn what it’s like to work as a rigger in other segments of the entertainment industry. Attendees will also hear from experts in related fields. Full session descriptions can be found at www.esta.org/nwrs_sessions.
The keynote address will be delivered by Scott Fisher, with the programme including: Show Rigging on Cruise Ships. Big ideas. Tiny venues; Ground Support Concert Rigs; ANSI Standards and ICOPER. Paperwork that’s actually useful; OSHA, Risk Assessments and Rigging Emergency Action Plans; Damn it, Jim. I’m a chain hoist, not a winch; Automation and Touring. Because we can; Structural Engineering. For when guessing just won’t do; Training, Certification and Liability. It’s a good start; Young Riggers Networking Lunch; Hot Button Issues.
The New World Rigging Symposium will also include multiple opportunities for attendees to network and a special lunch will include young industry members keen to learn from the professionals about how to pursue a career as a rigger.
Registration for the Symposium is now open at www.usittshow.com/registration. Registration for the two-day symposium, including lunches, is $375 and at
World - ESTA and PLASA have announced the release of an International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER) which is available as a free download at www.esta.org/icoper or www.plasa.org/icoper.
In response to calls from the international entertainment rigging community, rigging professionals from around the globe came together to create ICOPER to promote awareness and safety worldwide by providing a model code of practice with a focus on arena rigging. However, this Code of Practice is applicable to all event production rigging disciplines.
The practices described in the Code are intended to provide a universal foundation for those engaged in planning, managing and executing entertainment rigging. ICOPER also provides guidelines for those who wish to develop policy, design training content or help establish certification criteria.
Key areas covered in ICOPER include Pre-Installation, Planning and Engineering; Drawing Conventions; Equipment Selection; Onsite Rigging Work, Lifting Operations, Show Rigging Operations, De-Rigging Work; and Post Production. Also included are a glossary, an appendix covering determinate and indeterminate rigging systems, and a regional comparison of terms regarding Standards.
The principal authors of the Code, who met regularly via WebEx over a period of 20 months, are Nick Barnfield (New Zealand), Tiny Good (Australia), Chris Higgs (United Kingdom), Ed Kish (United States), Bill Sapsis (United States), and Roy Schilderman (The Netherlands). ESTA’s Lori Rubinstein provided administrative support for
USA - Audio and networking technology developer Archwave joined other OCA Alliance members in a series of AES70 demo sessions at the AES 2017 show in New York.
The focus was on the practical implementation of AES70 (also known as Open Control Architecture or OCA) rather than the theory. How to make an AES70 device and How to make an AES70 Controller offered step-by-step instruction and working demonstrations on how to build fully functional AES70 implementations.
The sessions were led by Bosch’s Jeff Berryman and showed the practical combination of AES70 for controlling and connecting network devices in conjunction with the AES67 standard for audio-network streaming. The demonstration included a Focusrite audio source, a BOSCH Dante implementation and RAVENNA/AES67-enabled Genelec monitors, all connected in a single network and centrally managed by Archwave’s uConnect connection manager software.
Archwave’s uConnect software demonstrated that building on today’s technologies and open standards, it is possible to create a seamless integration of various products from different manufacturers by utilising the AES70 standard for controlling and connecting devices and AES67 for audio streaming over networks.
Archwave Technologies CEO Arie van den Broek comments: “Sessions like these are a vital part of the education process, and we are pleased to note that we are now moving beyond the stage where we need to explain what AES70 is and how it fits into the audio networking landscape to showing people how to actually use it in t
South Africa - DWR Distribution has announced the 2018 Prolyte Rigging Course, in conjunction with Prolyte and Rhino Rigs, to be held in Johannesburg from 29 January to 3 February 2018.
The internationally recognised five-day course will once again be presented by Rinus Bakker. On the sixth day, delegates will enjoy a practical hands-on session presented by DWR’s Robert Izzett. Interested delegates must be competent in mathematics.
Delegates who pass the course will receive certification and 48 SACIA CPD Points. The cost is R9 500, and a 50% non-refundable deposit will secure your booking as seats are limited. The course will be held at DWR Distribution, Block C, Unit 1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark Honeydew. Bookings can be made on-line. Visit: http://dwrdistribution.co.za/register/prolyterigging2018/
Italy - A selection of Audient’s USB audio interfaces have arrived at Italian music education facility CAMP Academy in Naples.
“We have connected the iD4s to our 12 iMac stations to provide all of our students a perfect sonic experience, and the two iD22s are now part of our recording and production studio,” explains Luca de Gregorio, music production and sound technologies director.
A graduate of Milan’s SAE Institute as well as being active in the industry - he’s currently working on Asif Kapadia’s latest movie - means de Gregorio is ideally positioned to know how to inspire his students. “The interfaces are simple to use and easy to understand. The students simply plug them in and start to work,” he says. “We connected each iD4 to an iMac, and use them to train students mainly on Logic Pro X. They can record some live vocals and instruments taking advantage of the several inputs, and then mix their tracks.”
Both iD4 and iD22 provide a pair of Audient console mic pres, class leading converter technology and high-end audio performance in a compact, elegant desktop package. Exactly right for a forward-thinking educational facility offering Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance, Media Production and Music for Media courses.
CAMP (Creative Arts & Music Production) Academy was the brainchild of Davide Niespolo, co-owner of Italian national network Radio Kiss Kiss, and now CEO/general manager of the school, which occupies a 2,800sq.m premises. His vision was to create a hub for the creative arts, where budding performers an
UK - Students from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) are preparing for a rare London revival of David Hare’s Stuff Happens, supported by the launch of the new Video and Digital Design training strand.
As the new academic year gets under way, Edward Kemp returns to the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre to direct Stuff Happens. Premiered at the National Theatre in 2004, David Hare’s examination of the build-up to the Iraq War combines verbatim theatre with speculative conversations. This new RADA production will integrate projected video into the design to counterpoint the action on stage, adding to the layers of documentary and drama already present in Hare’s script.
Designer and illustrator Jane Heather is collaborating with video artist Ali Hossaini on the production. In the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, and with the support of state-of-the-art equipment provided by RADA’s in-kind sponsors, the production creates a training experience that mirrors industry practices, as well as offering a thought-provoking show for audiences.
Ali Hossaini works at the cutting edge of art, technology and business. His artworks have been shown in museums, theatres, galleries and festivals around the world, winning critical acclaim including from the New York Times, which calls him ‘a biochemist turned philosopher turned television producer turned visual poet’.
Director Edward Kemp expanded on the design elements of the upcoming show, commenting: “Jane and I have been working together for nearly 20 years. Much of our work has been quite
UK - The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) has announced its 2018 sponsored student scheme is open for applications. The scheme offers students, who have not previously been members of the ALD, the opportunity to enjoy free ALD membership until the end of March 2019.
Student members benefit from the increased opportunity to network with lighting and video production professionals at insightful events organised by the ALD, such as their monthly members’ socials and visits to shows and theatres. Membership provides vital interaction and connection between established figures in professional lighting and video design, and the next generation of talented designers, programmers and technicians.
Member benefits for students also include complimentary copies of the ALD magazine, Focus, as well as full access to the ALD web site and the members’ own micro-site. Members also receive a 25% discount on the monthly or annual premium subscription fee for Mandy.com (formerly Stage Jobs Pro).
Jai Morjaria, of the ALD student and equality sub-committees asserts: “ALD student membership gives an excellent introduction to those entering or considering a career in the lighting and video areas of the live performance arts. It allows you to plug directly into a network, and through the experiences and literature offered by the association, exposes the breadth of jobs and career paths available within the in the UK and around the world.”
Applications must be received by Christmas 2017 but ALD recommends those interested in joining to submit theirs im
The Netherlands - Elation Europe gathered lighting professionals for a PRO Theme Day, a day of seminars and discussions on relevant industry topics and technological developments.
Held on 10 October at the company's European HQ in Kerkrade, the event featured various presentations including a talk by Ola Melzig, head of production for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
Elation Europe sales & marketing manager Marc Librecht said: “Thank you to everyone who shared a sensational PRO Theme Day with us. It was really a big success and perhaps the best PRO Theme Day we’ve ever had. Ola was as informative and entertaining as ever and our guests came away with a lot of valuable knowledge. It was a full house and a fantastic day!”
Participants could engage with Melzig and network with other industry colleagues. Melzig shared the ins and outs of the biggest live television production in our industry and shared insight into the challenges overcome in the latest edition of ESC in Kyiv. Another topical presentation discussed the future of Platinum and discharge lamp technology from Philips lighting expert Kirsten Verheyen.
Additionally, PRO Theme Day allowed participants to get up close and personal with everything Elation, from products and projects to planning and personnel. The free seminar also saw Elation products go head-to-head against lighting products from other manufacturers in a series of shoot-outs that gave participants an excellent opportunity to see how Elation spot, wash and hybrid moving lights compare side by side with some of
UK - ISCE is holding an ISCE Sound Engineer ECS Card Health and Safety Assessment event on Friday, 20 October 2017 at the House of Commons in London.
A Health and Safety Assessment is a critical component of the ECS card application process. All ECS Card applicants must hold an up-to-date health and safety qualification in order to be awarded with an ECS card.
Says ISCE, “If you would like to apply for an ISCE Sound Engineer ECS card you will need to sit the Health & Safety Assessment as part of the application process. Why not join us in London on Friday 20th October in London?”
To find out more and register for this event or express an interest in future Health and Safety Assessment events please follow the registration link here: http://www.isce.org.uk/isce-sound-engineer-ecs-card/apply/
UK - Vectorworks is hosting a free half-day event at the Theatre Trust in London on 30 October to explore the features of the Vectorworks Spotlight design software.
Lighting professionals can find out more about Braceworks, a rigging analysis module and Vision that enables LDs to pre-visualise and cue their show.
There will also be talks from professional users on the practical applications of the software in 'real world' situations.
The event, running from 1PM - 5PM on 30 October (Monday), will be followed by informal networking opportunity over drinks.
The organisers are urging those interested in attending to secure their places in advance by registering for free here.
USA - House of worship lighting designer and technical director Bobby Dennis will be conducting an educational session for Chauvet Professional at the WFX Conference on Thursday, 12 October at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.
Dennis will conduct the learning session, 5 Steps To Greater Engagement With Light, with Michael Graham, the engagement and education manager of Chauvet Professional, and discuss simple cost-effective ways of using lighting systems to create more immersive worship environments.
“We’re honoured that someone of Bobby Dennis’ experience and stature will be participating in our learning sessions,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Bobby’s reputation as a thoughtful and knowledgeable lighting designer is known to virtually every person involved in church lighting. We are looking forward to learning from him.”
The session will take place at the Chauvet Professional demo room (C-145) at from 2:00 – 2:45 pm.
The lighting company will be holding three other Lighting and Learning sessions in the same room:
Alex Fuller – Lighting’s Silent Partner At Bethel Church - The lighting and scenic director at Bethel Church (Redding CA) and a former Lighting Designer at Saddleback, shows how to bring scenic elements to life with light.
Tim Messina – Balancing Stage Lighting and Video - The leader of the Events United team, which created the stunning 80’ video wall at the Steubenville Conference and has designed stage presentations of many oth
UK - Free to attend, the d&b Software and system fundamentals workshop covers all you need to know about the d&b workflow and system basics. Realising the best sound possible is unimaginable without the d&b software toolkit, a key component in the planning, optimization and control of any d&b system.
With a focus on the d&b software programmes, ArrayCalc for simulation, and R1 for remote control, the workshop is completely dedicated to the workflow methodology. Beginning with ArrayCalc, the session will guide you through the steps for simulating line array or point source systems, opening your project data in the intuitive R1user interface, and finally sending all relevant settings to the d&b amplifiers - with just a few clicks of the mouse.
The dates are: Tuesday 10 October – Dublin, Thursday 12 October – Belfast and Wednesday 25 October – Glasgow. Lunch will be provided and beer at the end of the day.
Spaces are limited. To register, visit the Education calendar on dbaudio.comhttp://www.dbaudio.com/en/nc/db/calendar.html
UK - SLX has announced the launch of its new student bursary scheme. The scheme is aimed at second and third year lighting design, technical and event management students across England and Wales, providing five successful candidates with equipment, support and opportunities throughout the academic year.
SLX has supported and sponsored students in many ways through its history, employing student casuals, offering sponsorships and apprenticeships across the business.
Jo Sunners, business development manager at SLX describes the inspiration behind the scheme: “We’ve decided after a few months of consulting with drama schools and industry professionals to launch a new way of supporting the next generation of talent in our industry, something myself and SLX are extremely passionate about. I’m really excited to work with and support the successful applicants in the coming months.”
The bursary will be awarded annually going forward and will help the students who can best display a passion, dedication and enthusiasm for the industry, to grow their network and increase the tools at their fingertips.
Applications are already open for the bursary and the deadline is 11 October, after interviews of the shortlisted students have taken place, the recipients will be announced. The application form is now available at www.SLX.co.uk.
South Africa - Visiting South Africa, and in fact the African continent for the very first time, Oliver Ronshausen, service manager from MA Lighting, presented an elaborate three-day Advanced Service Training session to the DWR Distribution technical and support team.
Oliver joined MA in 1994, and with only a four-year interruption in between, really is part of the family. “I love the MA team, the product, being around the users and distributors and making friends in the industry,” said Oliver who in August last year started pushing service training to new and more structured level. “The training is to educate and enable people in the field to do repairs but the important thing, really, is maintenance. The feeling I have is that many MA owners don’t realize that they have to maintain their consoles in order to operate shows with a reliable product.”
The complex course went right down to component level and included fault-finding, quick fixes, replacing parts, PC boards, screens and a wealth of other information.
“We have learnt a great deal and our sincere thanks to Oliver,” said Bruce Riley, head of the DWR Technical department. “Our knowledge on tips and tricks and prompt problem solving has increased. We have learnt about support, how to listen to problems over the phone and how to swiftly get to the bottom of issues.”
An added benefit was that the entire DWR technical team, from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, received the same training at the same time. “That was the beauty of it all,” added Bruce. “On many o
UK - Vectorworks has announced details of its annual Vectorworks Spotlight Conference where the company will provide further details on Vectorworks decision to open its first ever office outside the US here in the UK. Operational since mid-August, this initiative is testament to the importance of the UK market, its customers and partners to Vectorworks, inc.
This conference is for Vectorworks Spotlight users and any designers looking at Vectorworks as a software solution.
Speakers will include a Vectorworks Key Spotlight Developer, the Vectorworks UK Spotlight Evangelist and “inspiring speakers who will help you add value to your designs and share their latest tips and tricks”.
Says Vectorworks, “As this event is being organised for our customers using the Spotlight software if there is anything you would particularly like covered during the day please let us know on the registration form so we can add it to the agenda.”
The event will take place on Tuesday 3 October 2017, 09:30-13:00 hours, at the Cavendish Conference Centre 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT. Attendance is free, but places are limited. Register now to reserve your place.
UK - ISCE has confirmed its first Sound Engineer ECS Card Health and Safety Assessment event, to be held on Wednesday 6September 2017, at SSE Audio Group’s office in London.
Following the recent announcement of ISCE’s accreditation to assess and issue ECS cards to its members, a Health and Safety Assessment is a critical component of the ECS card application process. All ECS Card applicants must hold an up-to-date health and safety qualification in order to be awarded with an ECS card.
This inaugural Health and Safety Assessment event will take place at: SSE Audio Group, 3 Cumberland Avenue, London NW10 7RX.
To find out more and register for the London September event or express an interest in future Health and Safety Assessment events please follow the registration link: www.isce.org.uk/isce-sound-engineer-ecs-card/apply/
UK - A comprehensive seminar programme at the forthcoming PLASA 2017 exhibition at London Olympia, 17-19 September 2017 includes a presentation on Safety First by Helen Goddard, fellow member and vice president of The Institute of Sound & Communications Engineers (ISCE).
On Monday 18 September, 11:00am-11:30am in the Fast Track Theatre at the exhibition, Helen will present a Safety First seminar outlining the ECS Certification Scheme and how it affects audio engineers working on sites and in venues. She will also outline how sound engineers can become accredited for this growing Health & Safety and core competencies standard within the construction industry.
A recognised ECS trade card is increasingly requested by clients and main contractors in order for operatives to gain access to sites and venues for equipment upgrades and routine maintenance. The ISCE is the only dedicated provider of ECS cards to sound industry professionals.
The 30-minute seminar will be presented in two halves, to allow attendees to opt to attend only the portion of the session that is applicable, as follows:
1. What is the ECS Certification Scheme and how does it affect me?
2. The mechanism for certification through the Institute of Sound and Communication Engineers.
If you would like to attend to find out more you can register in advance; at www.plasashow.com/seminars
In addition to Helen Goddard’s seminar, the ISCE is exhibiting at PLASA 2017 for the dura
South Africa - An intensive one day DiGiCo Training course was presented by DWR Distribution’s Kyle Robson in July with the emphasis on both the S and SD range.
“We had 10 delegates from various companies, consisting of both old and new users, attending,” said Kyle. “The main focus was to educate the users on how to use both the S and SD range comfortably and we also shared tips and tricks to show just how powerful the platform is.”
There was much excitement as delegates soaked up the knowledge, appreciative that the training also covered a number of problem solving issues. “There was a huge interest in this and everyone gained a deeper knowledge of the internals of the systems,” commented Kyle. “The course was well received and I’m very grateful to everyone who attended. Thank you.”
UK - The effective training of fire and rescue service personnel is of the utmost importance and in the UK, fire services constantly strive to improve methods, to ensure that they can make the greatest possible contribution to the safety of the communities in which they operate. Innovations such as XVR's virtual reality simulation technology platform (a by-product of gaming industry software) which assists in the training of safety professionals involved in crisis management and emergency response, are becoming essential tools.
When Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service was in the process of creating XVR training rooms at Droitwich fire station, they invited integrators County Infrastructure Services (CIS TECH) with whom they already had an excellent relationship, to discuss AV provision for the installation. A number of first floor offices were converted into training pods for firefighters and CIS installed the necessary equipment for an analogue surveillance system that kept within a strict budget.
During the course of the project, Andy Lewis of Audiologic advised CIS with regard to elements of the audio provision and supplied some of the component products. Hereford and Worcester were delighted with the install and won an award for training excellence but the process highlighted to Nick Evans of CIS that moving towards an IP based surveillance and digital audio system would significantly improve any future XVR solutions.
Following the success of the project, CIS was recommended by Hereford and Worcester to other county fire services and
USA – On Thursday 20 July, nearly 250 ETC end users arrived in Madison, Wisconsin, for the fourth CUE conference. CUE, short for Create Understand Experience, is a professional development conference hosted by ETC every other summer.
This year’s classes were organised into one- and two-day-long tracks so attendees would have a more immersive, educational experience. Tracks focused on technicians, educators, general system networking, designing a better theatre, and Eos console programming. The typical daily class schedule was enhanced this summer with optional Saturday evening classes. With so many opportunities for hands-on learning, it’s no wonder that reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.
When asked to describe one main takeaway from the event, a CUE attendee says: “This should be required for technicians everywhere. There are too many benefits to list.”
Several of the courses throughout the weekend required prerequisite console training and quiz completion, making for a more advanced option to the conference than in the past. Many other courses offered ETCP continuing education credit upon completion.
If you were unable to make the trip to Wisconsin, or want to replay some of your favourite moments, check out the CUE website. Classes on both Friday and Saturday, and Friday morning’s keynote address by David Lincecum, vice president of Marketing, were recorded live and can be found at www.etcconnect.com/CUE/Videos/.
While it may seem like a lot of work, there was also plenty of time to play. The entire CUE event to
UK - The University of Surrey has been awarded Gold for its teaching and learning in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The University of Surrey includes the Guildford School of Acting (GSA).
The award scheme has been introduced by the Government to evaluate the overall quality of Higher Education provision in the UK, and recognises Surrey for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, assessment and academic support. It showcases Surrey as providing teaching and learning at the highest quality level in the UK, and reinforces our position as a leading academic institution for current and prospective students.
Only 20 per cent of the 295 institutions which entered the TEF were awarded Gold status, and the TEF panel drew particular attention to rigorous and stretching course design and assessment; the “outstanding research expertise” of staff “exemplary’ engagement in nationally funded projects, evidencing the University’s leadership in teaching excellence”.
Professor Jane Powell, vice-provost for education and students, said: "This Gold award is a great tribute to the sustained efforts of our staff, and to Surrey’s longstanding ethos of working together with our talented and ambitious students to put their learning experience, personal development, and future career opportunities at the heart of our approach to education.”
“This is without doubt a ‘team Surrey’ effort,” said Professor Max Lu, president and vice-chancellor. “A huge thank you to everyone for creating and providing outstanding levels o
Belgium - AED Display and AV Stumpfl have organized a Wings Certified Operator Bootcamp from Monday 28 August until Friday 1 September 2017 at AED Studios, Lint (Belgium). The trainer will be Rainer Brandstätter, project manager & trainer AV Stumpfl.
Says Rainer, “On the first day of this five-day bootcamp we will tackle every aspect of setting up your show, starting with the physical installation and the troubleshooting of the system. On the second day we will learn more about the different modules (Wings / Vioso / Avio / Touch) and their capabilities.
“One by one we will introduce you to them and show you the basics which will allow you to explore them further on your own pace. This part will be mainly focused on the Wings software. Days three and four will include more advanced use of Wings and Avio. At this point you will dive into the Avio software and learn how to connect all the previously mentioned modules and add intelligence, logic and interaction to your show.
“On the last day of the bootcamp, our focus will be with Vioso. We will teach you how to camera calibrate your projections and all the do’s and don’ts on this matter. Registration is via email@example.com.
South Africa - With the aim to make operators familiar with the functions of the dot2 lighting control console, the interface, main features of the software and operating philosophy, Jannie de Jager from DWR Distribution will be presenting dot2 User Training in Cape Town from 31 July to 1 August and in Durban from 3-4 August.
The two-day course will cover groups, presets, storing cues, chases, effects and back up. Delegates are requested to supply their own dot2 console and laptop for the MA 3D Visualizer.
Bookings can be made on line. Visit: http://dwrdistribution.co.za/register/dot2training-august/
UK - As The BRIT School in Croydon, founded in 1991, and one of the first free performing and creative arts schools in the country, celebrates its 25th academic year, it is announced there will be a festival, called Back to BRIT on the school site at Selhurst on Saturday 15 July.
The line-up on the day will feature successful alumni currently working across the creative sector including artists Imogen Heap, Natalie Stewart from Floetry, comedy group Mandem on the Wall (made up of BRIT graduates Joivan Wade and Percelle Ascott), dancers Twist and Pulse (Britain’s Got Talent finalists 2010), Khronos Agoria (Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists 2016), The Good Wife star Cush Jumbo and DJ sets by Radio 1xtra DJ Ace and Kiss FM’s DJ Freddie Smith.
The festival will showcase performances on various stages with the main stage under a circus big top throughout the day. There will also be a spoken word tent, film screenings, street food stalls and bars with bespoke fashion and prints available to buy designed by the Visual Arts & Design students.
Supplier of event resources PRG XL Video has donated technical equipment for the festival and is named as one of The BRIT School’s industry partners that has helped resource hundreds of productions.
John McEvoy, development director for PRG XL Video said: “As one of the longest serving sponsors of The BRIT School, we're delighted to be supporting the Back to BRIT Festival celebrating 25 years of the school. Over the years, we've seen some great students graduate from t