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ESTA announces yet another ANSI standard for event safety

ESTA's Technical Standards Programme has announced approval and publication of yet another ANSI-approved event safety standard, developed by the Event Safety Working Group.

ANSI ES1.4-2021, Event Safety – Event Fire Safety Requirements applies to fire safety in the live event industry. This standard addresses the identification and assessment of event-specific fire risks, and the effects that fire and smoke will have to the life safety of all persons who might be affected. It includes those measures required to minimise the likelihood of a fire starting, means of escape (egress), fire safety monitoring and the methods used to limit the development, spread and effects of fire.
The standard can be downloaded free of charge, from the Technical Standards Programme's Published Documents page, found at https://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/published_docs.php

15th October 2021

ESTA's TSP public reviews

ESTA’s Technical Standards Programme currently has five draft standards in active public review. The reviews are open to anyone having a material interest in the subject matter. The review opportunities are as follows.

The Event Safety Working Group has one draft standard in public review.

BSR ES1.18 – 202x, Event Safety – Rigging provides minimum requirements and general guidelines for the suspension of equipment and materials that are utilised in the technical production of organised special events. It addresses the general requirements for design, planning, installation, set-up, removal and operation of rigging activities. These activities may be conducted using permanent or temporary structures, either in or out of doors. It does not cover permanently installed rigging systems, and it is not a tutorial or a list of specifications.

Submit comments before 09 November 2021.

The Photometrics Working Group has two draft standards, and one reaffirming standard, in public review.

ANSI E1.55 – 2016, Standard for Theatrical Makeup Mirror Lighting offers recommendations and requirements for makeup mirror lighting in performer dressing rooms and similar locations. It defines a range of acceptable lamp CCTs and colour-rendering ratings, and also specifies illumination levels and lighting angles for illuminating the performer's face while applying makeup. The existing standard is being considered for reaffirmation.

Submit comments before 27 October 2021.

BSR E1.69, Reporting the Dimming Performance of Entertainment Luminaires Using LED Sources describes a way of showing the end-user or equipment specifier the dimming performance of LED luminaires, when the luminaire output level is set by a control signal slowly varying from 100% to 50% and then from 50% to black-out.

Submit comments before 01 December 2021

BSR E1.41, Recommendations for the Measurement of Entertainment Luminaires Utilising Solid State Light Sources is intended to be used for the presentation of photometric data for luminaires employing solid state light sources used in the entertainment and performance industries. This standard defines photometric data that may be presented on documents purporting to accurately describe the photometric performance of these luminaires when producing both white and coloured light.

Submit comments before 15 December 2021.

The Rigging Working Group has one draft standard in public review.

BSR E1.22 – 202x, Fire Safety Curtain Systems covers the design, materials, fabrication, installation, operation, testing, and maintenance of fire safety curtain systems used for proscenium opening protection in theatres.

Submit comments before14 December 2021.

All of the pertinent documents associated with each of these public reviews can be found on the Technical Standard Programme’s Public Review Documents page at https://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php.

14th October 2021

ROE Academy Training for IATSE 695 Members

ROE Academy Training for IATSE 695 Members
ROE Academy Training for IATSE 695 Members

USA – Over a year after the last live training course, the two-day ROE Academy for the IATSE 695 members could be concluded. Although hosting online courses during the pandemic, ROE Visual US is able to host in-person sessions in a Covid safe environment, providing much-needed technical support for LED technicians.

There are nearly 400 IATSE locals spread out across the US and Canada, with over 150,000 members working in all areas of the entertainment industry. The Local 695 covers a wide range of jobs in the film and TV industry, such as video engineering and studio projections.

Hosting a dedicated ROE Academy session for IATSE 695 involved training 25 members in three separates groups to follow the social distancing policies. Each two-day session included lectures on LED theory and the ROE Visual product lines and hands-on training. Mike Smith, ROE Visual’s experienced service manager, shared his profound knowledge of LED technology.

“During the hands-on sessions, all trainees had a go at actually building a LED wall, learning best practices on handling ROE Visual LED products on the way. LED processing and software set-up for the iSet and the Brompton systems were part of the extensive training.

“Picking up these on-site classes after more than a year feels very good. It works so much better to be vis-a-vis when explaining a product. Seeing the success of ROE Academy and receiving positive feedback from trainees is invaluable,” comments Smith.

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30th September 2021

Learn to use Evolution Wireless Digital in two free seminars

Learn to use Evolution Wireless Digital in two free seminars

The Sennheiser SoundAcademy is welcoming everyone interested in wireless audio to a mini-series of two live seminars that will explain the new Evolution Wireless Digital system. Whether you are playing or singing in a band, are setting up mics for a place of worship, or are looking for a solution for moderation and speech, the app-based Evolution Wireless Digital is for you. Seminar 1 takes place on 31 August at 12:30pm CEST (Berlin time) and gets you started on benefits, features and operation, seminar 2 on 14 September, again at 12:30pm CEST, takes things further by taking a more in-depth look at the system. As these seminars are webcast live, the hosts are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kiKU__dJTVy8O5sZvibqKA.

“Evolution Wireless will bring simplicity to your performance, show, service or talk while operating in the professional UHF spectrum,” said Volker Schmitt, technical application engineering manager, pro audio. “In our live seminars we will introduce the system to you and show you how easy it has become to set up wireless microphones.”

Seminar 1 will look at how to operate EW-D and get it set up with the help of the app, touching on all features and benefits that the system offers. Seminar No. 2 takes a detailed look at the app, at audio sensitivity and RF co-ordination.

The seminars will be held in English. If you would like to book a free seminar in another language, please contact de-soundacademy@sennheiser.com. These seminars can be specifically adapted to meet the needs of you or your team.

25th August 2021

Rigging Team launch a brand new training centre at its Stevenage headquarters

Rigging Team launch a brand new training centre at its Stevenage headquarters
Rigging Team launch a brand new training centre at its Stevenage headquarters

UK – Following its recent relocation to a larger premises, Stevenage-based film, television and event rigging specialist, Rigging Team, has expanded its footprint, not only to accommodate a growing inventory, but to also provide space for a much needed, industry specific training centre.

Rigging Team managing director, Adam Searle explains: “Training is something that we have been passionate about for many years, although there is no substitute for real-world experience, everyone can benefit from gaining additional knowledge or skills. The courses are designed specifically to suit our industry, whether it’s a specific discipline, or a bespoke combination of courses.”

The new 2,600sqft Rigging Team Training Centre, located just 20minutes from London by train, features a generous classroom and presentation space, along with a practical training area where trainees get ‘hands-on’ with equipment. A custom-built, multi-level structure has been installed with flexibility in mind, enabling safe practice in rigging and work at height.

Adam continues: “Our trainees benefit greatly from the scope of this purpose-built facility, where multiple scenarios can be encountered in a safe environment under the watchful eye of experienced trainers. The versatility of the set-up allows us to create an almost infinite combination of situations, which, in turn, encourages candidates to think away from their ‘standard’ solutions.”

The initial phase of the development is open for business, with the first release of courses already receiving high interest. The second phase of the facility, scheduled to open next year, will provide enhanced facilities including stairway access to an extended structure, with sections of slatted and tensioned wire grids.

Adam Searle adds: “Being housed adjacent to our main warehouse, the training centre has access to a wealth of additional equipment. It also means that, should there be a specific question about something which may not be covered directly in the syllabus, our trainers are able to answer, demonstrate and explain in a way that is relevant to our trainees.”

Courses currently running include: three-day Rigging for the Entertainment Industry, Work at Height and Rescue. Rope Access, Ladder Training and PASMA courses are due to be added to the curriculum in early 2022.

Adam concludes: “It’s fantastic to be able to welcome clients, both old and new, at our new facility, particularly at a time when the Industry is returning from a prolonged period of absence; this extended period of down time has inevitably lead to some skills fade. We can provide a safe place for those joining or returning to the industry to brush up their skills and maybe even learn some new ones. We are often able to run courses at client premises, however, the training space we have created allows us to offer a far better learning environment, something which we hope will benefit our industry both now and into the future.”

23rd August 2021

Industry professionals join forces to launch Event Crew Training

Industry professionals join forces to launch Event Crew Training

UK – Event Crew Training, formed by a group of experienced industry professionals, has released its first training course: Event Crew Essentials. Identifying that post-pandemic there would be a need to recruit a large volume of new and inexperienced crew and sharing a view that the existing training was not fit for purpose, the collective saw the period of stagnation created by Covid-19 as an opportunity to create an online portal that not only provides the required training but gives trainees knowledge that will enable them to feel comfortable in their new working environment.

The Event Crew Training portal is designed to be a new benchmark for entry level crew and technicians looking to start a career in the events industry. Its initial offering, online course Event Crew Essentials, covers a range of topics, including understanding stages, live event jargon, departmental load in and load outs, health and safety and manual handling, providing participants with the practical knowledge they require. This new-found awareness ensures essential elements are addressed, thus elevating the standard of health and safety in the workplace and enabling crew companies to meet legal compliance.

Event Crew Essentials takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and costs crewing companies £20 per access token. One token provides training for one member of crew.

The Event Crew Training team believes this vital training will establish an important foundation for the live events industry and hope that others recognise this too. For it to become a universal standard, the course has to be as accessible as possible and to help sustain that Event Crew Training is looking for financial support from industry peers. With plans for further expansion and additional courses in the coming months, all donations will go directly into developing training and resources.

Event Crew Training is a not-for-profit limited company founded by Base Crew Ltd, DNG Production & Event Crew Ltd, The Music Consortium, Outsource Staffing Solutions, Rule Out Load Management, and Safe Show.

To find out more and to access the training course, visit www.eventcrewtraining.com

13th July 2021

Shure Offers Free New Training Programmes for Live Performance, Production, AV Rental and Film/Location Sound Professionals

UK – The past year has been difficult for the professional audio industry.

Continuing education during this time has been in high demand and Shure is responding to the need by announcing a new, free training programme specifically for audio professionals.

“We want to equip everyone with various levels of technical knowledge including people who are new to the audio industry as well as experienced professionals and help set them up for success as the industry begins to reopen,” said Eduardo Valdes, senior director, global marketing, for pro and consumer audio at Shure.

The Pro Curriculum is a new eLearning training from the Shure Audio Institute. The programme is divided into three tiers:

Level 1: Fundamentals

To become a successful audio professional, a strong understanding of industry fundamentals is essential. This programme covers core essentials such as maximising performance of microphones, wireless systems and other technologies.

Level 2: Shure Product Training

Audio professionals know that to be the best, they need to stay on top of the latest advancements in

products and technology. In Level 2, training focuses on how to set up and use Shure products.

Level 3: Advanced Application Training

Level 3 builds on Level 1 and Level 2 to provide targeted training for a variety of professional applications. This training approaches audio challenges as a system, addressing concerns in audio, wireless, networking and more, to successfully set up and deploy audio systems.

“This is a completely new curriculum designed specifically for this audience,” said Dave Klein, director of the Shure Audio Institute. “While we already have a certification for Integrated Systems focused on conferencing and meeting room applications, we're now adding a new programme for audio professionals. The training is ideal for anyone involved with live events, broadcast, A/V rental, film/location sound, houses of worship, education, and more.”

To learn more about the new eLearning training programme, sign up via the Shure website. Level 1 courses are available now, with Level 2 and Level 3 programs to follow. Courses will be added regularly.

Those who sign in can track awards and badges earned throughout Shure Audio Institute training programmes.

28th June 2021

Backstage Academy prepares next generation of industry professionals with online masterclass by Brompton Technology

Backstage Academy prepares next generation of industry professionals with online masterclass by Brompton Technology

UK – Uniquely positioned in the heart of Production Park, Europe’s leading live events production destination, and renowned for its specialist degrees, professional short courses and bespoke training for the creative and live events industries, Backstage Academy is a university like no other. A recent collaboration with leading LED processor manufacturer, Brompton Technology, means Backstage was able to deliver an online masterclass to over 50 students to help them understand the importance of LED processing for video walls within live events and virtual production.

Founded in July 2009 by Adrian Brooks, the inventor of the world’s first lightweight aluminium trussing system, Backstage has earned a global reputation as a centre of excellence that attracts top teaching talent with real-world experience and offers some of the finest tech and equipment available, from state-of-the-art lighting and sound desks, LED video walls, to the latest media servers and software, that ensure students are immersed in the industry from day one.

“Brompton LED processing solutions have been making regular appearances at Backstage Academy and Production Park for some time now,” says Miles Marsden, industry partnerships director at Backstage Academy. “For a company to remain at the cutting edge of such a fast-moving sector is super impressive, so to give our students the opportunity to be included on that journey was a no brainer.”

The training consisted of a short company overview delivered by Brompton director of business development, Rob Fowler, followed by a sampler from the company’s full one-day training course on the Tessera system using the streaming rack delivered by Steve Harris, technical support specialist. Finally, Adam Callaway, technical solutions manager at Brompton, took the students through some of the work the company has been doing in virtual production. More than 50 second- and third-year students from Live Events Production degree, Live Visual Design & Production degree (LVD), and Live Event Design degree (LED-MA), as well as members of the XPLOR R&D team at Backstage joined the online session.

“Our objective for the masterclass was crystal clear, to act as a first step introduction to LED processing for those less familiar with the topic and the product range, and then to move on to the new Brompton Tessera software release and opportunities that it presents,” explains Phil Adlam, lecturer (postgraduate studies) at Backstage Academy.

Adlam further explains that the training was very informative and offered students a first-hand virtual experience of how LED screens and LED processing work together, and how using features in Tessera could help make various adjustments on the screen in real-time.

“What I found particularly helpful and positive were physical demonstrations by the Brompton team on how LED processing and LED screens interact with each other in real-time,” shares Kris, student at Backstage Academy. “The Virtual Stage section was exceptional, definitely one of the best online training experiences we’ve had!”

Chloe, another student at Backstage, shares similar views. “I am sure that many of my peers didn't realise what Brompton Technology was really capable of delivering in terms of the exceptional colour control and comprehensive image manipulation, so the exposure to the technology that we received directly from the Brompton team was really powerful. The real-world scenarios, as always, are a compelling ‘watch and listen’.”

According to Marsden, it has been excellent to see the impact training sessions with industry partners such as Brompton have had in bolstering their students’ skill sets. “We're extremely proud of the industry partnerships we’ve built at Backstage, working with some of the biggest names in the business,” he says. “The sessions and access to this kind of tech deliver unrivalled training opportunities. It arms our students with invaluable insights and the required skills, which puts them in the best stead for their eventual integration into the live events industry.”

With LED technology having the power to take live event experiences into the new realms of virtual production and extended reality, Marsden knows it is essential students understand technology, such as Brompton processing, that is leading the way in this exciting transition. Deepening relationships with such companies and offering their teams’ expertise to students is a key strategic objective of Backstage.

Whilst the pandemic has been hard on live events, Marsden sees the sector's future as a really vibrant one, which will also become increasingly entrenched in the applied knowledge and use of crossover technologies. “We’ve seen a rising demand for graduates who can confidently move between the different conventions and practices of live and mediated events, and a greater need for skillsets to successfully navigate the post-COVID commercial landscape as the sector recovers. Industry partners who are experts in their fields, such as Brompton, will be key for our students as they embark on careers in the live events and creative industries,” Marsden says.

“Training is a huge part of our mission and our culture at Brompton,” concludes Fowler. “We have always seen it as a central part of the business as it has such a positive effect in terms of increasing customer satisfaction, reducing support overheads, and generating goodwill with the user base.

“Our training courses are provided free of charge whenever possible, as we are strong believers that it is one of the best ways to invest back into our business whilst also investing in the future of our industry. To have the opportunity to deliver this training to the second- and third-year students at the Backstage Academy was a privilege. We are real fans of what the team there has achieved and likewise hugely excited about their plans for the future.”

photo: Backstage Academy

27th May 2021

Brompton Technology

Six ESTA TSP standards approved and published

On 5 May, ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved two ESTA documents as American National Standards. The following day ANSI's BSR approved four more. All six are now published and available on the ESTA TSP website for download at no cost at http://tsp.esta.org/freestandards. You also may buy them from ANSI and IHS Markit for $40 each .

ANSI E1.2 – 2021, Entertainment Technology - Design, Manufacture and Use of Aluminum Trusses and Towers, describes what the title says, and also the associated aluminium structural components, such as head blocks, sleeve blocks, bases, and corner blocks, used in the entertainment industry in portable structures. It's a revision of, and supersedes the previous version.

ANSI E1.28 – 2011 (R2021), Guidance on planning followspot positions in places of public assembly, offers guidance on the planning of permanent followspot positions, including recommendations on the locations of the followspot positions within the venue, the power likely to be needed, the waste heat generated, the amount of space likely to be needed, and the fall protection and egress issues to be considered for the followspot operator's safety. This is a reaffirmation of the 2011 edition.

ANSI E1.39 – 2021, Entertainment Technology – Selection and Use of Personal Fall Arrest Systems on Portable Structures Used in the Entertainment Industry, establishes minimum requirements for the selection and use of personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) on portable structures in the entertainment industry. In addition, the standard establishes minimum requirements for products and portable structures used in the service of PFAS. The requirements for other methods used to protect workers from fall hazards such as safety nets, guard rails, and rope access techniques are not included in this standard. This standard does not preclude the use of other appropriate standards to promote fall protection safety. It's a revision of, and supersedes the previous version.

ANSI E1.4-2 – 2021, Entertainment Technology - Statically Suspended Rigging Systems, addresses statically suspended rigging systems permanently installed in performances spaces, places of assembly, and other areas used for entertainment purposes. This standard establishes minimum performance criteria, recommendations and guidelines that can be used for installation, use, maintenance, and inspection purposes. It's a new standard - the second in a suite of E,14 standards covering manually operated systems.

ANSI E1.57 – 2016 (R2021), Recommendations to prevent falls on or off movable parade floats, movable stages, and similar moving platforms, offers recommendations for steps to be taken to prevent falls by anyone (e.g., performers, technicians, politicians) on parade floats, movable stages, and similar moving platforms. Fall protection is needed, but should be provided in a way that preserves the artistic intent of the moving float or platform. This document provides guidance on how to accomplish these two aims. This is a reaffirmation of the 2016 standard.

ANSI E1.67 – 2021, Entertainment Technology - Design, Inspection, Maintenance, Selection, and Use of Hand and Lever-Operated Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry, is a new standard, and covers exactly what the title says.

14th May 2021

ISCVE announces launch of Voice Alarm Standards

ISCVE announces launch of Voice Alarm Standards

UK – The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers (ISCVE) has announced the launch of its Voice Alarm Standards manifesto. The new manifesto has been borne out of research carried out by the Institute following a detailed questionnaire of more than 100 international companies working within the voice alarm sector.

There are currently no laws requiring voice alarm systems to be installed anywhere in the UK. Fire detection in general must be ‘appropriate’ but this isn’t defined. A licensing authority can insist on a voice alarm system as part of the planning permission requirements, but mainly the take-up is ‘where it makes sense.’

With the launch of this new manifesto ISCVE is lobbying for a clearer UK legislature for this vital aspect of fire safety with the ambition of bringing it more in line with international practices.

Neil Voce, lobbying chairman for ISCVE comments: “Our ambition is to promote the Voice Alarm Standards manifesto to and with the fire industry, regulators and licensing and authority bodies, stretching as far as the government, if we can.

“We have added a lot of information to the ISCVE website covering the results of the survey we undertook, also a video interview highlighting the discussion on this topic and the manifesto document as an outcome.

“One of our ideas is that the next time someone asks ‘where should a voice alarm system be installed?’ ISCVE members and the industry as a whole, will have a suitable well-documented response to offer, which we hope will be found to be invaluable,” concludes Voce.

Jim Smith, associate director, AECOM adds: “Voice alarm (VA) systems have long been considered a grudge purchase by some businesses, and sadly we still encounter this attitude even in the wake of recent tragedies where such systems might have helped to save lives. The lack of definitive guidance and legislation regulating the design, installation and maintenance of these systems – or even the most basic guidance as to which buildings require voice alarm – does nothing to discourage this. Clear guidance is required to promote a culture where due care and attention is paid to providing safe environments through the use of competently designed, installed and maintained voice alarm systems. Well done ISCVE for taking an active role and the first steps toward trying to make this happen.”

Jim Gilroy, audio systems manager, Protec Fire Detection comments: “A voice alarm system is a life safety system that has been proven, in many studies, to be significantly more effective in evacuating people from a building than traditional bells and sounders. None more so than in buildings open to the public where people may be unfamiliar with their surroundings. Hopefully, this initiative by the ISCVE will reach the decision makers and bring to fruition this long overdue legislation.”

14th May 2021