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PLASA 2017 preview: seminars

The PLASA 2017 seminar programme will take place across three spaces. All sessions are free to attend, but registration is advised as space is limited.

The Product Training Theatre will host the lighting, staging and rigging strand. The Fast Track Theatre will have sessions on improving sales, marketing and social media skills, as well as hosting content from various industry associations.

One of these bodies is the Institute of Sound & Communications Engineers (ISCE), whose vice president Helen Goddard will present a ‘Safety First’ seminar on Monday 18 September (11:00-11:30). She will outline how sound engineers can become accredited for the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme, which is a standard for health & safety and core competencies within the construction industry.

Installation readers will probably find most of interest in the Audio and AV Theatre – including a panel session on the afternoon of Monday 18 September hosted by Installation editor Paddy Baker. ‘Installations – You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby’ will take place from 14:45 to 15:45 on Monday 18 September.

This session, moderated by Installation editor Paddy Baker, will look at how some of the key installation technologies, and other aspects of the industry, have evolved over the past four decades. An expert panel will look at a number of installation scenarios, describe how they were approached back in the day, comparing and contrasting with today’s kit and methods.

The panel members are:
• Nevil Bounds, Feltech
• Peter Ed, Light Emissions
• Peter James, Shure
• Sam Wise, Venue Strategies

“I’m very much looking forward to chairing this session,” says Baker. “I’ve assembled a panel of experts with over 120 years of collective experience and who are still strongly involved in the industry today.

Also in the Audio and AV Theatre, d&b audiotechnik’s Oran Burns and Bill Brooks’ session ‘Are You Listening?’ takes a fresh view on the idea of an ideal frequency response for a live sound system, considering factors like hearing sensitivity, creative preferences and cultural trends.

‘Preparing for the Loss of 700MHz – What you need to know’, by Shure’s Tuomo Tolonen, will examine Ofcom’s 2014 announcement to reallocate UHF frequencies 694-790MHz (the 700MHz band) to the mobile sector. This session will look at the implications for the industry in the light of the move’s May 2020 deadline.

In the first of two panel discussions hosted by journalist Phil Ward, ‘Was Le Corbusier Deaf or What?’ looks to uncover the tricky relationship between audio and architecture. And in ‘360 Degrees of Sound’, Ward will discuss new formats for 3D audio with some prominent industry figures – including Sherif El Barbari of L-Acoustics, Scott Willsallen of Remarkable Projects, and Out Board’s Dave Haydon.

There will also be a free Dante AV Networking World event from 10:00 to 16:00 on Tuesday 19 September, centred around training workshops for Dante Levels 2 and 3 presented by Audinate’s Kieran Walsh. Registration is required.