ICT solutions provider RM Education was commissioned by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to provide an extensive range of technology for Dagenham Park Church of England School – which specialises in the performing arts. One of the final projects supported by the UK government’s Building Schools for the Future programme, this was one of two new-build schools in the borough on which RM Education worked.
An Optoma ProScene EH7500 with an ST1 lens was installed within the main school hall and 58 Optoma EW766 projectors were installed in the classroom spaces. DLP projection had been specified to reduce maintenance costs for filter cleaning during operation. RM Education approached Optoma to provide the EH7500 and EW766 as it was felt that these offered the best performance versus price comparison on the market and exceeded expectations in terms of support for high definition, high brightness and installation flexibility.
Tony Matthews, lead engineer for RM Education, explained how an adjustment was required in the main hall. “Initially, the installation was designed to drop the projector from the truss to clear light fittings,” he said. “However, due to the raked seating, this meant the projector was in the audience line of sight when they were seated at the back. As a result, the projector mount was shortened. EH7500 provided the flexibility with lens shifting and keystone correction to allow these changes to be made quickly and easily.”
During the installation it was found that keystone correction wasn’t being applied after power on/off on the EH7500. Optoma technical staff attended on-site and performed a firmware upgrade that rectified the problem.
“Although the project was long and complex, the projector install proceeded smoothly and the installation took less than one day to complete,” said Matthews.
He added: “For the main hall facility, EH7500 exceeded expectations in terms of support for high definition, high brightness and installation flexibility.”