ITALY: Outline opened the doors to a brand new training academy in Brescia recently. Offering a formal qualification in its Butterfly line array system, the facility has already been visited by a Britannia Row-sent contingent of engineers, reports David Davies.
A two-day course of theoretical and practical modules culminates in a formal qualification enabling engineers to use Outline's proprietary software (VIP) and obtain a VIPA credit. Riggers, meanwhile, can train for the SYSTEC accreditation in flying Outline Butterfly safely and effectively.
Sound engineers Sherif El-Barbari, Derrick Zeiba and Paul Gardiner were among those sent recently by Britannia Row to qualify on Butterfly.
Explaining the development of the Academy, Outline's international sales director, Giorgio Biffi, commented: "Following sales to a number of high profile clients, we realised that it was a good idea to open a training facility here in Italy as we have all the engineers available to convey and answer any technical questions that our customers may ask. We can also show them our manufacturing process from start to finish."
Speaking to PSN-e, Outline's Michele Noselli confirms that there are plans to further develop the training package. "At future seminars, we'll also concentrate more on teaching how to use the VIP (Vector Implementation Protocol), the dedicated aiming and simulation software for the Butterfly system. Its enormous possibilities, which are exclusive on the international scenario, attracted a lot of interest on behalf of the top sound engineers who took part in the first course, but there just wasn't enough time to satisfy their enormous curiosity. We'll make up for that soon."
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