PLASA Focus Leeds reveals event programme

Alongside the sold out show floor with brands across audio, lighting, AV, and staging, an array of seminars and training sessions will provide opportunities to pick up essential technical knowledge and gain insight into industry developments
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PLASA Focus Leeds has announced its first line up of seminar sessions and speakers for this year’s event on May 14-15 at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

Alongside the sold out show floor with brands across audio, lighting, AV, and staging, an array of seminars and training sessions will provide opportunities to pick up essential technical knowledge and gain insight into industry developments.

A programme highlight looks to the Royal Albert Hall, which recently received a multi-million-pound audio system upgrade. Ollie Jeffrey, head of Production and Technical at the Royal Albert Hall, and Steve Jones from d&b audiotechnik, will discuss their technical process and how the new system is already impacting the audience experience.

Renowned audio consultant Roland Hemming is presenting a series of seminars, kicking off with an introduction to voice alarm systems in which he unpacks the design and installation of emergency audio systems. He will then explain the position of BSI concerning standardisation of voice alarm systems and how Brexit may affect matters. Finally, Hemming will present an overview of digital audio networking, through its history to modern day standards.

Dante is to return to the show with a Level 2 training session, ideal for those already familiar with Dante. The training will cover redundancy, clocking, latency and multicast, giving attendees the skills to create more advanced systems.

Engineering consultant James Eade will present two seminars on electrics; one which delves into earthing and protective bonding, and another on the 18th edition IET Wiring Regulations, aimed at those who work with temporary power systems, manufacture, hire or distribute equipment or are planning a venue refurbishment.

Vectorworks’ Tom White will demonstrate the design and production process of a medium sized concert in a presentation using Vectorworks Spotlight and Brakeworks Analysis. Additionally, the Riggers’ Forum will welcome industry leaders to lead discussion issues that affect riggers and production professionals.

Finally, Bill Brooks from d&b audiotechnik will explain how the toolbox of today’s project managers and engineers can improve noise control for outdoor events and festivals.

For more information about the seminar programme and to register for free for the show, visit www.plasaleeds.com.

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