Below you will find the seminar program that will be run at the first Entech Connect in Melbourne. As you will see this is a very exciting program and one that you should invest some of your time in attending at least one session. All the topic are relevant to today’s modern industry and our current practises. So open your Outlook calender and start inputting dates.


Wednesday 18 July 2012

9:00am – 9:45am

PLASA Keynote
Lighting Visualisation at The Royal Opera House, Smart Design in 3D Theatre
Lighting visualisation software is developing fast, and whilst the profession is using it more than ever, you may still be surprised to learn how much more can be done. At the Royal Opera House, lighting visualisation is being used to join together lighting design to other technical aspects of the production, saving valuable time and money. James Simpson, who runs the visualisation suite at the ROH, discusses the concept of visualisation and the role it plays in their productions, including when the Royal Ballet took Romeo and Juliet to the O2 Arena.

James Simpson (head of visualisation at the ROH, Covent Garden)

Lighting designers, lighting programmers, production managers and anyone who is interested in the future of visualisation and how it could work for their production or business, whether you know nothing about it or use it regularly

9:00am – 9:45am

Fundamentals of Audio Equalisation

Speaker: JMC Academy

10:00am – 10:45am

Projection & Video – Is it lighting or scenery?

A look at the latest trends in this area, where to begin with content and design, and how to integrate with your production. Who should be in control? The LD or the dedicated video/content designer?


10:00am – 10:45am
Keynote Speaker – Large Scale Sound Design for Venues

Session details to be confirmed

11:00am – 12:00pm

Lighting Designers on Design

Under the guidance of VCA lecturer and lighting designer Joseph Mercurio, a panel of distinguished lighting designers from all walks of lighting discuss how they solve design problems using both the latest and most ancient lighting technologies.

Audience: This session will be of interest to everyone who wants an insight into the lighting design process and the minds of lighting designers.

11:00am – 12:00pm

The World Of Live Sound – Practical tips for success.

Live Sound is one of the fastest growing areas of sound engineering – so its important to keep up! In this session, top practitioners will offer their most important tips for delivering a live show with maximum audience impact and avoiding common pitfalls. Discussion will cover all aspects of doing a gig from sound systems, both temporary and fixed for large scale events, installation to venue capabilities / limitations and how to handle them and interacting with the client or band. It will include insights into new equipment and software technology…

Panellists include (several panellists to be confirmed)
Bruce Johnston VIC
Peter Barnard Outline Speakers

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Mapping for spectacular effect!

A look at the process and techniques involved in the mapping and projection on a variety of buildings in Australia. The session will cover the processes from initial concept, through visualisation and planning to the final delivery of the project.


1:00pm – 1:45pm

An Insight into Medium & Large Scale Wireless Audio Installation

A practical session that will take participants through the process of choosing and setting up a multiple channel wireless microphone installation.


1:00pm – 1:45pm

The Role of Technology in Entertainment (session supported by VAPAC)

Technology should only be a tool to serve the overall production, not over-ride the experience for the audience. This session will discuss the role of technology in entertainment, how can it enhance a production, it will take a look at the possible additional costs to a production in terms of time and set construction involved with mounting projectors or large screens, and how it may work in different venues.
And of course, who should have the final say?
Speaker: Daniel Sandler, Technical Supervisor, Whitehorse Centre

1:00pm – 4:00pm


A half day session facilitated by Tiny Good from ShowTech Australia, and involving a panel of leading industry players. The session will cover three important topics and is an informal, interactive session, which will encourage questions, and feedback from all participants.
Day one session will include input from several key industry stakeholders.

Topics to be covered in this session:

OH&S and licencing Legislation
On 1 January 2012, the Safe work harmonisation act and the associated state regulations took effect. In addition, the a new Code of Practice replaced the Occupational Health and Safety Code of Practice 2008. These changes will directly effect the way productions and venues approach their productions and their responsibilities. This session will discuss these changes, and what changes you should be making to ensure you are complying including the current training options for you and your staff.

Fall Protection – Equipment and Rescue
Changes in equipment and working procedures have led to changes in both thought and procedures for working at height. This session discusses the questions
– who should be working in these situations
– how should they be going about it and ultimately
– if we should be working in these situations at all?

Safe Work Method Statements.
They are a fact of life in the industry, and are easier than most think. They are required for every job and my almost every production or venue. Can you write one? Can you write a good one? What do you do with it once you wrote it?
Attend this session to get the answers to these and more from those who are experts in their field.

1. Government – Worksafe/Workcover ; Insurance Companies
2. Venues – Theatres and commercial venues
3. Students – including amateur theatre, secondary and tertiary schools
4. Industry – Riggers, production managers, lighting, audio etc

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Lighting Design for Venues / Theatres
Session details to be confirmed

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Live Sound for Corporate Events
An interactive panel discussion covering the specific issues involved with corporate presentations, from the perspective of the production, the sound man, and the equipment supplier.
panelists to be confirmed.

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Project Management for Live Events

In the world of live events successful project management means integrating technical elements such as audio, vision, staging, lighting, production design and set up with an in-depth understanding of the client, venue and event. Having knowledge about the details is what will make your event stand out. This panel session will bring together industry heavy weights and suppliers to discuss ways to improve efficiency and set you on the path to the flawless execution of your next event.

Panelists will include Ant Hampel , A-Live Events, Matthew Howe, General Manager, Arenas, Melbourne & Olympic Parks, and several more to be confirmed.

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Lighting for Television – tips and tricks

Never overlook the importance of good lighting when shooting digital video or TV. Attend this session to find out what is possible in TV Lighting, covering not only the ‘how’but also the ‘why’ giving you an insight into making your lighting the best it can be! Covering drama and light entertainment lighting, the session will give specific examples and allow plenty of time for questions from the participants.
Speaker: Rohan Thornton, Lighting Designer, Firelight Lighting Design

3:15pm – 4:00pm


Testing & Tagging in Your World
Led by Andy Ciddor, ALIA’s representative on the committee that maintains the Test & Tag standard (AS/NZS 3760), this seminar examines some of the misconceptions and folklore that surround the Test & Tag process and cuts through to the safety issues that the standard is there to define and promote. If you are responsible for the electrical safety of portable equipment in your work place come and join this myth-busting session and help to improve the safety in our industry. As ALIA is a non-discriminatory association, audio, AV, production management, staging and automation practitioners are also welcome at this session.

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Green Theatre / Venues / Pubs
Session Details to be confirmed

Thursday 19 July 2012

9:00am – 10:00am

Am I seeing things? 3D holographic projection and how it is changing the world of live events.

With Musion’s dramatic 3D holographic projection, session details to be confirmed.

Speaker: Mario Valenti – t7 Event Solutions (Musion)

9:00am – 11:00am


Lighting 101

If you’re new to lighting then the Lighting 101 session is a great way to get started. This seminar offers a brief tour of the basics, some insights into what lighting can do, and how you can use lighting in production and performance.
The seminar will be presented by Andy Ciddor, an industry veteran with over 40 years experience as a lighting practitioner, teacher and writer, in conjunction with a team of experienced lighting designers and technicians.
All participants will receive a show bag containing lighting information and samples from ALIA member companies.
This seminar is a suggested preliminary to the Lighting System Technician and Lighting Design sessions.

9:00am – 12:00pm


A half day session facilitated by Tiny Good from ShowTech Australia, and involving a panel of leading industry players. The session will cover three important topics and is an informal, interactive session which will encourage questions, and feedback from all participants.
Day two session will include input from leading industry stakeholders.

Topics to be covered in this session:

Trussing & Hoists
This session will give participants the lowdown on the latest in trussing and hoists from those who are using it everyday.
What is new? What is good? What do they do? What do you REALLY need to know about modern lifting equipment?
A must attend session for all riggers and production managers who want to be ahead of the game.

Rigging in a venue – the opportunities and challenges
It is often recommended that rigging systems be installed in the new venue, or updated in the upcoming renovation. But where to from there?
This session will cover how to evaluate a system, how to get the most from a system, and how much is enough in a venue? It will also look at the hidden costs of some of the new systems, arming you with all the information you need to make the decisions for your venue.

Automation and Flying Effects
Automation and flying effects are spectacular, often providing the ‘wow’ moments in many productions. Let’s face it though, sometimes there can be a level of automation that is overkill, or at least over-budget. This session looks at all the options, from pulling ropes to 3D VR systems and discusses what to use? Who should be doing it? What is the best system to use and most importantly, why!

1. Government – Worksafe/Workcover ; Insurance Companies
2. Venues – Theatres and commercial venues
3. Students – including amateur theatre, secondary and tertiary schools
4. Industry – Riggers, production managers, lighting, audio etc

11:30am – 1:30pm


Lighting Systems Technology 101

So you want to work in Lighting? How do you put together a large lighting system? This session is based on the System Technician Seminar provided by lighting production and rental company, Resolution X, for its own crews. Presented by Marcus Pugh from Res X, it covers the role of the lighting system technician and how to put together a lighting system in a professional manner. The concept of system design applies to concert touring, theatre, television, corporate events – basically anywhere large lighting systems are in use. Topics covered include the System Technician role and responsibilities, system design and set up, power distribution, data distribution, touring dimmer/distribution systems and patching.
All participants will receive a show bag containing lighting information and samples from ALIA member companies.

Audience: This is an entry-level systems course, but a basic knowledge of lighting equipment is necessary. At the very least you should have taken the Lighting 101 seminar or worked on some productions before attending this seminar.

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Anatomy of a stage disaster – Line by line forensic breakup of the Indiana stage roof collapse
Julius Grafton
During CX Roadshow over 200 industry professionals attended the Outdoor Event Safety Seminar across Australia. One of the hot topics discussed was the Indiana State Fair stage collapse that killed 7 and injured over 40 people when the entire stage roof (11 tonnes) with production (22 tonnes) collapsed on the audience during what is now seen to be a fairly benign storm event. CX-TV aired an industry report on events like this late last year, and have had over 90,000 downloads to date.

Now ENTECH-CONNECT announces the essential debate we need to have – where the 2,000 pages of extensive engineering and site logistic analysis of the Indiana disaster are dissected into must-know chunks, with the ramifications for our outdoor event staging community analysed.

Join Julius Grafton for the keynote seminar at ENTECH-CONNECT – ‘Anatomy of a stage disaster’.

This is an essential professional development event, an industry briefing to distribute the very latest findings on the chronology of a terrible disaster of a kind which could happen in Australia if we are complacent.

Recommendations for future practice and operation of venues will be made.

1:00pm – 1:45pm

AWAG Update

The Australian Wireless Audio Group (AWAG) have been working to secure new arrangements for the use of wireless audio products like radio microphones and in ear monitoring systems as a result of the switch to digital TV and the sell-off of the 700MHz. This session provides and update on the progress of these activities as we rush toward December 2013 and beyond.

• How changes to digital television will impact on the use of more than 150,000 wireless microphones across the country
• Implications for industries like live music, fitness, meetings and conventions, tourism and more
• Impacts on community user like schools, worship, community arts and recreation
• What products can we use going forward?
• Key dates for the planned changes

AWAG is composed of members of the Australian Commercial Entertainment Technology Association (ACETA) and the Australian Music Association (AMA).

Speaker to be confirmed

2:00pm – 4:00pm


Lighting Design 101

Although you won’t leave this seminar ready to design the next season at Stratford upon Avon, an international concert tour, or a Broadway musical, you will have a grasp of the fundamental tools and techniques of the modern lighting designer. Lighting Designer Scott Allan will cover topics including, text analysis, modelling fundamentals, selection of angle, colour and luminaries, cueing and plotting concepts, and a survey of available CAD and visualisation tools.
All participants will receive a show bag containing lighting information and samples from ALIA member companies.

Audience: This is an entry-level design course, but a basic knowledge of lighting concepts is necessary. At the very least you should have taken the Lighting 101 seminar or worked on some productions before attending this seminar.

2:15pm – 3:00pm

WIFI, the Internet and your event – The Convergence of AV and IT

Meeting rooms are no longer just an IT or AV problem. With the inclusion of audio-visual technologies in most work spaces, education facilities and meeting venues, it is more important than ever that IT and AV personnel learn one another’s language and understand each other’s business. What are the principles around building rooms, providing equipment, and creating an environment that will facilitate communications? How should AV integrators and installers be prepared to interact with IT departments and network infrastructure? This session will address issues of working in an environment where both IT and AV are equally important.

Session details TBC

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Keep the noise down!

This panel session will talk about sound amenity issues within festivals / venues . Eg sound restrictions and how various production companies / manufactures are dealing with them.

Session details TBC

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Designing digital systems that work

The rapid growth of digital technology in the A/V industry presents new opportunities for the A/V professional. In order to understand where these changes are taking our industry, you must have a strong knowledge of digital signal types and design fundamentals. This session will cover the impact of digital video on A/V system design today and discuss strategies you will need to successfully navigate through the digital transition.

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Sound Systems Integration

As technology advances it is becoming more important to consider the design and installation of your sound system. This session will talk about getting world-class sound into your theatre, house of worship, trade & convention centre, gallery, auditorium, educational institutions, live performance venue, nightclub and dance club.

It will look at the getting the balance right to increase impact, improve effectiveness and create the right atmosphere that entices people to stay and experience your venue, and even better, recommend it to their friends. Join this discussion on how to find, manage and maintain exactly the right sound levels for your venue. These solutions are most often a combination of equipment configured in a way that makes the whole greater than the sum of the individual parts.


Thursday 19 July

11:00am – 11:45am

Outline mini-COM.P.A.S.S and GTO (Grand Touring Outline): On A Global Scale.
Peter Barnard’s talk will focus on the Outline mini-COM.P.A.S.S. and the GTO (Grand Touring Outline).

The mini-COM.P.A.S.S. is the only one of its kind on the market – The products control is limitless. Presenting and touching on such elements as design, its benefits and placement in the industry.

With its recent arrival in Australia, the GTO is causing a stir. Exhibiting how it has combated ‘sound issues’ on the global festival scene with its world recognised Outline 3D Open Array Prediction Software. Its commercial popularity and game changing appeal.
As a self-confessed, “speaker for England” Peter Barnard shall communicate ad-hoc discussing every aspect there is to cover. His familiarity and understanding of the Outline range, and further business-concept as a whole, beyond comprehension. A well-respected and ‘go-to’ man of the industry.

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Dante Digital Audio Networking – Hands-On, How-To, and Why
The seminar deals with the Dante networked audio protocol, which is manufactured and distributed by Audinate, a company based in Sydney. It is aimed at any and all audio engineers working in live production and fixed installation that need to deal with audio networking. This technology is incorporated in to some of our products, as well as products from many of our competitors.
The seminar will deal with the basics of how Dante works, demonstrate the practicalities of setting it up and go through the benefits that it has compared to other networked audio protocols.The session would feature live demonstration of product as well as presentation of theory and background info lecture-style.

Speaker: Jason Allen, National Sales and Support Manager of Yamaha Commercial Audio Australia.
Audience: The seminar assumes knowledge of basic audio concepts, but no specific experience in audio networking,


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