proAV was commissioned and instructed directly by Serco to design an install a raft of integrated audio visual projects across the MOD Defence Academy site over an 18-month period.
The brief was to refresh AV technologies within a number of lecture theatres at the Defence Academy site in line with a client determined programme. Facilities covered by this brief included a 130-seat lecture theatre to support the delivery of training, conferences and formal presentations, a classroom refresh for office use and training environments across five teaching rooms and a meeting room.
A 250-seat lecture theatre for conferencing, training and events with control room for AV technicians was also included in the AV upgrade along with three JSCSC lecture theatres that support video conferences, formal presentations and training delivery with a dedicated control room for AV technicians.
In terms of challenges, this was a new-build project that required considered coordination with the Serco contracted builders throughout the process. With regard to the three lecture theatres that formed the JSCSC project refresh, proAV was the principal contractor and had to coordinate all other trades independently, including electricians, decorators and manufacturers of bespoke furniture for AV equipment (ie. lecterns, etc.), which added an additional level of project management and coordination.
A number of innovative technologies were deployed within these projects, including the Crestron DigitalMedia infrastructure and the latest HD touch panels. This solution is now standardised throughout all theatres for its high-definition signal distribution over an existing infrastructure, removing any distance limitations and allowing for the routing of signals wherever new wires cannot be run. DigitalMedia intelligently manages all signals and devices, matching each source’s output to the capabilities of the selected display(s).
Beyerdynamic Revoluto microphones were installed at each seat position within the Churchill Lecture Theatre; they were chosen for their superior quality and wide range of signal pick up. Any member of the seated audience had to have the capability to indicate their desire to participate via a push button with LED indicator light with the presenter having the ability to select the next in line from the lectern position. Within the same lecture theatre, the latest Panasonic laser projection system (RZ970) was selected due to its high-bright imaging and low maintenance servicing requirements due to the absence of traditional lamps.
We have worked closely with Serco onsite teams (since 2006) to deliver AV support into the MOD Shrivenham estate, which covers services including SLA combinations of 4 and 8 hours onsite responses subject to location, 3rd party repairs and management, loan equipment, monthly account management meetings, MI reporting via CRM.