February 2011

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February 2011

News & Notices:


Offer ETCP Exams in Charlotte

All three ETCP examinations will be given at USITT's Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The entertainment electrician exam is scheduled for Friday, March 11; the arena rigging exam is to be given the morning of Saturday, March 12 and the theatre rigging exam is scheduled for that afternoon. USITT members receive a discount to take any exam, and candidates who wish to take multiple exams will receive a discount for the second exam.

Interested applicants must submit their application, along with supporting materials and fee, to the ETCP office no later than February 10, 2011. Space is limited.

Candidate information, including eligibility requirements and applications, is available on the ETCP website, or if you would like the information mailed to you, please contact Meredith Moseley-Bennett, ETCP Certification Manager, at 212-244-1505 or certification@esta.org.

Conference Employment Service

USITT has restructured its Conference Employment Service for 2011, including a new fee structure and reduced costs for some employees.

Those seeking new employment, and those looking for qualified employees or interns at all levels are urged to consider using the 2011 Conference Employment Service. Information and forms can be found here. Fees increase on March 1, so act quickly.

Draft Chain Hoist Standard, Extensions to RDM Available

Two draft standards have been posted for public review on the PLASA website through February 7.

BSR E1.6-2–201x, Entertainment Technology -- Design, Inspection, and Maintenance of Electric Chain Hoists for the Entertainment Industry, deals with chain hoists used in the entertainment industry as part of a performance or in preparation for a performance.

BSR E1.37-1–201x, Additional Message Sets for ANSI E1.20 (RDM) - Part 1, Dimmer Message Sets, is part of the BSR E1.37 project to add additional features to RDM. This part provides additional get/set parameter messages (PIDs) that are intended for, but are not limited to, use with entertainment lighting dimming systems. These additional messages allow access to configuration parameters commonly found in many theatrical dimming systems.

Members of the public who are interested these issues are invited to comment on the draft standards.

New Project to Draft Stage Lift Safety Standard

PLASA has started work on a new project to write an American National Standard: BSR E1.42 – 201x, Entertainment Technology – Installed Stage Lift Safety Standard. Stage lifts, such as orchestra pits or theatre forestage lifts, are not the subject of any current national standard. As result, safety requirements and inspections are inconsistent. This project is to develop a standard for stage lifts that can be referenced by the International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Association. The scope is limited to safety and to lifts that are installed as a part of the building and that are not for a single theatrical production. Any person involved in the design, manufacture, use, or inspection of stage lifts and who is willing to actively work on the project is invited to join the new working group. A working group application form is available on the PLASA website.

USITT President Joe Aldridge has named Loren Schrieber as the principle and Dan Brinker as the alternate USITT person on this project.

For more information, contact either Martin Moore, the secretary for the working group, at martinmoore2010@gmail.com, or Karl G. Ruling, PLASA's technical standards manager, at standards.na@plasa.org.