October 2015

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October 2015

News & Notices


USITT 2016 Reg & Housing Coming Soon

Registration and housing will be open soon for USITT 2016 in Salt Lake City!

Keep checking www.usittshow.org for updates!

Reminder: USITT Grant Applications Due Nov. 15

Proposals for the 2016 round of USITT Grants are open until Nov. 15. Grants are available to USITT members pursuing research projects in their fields. Go to www.usitt.org/gandf for information.

PLASA Head Steps Down, Eight Standards Up for Review

After 17 years as PLASA’s chief executive officer, Matthew Griffiths will step down at the end of October.

Mr. Griffiths counted the growth of PLASA London, the launch of Lighting and Sound America, the PLASA Focus events, and the merger with ESTA among his biggest achievements.

“The time is right to step aside, and I will be working closely with the PLASA governing body during this transitional period to assist in every way possible,” he said.

John Simpson, acting chairman following the resignation of Steve Terry of ETC, praised Mr. Griffiths’s commitment to the industry and to PLASA members as well as his efforts to build the organization’s international profile.

Eight PLASA draft technical standards are in public review. Those interested can submit comments through September 28.

BSR E1.31 - 20xx, Entertainment Technology - Lightweight streaming protocol for transport of DMX512 using ACN describes a mechanism to transfer DMX512-A packets over a TCP/IP network using a subset of the ACN protocol suite.

BSR E1.33 – 20xx, Entertainment Technology -- (RDMnet) --  Message Transport and Device Management of ANSI E1.20 (RDM) over IP Networks describes a method of implementing ANSI E1.20 Remote Device Management messaging over an IPv4 network.

BSR E1.53 - 20xx, Overhead mounting of luminaires, lighting accessories, and other portable devices: specification and practice covers specifications for the primary and secondary mounting devices for portable stage and studio luminaires and accessories.

BSR E1.46 - 20xx, Standard for the Prevention of Falls from Theatrical Stages and Raised Performance Platforms offers guidance on health and safety procedures to prevent falls in theatrical environments such as orchestra pits, open stage lifts, or other openings in stage floors.

BSR E1.4-1 - 201x, Entertainment Technology Manual Counterweight Rigging Systems is part of a suite of revisions to ANSI E1.4-2009 and applies to permanently installed, manually operated systems of stage rigging hardware for the raising, lowering, and suspension of scenery, lighting, and similar loads.

BSR E1.22-201X, Entertainment Technology – Fire Curtain Safety Systems is a revision of the 2009 ANSI standard to better align it with the requirements stated in NFPA 80.

BSR E1.43 - 201X, Entertainment Technology - Performer Flying Systems establishes a minimum level of performance parameters for the design, manufacture, use, and maintenance of performer flying systems used in the production of entertainment events.

BSR E1.42 – 201x, Entertainment Technology–Safety Standard for Orchestra Pit Lifts addresses the lack of safety requirements and inspections for stage lifts and to orchestra or forestage lifts that are installed as a part of the building and that are not custom-built for a single theatrical production.

For more information, contact Karl G. Ruling, PLASA technical standards manager, standards.na@plasa.org.