Seminar Programme

PLASA's Professional Development Programmes bring world-class professional knowledge to your doorstep!

Join us at PLASA Focus Leeds as we bring the renowned Professional Development Programme to the Royal Armouries.

Delivering two days of presentations, technical demonstrations and panel discussions all designed to help you build your industry knowledge and improve your skill set.

This year’s programme focusses on the hot topics affecting the Audio, Lighting, Rigging and Staging sectors. We have brought together a mix of local and international names to speak on a wide range of subjects.


Fully scalable modular PA, is this the road to profitability for the modern rental company?

Presented by: Nexo

Category: Audio

Day: Wednesday 13 May

Start time: 1030

Finish time: 1115

Location: Wellington Room

About:
Stuart Kerrison, Concert Sound Manager for NEXO, considers the STM Series in real-world applications

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From the Somerset hills to the Olympic Rings

Presented by: Piers Shepperd

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Day: Wednesday 13 May

Start time: 1100

Finish time: 1130

Location: Bury Theatre

About:
Piers Shepperd talks through some of the highlights and lowlights of his career starting as a volunteer in the Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton and helping deliver the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies. He’ll cover some basic career advice and tips for getting along in the events industry

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The Shape of Things to Come

Presented by: Martin Audio

Category: Audio

Day: Wednesday 13 May

Start time: 1130

Finish time: 1215

Location: Wellington Room

About:
Martin Audio will be discussing brand new Patent Pending technology that delivers superior coverage and performance. Unveiling a new product range for the permanent loudspeaker installation market, the technology has far reaching implications.

Target Audience:
For those involved in the installation of permanent loudspeakers but also anyone interested in audio that wants to get in on the ground floor of this new development.

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Tell Your Story Online

Presented by: The Digital Garage

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Day: Wednesday 13 May

Start time: 1130

Finish time: 1230

Location: The Digital Garage from Google, The Boulevard, opp

About:
The first step towards making the most of the internet is to show off the best of your business online. Make your website shine, on computers and mobile devices, develop rich content, and learn about the importance of measuring success with analytics. The Digital Garage from Google will be running this session, aimed at small businesses, during PLASA Focus in their venue directly opposite the New Dock Hall. Sign up now and give your business a digital tune-up.

Target Audience:
Sole traders and SMEs

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Benefits of Networked Lighting Systems and How to Avoid the Pitfalls

Presented by: Avolites; Qeytek; ELC; Ambersphere

Category: Ligthing

Day: Wednesday 13 May

Start time: 1200

Finish time: 1300

Location: Bury Theatre

About:
During this session we will discuss how networking on a show is becoming more important, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls that can bring a show to a halt. And also explain the difference between Artnet and ACN/ sACN

Target Audience:
Those who want to get into networking on shows, but are not sure where to start, and those that want to find out more about putting a good stable show network solution together.

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New Guidance on the Inspection of Suspended Fibrous Plaster Ceilings in Theatres

Presented by: ABTT

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Day: Wednesday 13 May

Start time: 1230

Finish time: 1315

Location: Wellington Room

About:
ABTT Guidance Note 20: Suspended Fibrous Plaster Ceilings in Theatres has been produced to provide operators and employers who manage Theatres containing Suspended Fibrous Plaster Ceilings with guidance on the survey, inspection, certification and record keeping required for these structures. The Guidance Note will be cited by Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment and is part of the national Code of Practice for the Theatre Industry. The ABTT will present a panel chaired by CEO Robin Townley, to discuss this topic and provide the best information available to date

Target Audience:
All who operate premises which do or may contain suspended fibrous plaster ceilings

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Reach New Customers Online

Presented by: The Digital Garage

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Day: Wednesday 13 May

Start time: 1230

Finish time: 1330

Location: The Digital Garage from Google, The Boulevard, opp

About:
Take the next step and make your business more visible online so that new customers can find you. Understand the cornerstones of digital marketing, and learn how to use online marketing tools to reach prospective customers. The Digital Garage from Google will be running this session, aimed at small businesses, during PLASA Focus in their venue directly opposite the New Dock Hall. Sign up now and give your business a digital tune-up.

Target Audience:
Sole traders and SMEs

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Your Bottom End; Careful Where You Put It

Presented by: d&b

Category: Audio

Day: Wednesday 13 May

Start time: 1315

Finish time: 1415

Location: Bury Theatre

About:
Through experiments and practical demonstration, Oran Burns from the d&b audiotechnik GB Education and Application Support Team will explore methods that can be utilized to distribute low frequencies evenly over an audience, whilst minimizing unwanted energy elsewhere

Target Audience:
AV technicians and anyone specialising in audio whether it be purchasing, designing or engineering

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Event Lighting Design with Vectorworks Spotlight

Presented by: Vectorworks

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Day: Wednesday 13 May

Start time: 1330

Finish time: 1415

Location: Wellington Room

About:
Vectorworks Spotlight is designed to enable the user to easily develop construction detailing, and freely move between 2D and 3D. The extensive lighting libraries are complemented by best-in-class documentation tools, so you can quickly create light plots, automate paperwork, and visualise your design. Easily import venues, or build them from scratch with easy-to-use tools and numerous resources, quickly creating the room, stage, steps, lectern, video screens, and seating. With built-in, industry-specific objects such as trusses, video, audio gear, and soft goods, Spotlight provides the most complete and versatile 3D capability in the industry

Target Audience:
Event Planners/Designers, Lighting designers, Audio Designers

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How many lights do you need? – The work of the lighting designer on a budget.

Presented by: ALD

Category: Ligthing

Day: Wednesday 13 May

Start time: 1430

Finish time: 1530

Location: Bury Theatre

About:
How do the limitations of equipment, venues and money as well as the increased requirements of additional jobs in small scale theatre affect the creative role of the lighting designer? Do they limit the choices that can be made, or does it allow creativity to flourish? How will the developing technologies impact on choices and working methods in the medium term?

Target Audience:
Anyone involved in lighting design

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