Training for Integrators

One of the issues for design and integration of AV into buildings is that the building design and construction industry is still in the process of realizing how much pro AV is a part of it. By the same token, pro AV professionals are still learning that they are a part of the building design and construction industry. AV isn’t just an afterthought. If it is, then projects become unpleasant very quickly.

While many in the building industry need to know a bit about how technology works and what it does, the more important and practical information is how does technology (especially AV) affect the building design and construction process. We offer training to architects, engineers and consultants in how to properly include AV in the project process. Based on industry best practices, we can show you how the AV process works in the architectural context.

Some of the programs offered are listed below. Seminars are normally delivered on-site, but some can be delivered via videoconference if desired. Some seminars may offered for AIA credit. Content can be adjusted in many cases to suit the anticipated audience. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Discovering and Reporting End-User AV Needs (2 hours)

Learn how to gather the appropriate information from users and turn it into a professional program of user needs for AV. The process mirrors the architectural program phase on larger building projects, and may be the only needs analysis document for AV retrofits. Content is based on the book AV Best Practices which can be included in the seminar fee if desired. Checklists, program question lists, meeting agendas and other document samples are included in any case. Topics include:

  • Who to include in the process
  • What questions to ask
  • How to develop the AV program report
  • How to use the program report

How the ADA Affects AV (1-2 hours)

The Americans with Disabilities Act has a significant impact on building and AV design. Learn what aspects of the ADA are important to AV facility and systems design, and what the criteria are. Topics include:

  • What is the ADA?
  • Impacts on AV space planning
  • Impacts on AV systems design
  • Hearing assistance requirements
  • AV Equipment mounting parameters
  • Fundamental ergonomic parameters
  • What is Section 508?
  • What are the changes in the upcoming ADA revision?

Designing AV Facilities for Higher Education (2-3 hours)

Higher education is a special case for AV, and one where both the systems and architecture are crucial to the success of the project and to the operation of the AV systems. Knowing how the AV affects classroom design will make you more valuable to your customers. This seminar illustrates what makes AV work in higher education facilities. Topics include:

  • Building design approaches for high tech classroom buildings
  • Space planning for systems and infrastructure
  • Classroom space planning
  • How teaching affects AV and classroom design
  • Trends in AV systems for Higher Education
  • Acoustics and lighting considerations

Best Practices for Including AV in the Building Design and Construction Process (6-8 hours)

Technitect › Audiovisual Best PracticesThis is an intensive seminar for learning about how to integrate AV into the building design and construction process. This isn’t about the technology—it’s about the process. This is based on the book AV Best Practices which is included in the seminar fee. The book has a wealth of project management tips, sample document templates and checklists beyond the descriptive text, and we lead you through it all. This seminar covers all phases of a building project and includes the following topics (and more!):

  • How AV impacts the building and the project process
  • Choosing an AV delivery method
  • Choosing an AV provider
  • Programming AV
  • What should happen during the architectural and AV design phases
  • What should happen during the architectural and AV construction phases
  • How AV systems are commissioned

Acoustics – What You Need to Know (2-3 hours)

Architects and AV designers don’t need to be acoustical experts, but there are many essential parameters that crop up in everyday building design that designers should be aware of. We explain some acoustical questions and their impact on architecture as well as how they relate to AV. Some of the questions answered in this seminar are:

  • What are the parameters associated with sound isolation, noise and reverberation and speech intelligibility?
  • What are NC, RC, NRC and STC and how are they used?
  • What are basic acoustical criteria for typical spaces?
  • How does fiberglass really affect sound and how should it be used?
  • What kind of treatments are available for HVAC noise and how do they work?
  • What are some typical treatments for typical acoustical problems?

Lighting Design Considerations for AV Facilities (1-2 hours)

Lighting design is crucial to any AV project that includes video displays. Different display technologies require different considerations for lighting, as do different user applications. This seminar illustrates the various considerations to be made for different AV facility types ranging from simple presentation rooms to dedicated videoconferencing facilities. The IES Design Guide-17 for Videoconference Facilities is included. Topics include:

  • Why lighting is important to AV rooms
  • What parameters should be considered
  • Are shades needed?
  • How different AV rooms need different lighting approaches
  • Lighting control systems and AV interfacing