Training for AV System Owners

Technitect › The End User AV Needs PyramidAV system owners and managers are often keenly aware of how integrated pro AV is a part of the building design and construction process. And if it isn’t, then compromises end up being made and user end up being unhappy. Get your staff educated about some of the key fundamentals and processes that make for better AV, better design, better troubleshooting, and better management.

Our seminars are based on AV industry best practices, and we provide training on both the technical aspects of implementing AV as well as the processes that make AV integration work from a project management point of view. Let us help your organization out with the programs listed, or contact us if you’d like to have some training tailored to your particular staff’s needs.

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. Let us know if you have any questions.

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

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 AV Affects Architecture (2-3 hours)

Learn what the potential impacts are and how to incorporate key AV parameters into the architectural design process. Understand the basic techniques and criteria for developing preliminary space plans for AV facilities. Topics include:

  • Developing seating layouts for AV spaces
  • AV furniture design Issues
  • AV space planning for systems and infrastructure
  • Proper sizing of video displays
  • Display technology options
  • Sightline studies for AV
  • Acoustics and lighting considerations

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

Higher education is a special case for AV, and one where the architecture is crucial to the success of the project and to the operation of the AV systems. 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
  • Acoustics and lighting considerations

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