Interviews

    Three ‘arms’ key to Saville’s success

Three ‘arms’ key to Saville’s success

AV technologies and their linked business opportunities change, but teamwork and a commitment to customers’ needs can help companies survive and prosper, as Peter Lloyd found in an interview with Saville AV’s Ed Everard.

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    Kul Sihota, Network Manager, Mayfield School

Kul Sihota, Network Manager, Mayfield School

With a BSc (Hons) in Information Technology and a passion for emerging technologies and how they can be integrated, the draw to AV in education for Sihota is the challenge of making the teaching environment as fun and engaging as possible, knowing that every decision has a knock-on effect on how future generations are taught.

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    Knowledge is power

Knowledge is power

The amplification experts at Powersoft have had an enormous impact on the pro-audio landscape thanks to their high power amp modules and rack amps. Zoe Mutter travelled to the HQ in Florence to hear the company’s fascinating story from its founding members.

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    People: Chris Richards, technical director, Jack Morton

People: Chris Richards, technical director, Jack Morton

Richards began his career working as an AV technician at Samuelson Communications before moving into freelance production management for a number of years. After taking on the role of senior production manager with PCI Fitch, Richards joined the Jack Morton team as technical director in 2005.

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    Looking ahead to a digital future

Looking ahead to a digital future

On a recent trip to Crestron’s US home, Clive Couldwell surveyed the company’s inner workings, learned just what makes the company tick and discussed future product development.

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    People: Jason Kane

People: Jason Kane

Group Director of IT, BuroHappold Engineering.

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    Keep on changing

Keep on changing

It’s the need that matters, not the box. Future markets will demand that AV companies can deliver both business savvy and engineering skills, Electrosonic’s Sarah Joyce tells Peter Lloyd.

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    Rob Camies, Head of Multimedia Centre, UNESCO-IHE

Rob Camies, Head of Multimedia Centre, UNESCO-IHE

After completing a Bachelor in Audio Visual Production Techniques in 1996, Camies completed a second study at the Academy for Arts in Groningen, Netherlands with one year as an exchange student at the Academy Royal des Beaux Arts et Métiers in Brussels where he helped set up the Academy’s Media Technology department in 1999.

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Making the connections

  Making the connections

In a world with ubiquitous IT, reams of data and high-profile security needs, AV has to work in an interconnected world. But it’s still vital, as SMW president Fred Shen told Peter Lloyd.

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Jason Brameld, principal consultant, PTS

  Jason Brameld, principal consultant, PTS

Brameld is a long standing AV practitioner and AV Awards judge. Currently leading the multimedia team at PTS Consulting, his interest in AV started in his teenage years. After gaining a Physics degree from Imperial College London, Brameld joined the BBC as a Broadcast Projects Engineer. He subsequently worked in AV contracting for 12 years before becoming an AV consultant which has kept him busy for the last 12 years or so at MJC and PTS Consulting.

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AV Interview: Harman’s Blake Augsburger – It’s all about users and solutions

  AV Interview: Harman’s Blake Augsburger – It’s all about users and solutions

Clive Couldwell talks to Harman’s Blake Augsburger about his company’s future direction and product development.

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People: Brian Waterfield, Jaguar Landrover

  People: Brian Waterfield, Jaguar Landrover

When Brian Waterfield started at Jaguar Landrover in 2000, he never thought that he would be upping his game to the level he has achieved today. From starting out as a pattern maker then moving into design and inspection, Waterfield identified an opportunity for this whole process to exist in a virtual world before reality, creating a faster and more efficient route to market. One Masters in Virtual Reality, Gaming Technology and High End Visualisation later VR manager Waterfield journeys back to share his secrets of JLRs alternative universe with AV.

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People – Nick Butterley, British Museum

  People – Nick Butterley, British Museum

Several years working as a member of the project team at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford responsible for a £61 million refurbishment of its 32 galleries, followed by a stint as exhibition coordinator at the new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, has given Nick Butterley a deep understanding of the role that AV installations can play in museums and exhibitions. These roles provided invaluable background experience for his new position as senior project manager, working with SyscoAV on the inaugural exhibition in the new Sainsbury Exhibition Gallery at the British Museum, says Steve Montgomery.

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AV Interview – AV control in an IT world

  AV Interview – AV control in an IT world

Buying AMX takes pro audio manufacturer Harman into new territory. But the deal also opens up new markets for AMX at a time when the whole AV scene is changing, as AMX president, Rashid Skaf, told Peter Lloyd earlier this year.

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AV interview: European thinking

  AV interview: European thinking

AV channel change is on everyone’s minds. But as Europe’s longest-established multi-country trade distributor, COMM-TEC has found a formula that works, says Peter Lloyd.

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People: Tom Loader, Balfour Beatty

  People: Tom Loader, Balfour Beatty

In a rather unusual turn of events, instead of going back to the drawing board, BIM director for Balfour Beatty’s UK construction Major Projects business, Tom Loader is rewriting the rules of said drawing board. The construction industry is on the cusp of a technology revolution with Loader very much at the helm spending his days developing the use of virtual reality in CAVES, although not as you might know them, using 3D modelling to replicate real environments at all phases of the design process to enhance the customer experience and improve business efficiency.

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The AV interview: Leading from the AV front

  The AV interview: Leading from the AV front

Former Impact Marcom head Julian Phillips moved into the American AV business three years ago. Now he’s in a good position to promote change in the industry, says Peter Lloyd.

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People: Piers Shepperd, Wonder Works

  People: Piers Shepperd, Wonder Works

Not many people can claim their client list includes Her Majesty the Queen and Queen the rock group, but Piers Shepperd can, writes Paul Bray. In more than 20 years in the backstage business, the 42-year-old founder and technical director of London-based events company, Wonder Works has worked not only at Buckingham Palace but with the likes of the Rolling Stones, U2, Take That and Tina Turner.

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AV Interview: Customers make the difference

  AV Interview: Customers make the difference

Once malaise-ridden, Barco has become one of the most successful and relentlessly changing AV manufacturers. Peter Lloyd asked corporate AV director Peter Pauwels what’s changed, and where it’s going.

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Direction of travel

  Direction of travel

New directions are important. But to make the most of them a manufacturer’s products, marketing, partners and people all have to work together. This is the message Peter Lloyd took away from his interview with Christie’s vice-president EMEA, Dale Miller, recently.

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