With several events being pushed back in light of recent and evolving developments, eclipse scheduled internal training sessions over the past few weeks to keep its workforce updated on all things AV and event technology. The company organised the company-wide training programme to take advantage of the current situation to hone its technical edge and impart knowledge to the multi-disciplinary team, not only to individuals within the speciality but also extending that to other technical departments within the company.

As part of the rigging training, team members performed maintenance on Lodestar and Liftket hoists which entailed adjusting clutch, checking brake pads and chain stretch, among other basic measures. The participants in the power training were demonstrated electrical supply system components, typical of what they would find in real-world applications including multiple distribution boards (DBs), 400A in-line RCDs and 800A mains panel. The power training covered all aspects of installation such as health and safety best practices when tailing into a mains panel, metering different distribution boards and the fundamentals of British standard wiring regulations as well as inspecting cables and cable ends ranging from 16A to power lock.

The audio department training was meticulously designed to cover the fields of electro acoustics, point source and line array theory as well as system design and time alignment. The training sessions were attended by the audio team, project and sales managers as well as other technical disciplines in order to inform and educate on the decision-making process when considering sound reinforcement for live events. This included practical examples of best practice and decision making. The audio team is currently looking at further topics to cover in the near future.

The video training delved into several different subjects and delivered a few days of invaluable instruction. It included topics such as LED wall displays, switchers, fibre optic systems and signals, basic projection, media servers and playback as well as camera systems. These sessions gave a broad overview of video technology and its uses to other disciplines within the company, enabling them to become well versed in all aspects of video and how it can be applied to live events. Besides the cross-discipline training, video team members are regularly trained in order to share knowledge and continue to raise overall standards within the department.

The main aim behind the lighting departmental training was to promote an exchange of knowledge and experience among individuals in the team. Team members were able to grasp a furthered understanding of basic to advanced programming using both ChamSys and grandMA consoles as well as working with WYSIWYG. The lighting team was introduced into the less technical and more creative understanding of the lighting field while undergoing training on lighting design basics. The training was open to all departments within the group for members interested in broadening their knowledge beyond their current forte.

Martin Lubach, eclipse Staging Services’ General Manager commented, “Every year, we offer ongoing and ample training and development to all staff, so we understand the significance of investing in our people. Our commitment to continuously enhance our capabilities, maintain industry leadership and deliver the highest standards of service to clients is core to our inherent values.”