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PLASA Announces Eight Standards for Public Review

Posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2015

PLASA noted that 2015 is shaping up to be a busy year for the association’s Technical Standards Program, with eight standards being offered for public review. Available drafts include three from the Rigging Working Group, two from the Photometrics Working Group and three from the Control Protocols Working Group.

The standards can be seen at at http://tsp.plasa.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php

Anyone with a material interest in these standards is invited to comment. The review end dates are listed below, with descriptions, for each available document. Comments are due before the end date on the website is reached.

Due 2 March 2015

BSR E1.4-1-201x, Entertainment Technology – Manual Counterweight Rigging Systems

This standard applies to permanently installed, manually operated systems of stage rigging hardware for the raising, lowering, and suspension of scenery, lighting, and similar loads.

BSR E1.17-201x, Entertainment Technology Architecture for Control Networks

E1.17 is a suite of documents that specifies an architecture, protocols, and language that may be combined with other protocols to form flexible, networked audio, lighting, or other control systems. Changes to the existing standard only affect EPI 19, ACN Discovery on IP Networks, which was revised to work more efficiently.

BSR E1.37-5-201x, General Purpose Messages for ANSI E1.20, RDM

This document provides additional Get/Set parameter messages (PIDs) for use with the ANSI E1.20 Remote Device Management protocol.

Rigging Working Group

BSR E1.43-201x, Entertainment Technology – Performer Flying Systems

This document establishes a minimum level of performance parameters for the design, manufacture, use, and maintenance of performer flying systems used in the production of entertainment events. The purpose of this guidance is to achieve the adequate strength, reliability, and safety of these systems to ensure safety of the performer under all circumstances.

BSR E1.50-201x, Entertainment Technology – Safety Requirements for LED, Video & Display Systems

The scope of this proposed standard covers LED and other self-illuminated video display structures used as part of the scenery in concerts, theatre shows, and special events. The standard shall include advice on planning and site preparedness, assembly and erection, suspension and safety of components, special access requirements, and the use and dismantling of these systems.

Due 9 March 2015

BSR E1.54-20xx, PLASA Standard for Color Communication in Entertainment Lighting

This standard specifies a standardized color space, and defines the locations of the RGB primaries and the White Point for the purpose of facilitating the communications between lighting controllers and color-changing luminaires. It offers a standardized way of specifying color. The method is generic and is neither manufacturer-specific nor color technology-specific.

BSR E1.55-20xx, Standard for Theatrical Makeup Mirror Lighting

This standard applies to lighting systems for makeup mirrors and makeup stations used by performers and makeup artists for applying makeup to performers in theatres and other performance venues. It describes the topology of the makeup mirror lighting system, the quantity of light, the distribution of light from those sources, apparent source size, brightness, color rendering, and correlated color temperature.

Due 16 March 2015

ANSI E1.30-4 – 2010, EPI 26. Device Description Language (DDL) Extensions for DMX512 and E1.31 Devices

ANSI E1.30-4 – 2010 is being considered for reaffirmation. It is a part of BSR E1.30-201x, Application level equipment interoperability for control of commonly encountered entertainment technology devices using ANSI E1.17. This part defines protocol-specific extensions to ANSI E1.17’s Device Description Language for describing DMX512-type devices

PLASA noted that 2015 is shaping up to be a busy year for the association’s Technical Standards Program, with eight standards being offered for public review. Available drafts include three from the Rigging Working Group, two from the Photometrics Working Group and three from the Control Protocols Working Group.
The standards can be seen at at http://tsp.plasa.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php!
Anyone with a material interest in these standards is invited to comment. The review end dates are listed below, with descriptions, for each available document. Comments are due before the end date on the website is reached.
Due 2 March 2015
BSR E1.4-1-201x, Entertainment Technology – Manual Counterweight Rigging Systems
This standard applies to permanently installed, manually operated systems of stage rigging hardware for the raising, lowering, and suspension of scenery, lighting, and similar loads.
BSR E1.17-201x, Entertainment Technology Architecture for Control Networks
E1.17 is a suite of documents that specifies an architecture, protocols, and language that may be combined with other protocols to form flexible, networked audio, lighting, or other control systems. Changes to the existing standard only affect EPI 19, ACN Discovery on IP Networks, which was revised to work more efficiently.
BSR E1.37-5-201x, General Purpose Messages for ANSI E1.20, RDM
This document provides additional Get/Set parameter messages (PIDs) for use with the ANSI E1.20 Remote Device Management protocol.
Rigging Working Group
BSR E1.43-201x, Entertainment Technology – Performer Flying Systems
This document establishes a minimum level of performance parameters for the design, manufacture, use, and maintenance of performer flying systems used in the production of entertainment events. The purpose of this guidance is to achieve the adequate strength, reliability, and safety of these systems to ensure safety of the performer under all circumstances.
BSR E1.50-201x, Entertainment Technology – Safety Requirements for LED, Video & Display Systems
The scope of this proposed standard covers LED and other self-illuminated video display structures used as part of the scenery in concerts, theatre shows, and special events. The standard shall include advice on planning and site preparedness, assembly and erection, suspension and safety of components, special access requirements, and the use and dismantling of these systems.
Due 9 March 2015
BSR E1.54-20xx, PLASA Standard for Color Communication in Entertainment Lighting
This standard specifies a standardized color space, and defines the locations of the RGB primaries and the White Point for the purpose of facilitating the communications between lighting controllers and color-changing luminaires. It offers a standardized way of specifying color. The method is generic and is neither manufacturer-specific nor color technology-specific.
BSR E1.55-20xx, Standard for Theatrical Makeup Mirror Lighting
This standard applies to lighting systems for makeup mirrors and makeup stations used by performers and makeup artists for applying makeup to performers in theatres and other performance venues. It describes the topology of the makeup mirror lighting system, the quantity of light, the distribution of light from those sources, apparent source size, brightness, color rendering, and correlated color temperature.
Due 16 March 2015
ANSI E1.30-4 – 2010, EPI 26. Device Description Language (DDL) Extensions for DMX512 and E1.31 Devices
ANSI E1.30-4 – 2010 is being considered for reaffirmation. It is a part of BSR E1.30-201x, Application level equipment interoperability for control of commonly encountered entertainment technology devices using ANSI E1.17. This part defines protocol-specific extensions to ANSI E1.17’s Device Description Language for describing DMX512-type devices
 

Two Rigging Standards Available for Public Review

Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Draft standards for theatre fire safety curtain systems and for personal fall arrest systems on portable structures are now available for public review at http://plasa.me/4xvjf.
The reviews run from now through November 3.
The draft documents are free to download.

BSR E1.22, Entertainment Technology — Fire Safety Curtain Systems, is a revision of the existing standard from 2009. It is being updated it to better align it with the requirements stated in NFPA 80. The draft standard describes the materials, design, fabrication, installation, operation, testing, and maintenance of fire safety curtains and systems used for theatre proscenium opening protection.

BSR E1.39, Entertainment Technology — Selection and Use of Personal Fall Arrest Systems on Portable Structures Used in the Entertainment Industry, establishes minimum requirements for the selection and use of personal fall arrest systems on portable structures in the entertainment industry. The standard establishes minimum requirements for products and portable structures used in the service of personal fall arrest systems. Other methods of fall protection, such as safety nets and guard rails, are not within the scope of this standard.

PLASA Public review documents

Source: Lighting & Sound America

 

Four New Technical Standards Program Projects Announced

Posted on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The PLASA Technical Standards Program announces four new projects.

BSR E1.37-4 File Transfer Control to Provide Firmware Upload Capabilities — The proposal sets out the minimum requirements for controllers and responders to allow a method of firmware uploads using RDM. It defines the transfer process, command implementation, and relationship to the existing ANSI E1.20 RDM standard, and specifically provides a transfer mechanism that can be applied to memory limited responders with transmit and receive buffers as small as 64 bytes, while allowing scalable improvements (reduction in transfer times) for responders.

BSR E1.54 PLASA Standard for Color Communication in Entertainment Lighting — The goal of this draft standard is to specify a standardized color space by defining an RGB triangle and white point. Using these, manufacturers of luminaires and lighting controllers will have a common reference toward achieving consistent color. The standard will facilitate the communications between lighting controllers and color-changing luminaires by using this standardized way of specifying color. The method proposed is generic and is neither manufacturer-specific nor color technology-specific.

BSR E1.55 Standard for Theatrical Makeup Mirror Lighting — The standard would offer recommendations and requirements for makeup mirror lighting in performer dressing rooms and similar locations. It would define a range of acceptable lamp CCTs and color-rendering ratings, and would also specify illumination levels and lighting angles for illuminating the performer’s face.

BSR E1.56. Rigging Support Points Design, Fabrication, Installation, and Testing — This standard is to provide guidance for the design, fabrication, installation, and testing of permanent and temporary rigging points and rigging lugs and their connection to existing building and venue structures.

PLASA invites any interested parties to become involved with these projects, either by joining a working group or participating in future public reviews of draft standards. Working group applications may be downloaded from http://tsp.plasa.org/tsp/working_groups/index.html and public review documents are posted to http://plasa.me/4xvjf.

For more information, please contact: Karl G. Ruling, PLASA technical standards manager, 630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 609, New York, New York 10036, or karl.ruling@plasa.org.

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Three PLASA Standards Are Posted for Public Review

Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Three draft standard have been added to PLASA’s public review website at http://plasa.me/4xvjf bringing the total to six. Their reviews run through June 30; their review will be over when July 1 starts. These recently posted draft standards are:

BSR E1.31 – 201x, Entertainment Technology — Lightweight Streaming Protocol for Transport of DMX512 using CAN — This is a revision of the existing standard that describes a mechanism to transfer DMX512-A packets over a TCP/IP network using a subset of the ACN protocol suite. It covers data format, data protocol, data addressing, and network management. It also outlines a synchronization method to help ensure that multiple sinks can process this data concurrently when supervised by the same controller. This revision includes the addition of DMX universe synchronization.

BSR E1.37-2 – 201x, Entertainment Technology – Additional Message Sets for ANSI E1.20 (RDM) –Part 2, IPv4 and DNS Configuration Messages — This document is another part of the multi-part, open-ended E1.37 standard. It provides additional Get/Set parameter messages (PIDs) for use with the ANSI E1.20 Remote Device Management protocol. Messages in this document are intended for configuring network interfaces, routing information, and Domain Name System settings on devices with IPv4 addresses.

BSR E1.39 – 201x, Entertainment Technology — Selection and Use of Personal Fall Arrest Systems on Portable Structures Used in the Entertainment Industry — E1.39 establishes minimum requirements for the selection and use of personal fall arrest systems on portable structures in the entertainment industry. The standard establishes minimum requirements for products and portable structures used in the service of PFAS. Other methods of fall protection, such as safety nets and guard rails, are not within the scope of this standard. This standard does not preclude the use of other standards to promote worker safety.

For more information, please contact: Karl G. Ruling, PLASA Technical Standards Manager at 1-212-244-1505 or standards.na@plasa.org.

http://tsp.plasa.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php

 

Three PLASA Standards Posted for Public Review

Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Three draft standards have been posted for public review on the PLASA Technical Standards Program website. The reviews run through June 2, 2014; the reviews are over and the links to the documents disappear when June 3 starts.

The three draft standards available for review are:

BSR E1.42 – 201x, Entertainment Technology — Safety Standard for Orchestra Pit Lifts. Stage lifts, such as orchestra pit or theatre forestage lifts, are not the subject of any current national standard in the USA. As result, safety requirements and inspections of them are inconsistent. E1.42 is being written to address this lack of a standard. The scope is limited to safety and to orchestra or forestage lifts that are installed as a part of the building and that are not custom-built for a single theatrical production.

BSR E1.43 – 201x, Entertainment Technology — Live Performer Flying Systems. E1.43 specifies a minimum level of performance parameters for the design, manufacture, use, and maintenance of performer flying systems used in the production of entertainment events. Performer flying systems within the scope include systems supporting people that give the impression of weightlessness, floating, or flying, and for acrobatic and circus performance acts. All locations of the flight path, including over the stage and audience, are within the scope.

BSR E1.51 – 201x, The Selection, Installation, and Use of Single-Conductor Portable Power Feeder Cable Systems for Use at 600 Volts Nominal or Less for the Distribution of Electrical Energy in the Television, Film, Live Performance, and Event Industries in Canada. E1.51 is intended to offer guidance in accordance with existing applicable standards and regulations in Canada on how to select, install, use, and maintain single-conductor portable feeder cables used to supply power for television, film, live performance, and special events in Canada.

Full details and draft standards are available from the PLASA Technical Standards Program website.

 

Three PLASA Standards Posted for Public Review

Posted on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Three draft standards have been posted for public review on the PLASA Technical Standards Program website at http://tsp.plasa.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. The reviews run through June 2, 2014; the reviews are over and the links to the documents disappear when June 3 starts. The three draft standards available for review are:
BSR E1.42 – 201x, Entertainment Technology — Safety Standard for Orchestra Pit Lifts Stage lifts, such as orchestra pit or theatre forestage lifts, are not the subject of any current national standard in the USA. As result, safety requirements and inspections of them are inconsistent. E1.42 is being written to address this lack of a standard. The scope is limited to safety and to orchestra or forestage lifts that are installed as a part of the building and that are not custom-built for a single theatrical production.
BSR E1.43 – 201x, Entertainment Technology — Live Performer Flying Systems E1.43 specifies a minimum level of performance parameters for the design, manufacture, use, and maintenance of performer flying systems used in the production of entertainment events. Performer flying systems within the scope include systems supporting people that give the impression of weightlessness, floating, or flying, and for acrobatic and circus performance acts. All locations of the flight path, including over the stage and audience, are within the scope.
BSR E1.51 – 201x, The Selection, Installation, and Use of Single-Conductor Portable Power Feeder Cable Systems for Use at 600 Volts Nominal or Less for the Distribution of Electrical Energy in the Television, Film, Live Performance, and Event Industries in Canada E1.51 is intended to offer guidance in accordance with existing applicable standards and regulations in Canada on how to select, install, use, and maintain single-conductor portable feeder cables used to supply power for television, film, live performance, and special events in Canada.
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Three draft standards have been posted for public review on the PLASA Technical Standards Program website at http://tsp.plasa.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. The reviews run through June 2, 2014; the reviews are over and the links to the documents disappear when June 3 starts. The three draft standards available for review are:

BSR E1.42 – 201x, Entertainment Technology — Safety Standard for Orchestra Pit Lifts Stage lifts, such as orchestra pit or theatre forestage lifts, are not the subject of any current national standard in the USA. As result, safety requirements and inspections of them are inconsistent. E1.42 is being written to address this lack of a standard. The scope is limited to safety and to orchestra or forestage lifts that are installed as a part of the building and that are not custom-built for a single theatrical production.

BSR E1.43 – 201x, Entertainment Technology — Live Performer Flying Systems E1.43 specifies a minimum level of performance parameters for the design, manufacture, use, and maintenance of performer flying systems used in the production of entertainment events. Performer flying systems within the scope include systems supporting people that give the impression of weightlessness, floating, or flying, and for acrobatic and circus performance acts. All locations of the flight path, including over the stage and audience, are within the scope.

BSR E1.51 – 201x, The Selection, Installation, and Use of Single-Conductor Portable Power Feeder Cable Systems for Use at 600 Volts Nominal or Less for the Distribution of Electrical Energy in the Television, Film, Live Performance, and Event Industries in Canada E1.51 is intended to offer guidance in accordance with existing applicable standards and regulations in Canada on how to select, install, use, and maintain single-conductor portable feeder cables used to supply power for television, film, live performance, and special events in Canada.

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Two PLASA Standards in Review for Revision

Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Two PLASA standards up for revision are posted for public review on the PLASA TSP website. The two revised standards will be available for review through March 3. On March 4 they will be gone.

The two documents are:

BSR E1.17-201x, Architecture for Control Networks, EPI 19, ACN Discovery on IP Networks — This is a revision of ANSI E1.17-2008, Entertainment Technology – Architecture for Control Networks (ACN), which is a suite of documents that specifies an architecture, including protocols and language, that may be configured and combined with other standard protocols to form flexible, networked audio, lighting, or other control systems. It can be implemented on networks that support UDP, IP, and related protocols. The revision pertains only to EPI 19, ACN Discovery on IP Networks, which was modified to improve efficiency.

BSR E1.19 – 201x, Recommended Practice for the Use of Class A Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) Intended for Personnel Protection in the Entertainment Industry — The BSR E1.19 document is intended to offer guidance, in accordance with existing applicable standards, on how to select, install, use and maintain ground fault protection devices in the entertainment industry to protect persons from shock and persons and property from fire. (Note: GFCI is the North American term for Residual Current Detector – RCD).

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