Standards News

Followspot position planning guide review

Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

The latest version of the draft standard, BSR E1.28 – 200x, guidance on planning followspot positions in places of public assembly, is available for public review through 28 December 2009. The document can be downloaded for free at http://www.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. Comments should be submitted before the ,End Date’ shown on the website.

The E1.28 document offers guidance on the planning of permanent followspot positions. It is a guidance document, not a mandatory compliance document. The document offers recommendations on the locations of the followspot positions within the venue, the power likely to be needed, the waste heat generated, the amount of space likely to be needed, and the fall protection and egress issues to be considered for the operators’ safety, among other things.

The E1.28 document was developed at the urging of some followspot vendors and users, who found that some performance venues are built without competent design advice or in disregard for that advice, and the resulting followspot positions are sometimes unusable or dangerous.

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Revised RDM Available for Review

Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

BSR E1.20 – 200x, a revision of the existing ANSI E1.20 – 2006, Entertainment Technology — Remote Device Management over USITT DMX512, is available for public review on the ESTA website through October 19. The draft standard and its supporting public review materials are available at http://www.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php.

BSR E1.20 – 200x, Entertainment Technology — Remote Device Management over USITT DMX512, is a project to revise the existing RDM standard, ANSI E1.20 – 2006. There are some errors in the published document that need to be corrected, and some issues about proxy devices that need to be clarified. The review materials include the revised standard, a listing of the errors that are being addressed, and, as background information, the resolutions to the comments received during the previous public review of the draft standard. The intention of the revision project is to correct errors, not to change the existing functionality of RDM.

Please note that the ESTA website shows a review end date of October 20. The review has ended when that day is reached. Comments should be submitted before that date.

In addition to being asked to review the document to see if it offers adequate advice, reviewers are asked to look for protected intellectual property in the draft standard. ESTA does not warrant that its standards contain no protected intellectual property, but it also does not intend to adopt any standard that requires the use of protected intellectual property, unless that property is necessary for technical reasons and can be licensed and used by anyone without prejudice or preference for a reasonable fee. Any protected intellectual property in the document should be pointed out in the comments.

 

Electrical Safety Standards in Review

Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2009

The EL-036 standards committee is meeting in Sydney next month to look at revisions of:

AS/NZS 3760:2003 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment

AS/NZS 5761:2005 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment-Second-hand electrical equipment prior to sale

AS/NZS 5762:2005 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment-Repaired electrical equipment.


As ALIA is directly represented on this committee, now is your opportunity to bring to the committee any problems or suggestions you may have as to improving the operation of these standards. There are already agenda items covering the issues of who is a competent person and how should that competence be specified and tested. Please make your views known by an email to our representative, Andy Ciddor.

 

ESTA News: Four Draft Standards in Review

Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

This document is part of BSR E1.30-200x, 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. Comments are due before the End Date; the review has ended when the End Date is reached.  

More details available at http://www.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php

 

ESTA News: Five Draft Standards in Review

Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2008

Three Fog & Smoke Working Group draft standards were been posted October 15 on the ESTA website at the address below for public review through December 15. (The reviews are over when December 16 starts.) The three draft documents are:

• BSR E1.5 – 20xx, Entertainment Technology – Theatrical Fog Made With Aqueous Solutions Of Di- And Trihydric Alcohols;

• BSR E1.23 – 200x, Entertainment Technology – Design and Execution of Theatrical Fog Effects; and

• BSR E1.29 – 200x, Product Safety Standard for Theatrical Fog Generators that Create Aerosols of Water, Aqueous Solutions of Glycol or Glycerin, or Aerosols of Highly Refined Alkane Mineral Oil.

The one completely new standard in this list is the last one, BSR E1.29; the others are revisions of existing American National Standards. The revisions consist of changing the CAS registry numbers for dipropylene glycol and mineral oil to better specify the chemicals used in fog effects and for which we have health and safety data in the scientific literature. The last draft standard, BSR E1.29, is a new standard, intended to help guide product safety testing laboratories (e.g., UL, ETL) in evaluating fog-making equipment for design or construction defects that might create unacceptable hazards. It is based on ANSI/UL 998 – 2006, Humidifiers, but has modifications to deal with safety issues peculiar to fog generators.

Two draft Control Protocols Working Group draft standards continue to be available for public review on the ESTA website through November 24. The two draft documents are: BSR E1.20 – 200x, Entertainment Technology – Remote Device Management over USITT DMX512, a revision of the existing American National Standard E1.20 – 2006. The goal of the BSR E1.20 – 200x project is to correct errors in the document, not to add new functionality or to change existing functionality. The review documents consist of an errata list and the text proposed for the existing standard to correct the errors. ANSI E1.20 is an extension to USITT DMX512 and ANSI E1.11 that allows for bi-directional communication on the primary data link.

BSR E1.27-2 – 200x, Entertainment Technology – Recommended Practice for Permanently Installed Control Cables for Use with ANSI E1.11 (DMX512-A) and USITT DMX512/1990 Products, is a recommended practice for permanent data cabling installations for interconnecting lighting equipment that comply with ANSI E1.11 (DMX512-A) or with USITT DMX512/1990. The recommendations include definitions of acceptable cable and connector types and the ways in which they may be used.

In addition to being asked to review the documents to see if they offer adequate advice, reviewers are asked to notify ESTA of any protected intellectual property in the draft standards. ESTA does not warrant that its standards contain no protected intellectual property, but it also does not intend to adopt any standard that requires the use of protected intellectual property, unless that property is necessary for technical reasons and can be licensed by anyone without prejudice or preference for a reasonable fee. Any protected intellectual property should be noted on the public review response form.

www.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php




 

Proposed revisions for RDM standard and Recommended Practice for DMX cabling now in public review

Posted on Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

This document is a recommended practice for permanent data cabling installations for interconnecting lighting equipment that comply with ANSI E1.11 (DMX512-A) or with USITT DMX512/1990. The recommendations include definitions of acceptable cable and connector types and the ways in which they may be used.

Review Begins: September 24, 2008 , Review Ends: November 25, 2008


All documents, instructions and comments forms are available from the Public Review Documents page:

www.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php

 

Proposals for DMX over Ethernet, Luminaire Inspection and Floor Sliperiness standards, now in public review

Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2008

This document provides guidance in the inspection of stage and studio luminaires used in the entertainment industry to evaluate their safety and any needed maintenance. The information contained in this document is intended to supplement the information contained in manufacturers’ maintenance instructions. .

Review Begins: July 24, 2008, Review Ends: September 23, 2008


BSR E1.34 – 200x, Measuring and Specifying the Slipperiness of Floors Used in Live Performance Venues



The draft standard describes a means of measuring and specifying the slipperiness of floor surfaces used by performers in live entertainment venues. The standard is not intended to be applied to normal walking and working surfaces, but only to those floor surfaces used by actors, dancers, and other similar artists, when performing before an audience. .

Review Begins: July 25, 2008, Review Ends: September 23, 2008




All documents, instructions and comments forms are available from the Public Review Documents page:

www.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php