“We have art in order not to perish from the truth”
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Significant resources of the education industry are devoted to the arts The demand for live events in college towns — what is now called”entertainment content” — is gathering pace; owed somewhat to an older demographic that prefers expanded social interaction to the online entertainment offerings that the younger demographic prefers*. We see an expansion of the market in the construction of architecturally astonishing buildings.
Our interest lies in the complex safety and sustainability characteristics of the physical infrastructure — with particular interest in the fire protection, environmental air and electrotechnologies required to make them safe and sustainable. This facility class is far more complicated technologically and operates at significantly higher risk than, say, classrooms or office space.
The Entertainment Services and Technology Association is one of the first names in trade associations that supports the business of show business through networking, safe practices, education, and representation. We follow the standards making activity of its technical committees and monitor public commenting opportunities. ESTA releases markups of its consensus products for public comment at a fairly brisk pace on its standards development landing page:
ESTA has released its standard E1.62 Minimum specifications for mass-produced portable platforms, ramps, stairs, and choral risers for live performance for public review. This standard covers serially manufactured portable platforms, stair units and ramps used with those platforms, and choral risers. It would also cover railings provided as fall protection accessories for these units. It would not cover custom platforms or complete stage systems. It would give minimum payload and sideways force handling specifications.
These installations are very common in school, college and university arts programs.
Comments are due September 23rd.
You may obtain an electronic copy at the link above, along with a comment form. Send your comments to Karl Ruling, (212) 244-1505, firstname.lastname@example.org with an optional copy to email@example.com).
We will keep the ESTA suite on the standing agenda of monthly Arts & Entertainment technology standards teleconference; open to everyone. See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting.
We encourage our colleagues in school districts and in colleges and universities large and small; with responsibilities for the safety and sustainability of cultural resource properties, media centers, performance venues to participate in the ESTA technical standards development program. For the size of the market it serves, the ESTA consensus product development enterprise is one of the best in the land.
We keep the ESTA suite on the standing agenda of monthly Arts & Entertainment technology standards teleconference; open to everyone. See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting.
Since the electrotechnologies are fairly complex we also collaborate with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee which meets four times per month in European and American time zones. Young people everywhere are finding career paths in the technologies for providing educational and entertainment content.
Category: Electrical, Arts & Entertainment Facilities
Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Christine Fischer, Mike Hiler, Nehad El-Sherif
The original University of Michigan codes and standards advocacy enterprise interviewed an ESTA affiliate in 2015: