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The Bicentennial Experience, Singapore
Visitor Attraction

The Bicentennial Experience, Singapore

The Singapore Bicentennial is a prequel to SG50 and is an opportunity for Singaporeans to look deeply at the country’s history wi ...
Bethesda Katong Church, Singapore
Houses of Worship

Bethesda Katong Church, Singapore

Bethesda Katong Church Upgrades AV and Lighting Technology As Neighbourhood Churches in Singapore increase their memberships over t ...
St. Alphonsus Church (Novena), Singapore
Houses of Worship

St. Alphonsus Church (Novena), Singapore

SINGAPORE: St Alphonsus Church located in Thomson Road, Singapore, is a magnet to thousands of worshippers. The Catholic Church has ...
Wings of Time, Sentosa, Singapore
Visitor Attraction

Wings of Time, Sentosa, Singapore

Wings of Time is a spectacular award-winning outdoor night show set in the open seas, created and produced by a team of local and i ...
Church of Our Saviour
Houses of Worship

Church of Our Saviour

With an expanding neighbourhood on its doorstep, Church of Our Saviour is enhancing its AVL systems to appeal to new congregants
MGM Cotai, Macau
Theatre

MGM Cotai, Macau

Over two years in the making, the MGM Theater is an engineering and architectural masterpiece which can accommodate up to 2,000 peo ...
Our Tampines Hub, Singapore
Boutique & Retail Spaces

Our Tampines Hub, Singapore

A glimpse into the future or simply an efficient use of land created by a consortium of 12 stakeholders with a vision, Our Tampines ...
Changi Airport, Terminal 4, Singapore
Transportation

Changi Airport, Terminal 4, Singapore

Singapore’s Changi Airport regularly tops the list of the world’s best airports, featuring a wide range of facilities to inform ...
Changi Airport, Terminal 4, Singapore
Transportation

Changi Airport, Terminal 4, Singapore

Beating out the competition, NanoLumens designs a custom Nixel™ solution for one of the world’s largest indoor airport displays.
Spectra, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Visitor Attraction

Spectra, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Bringing vision to reality for a mega show such as Spectra takes many types of expertise to be involved. The integration and alignm ...
Queenstown Secondary School, Singapore
Education

Queenstown Secondary School, Singapore

Bar the occasional reunion, most academic institutions bid farewell to their students having provided them with knowledge and skill ...
Gateway Theatre, Singapore
Theatre

Gateway Theatre, Singapore

Gateway Entertainment (GE), A Singapore Based creative arts company, has been producing and staging unique artistic, drama and musi ...
The ARTS House, Singapore
Museum

The ARTS House, Singapore

Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was once the Parliament House, is The Arts House (TAH). Given its rich history and ...
Wesley Methodist Church, Singapore
Houses of Worship

Wesley Methodist Church, Singapore

At a Singapore church steeped in history yet embracing technology, Richard Lawn finds a finely crafted merger of form and function.
Hard Rock Café, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Clubs & Restaurants

Hard Rock Café, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu (KK) is located on the tropical island of Borneo and is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sabah. Kota Kinaba ...
Al-Islah Mosque, Singapore
Houses of Worship

Al-Islah Mosque, Singapore

With so many distractions in the world, it has become more important than ever that the attention of worshippers is focused towards ...
CATO, Singapore
Clubs & Restaurants

CATO, Singapore

Located on South Bridge Road, CATO has plenty of nearby competitors so it was important to make it stand out from the crowd.
Club Kyo, Singapore
Clubs & Restaurants

Club Kyo, Singapore

Singapore – Club kyo, a basement club located within the financial district, at Cecil Street, recently celebrated its 2nd anniver ...
Madame Tussaud’s, Singapore
Visitor Attraction

Madame Tussaud’s, Singapore

The power and scalability of Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 open architecture Dante-scalable DSPs has made them an increasingly popul ...
Garden International School, Malaysia
Education

Garden International School, Malaysia

Systems Electronics & Engineering has installed a range of audio solutions for the Garden International School (GIS) as part of its ...
Canning Garden Methodist Church, Malaysia
Houses of Worship

Canning Garden Methodist Church, Malaysia

Revisiting the Canning Garden Methodist Church in Ipoh, Malaysia, a full two decades after undertaking the original audio installat ...
Singapore Sports Hub, Singapore
Sport & Arena

Singapore Sports Hub, Singapore

How often does it happen that the company responsible for the integration of the sound system in the previous venue once again gets ...
Victory Family Centre, Singapore
Houses of Worship

Victory Family Centre, Singapore

TAMING difficult acoustics in a worship space can often present a house of worship with a number of questions to answer, not least ...
Cathay Cineplex, Singapore
Cinema

Cathay Cineplex, Singapore

Singapore, 29th November 2013 – Movie patrons visiting the newly opened Cathay Cineplex Jem this weekend will have many firsts to ...
Golden Village Cinema, Singapore
Cinema

Golden Village Cinema, Singapore

Singapore, Located at the flagship GV VivoCity Cineplex, Golden Village’s GVmax® features radial stadium style seating with 602 ...

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The Singapore Bicentennial is a prequel to SG50 and is an opportunity for Singaporeans to look deeply at the country’s history within the context of time and space. In terms of time, Singapore’s history is a 700-year journey going back 500 years before 1819, and forward 200 years to 2019. The commemoration is an opportunity for Singaporeans to reflect on the traits- openness, multiculturalism and self-determination that have evolved with us throughout history and are now embedded in the Singaporean DNA.

From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience

SINGAPORE — What is From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience? Is it an exhibition, or a show, or a movie, or a museum, or a theme park? It is all of the above and at the same time none of them. This centrepiece event of Singapore’s Bicentennial commemoration at Fort Canning Park is divided into two parts – a ‘timed experience’ inside the Fort Canning Centre, called Time Traveller and a ‘free and easy’ component at the top of Fort Canning Hill, called Pathfinder.

Time Traveller
The Time Traveller is an immersive multi-sensory experience which takes the visitor on a 700 journey through Singapore’s history in 50 minutes. The Singapore Story is told through multimedia, sound, lighting, automation, water and other special effects, as well as, live performers.

Pathfinder
The Pathfinder is a thought-provoking series of pavilions which takes visitors through Singapore’s place in the world across the centuries by using artefacts, maps, flora, the written word, augmented reality and interactive installations.
The show kicked off on 1st June with the run ending on 15th of September 2019.

Show Concept
The challenge for the creative team was how to create an experience about the history of Singapore that will be exciting and engaging to a wide spectrum of visitors – from pre-schoolers through to seniors. This meant translating the well-researched and comprehensive historical materials, provided by the Singapore Bicentennial Office (SBO), into a 50-minute journey that was more visceral than cerebral. So each Act offers the visitor a different sensory experience.

There are altogether five acts within Time Traveller. Visitors kick off the ‘journey’ at the Atrium before being encompassed with the different acts.

Show Control
In order to meet the projected visitor numbers, there needs to be 60 shows that can accommodate up to 60 visitors per show each day. This means that every 12 minutes a show needs to start resulting in simultaneous runs in each Act. [email protected], designed a show control system which allows for the gallery guides in each Act to trigger the fully automated show with the push of a single button. The show control system is based on ETC Paradigm with integration of ETC Eos, Green Hippo Hippotizer and Timax Soundhub, which worked together as a seamless whole.

Video
In Act 2 and 3 the delivery of video content is done primarily with
laser projectors. However, the ultimate deciding factor for the choice
of projectors boiled down to the lens that can give maximum image height with the constraints of minimum ceiling height and lack of throw distance. The only lens that could deliver was the Epson ELPLX01 ultra short throw ‘periscope’ lens. These were integrated into the Epson EB- L1100U (6000 lumens) and EB-L1405U (8000 lumens) laser projectors. As all overhead equipment on level 3 could not be hung from the ceiling,trusses were brought into place.

In Act 1, there was a particular requirement for the LED wall. It had to have the ability to function at a very low intensity without losing its colour integrity as it had to work in tandem with the projectors for the gauze, as well the lighting for the live actors that were layered to create the complete image. This was also required in Act 5 where visitors are in very close proximity to the LED wall. Broadcast Professional helped the creative and technical team achieve this with their partner CLTLED Display, who tailored their product to suit the requirement.

Audio
The confined spaces in the Fort Canning Centre called for many small speakers, which were not available for rent locally. So the technical team turned to Orbital Sound in UK who were able to provide the numerous and various d&b loudspeakers with accompanying power amplifiers. For Act 4, which is reminiscent of a bunker or air-raid shelter, there was a requirement for the loudspeakers to visually blend into the environment. For this the JBL Control 60 series Pendant Speakers was suspended out of view above the ‘bunker’.

The multi-channel audio content is mixed in-situ in each Act on Pro Tools Ultimate, which is then uploaded onto the TiMax Soundhubs to be played back. The audio content is then efficiently distributed to all the spaces via Audinate Dante full redundant network system

In Act 3 the visitors revolve around the 360 degree screen, courtesy
of a revolving floor. Multi-channel Panspace tool within the Timax allows the technical team to synchronise the panning of the voice over, together with the movement of the revolve to ensure that the VO is always in ‘front’ of the audience member within the 12-speakers discrete channel 360 degree design.

Acoustics in Act 5 had an issue as well. This is due to the rectangular room which had reflective glasses protecting the LED screen from the water during the ‘rain’ effect. The technical team resolved it through a distributed surround sound system to achieve a more focused coverage – exciting the audience, not the ‘room’.

Lighting
The limited power supply in Fort Canning meant that LED lighting fixtures had to be used, due to their low power consumption. A myriad of fixtures were chosen to meet the varying needs of the show. The final inventory included fixtures from ETC, Gantom, Chauvet, Martin Professional and GLP, plus effects from Rosco and GAM. The smoke effect was provided via Antari.

At the outdoor Pathfinder, other than the use of LED strips, the other fixture extensively used are the different variants of Gantom mini fixtures, as well as Martin Linear Graze. The workhorse of the nightly sound and light shows are the five units of Clay Paky Super Sharpy and a unit of Mythos 2.

Lighting control is handled by ETC Eos. The lighting fixtures were supplied through Stage Equip and Auxilio Studio.

Automation
In Act 1 where 500 years worth of history had to be squeezed into 7 minutes, the creative team felt a need to propel the storytelling so that it is more dynamic. The solution was the use of a 19m long travellator which could be precisely controlled at specific moments to start, stop,
accelerate, decelerate and move at exact speed. A further dimension was added with two scenery tracks to move two physical flags across the span of the stage.

Due to the lack of space, Act 2 and Act 3 was combined into a single space. For the transition to happen from Act 2 to Act 3, two quarter- circular screen closes to form a complete 360 degree screen. Then
in Act 3, the creative team wanted the visitor to feel like they are inside the ‘machinery’ of industrialisation. Hence they are seated on a revolving floor within the 360 degree screen.

Stage One from UK designed, supplied and installed all the automation elements. All of which were precisely controlled using their Qmotion automation control system.

Screens and Show Fabric
The entire Time Traveller uses quite a substantial amount of screens. Showtex from Hong Kong supplied all the gauzes, show fabric and different types of screen materials. They also fabricated the frame for the curved screens in Acts 2 and 3.

Water Effects
The Time Traveller begins and ends with ‘rain’. In the Atrium, to give the visitor a sense that they are going back in time, physical ‘rain’ is seen to happen in reverse. Extensive research pointed the creative team to a company called Water Pearl in Japan who eventually created this ‘wow’ installation.

The reversal of the water droplets was created using precision strobes and accurately timed water droplets that tricked the eye into believing that the droplets were indeed moving upwards. From the audience reaction during the shows there is no doubt that it was one of the main talking points.
Then to cap off the experience, indoor rain was created in Act 5, where visitors are given umbrellas to stay dry with. The intensity of the rain synchronises with the video content on the LED screen surrounding the visitors. Local water feature company Agropolis developed the system together with the Bicentennial technical team.

System Installation
All power and cabling infrastructure, plus all AVL equipment were installed by Broadcast Professional. They managed to complete the installation within a very tight-frame. They continue to be involved with the maintenance of the equipment.

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Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a mixed commercial and residential building that comprises a hotel, apartments and shopping mall. It is currently the third tallest hotel in the world and the third tallest building in Malaysia surpassing the 310 meters tall Telekom Tower. The 343 meter tall skyscraper is being built next to the Petronas Twin Towers.

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AV Systems Design & Deployment for Four Seasons Hotel KL, Malaysia

The Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur is the latest addition to the hospitality market in the capital city of Malaysia. Located in the bustling centre of the city, the hotel seeks to provide a range of facilities, from accommodation to luxury dining experiences.

Consultant ihD was appointed to design the appropriate AV systems for the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur while Systems Electronics & Engineering [SENE] was tasked with the responsibility of deploying, testing and commissioning them.

Lim Min Yaw, engineered solutions and operations manager at SENE, says: “For this project, the consultant specified and designed the whole system and selected the equipment. All the decisions were made based on the clients’ requirements. Our job was to make sure that the specifications were followed and that the AV systems worked and functioned as intended.”

Adrian Lim, senior consultant at ihD, talks about the scope of the project: “Four Seasons, as an international hotel chain and brand, had a set of requirements and a set of standards that the deployed technology had to meet. We have worked for multiple Four Seasons projects in Asia Pacific and we are familiar with Four Seasons’ requirements. The Four Seasons Seoul which we worked on previously was used as a general guideline for this and the requirements were based on an ‘unspoken’ Four Seasons design standard.”

CLIENT’S REQUIREMENTS

The grand ballroom is the main area which required AV systems. Min Yaw talks about how the hotel intended to use the space: “The grand ballroom comprises three sections. Each section can operate individually, or they can all be combined into one big space. This is made possible with the help of movable partitions. So, the grand ballroom is really flexible in how it can be used by the hotel.”

Each of the smaller spaces has been provided with a Panasonic 12,000 lumens projector along with a 250-in Remaco projection screen. These projectors provide visuals when the spaces are being used individually and they have been installed in an orientation that was logical with regards to the space.

When the grand ballroom is being used as one large space, a Panasonic 20,000 lumens brightness projector is called into action. Visuals are projected onto a 350-in Remaco projection screen.

CHALLENGES

Finding a spot to install this projector was a challenge as Min Yaw details: “During the course of the project, we learnt that there was a big chandelier hanging in the middle of the ballroom and this had an impact on where the Panasonic projector could be mounted. Finding an installation spot where the projection would not be obstructed was a challenge. After surveying the site, we found there was a small gap in the design of the chandelier, and we designed the projector lift to be small enough to fit there. We worked together with the interior design contractors and the M&E contractors to figure out the technical details and we were able to come up with a working solution.”

To be mindful of the aesthetics of the grand ballroom, all video systems in the grand ballroom disappear when not in use and Min Yaw says: “All projection screens are motorised, and all the projectors have been installed in projector lifts. When the video system is not being used, the video equipment can just be recessed into the ceiling.”

IMPLEMENTATION

Video signals are distributed through a Crestron DM-MD 64 x 64 along with transmitters and receivers to carry the signal over Cat6a cabling. The Crestron matrix handles all scaling duties for the video system as well.

Lim from ihD says: “We considered video over IP for the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The Four Seasons Seoul is using HDBaseT and video over IP would be a natural next step. But the design for the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur was done approximately five years ago. At that point in time, video over IP was very new. We opted for stability and reliability choosing to go with the tried and tested traditional video matrix.”

Crestron HDMI plates can be found across the ballroom allowing users to connect to the video system in the grand ballroom.

Audio in the grand ballroom is provided by QSC AD-C1200 ceiling mounted 12-in speakers powered by QSC amplifiers. A Symterix DSP is used to manage the audio system. The design and specification of the audio system was done by the consultant, ihD.

Lim from ihD says: “The trend with modern hotel ballrooms is to keep the audio system simple, most of the times comprising basic ceiling speakers. In general, hotels are not looking for front of house speakers, steerable speakers or line arrays because such equipment represents a significant investment and also comes at the cost of flexibility for the ballroom.”

Lim delves into the design of the system: “We always use EASE modelling when we do our audio designs. Hotel ballrooms are always challenging spaces because of reverberation and because as AV consultants we do not have control over the materials which will be used in the ballroom. We were lucky that the interior designer went with carpets and not reflective material which made our job a little easier.”

Regarding the audio system deployed, Lim says: “Because the grand ballroom is modular, the type of events held there are varied and different. For this reason, the client requested for basic audio provisions so that the events can bring in and use the audio solutions they prefer.”

TEAMWORK BRINGS SUCCESS

Looking back at the project, Min Yaw narrates: “There were two main challenges that we faced as integrators for the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur project. The first was about coordinating the work. There were a lot of contractors and parties working on the project and we all had to make sure that we worked together towards the same goal. The second was regarding the aesthetics. Being a five-star hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur was very particular regarding the final outlook of the space. We really had to focus on every detail during the installation of the technology and liaised with the interior designer to make sure that the final product was something that met the standards of the client.”

Lim from ihD gives his opinion: “The grand ballroom functions exactly according to the Four Seasons’ requirements. But there are some technology innovations and new products we might suggest. Dante AV can be an option. We are already using Dante for audio signal transmission and it would be interesting to see how it performs for video signal transmission and whether it can make an impact on installations.”

Publications

Article as appeared in Inavate APAC Issue Sept 2019

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View of service at Bethesda (Katong) Church at junction of Carpmael and Pennefather Roads. Completed at end of 1936, it is the first "branch" of the Brethren church in Singapore, the first main church being Bethesda Chapel at 77 Bras Basah Road. The history of the Brethen church here can be traced back to the mid 19th century when Philip Robinson, co-founder of Robinson and Company, first arrived.

Source: National Archives of Singapore

Bethesda Katong Church Upgrades AV and Lighting Technology

As Neighbourhood Churches in Singapore increase their memberships over time, the Sunday services and other weekly functions become more condensed and somewhat cramped. Making do with existing space becomes increasingly difficult and, with relocation out of the question, most churches are forced to consider expanding their onsite facilities. Built to serve their communities, these churches have to delicately grow without upsetting their neighbours.

Since opening its hall on 29 February 1936, Bethesda (Katong) Church has continued to expand on the Pennefather Road. In 1947, new wings were constructed on both sides of the main hall, and an adjacent property was acquired two years later. In 1973, renovations were made to the main church hall with the addition and completion of a two-storey wing with an auditorium for the expanding congregation.

CHALLENGES

The cramped resources proved too much and, following planning approval, the old annexe was demolished to make way for a new three-storey building with an attic and roof garden in 2016. ‘We wanted to build a four-storey annexe with attic and roof garden, but planning permission was denied,’ explains church volunteer, Vincent Chua. ‘Our services that are conducted in the main hall are traditional with just a piano and organ as accompaniment for worship. However, the audio system had fatigued over two decades and so we called upon the expert services of consultant Robert Soo.’

Arriving onsite, Robert conducted further research regarding the architecture of the heritage building. ‘Right down to the colour of the bricks, the pillars and the overhead wooden supports of the open ceiling, you’re not allowed to change anything,’ comments Robert. ‘Perhaps the most striking feature of all is that the church practises an open form of worship whereby any church member can participate in the worship service. That person can be on any floor of the annexe or within the main hall. Therefore, the entire congregation needs a visual on the speaker.’

SOLUTIONS

The solution was to create a video control system to support bidirectional broadcasting between the main hall and the three floors of the adjacent new annexe. Having installed the previous audio system in the late 1990s, Electronics & Engineering (E&E) once again won the tender to integrate Robert’s AV designs. A Panasonic PTZ camera system fulfils this unique aspect, for which AW-HE130 and AW-HE40 cameras are managed by AW-RP50 remote controllers in the main hall, in addition to annexe levels two and three together with the attic. The video operator selects a source on a Datavideo SE-2850 12-input switcher, as well as a Kramer 1616HD-3G 16×16 matrix switcher and RCP-1616 remote. The resultant image is then transmitted on to a 2.5mm pitch 3.84m x 2.4m LED screen and all other projector and TV displays within the two facilities.

For the ministry team onstage, an Epson EB-G7000W projector and Remaco PRO-3220 screen serve as a confidence monitor. Owing to the uneven ceiling profile and multiple pillars in the sanctuary, Robert opted to section the seating areas for their audio and video requirements. ‘It’s a form of zoning, even though my design focused on an even distribution of audio and video delivery.’ As such, E&E sensitively mounted four 65-inch LED displays on ceiling-suspended poles for the congregations seated towards the rear left and right walls. The video upgrade is completed with the addition of a Blackmagic Hyperdeck Studio Pro video recorder.

The spoken word services required improved intelligibility and, for this, Robert opted to create a distributed audio system rather than an L-R or L-C-R configuration normally associated with more contemporary services. ‘Consistency was key, so that the congregants would not be able to tell the difference in audio quality between different seats. The single L-R 15-inch speakers are supplemented by two 12-inch models serving the left-hand seats and a further two on the right together with a final 12-inch model that has been vertically orientated for the rear centre seats. They provide enough low-frequency punch, so subwoofers weren’t required.’ Audio mixing is conducted on an Allen & Heath SQ7 digital console in the rear technical area, which is connected via Cat-6a cabling to an AR2412 audio rack and AR84 expander that receive the 32mic inputs onstage.

On-site Installation

IMPLEMENTATION

E&E project manager Ash Mo and his team fulfilled Robert’s requirements by installing L-R EAW MK5364i two-way speakers together with five 12-inch models in the form of EAW MK2364i and MK2394i cabinets for the lateral and rear seats, respectively. Powered by Ashly LR4000 amplifiers, DSP configuration has been set within the software settings of two Ashly Protea 4.8SP four-in/eight-out processors. The ministry leaders onstage are equipped with Shure ULX-D wireless mics including an MX153 T headworn model, while the grand piano is reinforced with a pair of DPA d:vote 4099P condensers. Four EAW VFM109i wedges are also at their disposal for monitoring.

The simple Sunday services have been enhanced with three lighting bars, fitted with a combination of ACME E300 spot LED profiles, TS-150 Fresnels, MP-12FC washes and XA-400 LED spot moving heads, which are controlled from a Chamsys Quick Q20 lighting controller.

The traditional manner of the three church services taking place in the main hall contrasts with the adjacent annexe, which hosts Sunday school. Here, Robert was charged with creating a more contemporary and musical setting. ‘The three levels roughly cover the same footprint and are extremely compact,’ explains Robert. ‘Owing to the multipurpose requirements of the two main annexe levels, the church opted to add partition screens. Each sub-section requires its own dedicated audio and projection. Given the limited ceiling space and the restrictions of where you could suspend projectors and speakers owing to cabling and air conditioning units, this was always going to be a challenge.’

E&E accepted the challenge. Levels two and three mirror one another in terms of their setups, where the same EAW 15-inch MK5364i speakers are fixed in an L-R configuration. Ashly amplification and DSP make a repeat digital intercom system supports the technical staff operating in the main hall, as well as on all four levels of the annexe, for which nine connections and five key panels support HS-6 handsets and FSII beltpacks.

‘The project was delayed by over a year, between phase one and two due to prevailing government approval processes, so we worked hand-in-hand with all stakeholders closely over a four-month period to complete the final phase of the project on time and to enable the handover as a whole,’ explains E&E project manager, Ash Mo. ‘Despite the replication of equipment that was installed on all four levels, these are far from cut and paste installs as each level varied in terms of requirements and challenges. The rooms are physically limited in size and the added partitions on levels two and three severely limited our options for installing the projection, lighting and speakers.’

From a Leap Year day opening to a giant step forward in terms of AV and lighting technology, Bethesda Katong Church is writing a new chapter into its rich history.

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Article as appeared in Worship AVL Issue Nov / Dec 2019

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At the Church of Saint Alphonsus, the Saturday novena services usually attract more people than the Sunday Mass services (Catholics generally go to their own parishes to attend Sunday Mass). Having popularised the novena devotion sessions in Singapore, it draws people from the entire country and beyond. The devotions gave name to the surrounding area, Novena.

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Shure Axient Digital at St Alphonsus Church (Novena Singapore)

SINGAPORE: St Alphonsus Church located in Thomson Road, Singapore, is a magnet to thousands of worshippers. The Catholic Church has over the decades had a strong pull even with those who are not of the same faith especially for its Novena services on Saturdays. As many as 20,000 worshippers visit the church on Saturdays where Novena services were held almost every hour. Bursting at the seams, the church had requested and was granted permission to expand its space to accommodate more worshippers.

E&E SUPPLIES KEY EQUIPMENT FOR ST ALPHONSUS CHURCH (NOVENA SINGAPORE)

In October last year, after three years of renovation and refurbishment, the church opened its doors that included a new and large sanctuary hall that is able to accommodate 1500 worshippers per service. Since its opening, the church has maintained its momentum of attracting large crowds to its services albeit in a more conducive environment.

The new hall has a classical architecture that is reminiscent of churches that are found in Europe. Marbled floors, beautifully stained glasses, limestone clad columns, high arches provided the ambience whilst the AV technologies implemented in the church helped to ensure worshippers had a meaningful experience.

SHURE AXIENT DIGITAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS

Amongst the solutions integrated in the church were solutions supplied by Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd (E&E), who also had a hand in integrating and testing the solutions. Amongst the key products installed, the Shure Axient Digital Wireless Systems was chosen for its superb audio quality and signal stability.

The new sanctuary is a big space and there are a number of blind spots that a normal wireless system would not be able to handle. The church required wireless microphone coverage both inside the main prayer hall and outside in the piazza. To fulfill this requirement, set up with the Quadversity™ mode of Axient Digital was proposed for extended antenna coverage and improved RF signal-to-noise, with two antenna channels dedicated to cover indoors, and another two channels covering outdoors. Users are able to travel between both areas with seamless wireless microphone reception.

A total of six wireless antennas with in-line amplifiers are placed in and around the hall, the Shure Axient Digital is able to ensure smooth and clear transmission from even outside of the hall without any drop-outs. Currently, two handheld mics are used in the system with plans to increase that number later.

“The quality of our solutions and Shure’s reputation for reliability were key factors that helped us get selected to supply for this project,”  shared Gary Goh, Deputy Managing Director, Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd.

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Sentosa Wings of Time, this spectacular light show about friendship and courage is staged nightly. Be wowed by spellbinding laser, fire and water effects set to a majestic soundtrack, complete with a jaw-dropping fireworks display, possibly the only place to see this in Singapore.

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Shure Systems at Sentosa Wings of Time

Wings of Time is a spectacular award-winning outdoor night show set in the open seas, created and produced by a team of local and international entertainment and multimedia technology experts who have executed large-scale events and permanent shows. Located at Sentosa island in Singapore, Wings of Time runs two 20-minute shows daily.

WINGS OF TIME UPGRADES TO ENSURE SEAMLESS PERFORMANCE

Wings of Time is an epic tale of courage, mystery and magic that transports the audience on a magical adventure through several exotic vistas through to the fabric of time. The adventure begins with Shahbaz, a prehistoric bird-like creature. Together with his friends, Rachel and Felix, they travel across beautiful landscapes and the mysteries of time. With a seating capacity of 2,500, the show is usually packed on weekends and attracts a weekday crowd of an average of 1,500 each day.

Set against a signature backdrop and a larger-than-life water screen, audiences can look forward to a contemporary storyline weaved together with an epic experiential fusion of the latest multimedia effects, including 3D projection mapping, state-of-the-art lasers, robotic water fountains and giant water jets as well as spectacular pyrotechnics.

Sound effects, lights and visuals play a crucial role in creating the scenes and moods together with the actors to bring the story to live. One component that is critical to the success of the show is to ensure that the narration is heard crisply and clearly.

With the recent Singapore Government mandated frequency management, frequencies have been earmarked for reallocation. This affects wireless systems that now need to operate in different frequencies.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENT

“We needed a wireless system that would allow us to lock-in to available frequencies with ease so that our performances during the show do not deteriorate,” said Shaun Tan, Senior Technician, Island Technical Services, Sentosa. “The regulations were an opportune time for us to upgrade our wireless system.”

“We needed a robust wireless system. This space is particularly challenging for radio frequency (RF). As it is an open space and near the waters, the area around Wings of Time attracts other events that operate using frequencies. Besides, the ships which are anchored offshore also use frequencies, so it narrows what is available for our use,” added Shaun.

SHURE WAS CHOSEN AS THE BEST OPTION

“We decided to add the Shure Axient Digital Wireless Systems to our inventory as we felt it is the best solution to meet our needs. Shure’s Wireless Workbench software allows us to see what frequencies are available visually – the built-in scanner lists all available frequencies. Our previous system was analogue which unlike digital offered limited frequency hopping options.”

Shaun highlights that the set-up for the Shure Axient Digital is simple and the technical team just needed a day for training.

“Our performers feel that the system has made the reproduced sound better and crispier. Thankfully we have had no dropouts during the performance as the system seamlessly switches to available frequencies,” said Shaun.

The Wings of Time rack features two units of Shure AD4Q Axient Digital Quad Channel Receivers that offers tuning options between 470 to 636MHz. The AD4Q groundbreaking performance features include broad tuning, low latency, and HighDensity (HD) mode, ensuring solid performance in the most challenging RF environments.

Four units of AD2/B87A handheld transmitters and an equal number of AD bodypack transmitters and Countryman Omni earset microphones take responsibility for vocal dispersion.

Receivers include four units of Shure UA874-WB UHF active directional antennas, two units of Shure UA864 wall/ceiling antenna frequencies and two units Shure ½ Wave Omni Antennas. Six of the antennas are strategically placed atop four towers surrounding the event space. Shure’s UHF antenna uses a log periodic dipole array to produce a cardioid pattern toward the desired coverage area, achieving greater rejection of RF signals outside the area than standard ½ wave omnidirectional antennas.

The Shure Axient Digital Quadversity™ mode provides the venue owners’ flexibility to combine the 4 antennas for extended coverage across the venue to prevent any drop outs should the need arises.

Shure AXT600 Axient Spectrum Manager was also put in place to safeguard against the ever-changing RF landscape; providing the crew around the clock full spectrum analysis to prevent disruption from any rogue frequencies. Giving a peace of mind to the crew that they can react immediately ahead of time.

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Church of Our Saviour Singapore, It began as a mission in the 1950s along Alexandra Road. Since it has grown from a small congregation consisting of lesser than 80 members to its present worship attendance of approximately 4,000. Strongly supportive of missionary work, the church is involved in numerous ministries that not only cater to different age groups, but also to foreigners in Singapore, such as the Filipinos. It also conducts a Chinese ministry and is a parish within the Anglican Diocese of Singapore.

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REVOLVING DOORS

The new 350-seat chapel adjacent to COOS will be used for additional services and weddings

With an expanding neighbourhood on its doorstep, Church of Our Saviour is enhancing its AVL systems to appeal to new congregants

The level one, 1,200-seat auditorium

Having renovated an old cinema complex to create its home for the past 40 years, Church of Our Saviour (COOS) remains astute and wary with current technological advances. The surrounding neighbourhood is rapidly transforming with new housing and condominiums opening up and, with it, potential new congregants. The 1,200-seat auditorium within the 5-storey complex hosts six charismatic worship services every weekend, for which the audio, video and lighting technology continues to play a crucial part.

A technical masterplan was drawn up in 2004 to develop its performance systems by systematically replacing or upgrading various systems. A full upgrade was enacted over the following three years with the assistance of technical consultant, Lim Kheong Sen. The stage lighting system added a motorised FOH bar together with a variety of ETC and Selecon luminaires, six Vari*lite VL1000TS moving heads and an Avolites Pearl 2004 console. Further Vari*lite VL2500 washes and spots were added to the lighting mix in 2007.

Sound and Video Professional was called upon to install the new audio system combining L-R ceiling-suspended EAW MQ and BH models. 3D computer-generated simulations were used by qualified structural engineers to highlight points where the loudspeaker arrays could be suspended safely within the limits of the building structure in addition to providing the most precise coverage. Fourteen Crown Macro-Tech amplifiers powered the speakers, while the audio signals from the Yamaha PM5D consoles at FOH and monitors to the BSS Soundweb London Blu-80 processors were routed via CobraNet. Front-fills were added later by Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd (E&E) consisting JBL Control 29AV cabinets together with 12 channels of Shure UHF wireless microphones.

Jonathan Hemsley joined by Anders Teo and a colleague in the FOH technical area

Fulfilled by 10 years of faithful service of the original EAW components, COOS drafted the EAW distributor back to its facility to design, supply and install a new EAW loudspeaker system. Having previously represented JBL, BSS and Crown for 18 years, E&E returned in 2017 as the EAW distributor for whom Jason Yeo served as project manager. ‘In addition to the MQ speakers, some of the Crown Macro-Tech amplifiers were in need of replacement,’ explains senior technical executive, Jonathan Hemsley. ‘We’d listened to the QX models and were impressed by the true stereo full coverage they provided.

‘Despite having relocated to Melbourne, Kheong returned from Australia and assisted us with the new design as he knows this church hall very well,’ furthers Mr Hemsley. ‘We did look at line array solutions. However, we had to rule against it as the hangs would conflict with the sightlines of our projection screens. We eventually settled on the QX500 speakers as our senior pastor was impressed with the clarity of the vocal range and the overall dynamics.’

The EAW FOH loudspeaker system combines Quad 12-inch QX models with SB1002 subwoofers

As a testimony to Mr Lim’s excellent planning 10 years previously, the initial loudspeaker positions that had been earmarked for FOH in addition to the fills were re-employed. Each L-R FOH cluster comprises four quad 12-inch QX loudspeakers, providing controlled directivity to the main downstairs and balcony seating areas. The QX594i, QX566i and QX5441 speakers provide 90° x 45°, 60° x 60° and 40° x 40° coverage, respectively, with tri-amplification per speaker. The lower frequencies have been extended courtesy of the existing four BH822 dual 12-inch subwoofers suspended as a centre cluster. Rather than conduct the entire works within one week as had occurred in 2006, the latest upgrade was staggered in three weekly phases over a 3-month period. Scaffold towers were erected each week, but work was completed without disrupting the church’s weekend service programme.

‘You don’t immediately realise how long a decade is in terms of technology until you undergo a refit such as this,’ furthers Mr Hemsley. ‘The QX speakers not only provide much improved directivity, but they also weighed significantly less when hoisting into position. We noticed that there was much more fidelity and clarity over the first three months of using it. When I recorded an SPL level of 120dB during testing, yet still had plenty of headroom, I was quite amazed.’

EAW MK2396i speakers provide first tier upper balcony fill coverage

An interim upgrade in 2011 as a result of I/O expansions at FOH included the addition of a DiGiCo SD10 console for their evolving services. ‘So far, the SD10 hasn’t demonstrated any limitations and the firmware updates have really benefitted us. The addition of iPad control has been useful when training new volunteers, allowing a supervisor to have oversight without needing to be at the console.’ In the same year, the Avolites Pearl console was replaced with a Titan Mobile with a PC touchscreen from the same manufacturer.

Similarly, the visual services have been significantly enhanced between audio upgrades. A Ross Carbonite video switcher accepts Panasonic HE-130 PTZ camera inputs in addition to graphics fed from four Mac minis, a GoPro camera used for baptisms and a roving camera. The resultant images from three Panasonic PT-DW100 XGA projectors are output to the main fixed screen behind the stage in addition to two 5m x 3m screens on either side of this. LG displays throughout the church building provide overspill and assistive viewing behind balconies.

Like the evolution in loudspeakers, the 4- and 8-channel Powersoft amplifiers take less than half the rack space of the older Macro-Tech models and provide much higher power supplies. A Dante network has been created between the Powersoft amplifiers and signal from the SD10 FOH console is delivered via an 8-channel digital AES output card in the DiGiCo SD rack. ‘DSP settings such as the crossover point for the subwoofers and all system EQ have been created using the Powersoft Armonía software. We have also created zone management so that the upper balcony can be switched off when there is nobody upstairs.’

Five different bands each consisting between five and seven musicians provide six charismatic church services each Sunday. They all rely on Allen & Heath ME-1 personal monitors running over MADI to a DiGiCo SD10-24 monitor console at stage left. The worship leaders and pastors prefer to use Shure ULX4D wireless handheld microphones with a combination of Beta 87C and KSM9 capsules during services. DPA d:fine ear-worn microphones are used for preaching. ‘Wireless Workbench software programming helps us troubleshoot the congested bandwidth,’ explains Mr Hemsley. ‘With increasing building construction in the area, and up to 50 channels of wireless equipment in use, we needed to take special care of our frequency coordination and monitoring to avoid interference.’

Recently, COOS expanded its premises with a 5-storey annex building next to the existing main auditorium. With the addition of the newly built facility, COOS will be able to better serve its congregation all under one campus. Located on level 4 of the annex building is a multipurpose hall to be used for weddings in addition to Filipino and Chinese youth services.

A 5.5m x 3m, 3.9mm pitch, 2,885Hz refresh rate Liantronics indoor LED videowall display is managed by a Novastar VX4S LED processor, while video switching is handled via a Ross Video Carbonite Black Solo video switcher for visual production. An Allen & Heath dLive C3500 mixing surface, dLive CDM32 stagerack with Dante and Waves v.3 expansion cards, two DX168 stageboxes and five Shure PSM900 wireless IEMs take care of all the audio routing, mixing and monitoring for the venue.

Four EAW QX396 loudspeakers, which are tri-amplified per speaker, four EAW JFL118 subwoofers and four EAW VFM129i stage monitor speakers are powered by three Powersoft Quattrocanali 4804 DSP+Ds, one Quattrocanali 2404 DSP+D and one Quattrocanali 1204 DSP+D power amplifiers.

For lighting, an MA Lighting dot2 core console with eight Osram Kreios profile lighting fixtures were chosen. A Datavideo NVS-25 H.264 encoder has been added to provide bidirectional broadcasting of services throughout the campus.

The return of Mr Lim in 10 years’ time cannot be guaranteed, but it can be safely assumed that COOS will have evolved significantly in terms of technology over that time span. Going full circle, perhaps the church will add a cinema as part of its services?

This article is featured in Worship AVL Jul/Aug 2018.

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MGM Cotai is a luxury resort and casino in the Cotai Strip in Macau. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, it was constructed at a cost of $3.4 billion. and opened in February 2018. The unique structure has the appearance of nine jeweller's boxes stacked upon each other, forming two interconnected towers. Its exterior is coloured gold, silver, and bronze just like the MGM Macau hotel, and that and its asymmetrical sculptural form "create a dynamic and glorious appearance", according to Emporis. MGM Macau, with a total floor area of 280,000 sq m (over 3,000,000 sq ft), has 1,390 rooms and suites.

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MGM COTAI PRESENTS ASIA’S FIRST DYNAMIC THEATRE

E&E PLAYS KEY ROLE INTEGRATING THE AUDIO AND VISUAL SYSTEMS

Over two years in the making, the MGM Theater is an engineering and architectural masterpiece which can accommodate up to 2,000 people in more than 10 different configurations. Every detail has been carefully selected to ensure the greatest entertainment experience for all guests. The reconfigurable seating was developed by GALA Systems, the world’s largest manufacturer of understage equipment and the leader in automated multipurpose halls, and will deliver prime sightlines for every guest. The seats are designed and manufactured by Poltrona Frau, one of the most esteemed Italian furniture makers with over 100 years of experience and the seat maker for Ferrari cars. Empowered by the latest in technology and engineering, the MGM Theater can create custom arrangements for special events, from a traditional concert, fashion show or movie premiere layout to a 360-degree configuration for talk shows, product launches and international DJs.

“The MGM Theater at COTAI brings the future of events to Macau, today,” said James Murren, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of MGM Resorts International and Chairperson & Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited. “MGM is synonymous with entertainment and we have taken our deep knowledge and incorporated it with cutting-edge technology to create a setting that will redefine and elevate the way our guests experience entertainment.”

“The intricacy of the MGM Theater is one of the most complex in the world and we have invested in training our local staff to learn how to use this leading entertainment technology. We sent a group of 10 local team members to Hollywood for an intensive two-week training program, helping them to familiarize themselves with the entertainment technology they will operate at MGM COTAI. The group has visited VER, the creative experience company that supplied the LED panels on the giant wall totalling 28 million pixels,” said Murren. MGM Theater is home to three resident shows with two launching first, The Experience and Destiny. The Experience, inspired by the soul of Macau, is a 10-minute mind-bending and harmonious technological symphony that showcases the Theater’s engineering and architectural dexterity. Meanwhile, Destiny is an electrifying, action-packed immersive theatrical production that is inspired by the concept of TV game shows and adventure video games. Through the Theater’s various configuration capabilities, guests can experience multiple types of entertainment events at the same location.

E&E PLAYS ITS PART

Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd (E&E), the Singapore based systems integrator was awarded the contract to integrate and commission the audio and video systems that included Intercom systems, Loudspeakers, Audio signal processing systems, Wireless microphone Systems, Audio Console, Video media player systems, Video mixing system and Cameras.

E&E worked with Canadian consultant Scéno Plus to install and commission the audio system. The system was to adapt to various seating configurations and provide adequate coverage in each scenario. In order to achieve this, E&E has installed 6 clusters of L-Acoustics speakers excluding 4 sound effect speaker zones. The system was optimized by Andre Pichette, the L-Acoustics Head of Applications, Install, USA.

The loudspeaker system configuration is as follows:

  • Main Left, Right & center cluster each consists of 12 X L’acoustics Kara with 4X L’acoustics SB18.
  • Upstage Left & Right cluster each consists of 12 X L’acoustics Kara with 4X L’acoustics SB18, while the upstage centre cluster consist of 8 X L’acoustics Kara.
  • In-a-round speakers consist of 6 units of L’acoustics ARCS II
  • Ground floors subwoofers consist of 12 X L’acoustics SB28
  • Balcony Rear Channel clusters consist of 8 X L’acoustics 8XTI
  • Orchestra Channel Cluster consist of 8 X L’acoustics 12 XTI
  • Stage monitor consists of 8 X L’acoustics 115XTHIQ
  • SFX Left & Right Clusters each consist of 8 X L’acoustics Kara-i and a L’acoustics Arcs II
  • All speakers are powered by 46 units of L’acoustics LA4X & 3 units of L’acoustics La8

E&E also installed the Meyer Sound D-Mitri system which performs audio routing, shows cues and features the innovative SpaceMap software. The system allows the sound designer to save scene-specific parameters and allows these scenes to be recalled automatically over time code. The SpaceMap software allows the sound designer to dynamically pan sound effects throughout the theater affording the designers unparalleled flexibility.

The Meyer sound D’mitri systems consists of one unit of Meyer DCP, Meyer DWTRX, Meyer DAIO, Meyer DGPIO and three units of Meyer DDIO.

Scéno Plus specified a Digico mixing system feature 4 consoles, 2 Units of Digico SD 10 and 2 units od Digico SD11 and 6 remote input and output nodes connected in a ring topology. 4 Units of Digico SDrack and 2 Units of Digico SDmini. The set-up features signal redundancy and over 300 simultaneous channels of processing.

The video LED wall which spans 70 by 12 meters at 5.33333mm pitch size is one of the key features of the theatre. The video wall consists of movable parts, which allows it to transform into multiple configurations and at the same time display a Background later covering the entire wall and having multipe PIPs on it. The video system had to achieve a resolution of 16384 x 2160 @50p resolution and the design called for various routing and cable infrastructure. E&E provided the video backbone to support these configurations consisting of disguise media servers and Barco E2s for video wall management.

Four units of disguise 4x4pro media server were installed to feed the full Background layer to the video wall with enough redundancy and load balancing to sustain the heavy processing required to achieve the output resolution. Two Barco E2s were installed in order to manage the 4x4pro content as well as to allows other video sources to be displayed. This is the first install where 2 Barco E2s were linked together in order to achieve the canvas resolution for the LED wall.

UP TO MARK

“The theatre was designed so that it can be configured for different purposes and layouts, from concerts, fashion shows and movie premieres to talk shows, product launches and international DJ sessions. The challenge was in ensuring whatever the seating configuration, the audio and video systems must perform to its optimum ensuring a great experience for the audience,” said Gary Goh, Deputy Managing Director, Electronics and Engineering Pte Ltd.

“We are elated and pleased that we were able to be involved in this unique project and together with the other key companies and people involved, delivered to MGM COTAI what they had envisioned,” added Gary.

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Our Tampines Hub is Singapore’s first-ever integrated community and lifestyle building in Tampines, Singapore. It is located on the grounds of the former Tampines Stadium and Tampines Sports Hall and is part of the Tampines Regional Centre development.

Built based on feedback from 15,000 residents, the complex was officially opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 6 August 2017. The current multi-purpose complex replaced the former Tampines Stadium, Tampines Sports Hall, Tampines Swimming Complex, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) Tampines Branch Office and the Tampines Regional Library, housing them under one roof.

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EVERYTHING UNDER ONE ROOF – TOURING OUR TAMPINES HUB

A glimpse into the future or simply an efficient use of land created by a consortium of 12 stakeholders with a vision, Our Tampines Hub became Singapore’s first-ever integrated lifestyle hub in August 2017. The ambitious project led by the People’s Association was conceptualised in 2011 to create a comprehensive range of services and facilities for its community. Some 15,00 local residents all played a part in its creation, and their feedback has already made a distinct visual and social impact within eastern Singapore.

Located on the site of the former Tampines Stadium and Sports Hall, the six-level facility occupies a site measuring seven football fields and includes and 800-seat hawker centre, 20 badminton courts, a one-stop centre to access government agency services and a community kitchen. Additionally, there’s a gym, karaoke and bowling facilities, a five-storey library, eco-community garden, a sports and recreation park, and a swimming complex with six pools including a 10-lane, 50m competition pool. Designed to being Esplanade Theatre concepts to the heartlands, a 400-seat Festive Arts Theatre serves as a dedicated performance arts space for hosting live music, drama, theatre and cinema.

Incorporating a water fountain at its heart, Festive Plaza is an outdoor performance space that regularly hosts live music and streamed cinema on a large LED screen. This hub allows news agencies such as Mediacorp to report live courtesy of I/O floor and wall panels integrated into the architecture. The broad pedestrian alleys on levels one and two are occupied y more than 100 retails outlets, where a cooling breeze created the architecturally designed air-flow and overhead fans combine to reduce the air temperature by a further three degrees.

Having demolished the previous 3,000-seat capacity football stadium, Tampines Rovers can now accommodate 5,800 fans to watch their Stags S.League home games in the covered Town Square stadium. The two-star FIFA football pitch is also used for numerous other sports events and community-centric programmes, including mass exercises, recreational events and national celebrations.

Green issues are a foundation for the Hub, which practices sustainable lifestyle habits such as aiming to generate zero waste. Using an advanced food-waste recycling system, 700 tonnes of daily food waste is currently being converted to fertiliser, liquid nutrients and non-potable water.

General contractor Hexacon Construction worked with a large roll-call of sub-contractors to create the bold vision, including mechanical and engineering specialist Shinryo Corporation and Mingcon, which in turn drafted in voice evacuation and A/V systems integrator Willowglen Services and Electronics & Engineering (E&E) respectively. Acoustic consultant Acviron also played a leading role in designing the audio-visual aspects of the Hub.

Willowglen Services was called upon to install the emergency voice evacuation and public-address paging system into Our Tampines Hub. Working closely under the guidance of mechanical and electrical engineering contractor, Shinryo Corporation, and general contractor, Hexacon Construction, a T0A SX-2000 matrix was selected on account of its proven reliability and ease of operation that allows it to facilitate individual evacuation zones.

Two SX-2000SM system managers operating in slave and master mode assign 48 input channels fed by fur SX02199AI audio input matrices to four SX-2000A0 8-channel audio output busses. Each are receiving feeds from an EV-700 digital announcer, CD and AM/FM tuner sources. In addition to controlling the audio signal routing and priorities, it also allows the input and output controls to be managed on a PC, where a log of all the recorded events and failures can be viewed. An EVC-DR-320 digital recorder is capable of playing back the evidence.

TOA engineers assembled the equipment racks off site before terminating the cabling. ‘The Hub’ somewhat sophisticated building structure and variable ceiling heights made EASE measurements very challenging,’ says TOA project engineer, Tom Ho. ‘Some of the speaker locations were in excess of 1,000m from the ELV racks, so we had to run 4mm cables that would avoid significant loss of signal, such as those used in the library. The system was racked up and tested in our workshop before delivery to site, where we conducted a series of tests to ensure the system was working properly and audio could be clearly heard throughout the entire site.’ The library is outfitted with a standalone VX-2000 system manager that serves as an inout matrix unit providing paging in addition to BGM.

Interfaced to the SX-2000SM system, 20 LS-2010 surveillance panels serve as the output matrix section, assigning audio signals to 196 individual zones, including two basement levels for parking of up to 1,400 vehicles. A further 20 SS-2010 AS source selectors allow technicians to switch between BGM and paging announcements in any of the zones at the touch of a button. However, an RM-200SF fireman’s microphone located in the main fire command centre takes priority status should an emergency evacuation announcement need to be made. Further USB microphones located in the information kiosk, office and service centre can perform basic paging.

‘When you’re working as part of a team on a large site such as this, product training and good coordination is vital’

The retail and F&B outlets located throughout the six-level complex, in addition to the gymnasium and library, are served with an extensive ceiling mounted solution consisting of 2,979 TOA PC-658R 6-inch speakers. A further 291 SC-615M horn speakers have been wall-mounted in the outdoor area running tracks and back-of-house areas such as the car park, while a further 572 BS-633A box speakers adorn the fire escape staircases. Integrated with a resin panel and speaker frame, the PC-658R ceiling speaker features a spring clamp mechanism, which can be easily mounted to the ceiling, and input impedance can be switched by changing the tap position on the transformer. The 800-seat hawker centre, sports hall, indoor running track and rooftop gardens are installed with 263 waterproof TZ-206BWP column speakers.

The entire speaker system is powered by 12 DA-500FH multichannel amplifiers. Amperes AX3800 auto-fault and changeover units monitor and detect amplifier channel malfunctions, automatically assigning redundant amplifiers. In case of a power cut, four VX-2000DS power supplies ensure the audio system operates for a further two hours or until the power returns to normal.

Having clustered its services together in a purposeful manner for the benefit of the community, the A/V systems within OTH are purely standalone and localised. This was a benefit to E&E, which was initially called to site in March 2016 to lay the various cabling infrastructures as rooms became available following construction. Following the feeding of cabling conduits during each of the three project phases, equipment was installed and terminations carried out. Having placed orders well in advance of the works, all of E&E's suppliers delivered prior to the installation dates.

Although the scale of the OTH project for E&E can be summarised in a 78-page bill of quantity, the company’s thoroughly documented the plans simplified the installation process on site. The multiple function a and meeting rooms, together with the six-level library, wellness centres and other areas, bear the same A/V hallmarks as the more iconic rooms. Crestron control is the common element that ties the Extron and Kramer video paths with the Symetrix audio DSP for playback on Remaco screens and EAW speaker systems.

‘When you’re working as part of a team on a large site such as this, product training and good coordination is vital,’ explains Mr Tay. ‘We maintained good communications with all the other contractors on site so that our team members fully understood the tasks ahead.’

The Festive Arts Theatre primarily serves as a dedicated live performance, music and drama venue. Capable of seating up to 400 guests in its lower stalls and upper balcony areas, the venue’s cinema credentials have been enabled with the addition of Barco 4K projection and JBL surround-sound systems. Owing to the complexity of its design and the multipurpose nature of this room, E&E prioritised ease of use by integrating a Crestron AV3 control system at its heart, allowing one-touch room operation. From an 8.9-inch Crestron panel or Apple iPad, audio settings stored in the Symetrix Jupiter 8 audio processor, lighting scenes created in the ETC Ion-1000 consoles and HDMI devices connected to an Extron DTP CrossPoint 84 switcher can be configured according to the desired mode.

Audio presentations and lectures are reinforced through the EAW CIS400 ceiling speaker system, whereas live music and theatrical performances are mixed on a Yamaha CL3 digital console and output through EAW QX596i L-C-R speakers fitted aboved the stage. The control room situated at the rear of the theatre features custom furniture specifically created to hide the immense cabling infrastructure connecting the audio, video and lighting inputs to the outputs via control surfaces. On stage, performers can utilise Shure QLX-D wireless handheld, lapel and headworn microphones together with Mackie 300z monitor speakers.

The Symetrix Edge audio DSP receives eight channels of AES digital audio from the Yamaha CL3 for live music and theatrical audio, which are routed to the L-C-R, sub-bass, front-fill and supplementary outputs via the respective amplifiers of the particular zone. When configured to live music and theatrical (non-cinema) mode, audio channelling to the other zones as the theatrical surround-sound system or BOH areas are routed to the Symetrix Radius 12×8 audio DSP via a Dante digital audio network. The Dolby CP750 cinema processor receives its audio input from a Barco DP4k-19B Alchemy projector. A Symetrix 12×8 audio DSP processor is fed with eight channels of AES digital audio, which are then decoded, converted to analogue and output to the respective amplifiers and loudspeakers. Finally, the main L-C-R channels are routed to the Symetrix Edge processor via the Dante digital audio network.

The Dante network promotes the low-latency audio transmission from the Yamaha RIO stage boxes to the CL3 48-channel console, Powersoft amplifiers and Symetrix processors. With the addition of Pro Tools recording software and a Dante Virtual Soundcard installed in the control room PC, 64-track audio recordings can also be performed via the Dante network. Like the room it’s installed in, the Barco DP4K-19B Alchemy projector has a diverse job description that is not exclusive to cinema screenings ut also for presentations on the Remaco screens and for orchestral performances.

The HDMI and VGA input signals from the Blue-Ray players, Panasonic PTZ cameras and PC are converted before being sourced through an Extron DTP CrossPoint 85 switcher and output to one of two Remaco motorised screens. E&E’s specialist skills were called upon when confronted with the addition of two Robert Juliat follow spots. ‘We had to ask the builder to create two recesses for the follow spots on either side of the control room,’ explains project manager, Tay Seng Chuah. ‘However, there wasn’t enough room in which to properly manoeuvre the apparatus during a performance, so our workshop was used to create bespoke reinforced metal mounting brackets, allowing them to swing out when required.’

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Changi Terminal 4 (T4) began operations on 31 October 2017. The Changi Experience has been brought to new levels at T4 with interactive displays and engaging art installations. Catch the grand-scale Petalclouds dancing to a slow choreograph mimicking clouds in the sky as you step into the terminal. Immerse in the sights and sounds of our ASEAN neighbour countries as you screen your carry-on bag without having to remove your electronic devices. Or sip local coffee as you watch the Peranakan-themed musical played out on the nostalgic facades in the heart of the Heritage Zone.

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ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING INTEGRATES STUNNING VISUALS AT SINGAPORE CHANGI AIRPORT’S NEW TERMINAL 4

Singapore’s Changi Airport regularly tops the list of the world’s best airports, featuring a wide range of facilities to inform and delight passengers. Come 31 October, the new T4 terminal will start its official operations introducing a full suite of self-service options from check-in, immigration to boarding, plus two state-of-the-art NanoLumens Performance Series LED displays that will captivate passengers with high-definition digital content 24 hours a day. Selected as the best digital display solution from a large pool of competing manufacturers, the NanoLumens LED displays allow the beautiful, enthralling visuals created by Moment Factory to achieve their maximum impact for all airport passengers and visitors.

Located above T4’s centralized security screening area, the “Immersive Wall” is an impressive 70 meters wide by 5 meters tall with a 6mm pixel pitch and has been dubbed one of the largest indoor airport displays in the world. Additionally, NanoLumens was chosen for a 10-meter-wide by 6-meter-tall, 4mm pixel pitch display in the departure transit area’s Heritage Zone, which is built directly into a shophouse facade with several faux building fronts that highlight the island nation’s architectural evolution from the 1880’s to the 1950’s.

Chosen because of their ability to meet strict RFP specifications, NanoLumens created a custom solution specifically for Changi based on a redesign of their proprietary Nixel Series technology that was able to accommodate the demanding Moment Factory content. The solution required several mechanical enhancements in order to overcome EMI, EMC and other strict RFP specifications. The new rigid Nixel technology is truly optimized for being flat with a larger diode for the highest brightness and is rear serviceable. Being able to access the displays from a high vantage point through rear service will keep traveller visibility of the displays at an absolute maximum.

Both displays run throughout the day, with the Immersive Wall displaying flowing, geometric waves of 3D animations, picturesque life-like scenes from throughout Singapore, and a funny, playful animation of the imaginary journey luggage takes after check-in. The Heritage Zone display, on the other hand, is integrated convincingly into the zone’s facade, comprising the second floor of two of the buildings and showing Peranakan Love Story, a dramatic original film set in 1930s Singapore. The video seems to blend right into the buildings, giving passersby a seamless view into the country’s cultural history. All of the digital content was produced by Moment Factory. According to NanoLumens Vice President of Sales Almir DeCarvalho, the gorgeous final product is the result of successful collaboration and a highly detailed bidding and engineering process.

Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd, (E&E) one of the leading systems integrators in the Asia Pacific region, completed the installation of the NanoLumens displays, along with much of the other innovative technologies in T4. Managing Director, Ronald Goh, was recently listed as one of the top 50 influencers in Singapore as part of the SG50 celebrations. One of the most striking results of this installation was that Nanolumens and E&E delivered every part of the product and installation on schedule, which is rare for a project of this magnitude and complexity. The on-time completion reflects both companies’ strict dedication to the project and corporate culture that prioritizes every client’s satisfaction.

“One of the key challenges with this project was in ensuring that the display was aligned and flat over the length of the 70m,” said Gary Goh, Deputy Managing Director, Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd.

The resolution for the display at the departure hall is 10704 x 768 which is supported by 2 Coolux Servers with a total of 6 outputs. At the Heritage site the resolution is 1984 x 1216 and is supported by a single Coolux server with 2 outputs. The Content Management system was developed inhouse. “The Coolux servers offer widgets and 3rd party interfacing which was useful for our purpose. In addition Coolux enables us to handle multilayers,” continued Gary Goh.

The Coolux servers are connected to a 32 x 32 4K MX-FR33R Lightware matrix switcher that then sends the transmission signals to the LED wall through a single mode OS2 fiber optic cable. “The Lightware matrix switchers were chosen due to their consistency in all of its outputs and it also provides near zero latency.”

Electronics & Engineering also integrated the speakers to support the displays. At the departure hall 12 units of d&b E6 speakers were installed whereas at the Heritage site three units of Y7 d&b speakers were complemented with one unit each of a Y10 d&b speaker and one unit of E6 d&b speaker. “Other than the performance and the form factor, the speakers especially in the Heritage site seamlessly fit into the décor of the shop fronts.”

“With roughly a year of just the bidding process, not to mention the actual installation, this was a highly complex project with many, many moving parts,” said Martin Leclerc, Director of International Sales, NanoLumens. “Working with E&E was a great partnership that produced fantastic on-time results, which industry insiders know isn’t always the case with contractors, particularly on large jobs, even this specific one. When one considers the consistent, rigorous testing we performed to ensure our specs were accurate and lived up to Moment Factory’s requirements, it’s obvious everyone involved was focused on every detail, every step of the way.”

“At Electronics & Engineering we are very pleased that once again we are involved in an iconic project. The installation had its own challenges and tight deadlines but together with NanoLumens, we were able to deliver on time. We are also grateful to Changi Airport Group and Moment Factory for having the confidence in us to deliver,” said Ronald Goh, Managing Director, Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd.

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Changi Terminal 4 (T4) began operations on 31 October 2017. The Changi Experience has been brought to new levels at T4 with interactive displays and engaging art installations. Catch the grand-scale Petalclouds dancing to a slow choreograph mimicking clouds in the sky as you step into the terminal. Immerse in the sights and sounds of our ASEAN neighbour countries as you screen your carry-on bag without having to remove your electronic devices. Or sip local coffee as you watch the Peranakan-themed musical played out on the nostalgic facades in the heart of the Heritage Zone.

Source: Changi Airport Group Official Website

NANOLUMENS® PERFORMANCE SERIES™ DISPLAYS PROVIDE THE ULTIMATE DIGITAL CANVAS FOR STUNNING VISUALS AT SINGAPORE CHANGI AIRPORT’S NEW TERMINAL 4

Beating out the competition, NanoLumens designs a custom Nixel™ solution for one of the world’s largest indoor airport displays.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, September 7, 2017 — Singapore’s Changi Airport regularly tops the list of the world’s best airports, featuring a wide range of facilities to inform and delight passengers and soon, with the imminent launch of the new T4 terminal, robotic “housekeepers”, a full suite of self-service options from check-in, immigration to boarding, plus two state-of-the-art NanoLumens® Performance Series LED displays that will captivate passengers with high-definition digital content 24 hours a day. Selected as the best digital display solution from a large pool of competing manufacturers, the NanoLumens LED displays allow the beautiful, enthralling visuals created by Moment Factory to achieve their maximum impact for all airport passengers and visitors.

Located above T4’s centralized security screening area, the “Immersive Wall” is an impressive 70 meters wide by 5 meters tall with a 6mm pixel pitch and has been dubbed one of the largest indoor airport displays in the world. Additionally, NanoLumens was chosen for a 10-meter-wide by 6-meter-tall, 4mm pixel pitch display in the departure transit area’s Heritage Zone, which is built directly into a shophouse facade with several faux building fronts that highlight the island nation’s architectural evolution from the 1880’s to the 1950’s.

Chosen because of their ability to meet strict RFP specifications, NanoLumens created a custom solution specifically for Changi based on a redesign of their proprietary Nixel Series™ technology that was able to accommodate the demanding Moment Factory content. The solution required several mechanical enhancements in order to overcome EMI, EMC and other strict RFP specifications. The new rigid Nixel™ technology is truly optimized for being flat with a larger diode for the highest brightness and is rear serviceable. Being able to access the displays from a high vantage point through rear service will keep traveler visibility of the displays at an absolute maximum.

Both displays run throughout the day, with the Immersive Wall displaying flowing, geometric waves of 3D animations, picturesque life-like scenes from throughout Singapore, and a funny, playful animation of the imaginary journey luggage takes after check-in. The Heritage Zone display, on the other hand, is integrated convincingly into the zone’s facade, comprising the second floor of two of the buildings and showing Peranakan Love Story, a dramatic original film set in 1930s Singapore. The video seems to blend right into the buildings, giving passersby a seamless view into the country’s cultural history. All of the digital content was produced by Moment Factory. According to NanoLumens Vice President of Sales Almir DeCarvalho, the gorgeous final product is the result of successful collaboration and a highly detailed bidding andengineering process.

“This project was one of the most rigorous, competitive bidding processes we’ve ever been part of, and the resulting installation shows exactly why NanoLumens was the winner,” DeCarvalho said, beaming with pride. “After a series of grueling demonstrations, investors, executives and government representatives all scored the displays on visual appeal and underlying technology, and unanimously voted NanoLumens the best of the best. We met or beat every spec they required, including weight, power draw, brightness, viewing angles, electromagnetic compatibility and electronic magnetic interference limits.”

Electronics & Engineering PTE LTD, (E&E) one of the leading electronic integrators in the Asia Pacific region, completed  the installation of the NanoLumens displays, along with much of the other innovative technologies in T4. CEO Mr. Ronald Goh, was recently listed as one of the top 50 influencers in Singapore as part of the SG50. One of the most striking results of this installation was that NanoLumens and E&E delivered every part of the product and installation on schedule, which is rare for a project of this magnitude and complexity. The on-time completion reflects both companies’ strict dedication to the project and corporate culture that prioritises every client’s satisfaction.

“With roughly a year of just the bidding process, not to mention the actual installation, this was a highly complex project with many, many moving parts,” said Martin Leclerc, Director of International Sales. “Working with E&E was a great partnership that produced fantastic on-time results, which industry insiders know isn’t always the case with contractors, particularly on large jobs, even this specific one. When one considers the consistent, rigorous testing we performed to ensure our specs were accurate and lived up to Moment Factory’s requirements, it’s obvious everyone involved was focused on every detail, every step of the way.”

Terminal 4 was open to the public for an open house from August 7 – 22, 2017 with the terminal expected to be operational later this year.