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  • We are taking part in the 2014 Variety Bash!

    Variety Bash Car 1010. Proudly supporting Variety - the Children’s Charity. Victorian Variety Bash will travel approx. 3000kms from Melbourne to Noosa in 2014.

    Variety Bash Car 1010
    Proudly supporting Variety - the Children’s Charity


    What:     2014 Variety Victoria Bash
    When:    August 14 – August 23 2014
    Where:   Melbourne to Noosa

    Victorian Variety Bash will travel approx. 3000kms from Melbourne to Noosa in 2014


    Michael Rutledge, Sandy Rutledge and Michael Lasa (of Rutledge AV and Soundcorp) crew of Car 1010 are participating in the 2014 Variety Bash, raising funds for Variety – the Children’s Charity which supports children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. The annual road event involving outrageously themed cars and crew is a fun and entertaining event which celebrate the year of fundraising that all entrants have achieved.

    To be eligible to participate in this event every year, each car must achieve a minimum level of fundraising. Based in the Victorian region, Car 1010 seeks donations from local businesses and individuals with proceeds going to Variety – the Children’s Charity to support children in need.

    ‘We are delighted to be participating in this year’s Variety Bash.’ said Sandy ‘Our employees are very enthusiastic about the cause and we are looking forward to having a great time while we are hard at work raising funds.’

    The crew will depart on the 2014 Variety Bash from Melbourne on Thursday 13th August along with other entrants and event officials for a 10 day fun-filled adventure heading north, darting in and out from the coast and finishing in Noosa on Saturday August 23rd. Making for quite a site to see in any town along the route, the event attracts more than 80, 30 year old cars in its entourage, with stops along the way to provide a helping hand and empower children with special needs.

    Now in its 24th year, the Variety Bash has covered over 93, 288km’s and raised more than $18 million for children in Victoria. Variety Bash is Variety’s largest fundraiser – with $1.36 million raised in 2013, with entrants vying for a larger total for 2014!

    Leaving Melbourne the 2014 Bash will follow its nose to the gateway of King Valley wine and food region of Wangaratta, then onwards into New South Wales by way of Corryong and Snowy River country.

    Every 5 years the Variety Bash has a National gathering and this round will see the Bashers gather in Sydney for mass celebrations before heading inland towards Armidale and up through Tenterfield.

    The last leg winds us through Kingaroy, the “Peanut Capital” where we then roll in to Noosa to wash the dust off in the crystal clear waters of the Sunshine coast.

    Keep up with all Variety Bash information and latest news online at variety.org.au/vic and follow daily updates via facebook.com/varietyvic

    VARIETY BASH…YA GOTTA DO IT!

    For more information download the Variety Information Brochure here.
    To sponsor Car 1010, download the Sponsorship Prospectus here.

    To donate and show your support for Car 1010, click here.


    Media Contacts:

    Julie Baxter
    Variety – the Children’s Charity
    Bash Event Manager
    M: 0418 507 159
    juliebaxter@varietyvic.org.au
    www.variety.org.au/vic

    Michael Lasa
    Captain of Variety Bash Car 1010
    2014 Variety Bash
    P: 03 9694 2665
    E: mlasa@soundcorp.com.au

    Kamila Marcinczak
    Marketing Manager - Rutledge AV
    P: 03 9488 1500
    E: kamila.marcinczak@rutledge.com.au

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    We are taking part in the 2014 Variety Bash!
  • On the couch with NT Operations Manager - Daniel Woodward

    This month we sat down with our Northern Territory Operations Manager and asked him to tell us a little more about himself and his plans for the Northern Territory.

    Each month we will feature an interview with either a staff member from Rutledge, a partner who has worked on a project with us or a feature with a client we have recently delivered a project for. This month we sat down with our Northern Territory Operations Manager and asked him to tell us a little more about himself and his plans for the Northern Territory.  

    Q: You are a project manager in the audio visual industry renowned for delivering signature projects across Australia – can you tell us a little more about yourself and the projects you have delivered?
    Engineering excellence, quality of workmanship and taking pride in the projects that I manage is part of the Rutledge AV culture. I was very lucky to work the best in the business and be mentored by industry veterans. 

    I started working with Rutledge AV in 2004  in the Melbourne head office. I later shifted north to the Gold Coast before joining the Brisbane team where I was located for a number of years before returning to Melbourne in 2011. I have now relocated to the Northern Territory (NT) and have enjoyed every minute of becoming a local. 

    In relation to projects delivered, I have been involved in  several signature projects in Brisbane, including: Rio Tinto’s Brisbane Regional Centre, BHP offices, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and multiple projects at the RAAF Base Amberley. I have also been involved in numerous Victorian projects, including: Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Deakin University and the Hawthorn Town Hall Redevelopment.

    Q: You have recently taken on the role of NT Operations Manager – tell us a little more about what this role means to you?
    I have been travelling regularly to the NT over the last 3 years to deliver a range of projects for the education and government sectors. When the opportunity was presented to relocate to NT, considering my knowledge of the industry and my relationships with current clients, it just seemed a perfect fit for both Rutledge AV and my own personal goals. I take pride in my work and I am always looking to challenge myself. I find this keeps my interest in work healthy and enjoyable. Additionally, the chance to explore Darwin and surrounding areas also really appeal to me as I love the outdoors, particularly fishing.

    Q: What are some of the key projects that you have delivered recently in the Northern Territory?
    The main project I have been involved with over the years in the NT has been at the Department of Justice (DOJ), upgrading their court rooms, correctional facilities and conference rooms. We have been installing new technology, specifically high definition video conferencing. Our focus has been on reliability and quality and to deliver systems that extend the reach and capabilities of the courtrooms, particularly focusing on remote areas by offering the means of interaction between people over long distances via video link.

    Recently we have delivered new systems and upgrades to existing systems at Charles Darwin University. Funded by a government grant, the project is designed to assist the university in encouraging indigenous adults to attend the university, and promote learning. The building is designed for lectures to be presented from the teaching spaces within the new Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Excellence (ACIKE) buildings and transmitted to remote communities and townships such as Katherine, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy. The main teaching spaces utilise interactive whiteboards, LCD’s, a hearing augmentation system, IPTV and a video conferencing system.

    Q: In your view, what is the Rutledge AV difference and what will you be focussing on in your first year as the NT Operations Manager?
    I believe that Rutledge AV brings a level of professionalism and quality workmanship that the Northern Territory has not seen to date. The wealth of knowledge and experience that the Rutledge AV team can bring to all areas of education, government and business is what I will be focusing on, and further developing relationships in these areas.

    My aim is to secure enough work to be able to support a small local team here. The interstate Rutledge AV team has been fantastic in travelling up here and providing quality installations, which is building a great platform and reputation for Rutledge AV to date.


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    On the couch with NT Operations Manager - Daniel Woodward
  • Rutledge AV Community Glow – Cerebral Palsy Support Network (CPSN)

    Rutledge AV is proud to have recently supported the Cerebral Palsy Support Network (CPSN) in Victoria as part of Rutledge's Community Glow Program. Rutledge AV supplied and installed a projector system into CPSN’s new training space.

    As part of its Community Glow Program, Rutledge AV has proudly supplied and installed a short throw projector with a non-interactive whiteboard with an input plate for VGA, audio, and HDMI connections for laptops/PCs into CPSN’s new training space.

    The installation has enabled CPSN to utilise the space more effectively, including for:

    1)      Conducting workshops, seminars and therapy sessions for members

    2)      Training

    3)      Planning and managing the CSPN workload across the organisation

    4)      Team meetings and organisation-wide reviews

    5)      As a base for Board of Management meetings including AGMs

    The CPSN offers a range of programs and services designed to empower and promote independence for individuals and families living with cerebral palsy.  

    Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a condition affecting muscle control which occurs from injury to the developing brain. Diagnosed in early childhood, CP is a physical disability that may also impact on a person’s intellect, vision and sensory wellbeing. 

    Every 15 hours in Australia, a child is born with cerebral palsy. That’s 1 in 500 babies or almost 40,000 people.

    One of CSPN’s greatest achievements was the launch of the Cerebral Palsy Innovative Choices (CPIC) program that currently services over 1000 members. The CPIC program is unique in its flexible and customised approach to providing services and support to people living with CP. This program offers individuals and families to choose their own carers, a feature that has not been available in traditional and government support arrangements. The constantly growing membership of this program is evidence of its relevance and importance within the wider community.

    Rutledge AV is proud to have been able to assist CPSN with their fantastic cause.

    More information about CPSN can be found at www.cpsn.org.au
    To find out about World Cerebral Palsy Day, click here.

    To find out how you can join thousands of other organisations leveraging the power of audio visual technology, contact Rutledge AV today at www.rutledge.com.au


    Short throw projector with non-interactive whiteboard, and input plate with VGA, Audio, & HDMI connections for laptops/PCs.


    Vicki Cavalieros (General Manager) and Mira Smoljko (Marketing and Fundraising Manager) at the CPSN office.

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    Rutledge AV Community Glow – Cerebral Palsy Support Network (CPSN)
  • Canberra Airport Stage 2

    Airports are one of our busiest activity centres, with the larger ones handling millions of passengers every year. Canberra Airport recently opened a new terminal that covers 55,000sqm.

    Airports are one of our busiest activity centres, with the larger ones handling millions of passengers every year. An airport is a very unique facility as the volume of passenger traffic is very high and places enormous pressure on the infrastructure to ensure arrival and departure times are met whilst maintaining public safety at all times. Canberra Airport recently opened a new terminal that covers 55,000sqm.

    We were commissioned to design, install and deliver the Western Concourse Public Address and Emergency Warning and Intercommunication System (EWIS) for stage 2 of Canberra Airport. This system also needed to integrate seamlessly into the existing airport’s systems to ensure airport wide communication from a centralised control point.

    Canberra Airport presented some complex audio visual challenges given the expansive spaces. For example, the airport’s stunning atrium is a particularly challenging space given the volume of glass used. The large glass atrium which overlooks aircraft as they dock, active runways and the region beyond is a three storey (16 metre high) structure that uses 279 glazed panels and covers an area of 1,500sqm. This area required detailed ease modelling to ensure optimal placement of speakers.

    Our commissioning team worked overnight to have the new system operational by morning. The night work was also necessary to undertake the required EVAC testing of the system and to ensure the systems were ready for business the next morning.

    Interesting Fact: Fire Rated Fibre

    Canberra Airport is one of only a small number of facilities Australia wide that has used fire rated fibre. Canberra Airport is also unique in that it has two fire rooms. The fire room in stage 1 of the airport development needed to be linked to the fire room in stage 2 and this was achieved using approximately 400 metres of fire rated fibre so that the rooms could work as one and the airport could achieve the correct certifications.


    Image courtesy of Canberra Airport.


    Image courtesy of Canberra Airport.

    The Airport has been recently honoured by a number of industry awards, including being named Australia’s Airport of the Year three times (2002, 2007 and again this year!). The terminal is also an environmentally friendly building.

    Download the Canberra Airport Stage 2 case study here.


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    Canberra Airport Stage 2
  • Rutledge AV wins QLD NECA Excellence Award for Brisbane City Hall Refurbishment

    On Friday 13th September, Rutledge AV's Queensland team won a NECA award for the Brisbane City Hall Refurbishment, in the category of: Commercial - Medium Project.

    On Friday 13th September, Rutledge AV's Queensland team won a NECA award for the Brisbane City Hall Refurbishment.

    Brisbane City Hall is known as 'the People's Place' and the original 1930’s building is the largest town hall in Australia. The lavish interiors have witnessed some of the city’s most important cultural, social and civic events over the past 80 years. Rutledge AV was commissioned to install new audio visual and stage lighting systems and being recognised by our peers highlights our ability to design, supply and deliver world class audio visual solutions for heritage listed facilities.

    "Brisbane City Council is one of the largest local government bodies within Australia and Rutledge AV is proud to be part of the team to deliver a facility with a strong heritage conservation focus that will house many more performances and events for years to come." said Andrew Morrice, CEO of Rutledge AV. “This iconic building pays tribute to the people of Brisbane and is an important landmark. Being the largest city hall in Australia, we have now secured the future of this building for many generations to come.”

    The NECA Excellence Awards recognise the most technologically advanced and professionally managed projects in Australia and are a testament to the industry’s continual commitment to strive for excellence.  

    Download Brisbane City Hall Case Study 

    View NECA Submission Video Here

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    Rutledge AV wins QLD NECA Excellence Award for Brisbane City Hall Refurbishment
  • Rutledge AV wins AVIA for Perth Arena's Digital Signage Feature Piece

    We are delighted to announce that we won the Best Commercial or Government Installation $500K+ for Perth Arena's Digital Signage Feature Piece.

    At the recent Integrate Expo in Sydney, the annual AVIA award ceremony was held celebrating innovation and excellence in the Audio Visual Industry. We are delighted to announce that we won the Best Commercial or Government Installation $500K+ for Perth Arena for our work on the arena’s Digital Signage Feature Piece.

    Perth Arena is Australia’s newest multipurpose venue hosting a variety of events including sporting events such as tennis and basketball and signature entertainment events such as concerts. The main performance space hosts 15,500 people in the larger event modes. The venue has expansive public concourses, well serviced with patron amenities.

    Delivering a state of the art digital signage feature piece that is a first of its kind in Australia allows Perth Arena to set the standard for all future public multipurpose venues in the country. The success of this project and being recognised by our peers in the industry is important to us as it recognises our ability to design, supply and deliver world class audio visual solutions in an innovative manner.

    "A project of this size that operates for most of the day in a public environment meant that the Rutledge commissioning team worked tirelessly to ensure the new system was operational as soon as possible. The end result is a magnificent signage system made up of 88 screens that delivers a new level of sophistication to mass communication. ” said Andrew Morrice, CEO of Rutledge.

    Congratulations to the team assembled to work on this project, particularly those in Perth for delivering a technology first for a world class venue!

    Technologies and specialist techniques used for the digital signage feature piece
    In order to build the 88 screen pendant (44 screens per side) we assembled a technology specialist team in order to ensure the intricacies of the pendant build could be achieved. The screens are housed in a custom engineered frame that really does demonstrate the engineering excellence that has gone into successfully completing the feature piece. The screens and their placement needed to be to the exact millimetre in order to ensure that the content showing on the screens was seamless and no distortion was encountered. The pendant is a curved design therefore it increases the complexity and pushes the content management software to its limits.

    What we are most proud of
    The double sided digital signage pendant uses sophisticated NEC software that allows Perth Arena to map each screen in order for the message and images to flow seamlessly across the bezels, gaps and orientation of each of the screens. The screens themselves are HD compatible which means that any content shown is presented at its best which stops crowds in their tracks to take in the magnificence of the pendant. The software also allows Perth Arena to either show content on a selection of screens or across all the screens. The pendant itself is a piece of artwork, installed by our technical savvy team. Due to the complexities of the pendant, it sits on its own network to ensure optimal performance and operability.

    The Perth Arena is a bold architectural statement for the city and really puts Perth on the map for innovative delivery of public multipurpose venues. The digital signage feature piece ensures that the crowds are not only ‘blown away’ by the exterior of the design but also when they walk into the foyer and they are met with the grandeur of the digital signage pendant. This pendant provides the Perth Arena with a mass communication platform and one that will be seen by every patron, sporting fanatic and the corporate community.





    To download the Perth Arena case study, click here.

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    Rutledge AV wins AVIA for Perth Arena's Digital Signage Feature Piece
  • Rutledge AV 2013 NBAA Award Nominee

    Rutledge AV is delighted to be an award nominee for the 2013 Northern Business Achievements Awards (NBAA). The NBAA Awards are a partnership of industry, education, local and state government across Melbourne's north.

    Rutledge AV is delighted to be an award nominee for the 2013 Northern Business Achievements Awards (NBAA). The NBAA Awards are a partnership of industry, education, local and state government across Melbourne's north.

    Andrew Morrice (CEO) attended a recent breakfast where he sat on the Business Excellence Panel and talked about the achievements of Rutledge AV and how he was honoured for the company to be recognised by industry peers.

    "We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of the newest technologies, understanding it and being able to value proposition our clients with a technology we believe in. Our solutions are end to end, offering design, supply, installation, software, commissioning, service and support. Each project provides us with insight into how improvements can be made and what initiatives need to be implemented to better serve our clients, be it technological innovation or better ways to deliver that technology. Being an award nominee is a fantastic result for all our staff and a testament to our hard work and dedication to quality outcomes for our clients and their businesses." said Andrew Morrice.

     


    Andrew Morrice (CEO of Rutledge AV) accepting certificate from the Mayor of Darebin.
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    Rutledge AV 2013 NBAA Award Nominee
  • Introducing Rutledge Care - A new standard in service

    We have been hard at work talking to our clients to find out exactly what sort of support and maintenance services would help them achieve their performance objectives.We are delighted to launch our new industry leading service maintenance and support agreement. Rutledge Care – delivering certainty every day.

    We have been hard at work talking to our clients to find out exactly what sort of support and maintenance services will help them achieve their performance objectives. Based on these discussions we are delighted to launch our new industry leading service maintenance and support agreement Rutledge Care – delivering certainty every day. Your investment in technology is our team’s priority. Our Care Team is part of an integrated solution to provide the right level of support for your systems, delivering service excellence and ensuring your systems are performing at their optimal level.

    What makes our Care Team number one across the country?

    - Track record (established in 1979)
    - Value for money and commitment to your organisation
    - National presence and scale to deliver
    - Capability and a passion for technology
    - Engineering Excellence in everything we do

    With our four levels of Rutledge Care, it couldn’t be easier to match your needs with the right level of care for your business. Rutledge Care Teams are available on standby across Australia, contact us today for the right level of system support for your organisation.

    Is Energy management and sustainability a priority for your organisation?

    Energy management and sustainability are fast becoming operational objectives for many organisations. Our support and maintenance services lead the way in ensuring the maximum benefits of carbon neutral operability are realised and maintained where possible. We have vast experience in providing audio visual designs and installations for 6 Star Green Rated Buildings nationwide. If your organisation is ready to take the next step in energy management ask our Care Team about the options and systems available to meet your sustainability objectives.

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    Introducing Rutledge Care - A new standard in service
  • Rutledge AV Shortlisted as Finalist for Multiple 2013 NECA Excellence Awards - VIC & ACT

    We are delighted to be short-listed as finalists for a number of outstanding projects we have delivered in 2013 for the NECA Excellence Awards.

    We are delighted to be short-listed as finalists for a number of outstanding projects we have delivered in 2013 for the NECA Excellence Awards. The prestigious awards recognise the significant achievements in the electrical and communications contracting industry. Only the most technologically advanced and professionally managed projects across Australia are awarded, with each state/territory ceremony attended by industry, peers and the media. The state winners are then progressed to the National NECA Excellence Awards held in Sydney on the 28th November 2013.

    In Victoria we are a finalist for the Knox Innovation Opportunity and Sustainability Centre (KIOSC). This project was focused on transforming the way education is delivered through collaboration. The $10.3m purpose built innovation and technology centre caters for both secondary and TAFE curriculums focusing on environmental sustainability and renewable energy solutions. We were engaged by a joint initiative between Swinburne University of Technology and KIOSC Schools Consortium to deliver cutting edge innovative audio visual systems to revolutionise the student experience and methods of learning.

    Photograph courtesy of KIOSC.

    The KIOSC project consists of audio visual systems within the level 2 presentation and group area and teaching spaces across two levels consisting of teaching presentation systems, interactive displays, overhead projection, interactive overhead projection and a simulation projection system. The immersive experience for students promotes learning in both a technological and sustainable manner.

    Download case study for KIOSC by clicking here.

    In the ACT we are a finalist for Stage 2 of Canberra Airport. Airports are the world's busiest activity centres with communications being fundamental to their operational success. We were able to design and deliver a system for Canberra Airport that would integrate with the existing Stage 1 system in a seamless manner.

    Photograph courtesy of Canberra Airport.

    "A project of this size that operates for most of the day in a public environment meant that the Rutledge AV commissioning team worked tirelessly overnight to have the new system operational by morning. The night work was also necessary to undertake the required EVAC testing of the system and the cutover required precise coordination with the client to ensure that all stakeholders were on line at the same time.” said Andrew Morrice, CEO of Rutledge.

    (Case study for Canberra Airport will be added soon).

    We have also submitted for the Excellence Awards in Western Australia and Queensland. Fingers crossed we can also be short-listed for these chapters!  

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    Rutledge AV Shortlisted as Finalist for Multiple 2013 NECA Excellence Awards - VIC & ACT
  • Goodbye Harry Michalopoulos

    The Rutledge AV team lost a long time employee, colleague and friend earlier this week. We are very sad to announce that Harry Michalopoulos passed away on Wednesday evening, aged 41.

    The Rutledge AV team lost a long time employee, colleague and friend earlier this week. We are very sad to announce that Harry Michalopoulos passed away on Wednesday evening, aged 41. He spent a week in intensive care following a heart attack but was unable to recover. In his final moments he was surrounded by family and loved ones. Harry was a well respected and admired Rutledge employee. He was dedicated and passionate about his work and was a mentor to his colleagues. Harry was always positive, enthusiastic and had a great sense of humour. 

    Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. R.I.P Harry, you will be missed!!! 


    1971 - 2013

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    Goodbye Harry Michalopoulos
  • Queensland's Industry Links Ticks The Box

    On Thursday 30th May the who’s who of the Queensland Audio Visual (AV) Industry gathered together at Brisbane’s premier function space – Emporium to celebrate a year of accomplishments.

    On Thursday 30th May the who’s who of the Queensland Audio Visual (AV) Industry (with a few special interstate guests) gathered together at Brisbane’s premier function space – Emporium Hotel to celebrate a year’s accomplishments in the AV industry and the successful move of Rutledge into their new Albion premises.

    The inaugural ‘Industry Links’, attended by over 60 guests was a Rutledge event focused on networking and reminiscing on the year that was with a glass in one hand, a plate of food in the other and nothing but smiles and chatter throughout the venue.

    Andrew Morrice (CEO) and David Millar (QLD Regional General Manager) addressed the room, thanking everyone for attending and delivered some inspiring words for 2013, received with a loud applause and cheers.

    The evening was an overwhelming success and we look forward to making the AV Industry Links an annual tradition and rolling out a similar event in each state in the near future.

    A selection of photos from the evening are featured below.







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    Queensland's Industry Links Ticks The Box
  • Our Brisbane Office moves into new Albion location

    As Rutledge continues to grow, taking on bigger projects and our resource requirements increase, we are delighted to announce that we have moved into a new Brisbane premises in Albion.

    As Rutledge continues to grow, taking on bigger projects and our resource requirements increase, we are delighted to announce that we have moved into a new Brisbane premises in Albion. We welcome everyone to stop by for a coffee and a chat to meet the local team and to learn more about our Queensland operations and our delivery of world class audio visual systems and solutions to the Queensland market. Our former Bowen Hills premises closed officially on Friday 29th March, 2013.

    The details of our new Brisbane office:

    Address 2/18 Bimbil Street, Albion QLD 4010
    Phone +617 3620 8000
    Fax +617 3620 8088
    Email brisbane@rutledge.com.au

    Your key QLD contacts

     

    QLD Regional General Manager: David Millar david.millar@rutledge.com.au
    QLD Sales Manager: Simon Whipps simon.whipps@rutledge.com.au
    QLD Service Manager: David Simpson david.simpson@rutledge.com.au

    For more information, click here.

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    Our Brisbane Office moves into new Albion location
  • Rutledge AV Wins Best Project Award for Bankwest at 2013 AMX Best Project Awards

    Rutledge AV won Best Project at the 2013 AMX Best Projects Conference held recently for Bankwest's New Headquarters in Perth at Bankwest Place. Rutledge was also awarded a Sales Excellence Award on the evening.

    Rutledge AV won Best Project at the 2013 AMX Best Projects Conference held recently for Bankwest's New Headquarters in Perth at Bankwest Place. Rutledge was also awarded a Sales Excellence Award on the evening. Andrew Morrice (CEO) and Rene Tostevin (Sales Executive - Perth) attended the conference to accept the award for the Bankwest Project. 

    "Rutledge AV is delighted to receive the Best Project Award on behalf of Bankwest. We are fortunate to work on signature projects all over the country and this is a direct result of our renowned reputation in the industry for delivering work of the highest quality. The annual AMX Awards showcase a great array of projects featuring cutting edge technology. It is fantastic to be recognised by our peers as this really was a signature project for us reinforcing the fantastic relationship we have with Bankwest" said Andrew Morrice.

    Bankwest Project Details

    Perth’s newest development Bankwest Place features cutting edge technology designed and constructed by Rutledge AV that enables strong connectivity and collaboration across a total of 140 spaces over 14 floors for 2700 staff. Central to this development and ensuring a system to easily handle the demands of a modern building was AMX.

    Bankwest’s new headquarters is a commitment to the State as a major supporter of local businesses as well as a key employer for the area. Bankwest Place features a staff environment where Activity Based Working is a key design feature to ensure staff can move from static work stations depending on their needs.

    A state of the art fully integrated workspace has been created to meet operational and performance objectives for Bankwest. Access to the cutting edge technology was a key requirement for this new location.
    The diverse spaces and room types include:
    • Multipurpose video conferencing rooms
    • A fully integrated executive boardroom with video conferencing
    • Presentation rooms
    • Training rooms
    • Podium - which consists of six interlinked rooms with central control, that can either be used as one large training space or transformed into any size multipurpose room/s, with singular or multiple projection systems available within this flexible AV environment; all switching is provided through an AMX Enova 16x16 switch.

    The overall layout of this build proved to be quite challenging due to the open space work environment that Bankwest is promoting. Many of the spaces with audio visual functionality were not equipped with joinery to house the AV equipment, therefore Rutledge AV was required to design custom mounting solutions. Audio visual is art and science and Rutledge AV worked in harmony with all the environments (existing structures, infrastructure, lighting and acoustics) to ensure that the existing built environments were enhanced with world class audio visual, which was of the most part - concealed.

    Bankwest has recently moved to a modern new home in the Raine Square complex in Murray Street, known as Bankwest Place. 31,220sqm of modern and collaborative spaces across 14 floors is now the home for 2,700 staff.



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    Rutledge AV Wins Best Project Award for Bankwest at 2013 AMX Best Project Awards
  • 2013 Digital Readiness

    As we settle into the new year, let’s review the 2013 Digital Readiness Campaign to make sure your organisation is aware and ready for what the government has planned for our industry with the digital switchover.

    As we settle into the new year, let’s take a moment to review the 2013 Digital Readiness Campaign to make sure your organisation is aware and ready for what the government has planned for our industry with the digital switchover.

    The digital dividend is the term used to describe the re-allocation of radio frequencies within the 700MHz band, as a result of the switch off of analog television. This combined with the reallocation of licenses for  ENG (Electronic News Gathering) equipment in the 2.5Ghz band, is being implemented by the government to accommodate the growth in wireless broadband technology. This is happening around the globe but is happening in Australia in the near term. This process is due to be complete by the end of 2014, with many elements phased in progressively from 2012/13. The auction for these newly cleared frequencies is slated for April 2013. Please visit the DBCDE or ACMA website for more information.

    http://www.dbcde.gov.au/radio/radiofrequency_spectrum/digital_dividend

    http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_312315

    There are a few main areas where this will affect AV systems.

    TV Channel Re-stacking

    Analogue TV broadcasts will cease in Adelaide and Perth in April, Brisbane in May, Melbourne and Sydney in December. Only digital broadcasting will remain by the end of 2013. In fact much of Australia is already in the digital TV domain which began switchover from 2010. Digital tuners are required for accessing free-to-air tv channels. Once the analog switch off is complete, the second step in the digital dividend process is the restacking of the digital channels operating on 52 – 69 by shifting them to 51 or below.

    CHECK POINT 1: The building Master Antenna system or MATV head end should be checked to ensure compatibility with digital signals, as should any televisions or TV tuners throughout your building. Any programs generated or regenerated at your head end should be shifted to Ch 51 or below.



    Rutledge AV employs or engages antenna installers who have been endorsed under the Australian Government’s Antenna Installer Endorsement Scheme. For more information about upgrading your antenna for digital TV, ask us.

    Wireless Microphones

    Current frequency bands are being re-allocated and therefore any new units will need to operate in the appropriate band. More information is available on the ACMA website.

    http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_312475

    CHECK POINT 2: Any microphone system above 694MHz will not be able to be used (or be legal to use!). All wireless microphones will need to operate solely in the 520MHz to 694MHz band outside of TV stations’ allocated frequencies.


    Touch Panels

    Some older RF remote controls or touch panels may be affected. 

    CHECK POINT 3: Any RF remote controls or touch panels may not work as required, or may not be legal to use. If you are unsure or would like your systems to be audited please get in contact with any of our offices.

    'The Analogue Sunset' - What Does It Really Mean?

    The Analogue Sunset is a general term used to describe the replacement of legacy analogue video with digital video formats. In most ways this is a natural progression to accommodate new resolutions and other features.  And thus in the near future all signals will have migrated to a digital format.

    However the Analogue Sunset also refers to a binding agreement taken up by device manufacturers and some content owners. This is due to ability of digital formats to provide encryption and digital rights management (DRM). All devices playing back protected content must be output via a compliant digital signal or only via analogue on extremely low resolutions such composite video, S-video, 480i component video, and 576i video. And by the end of 2013 there will no high resolution analogue outputs available. In addition to the more obvious devices such as Blu-ray players and Foxtel, PC and laptop manufacturers for the most part will no longer provide analogue outputs on their devices.

    This means that the presentation infrastructure in the majority of corporate environments, which are based on CV, YC, YUV, RGBHV, or VGA (HD15) connections will become redundant.  Of course in the short term venues must cater for both technologies as presenters will come with both legacy analogue and digital format presentations. The best path forward at this time is to provide a hybrid system allowing analogue content to be scaled into the digital domain. A digital backbone is required as it is not legal to strip the digital rights management and scale the digital signal back to analogue.

    Examples of analogue and digital connectors

    Analogue

    Digital

    Composite Video (BNC, RCA)

    HDMI

    S-Video, YV (4-pin din)

    DVI

    Component Video YUV (BNC)

    Displayport

    RGBHV, RBGS, RGB (BNC)

    Thunderbolt

    VGA (HD15)

     

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  • Rutledge Awarded Certificate of Commendation at National NECA Awards

    Industry recognition continues for one of the country’s signature projects delivered for 2012. The Rio Tinto Brisbane Regional Centre was awarded with a Certificate of Commendation at the National NECA Awards held in Brisbane on the 29th November.

    Industry recognition continues for one of the country’s signature projects delivered for 2012. The Rio Tinto Brisbane Regional Centre was awarded with a Certificate of Commendation at the National NECA Awards held in Brisbane on the 29th November.

    Michael Rutledge (Executive Chairman of Rutledge AV) accepted the Certificate and Andrew Morrice (CEO) was quoted saying “It is a great honour to accept this industry recognition on behalf of Rutledge for the Rio Tinto 123 Albert Street Project. Given the magnitude of the project there are obviously a lot of people to thank for their contribution in making the project the showcase success that it is."

    He concluded by saying " A special thank you to Rio Tinto for putting their trust in Rutledge, a relationship we have maintained for over 20 years and we look forward to many more years to come.”

    To view the Rio Tinto Brisbane Regional Centre Video Case Study, click here

    To download the Rio Tinto Brisbane Regional Centre Case Study Brochure, click here




    The Rutledge AV team with project partners. Images courtesy of NECA.
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    Rutledge Awarded Certificate of Commendation at National NECA Awards
  • On the couch with our National Engineering Manager - Peter Ziersch

    Each month we will feature an interview with either a staff member from Rutledge, a partner who has worked on a project with us or a feature with a client we have recently delivered a project for. This month we sat down with our National Engineering Manager and asked him to tell us a little more about himself and his background in the broadcast industry.

    Q: Your background is in the Broadcast and Electronics Industry - tell us a little more about yourself and how you got started?

    After graduating from Swinburne Institute of Technology with an engineering degree in electronics, I worked as an electronic design engineer, developing hardware and software for microprocessor based products. I became very interested in audio production, live sound and studio technology and in 1997 I applied for a position as a broadcast technician at Australian Radio Network (104.3 GOLDFM and 101.1 TTFM) and my career in commercial radio was born!  This was at a time when IT was starting to become a major part of the broadcast environment as the major networks moved to a more centralised broadcasting model. Programs could be produced in Sydney, with local content added in other centres only as required. Following an eight year post at Australian Radio Network, including two years as Chief Engineer, I worked as a freelance engineer and ran my own recording studio, producing, mixing and mastering music and jingles. With a child on the way and mortgage I took a position Codan, where I was exposed to television broadcast and video production systems. I soon came to understand the significance of the “V” in “AV”! Prior to joining Rutledge I was Technical Services Manager for Musiclink where I managed the service department. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work at Rutledge and look forward to bringing a range of skills and experience to the team.

    Q: You have had some very interesting experiences when working for commercial radio, can you share some of your most memorable moments?

    When I first started in commercial radio there were so many facets of the business I wanted to be involved in, and it really was a process of demystifying what happens on the other side of the microphone. Along with the various engineering projects, there were always interviews or musicians to be recorded, outside broadcasts to co-ordinate, and the constant news cycle. I remember being called in the early hours of September 11 by the news director to set up some news feeds and he said “you better get in here now” to which I asked “what news story could possibly require me to come in to work at 1am?” then he told me that an airliner had just flown into the World Trade Centre. While in radio I also won an award for National Employee of the Year (Australian Radio Network). Receiving this award was a very humbling moment in my career. I have always been passionate about engineering and I was working with a fantastic team that had a reputation for doing “whatever it takes” to get the job done. Being acknowledged by industry peers was definitely one of my most memorable milestones.

    Q: You have taken on the role of National Engineering Manager at Rutledge – tell us a little more about what this role means to you?

    The role of National Engineering Manager is about leading our wonderful team of engineers and working with them to identify and deliver audio visual systems and solutions of the future! Technology change is rapid and our team is proactive in staying three steps ahead of where technology is heading to ensure we can always deliver cost effective solutions that we believe in. Engineering Excellence is what my team strives for every day.

    Q: For anyone interested in a career in AV, what would you recommend they do, study or participate in to get their foot in the door?

    The AV industry in my opinion is one of the most unique experiences and one that offers the greatest challenges. The rapid rate in which technology is changing really does create endless possibilities. In order to be successful in AV, a good foundation in electronics and computer networking is my recommendation. With a background in electronics, your understanding of technology is broadened allowing you to design complex integrated systems using multiple technology platforms. To get your foot in the door, look into work experience that would give you access to installation, commissioning and operation of different AV systems. 

    Q: If you could sum up what aspect of AV is most exciting to you in one word, what would it be?

    Convergence. Audio visual systems now embrace IP based, wireless and other networking technologies, not to mention the influence of social media in the form of smart phones, tablets and their apps.


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    On the couch with our National Engineering Manager - Peter Ziersch
  • Knox Innovation Opportunity and Sustainability Centre (KIOSC)

    Rutledge AV was recently commissioned for the supply, installation and integration of audio visual systems for the Swinburne University KIOSC Project at the Wantirna campus. This latest addition to educational facilities in Victoria is an exciting delivery of sustainable practice in building design which revolutionises the ‘green’ student experience. This purpose built facility caters for both secondary and TAFE curriculums focusing on environmental sustainability and renewable energy solutions.

    Rutledge Av was recently commissioned for the supply, installation and integration of audio visual systems for the Swinburne University KIOSC Project at the Wantirna campus. This latest addition to educational facilities in Victoria is an exciting delivery of sustainable practice in building design which revolutionises the ‘green’ student experience. This purpose built facility caters for both secondary and TAFE curriculums focusing on environmental sustainability and renewable energy solutions.

    The KIOSC project consists of audio visual systems within the level 2 presentation and group area spaces and teaching spaces across two levels consisting of teaching presentation systems, interactive displays, overhead projection, interactive overhead projection and a simulation projection system.

    As with all projects that we undertake, future proofing our systems against the rapid change in technologies was a key requirement that our designers and engineers took on board. Our engineering team worked closely with Swinburne to help them realise their vision for the spaces at KIOSC. Rutledge is proud to be associated with Swinburne’s KIOSC - a cutting edge sustainable teaching facility.

    Client:  Swinburne University of Technology (Wantirna Campus) Partner: CHW Consulting Rutledge Office: Melbourne Rutledge Contact: Graeme Howlett +613 9488 1500






    Images courtesy of Swinburne University of Technology.

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    Knox Innovation Opportunity and Sustainability Centre (KIOSC)
  • Season's Greetings

    From the entire team at Rutledge AV we wish you a wonderful festive season and a safe and prosperous new year. Our offices will close at 5:30pm on Friday 21st December, 2012 and will reopen on Wednesday 2nd January, 2013.

    From the entire team at Rutledge AV we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2013 and making it the best year yet!  

    Our offices will close at 5:30pm on Friday 21st December, 2012 and will reopen on Wednesday 2nd January, 2013. And of course our service staff will be available over the Christmas shut down period to ensure your systems are fully operational during this time. 


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  • Melbourne’s AV Industry Night Extravaganza

    On Thursday 22nd November the who’s who of the Victorian Audio Visual (AV) Industry (with a few special interstate guests) gathered together at Melbourne’s premier function space – Alumbra to celebrate a year’s accomplishments in the AV industry.

    On Thursday 22nd November the who’s who of the Victorian Audio Visual (AV) Industry (with a few special interstate guests) gathered together at Melbourne’s premier function space – Alumbra to celebrate a year’s accomplishments in the AV industry.

    The ‘Night of Nights’, attended by over 250 guests was a cobranded Rutledge and Soundcorp event focused on networking and reminiscing on the year that was with a glass in one hand, a plate of food in the other and nothing but smiles and chatter throughout the venue.

    Michael Rutledge addressed the room, thanking everyone for attending and delivered some inspiring words for 2013, received with a loud applause and cheers. He thanked Rutledge’s CEO, Andrew Morrice, who some of the crowd may not have met and also thanked Soundcorp’s GM Michael Lasa.

    The night was an overwhelming success and we look forward to making the AV Industry Night an annual tradition and rolling out a similar night in each state in the near future.

    A selection of photos from the evening are featured below.

















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    Melbourne’s AV Industry Night Extravaganza
  • Audio Frequency Induction Loop (AFILS)

    Hearing Augmentation Systems are solutions for assistive listening for those in our community that may be hearing impaired by providing access to high quality intelligible sound by taking a sound source and directly transferring it to a hearing aid/listening device. On such method of this is an Inductive Hearing Loop (also known as a hearing loop or T-loop).

    Hearing Augmentation Systems are solutions for assistive listening for those in our community that may be hearing impaired by providing access to high quality intelligible sound by taking a sound source and directly transferring it to a hearing aid/listening device. On such method of this is an Inductive Hearing Loop (also known as a hearing loop or T-loop).

    An inductive hearing loop produces an electromagnetic field that is transferred to either a hearing aid or listening device that then converts the signal to an audible sound. The demand for these systems is increasing rapidly on a global scale as building standards and codes are now specifying minimum floor coverage requirements.

    In Australia, under the Building Code of Australia (BCA), new rules (recently released) stipulate minimum coverage has increased to a minimum of 80% of the floor area (up from the 15% previous minimum).

    In addition to these new rules, coverage for other forms of hearing loops, such as those using Infra-red receivers require a minimum coverage of 95%. The required receivers are also specified based on audience size.

    The BCA has also extended hearing augmentation coverage in transport related venues such as check ins at airports, gate lounges and baggage claim areas.

    While the underlying technology of Audio Frequency Induction Loop Systems (AFILS) is well understood, the application of that technology is less well understood. There are pitfalls to catch the unwary designer or installer, and costs can escalate without detailed knowledge and effective planning.

    Magnetic interference from other equipment and cabling can make a hostile environment for hearing-aid users, hidden metal in building construction can adversely affect signal strength and quality, and overspill from one loop to another can introduce interference and confidentiality issues. 

    Rutledge AV is the leader in the Audio Visual Industry, pioneering new standards for world class audio visual systems and solutions since 1979. Our greatest resource is over 30 years’ experience in the design and implementation of integrated systems backed by Rutledge Assist - our dedicated support and maintenance service for audio visual and video conferencing systems. Rutledge AV has the experience and proven track record to deliver award winning results.

    Some recent projects we have delivered incorporating hearing loop technology include:

    Australian Taxation Offices – various sites

    Melbourne Cricket Ground (Melbourne)

    Brisbane City Council Town Hall (Brisbane)

    La Trobe University – Bendigo Campus (Regional Victoria)

    Cochlear Global Headquarters (Sydney)

    Peninsula Grange Community Development

    Call us today and find out how you can join thousands of other organisations leveraging the power of hearing loops.


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