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4.New Teaching Rooms
An integrated approach to technology within Lecture Room Services
4 New Teaching Rooms.
This section compares the approach taken in developing the specification for the latest teaching rooms, currently under construction, to include a high level of technological support capability. It should be noted that we take a far more specific approach to the contractors briefing leaving much less to his discretion. The examples included here may provide a skeleton that can be followed for other specification tasks.
This is as a result of our increased experience based on previous projects. We still do not completely specify the system in terms of exact equipment items to be provided. However, we are much more specific about both functionality and connectivity.
The following comprises a number of excerpts from a contractor briefing for three new areas in the Edinburgh Business School based at Heriot-Watt University. It is separated into sections and would also be accompanied by a detailed pricing schedule. We believe that briefing documentation laid out in this way will give us much greater control over the procurement process.
4.2 Revised Contractor Briefing (Edinburgh Business School)
Audio-Visual Equipment & Room Control System
The rooms are flexible in nature being un-raked and suitable for a range of furnishing layouts, however, they will typically be used as high quality executive environments with the tables and seating laid out as a flattened horseshoe.
The floor is solid in construction but includes cable containment between the projection room and dais area accessible via floor units (three) at the front of the room. Three compartment bus bar trunking is installed around the perimeter with access to the projection room.
All room control electronics, amplification, distribution etc. should be housed in the projection rooms.
The rooms are pre-equipped with PA amplifiers and induction loop systems
2. The senate room is finished to a very high standard and is equipped with fixed tiered seating.
The room is equipped with a projection room. Cable containment is provided by means of trunking running round the periphery of the room at high level with conduit access to the room at both high level for loudspeakers and low level for other connections
All room control electronics, amplification, distribution etc. should be housed in the projection room
The room is pre-equipped with an induction loop system.
Room Control System Teaching Pods and Senate Room
The programming should be flexible and provide for a wide variety of modes of use. The supplier will be expected to work closely with the users in determining both the functionality and layout of system. Suppliers should be able to demonstrate an extensive knowledge of the design of complex presentation systems. A full schematic of the program should be provided.
3 x Lighting Dimmers
Video Replay and Projection - Teaching Pods and Senate Room
Projection throw 10.5 Metres (pods) 10 Metres (Senate Room)
The system should be capable of PAL and NTSC projection and of data projection at a resolution of at least 1024 x 768.Any compression or other processing required to achieve this resolution should be detailed. Expected output will be in the order of in excess of1200 ANSI Lumens.
3 x Video switch
3 x Visualiser
3 x VHS Video Tape Recorder
3 x 15 " Preview monitor
3 x 35 m/m Telecine
Note: All switching and equipment control via Room Control system.
Audio System - Teaching Pods and Senate Room
Auxiliary Sound equipment
The room control system must be capable of providing user control of the projection sound levels
The Senate room may require a four speaker voice reinforcement system due to the nature of its shape and seating arrangement
Auxiliary sound equipment comprises the distribution amplifiers, line amplifiers, power supplies etc. as required.
All audio should be available as a common feed for recording, feeding existing induction loop etc. (i.e. both voice reinforcement and projection sound mixed).
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