Being members of InfoComm we had the chance to meet other members of InfoComm atone of their round table events being held across the UK. It was chance to network and meet together with other InfoComm members, InfoComm Staff and chew the fat on the state of the industry.
It also gave a chance for InfoComm to give some updates on what they’re doing, and how it helps the members, and how that in turn helps us help you!
RIBA CPD Sessions
InfoComm is now a member authorised to provide CPD for Architects. At the Round Table Chris Lavelle gave an overview of the presentation that helps give architects an overview of what we do, and how we can help them achieve a more integrated design through involvement of systems integrators earlier in the planning stages. We’re planning to run the session with a free lunch in May and September, dates to be confirmed. So if your an Architect, fancy a free lunch, and want to help towards your CPD, then get in touch.
Historically InfoComm has been keen to uphold the quality of AV installations through various means. One route was the creation of ‘Best Practice Standards’. This means that through a rigourous process, of thorough consultation with users, manufacturers, designers and systems integrators, they are able to define what the Best Practice looks like.
But InfoComm have taken this further through becoming an ANSI Accredited body, giving them the strength to define ANSI Standards. This means that we as an industry now have a trade body creating standards for us to work to in the design and implementation of audio visual systems. This in turn means that as a client you have reassurance that we have the best interest of the project at heart, and that we can demonstrate our competence through designing systems that meet these standards.
AVSP – Audio Visual Service Provider
The round table also gave an overview of the changes in the AVSP scheme. The old ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’ designations have been replaced with Emerald, Sapphire and Diamond. We’re working towards gaining gaining accreditation with Sam McCrea having completed the Essentials of AV course, with the rest of us not far behind. We’re working to have Emerald Level status by September 2009. Check back to see how we do!