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Mid-Atlantic Technical Training Week

January 21-26, 2008 - - Prince George's Community College, Largo, MD

Sponsored by The ESTA Foundation Seminars and Training Committee and Theatre & Entertainment Technology at Prince George's Community College
Presenter - G. Anthony Philips, Jay O. Glerum, Richard Cadena, and A.C.T Lighting

The ESTA Foundation announces “Mid-Atlantic Technical Training Week '08,” a six-day schedule of courses for lighting programmers, technicians, and electricians, as well as arena and stage riggers to be held January 21 through January 26, 2008 at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, 12 miles from Washington, D.C. The courses will be held at the PGCC Campus, Queen Anne Fine Arts Building, 301 Largo Rd., Largo, MD 20774. 

Arena Rigging Math Fundamentals 
Monday: January 21 
G. Anthony Phillips of IA Local 16, ETCP Certified Arena Rigger and ETCP Recognized Trainer, will present a full-day workshop for rigging in arenas, ballrooms, convention centers, and theatres. The course will cover the essentials of math used for rigging.

Seminar Highlights: 
1. Determining the forces at the ends of a span 
2. Determining bridle leg lengths 
3. Determining forces on a bridle leg 
4. Cantilever force calculations 
5. Vector calculations 
6. Interactive demonstration 

Stage Rigging Fundamentals 
Tuesday and Wednesday: January 22-23
Rigging expert Jay O. Glerum of Jay O. Glerum & Associates Inc., ETCP Recognized Trainer, will present a two-day class on stage rigging. The class will cover the physics of rigging, load calculations, hardware design and selection, operation procedures, and inspection and maintenance practices. Participants must bring a 5-function hand calculator, pad of paper and pencil to the class. Copies of the 3rd edition of Glerum’s Stage Rigging Handbook will be provided to all registered students. 

grandma Lighting Console Training
Tuesday and Wednesday: January 22-23
Presented by A.C.T Lighting 
Level 1 training is designed to give new users the ability to move around and work with the grandMA, grandMA light or grandMA ultra light console. After completing level 1 operators should feel comfortable taking over a show that someone else has programmed. 

Level 2 training is designed to bring existing moving light and conventional lighting console operators to a competent level using a grandMA, grandMA light or grandMA ultra light. Target Audience: Lighting designers and programmers with a basic understanding of automated fixtures and DMX interested in learning how to use the grandMA console.

Seminar Highlights: 
1. Console set-up 
2. Console operation 
3. Intermediate/advanced programming techniques 

Entertainment Electrician Training 
Thursday, Friday and Saturday: January 24-26
Richard Cadena, ETCP Certified Entertainment Electrician and ETCP Recognized Trainer, will present the three-day seminar that covers the concepts of electrical theory, power distribution, and networking. 

The first day is the foundation builder and refresher on electricity, including DC, AC, Ohm’s law, power, impedance, phase angles, three-phase power, balancing loads, dimming, and more. 

The second day covers the specifics of power distribution including portable generators, transformers, feeder cable, disconnects, overcurrent protection, branch circuits, connectors, grounding, GFCIs, load calculations, harmonics, lock-out/tag-out, and more. 

The third day covers networking systems starting with binary numbers and working through data distribution systems and networking including Ethernet, RDM, ACN, wireless, fiber, and more.

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