PCC provides entertainment production services to ensure its clients get the right technology to create and deliver a state of the art event. We are the leaders in mastering, researching and developing exciting new technologies to engage, entertain, interact and communicate.
Our specialised technical crew are amongst the most experienced and sought after in Australia. Having worked on some of the most technically challenging events PCC prides itself on providing an unrivalled level of dedication to achieving the goals of its clients.
- Technical Direction & Management
- Event Technology
- Event WiFi and Networking
- Show Operation & Coordination
- Interactive Design & Delivery
- Technical & Event Design
- Technical & Event Consultation
- Specialised Touring Crew
- 3D CAD Drafting & Training
In 2015 PCC was engaged by Imagination to assist with technical production of Australia’s largest ever touring museum. The Spirit of the ANZAC Centenary Experience is the first of its kind, a fully interactive travelling exhibition from the Australian War Memorial. The exhibit featuring some 200 items ranging from an artillery piece to Diggers’ diaries and other personal possessions will visit 23 locations in all States and Territories starting in Wodonga, Victoria in September 2015 and finishing in Sydney in April 2017.
Integral to the museum experience is the synchronisation with audio guides (700 custom configured iPods) and the visual projections that exist throughout the experience. PCC built a fully customised Network Control Centre (NCC) that ensures all elements within the experience remain in sync giving patrons the ultimate interactive museum experience. Working closely with the Imagination Digital team and Art Processors the PCC designed network gives full remote access to allowing for minimal onsite technical staff.
The NCC is an enterprise grade network that features dual routers, switches and power sources that run concurrently. The experience is always online thanks to it’s three targeted 4G internet connections to Telstra’s cellular network. SNMP monitoring of all devices in the network ensure technicians are automatically notified via SMS when equipment fails. Intelligent algorithms ensure that serious issues such as loss of primary power source or unsafe temperatures trigger the automatic shut down of virtual machines and other fragile elements of the interactive system.
PCC supplies crew to ensure a successful installation in each city, the dedicated team are committed to installing all lighting and audio visual components of the experience. Across the 1200 SQM experience there are over 60 LCD monitors, 12 DLP projectors, 30 tablet devices and 20 IP cameras for surveillance. PCC also supplies a dedicated technician onsite on every event day to give hands on support.
Colin Rendell – Project Manager / Network Engineer
Adam Hardy – Senior Network Engineer
Fraser Kerr – Senior Technician & On Site Support
James Russell – Senior Technician
Matt Rosewall – Operations
On the 9th of February 2016 Telstra experienced and unprecedented network outage that effected most of the Telstra’s customers through out Australia, however the Spirit of the ANZAC Centenary Experience (SACE) network was completely uninterrupted by the outage.
By not only by having our X,Y,Z redundancy system utilising multiple cellular towers with access to Telstra’s advanced 4G network, we are also benefited by our exclusive access to Telstra’s enhanced APN.
At no point were internet services interrupted keeping the ticketing system fully operational, and offering remote access to Art Processors as well as keeping our front of house team online.
We have great confidence in the network design that we put together and it is enhanced by our faith in Telstra and the excellent relationship we have them.
In 2015 PCC Event Services was contracted by the Arts Centre Melbourne, Victorias most iconic performance space to upgrade the technical drawings of its main theatres, Hamer Hall, State Theatre and Playhouse Theatre. Though exisiting digital drafts existed for some of these venues the arts centre wanted to bring them up to date with the latest technology into full 3D drawings.
Over several months PCC worked tirelessly to update and in many cases re-draw components into 3D to give the Arts Centre the most realistic digital representation of their primary performance spaces. Using the latest features of Vectorworks PCC was able to enhance the ability of the drawings to assist both creative and technical staff valuable information on how performances look from any seat in the house.
The re-vamping of these old drawings with the inclusion of textures allows for the rendering of beautiful 3D images that promote the Arts Centre Melbourne as a venue a head of the rest giving an edge that helps attract interest from designers and creatives on a national and international level.
To add to the delivery of the advanced drafting PCC has also delivered a specialised training course to the Arts Centre staff which teaches them how to maximise the power of their 3D documents and develop skills that allow the drawings to increase efficiency and effectiveness of their day to day tasks.
It was a great privilege to be approached by Arts Centre Melbourne and as an icon of our home city PCC was thrilled to be involved in the project.
Colin Rendell – Project Manager
James Russell – Lead Draftsman & Trainer
Adam Hardy – Advanced Draftman & Scripting
Persian Cats and Carpets (PCC) were engaged by Lightning Lighting to help deliver the Telstra Light Streams Project; a unique lighting show that lit up the skies of Melbourne CBD from over 30 phone booths to launch Australia’s largest Wi-Fi network, Telstra Air.
Installed on the phone booths were Clay Packy ‘Mythos’ lighting fixtures, well known for their incredible brightness and punch from a compact low wattage fixture. The lights were programmed in the traditional method that they would be in any concert environment using the common Artnet protocol from a lighting console.
Due to the impact of the fixtures on the Melbourne CBD skyline the project needed special permission form he Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to go ahead. CASA were very accommodating however they had strict conditions that if there were any issues reported by pilots that the ability to immediately isolate and shut down specific fixtures was mandatory. The consequence of this meant that the lights needed a constant live control signal (Artnet). The challenge here was to to make the lighting signal designed to operate in the closed network of a concert or theatre perform over the internet.
PCC is not foreign to thinking outside the box and always look at the technologies full capability in order to solve problems. Whilst not a conventional solution; hacking into the lighting console through a backend connection (not accessible through its normal user interface) PCC modified firmware so that
the console could expand its network capabilities to work over the internet. PCC were then able to merge the lighting console into an enterprise computer network. The next phase of making the communications possible was to carefully divide the data across several networks and encrypt it into tunnels so that it did not pollute Telstra’s Network. Encryption and authentication also prevents any other users from controlling these extremely powerful lights.
Working closely with lighting designer Jamie Centofanti and his supplier Resolution X, PCC designed and provided a faultless system to provide signal to each location with the ability to command, isolate and drowse each lighting fixture at a seconds notice. As some locations were deemed a potential risk to airspace safety. Live monitoring of the equipment and infrastructure also assisted maintenance crews in fact finding and task prioritisation.
PCC successfully provided a seamless solution with several layers of redundancy that was also fully compliant with CASA’s requirements, allowing the project to proceed. PCC collaborated with Telstra to deliver the end result; a stunning lighting show installed in 30 locations and controlled over the internet from one central control point.
The proven design of this technology has far reaching possibilities and paves the way for many exciting projects using the internet as a transport mechanism for live communication of lighting instruments. It gives the ability for lighting fixtures or event technology to be operated from anywhere in the world and even in moving mobile locations.
Colin Rendell – Project Manager / Network Engineer
Adam Hardy – Senior Network Engineer
Matt Rosewall – Operations
PCC were engaged by The Falls Music & Arts Festival to assist in improving their traffic management practises at Victoria’s original and most iconic NYE Music Festival; The Falls Festival. The PCC team have existing knowledge of the event and understand the challenges with the lack of infrastructure within in remote regional areas and were excited to take the challenge onboard.
For the first time event organisers charged PCC with the task of improving the traffic management surveillance, which in the past had been undertaken on trail bikes monitoring the two entry points simply by riding up and down and searching for satellite phone reception to report back in. Whilst all other elements of the event organisers traffic management plan was relatively thorough however their existing means of monitoring the traffic flow was tedious and costly. In addition, as a rural event with 15,000 people entering in vehicles of all types on two roads with no phone reception there was an OH&S risk.
Whilst the task in isolation sounds simple enough the lack of digital communication, the remote location and difficult terrain in addition to the vast distance that had to be covered (minimum 2kms in each direction) with no power made this an extremely challenging project.
PCC successfully designed, developed and installed a real time traffic monitoring system including;
• Custom hardware solution to measure traffic flow through specially designed ultrasonic sensors measuring cars per minute and average speed
• Comprehensive data software to log and send back to event organisers utilising a web based interface to display data analytics to track and make critical decisions
• All communications operated over a Motorola 2 Way Radios to give greater penetration through the dense bushland as they work on a low UHF signal.
• Broke in to the digital network designed for voice and managed to send data signals between sensors and server running database.
• Set up separate radio network using Motorola for sensors (not to interfere with locally supplied radios).
Event organisers were thrilled with the improved traffic management monitoring solutions and now have the data to analyse and prepare for next years event. This will benefit the event enormously allowing for greater forward planning for the entry and exit of patrons.
Project Manager – Colin Rendell
Programmer & Sensor Design – Adam Hardy
Communications Network – Colin Rendell & Motorola Australia Team
Installation – Adam Hardy, James Russell, Colin Rendell
Night Noodle Markets – Sydney & Melbourne, October 2014
PCC was approached by Fairfax Media to provide a wifi hotspot at the Sydney & Melbourne Night Noodle Markets.
Over a two week period more than 250,000 people visit an Asian Hawker Style Market set up by the cities best restaurants. With all the colour, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival, the Night Noodle Markets was a huge hit at both Hyde Park in Syndey in Birrarung Marr in Melbourne.
Fairfax Media contacted PCC to provide visitors to the two venues with a wifi portal that would give clients access to high speed internet as well as enable organisers the ability to capture key information about their clients such as name, email and postcode.
To generate interest and ensure people used the service on offer Fairfax advertised a competition, enticing people to log on. PCC’s program allowed event organisers to access valuable information such as the time of day and access points joined to determine information about the number of visitors and what areas of the event they were in.
A cloud based management system allowed PCC to remotely monitor the event avoiding onsite labour costs. The cloud server also generated the database that stored the patron information allowing clients to access the data from there office without needing to be onsite.
The installation was completed in 4 hours however many hours were spent customising the captive portal and user interface.
Project Manger: Colin Rendell
Network Design: Adam Hardy
Installation & Support: James Russell & Dan Kerr
Puma Interactive –Carrspace – Brisbane July 2014
PCC were engaged by Carrspace to provide an interactive LED screen solution for the PUMA stand during an industry expo in Brisbane.
Charged with an almost impossible turn around time, PCC designed and custom built software to enable a competitive challenge for visitors to compete against each other utilising the LED screens that were custom built into the stand as the display.
The PCC crew headed by Colin Rendell worked remotely for Carrspace building and designing a custom software system that measured movements through special depth cameras and allowed for the difficulty and time parameters to be adjusted with ease.
The client and visitors loved the physical interaction and competed against each other using fastest movement as the measure of success and Adam and Colin got fit building it.
It was all run off a single mac book pro making it ideal for non technical client use.
Ferrari Racing Day – Eastern Creek – April 2014
Total View and PCC were engaged to provide surveillance services for the Ferrari Racing Festival at Eastern Creek to assist officials in monitoring the track both from a safety and a highlights perspective. The remote event location and lack of infrastructure (including lack of power) resulted in enormous challenges and therefore rewards for the technical team.
For the first time in Australia, the Ferrari 458 Asia Pacific Challenge series hit Eastern Creek Raceway. This event was the largest of its kind and showcased the biggest collection of Ferrari’s in one place that Australia has ever seen.
The once-in-a-lifetime event A ‘Festival of Ferrari’ allowed fans to experience the thrilling 458 Challenge series, but also the technological masterpieces from Ferrari’s XX Programs.
Total View along with PCC developed a cost effective solution to allow event organisers to monitor all key areas. This was achieved using 8 HD cameras and microwave links were used to send vision and camera control signals between key race turns and race control. The cameras were mounted on posts and custom structures purpose built for the event.
After thoroughly investigating the costs and resources required of generators versus a solar solution PCC/Total View found that generators were a more cost effective solution, but only marginally. Given the environmental impact event organisers opted for the solar solution.
PCC/Total View worked tirelessly to develop an effective solar power solution which involved comprehensive testing to ensure the energy requirements for each site were met.
Once on site the system exceeded event organisers and three critical race control points were used.
A central monitoring station was used to display all 8 cameras. Operated by James Russell Total View were able to efficiently track movements around the circuit and during incidents adjust camera positions to give race officials a clear perspective of what was happening.
A second review station was set up for incident reviewing allowing race officials to quickly review footage of incidents allowing them to make critical decisions on potential liabilities and resolve issues from a safety perspective.
A third station was setup for networking monitoring allowing Total View to monitor the network performance and make changes as necessary to improve the reliability of the surveillance system.
Event Organisers were then able to convert the footage acquired throughout the race into an exciting highlight packages of the event for media circulation and publicity.
Account Manager: Jeff Gray – Total View
Project Manager: Colin Rendell – PCC
Installation: Joel Garvey, Colin Rendell
Operation: James Russell & Colin Rendell
Artistic & Social Ambassador: Lewis Doherty
Renault Interactive – Carrspace – F1 Grand Prix Melbourne 2014
Carrspace presented PCC with a vision to create an integrated experiential campaign that built brand credibility, highlighted Renault’s passionate involvement in Formula One and produced qualified leads. The challenge was to engage not only existing Formula One fans, but also share Renault’s story with the wider Australian public, creating momentum and a conversation that lasted throughout the season.
Carrspace is renown for designing innovative ways to bring communications to life, create experiences that people remember and get people engaged with brands in authentic, integrated and personal ways.
PCC’s work alongside Carrspace at the Renault display at the F1 Grand Prix was testament to this.
Using the heart as a device to activate Renault’s Powered By Passion story, PCC worked with Carrspace on the “The Powered By Passion Lab” which was one of the most popular activations on track, with a high traffic flow and consistent level of crowd engagement.
The installation included competitive and interactive displays such as ‘Heart Rate Racing’, which allowed up to 4 race goers to race their heart rates on a purpose built LED race track in the ceiling of the dome. Fans could also have a go at a virtual race experience with ‘Helmet Head’, in which a 25kg weighted helmet simulated the extreme G-force Formula One drivers experience whilst racing.
Every time the Heart Rate Racing was on, the dome was bursting with fans, all cheering their friends on and watching the theatrics of the competitors trying to get their heart rates up.
PCC worked closely with Carrspace to make Renaults dream a reality by supplying
- Over x 60m of LED strips diffused in polypropylene tubes
- Nintendo wii controller to establish resting heart rate and measure max working heart rate
- Arduino microprocessors for programming
- Laser Cut Custom brackets to suspend tubes
- Countless man hours selecting, designing and installing above products
Dylan McLaughlin- Project Manager
Adam Hardy – Engineer
Gary Hopkins – Rigger
Colin Rendell – Technical Consultant
Traffic Lights – Crowd Safety Big Day Out 2013 & 2014
PCC has been engaged by Total View to design and install critical Crowd Safety mechanisms for major festivals Australia wide; including Australia’s largest and original music festival Big Day Out.
Crowd safety is paramount at festivals and when capacity reaches upwards of 20,000 effective systems need to be put in place to ensure the safety of all patrons and staff. Working closely with Mojo barriers Total View designed a barrier system to be used at BDO.
The inner D (closest to the stage) is the most vital controlled and fully screened access area at the festival. The D entry gates are turnstiles that are manned with staff and by installing traffic lights at the entrance both security staff and patrons could be effectively alerted as to when it is safe to proceed into the area. The use of these traffic lights creates a steady and free flowing system that everybody understands.
Total View monitored the area with two 20x zoom pan tilt cameras mounted on each of the main stages and a fixed camera mounted at the rear of the front of house area which over sees the entry operations and also gives visual confirmation of the operation of the traffic lights.
From a risk perspective the effective operation of the D barrier is the critical element to crowd safety at the BDO.
PCC were directly involved with custom designing, building and installing these traffic lights. PCC’s thorough understanding of the festival was paramount and influenced all decisions in the design process. The end result was:
- Four systems of 6 lights were built with the ability to have 4 fly away systems so two D barriers at two different interstate shows could be installed/operated at once.
- LED fixtures were selected to keep power consumption low as back up power supplies are typically low capacity on an event of this size.
- The fixtures are all IP65 along with all connectors.
- The lights are designed to be easily clamped to light 50mm pipe ensuring a quick and easy deployment.
- Traffic lights are daisy chained (cables loop in and out). Traffic lights can be switched from normal mode to controller mode.
- The lights are powered and controlled from a single control box, the Traffic Light Controller (TLC). The TLC receives its remote control signal via ethernet signal, the network typically involving a microwave link setup by total view. The TLC has a manual override that can be switched directly from on the box or from a remote pendant.
- The remote control software operates off a PC in the control room and has several pre programmed commands.
- In the event of communication failure the TLC can be programmed to automatically fall back to a Red or Green.
Here’s hoping Australia’s original and best festival will be back in 2016.
Designed by Adam Hardy, James Russell and Colin Rendell in consultation with Total View.
Built by Gary Hopkins, Adam Hardy and Colin Rendell.
Breakout Session Timer APP Design– JULY 2012
PCC was approached to provide a timer app at a recent conference that could co-ordinate timing between conference break out sessions to ensure its event ran to schedule.
As it was a Telstra Event and all attendees were using tablets it was essential this timer was synced to the Telstra network and could work on their tablets to co-ordinate timing between conference break out and training sessions.
PCC Programmer Dan Kerr worked overnight and amazingly created two simple android apps for a countdown timer. Telstra were then presented with the apps (within 24 hours of PCC being charged with the task) and they were so thrilled it was deployed that day for trial.
The first app was a master app where the user could select and start a countdown clock. The tablets being used to display the time simply needed to open the slave app and as long as the devices were on the same wireless network they would automatically display the timer. When the timer was complete the tablet would notify the user and keep the event running to schedule.
Dan had developed a bit of a passion for this and within a week a full web version was created. He has since improved on this further and it is now compatible for iPads and iPhones and has been used at many conferences since.
Programmer – Daniel Kerr
Project Manager – Colin Rendell
Remote Interactive Display Management – Christmas at Chadstone 2013
Creative Production Services (CPS) required a way to service their Christmas Installation at Chadstone Shopping Centre without employing a dedicated on- site technician for a 2-month project. PCC were engaged to integrate each department into one central system and to provide secure remote monitoring and troubleshooting services.
Converging lighting, sound and automation services onto one managed network made it possible to monitor all aspects of the installation. A full time on-site technician was replaced by the ability to access the system remotely as required. PTZ Cameras and audio loopback became our eyes and ears. Equipment could be monitored, configured even power cycled from anywhere at any time.
This service was provided securely by Cisco gen II ISR hardware. The network did not rely on applications or management computers to access devices. Remote services were authenticated and encrypted to protect the intellectual property of customers. CPS and the safety of Chadstone’s
￼￼Preventing faults before they occur improved the relationship between contractor and client. When the client had additional request they could be applied by the key creative team, wherever they are, without travel delay.
If on-site maintenance was required, technicians had diagnostics and a service plan ready before arriving. This avoided delays and reduced ongoing costs caused by misinformation and time taken to provide additional on-site resources.
Network Design – Adam Hardy
2012 APRA Music Awards Show
- Event Producer – George P. Johnson Australia
- Technical Direction – Mighty Management
- Content Producer – Swim Media
- A/V Director – Dylan McLaughlin, PCC Event Services
The 2012 APRA Music Awards recognise achievement in the composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian music. Dylan was proud to be involved as the AV Director for the two award events in 2012.
The 2012 APRA Art Music Awards, held at the iconic Sydney Opera House, celebrate the achievements of artist and publishers and featured amazing performances from some of Australia’s most esteemed musicians.
The 2012 APRA Music Awards, held at The Sydney Convention Centre, was the grand finale of a weekend of collaboration, creation and celebration of Australian musical talent. The awards recognised the outstanding achievements of many artists and publishers.
PCC Event Services are honoured to have been involved in such a prestigious event and look forward to being part of future APRA celebrations through George P. Johnson Australia.
2010 – 2012 Big Day Out
Surveillance & Communications Network
- Supplier – Total View
- Network Designer – Colin Rendell, PCC Event Services
- Delivery Team: – Colin Rendell, Adam Hardy and James Russell, PCC Event Services
Total View provide a highly sophisticated surveillance and communication network to festivals and large scale events such as the Big Day Out and Future Music Festival.
This system is used to ensure the safety of patrons through the highly advanced remote camera network. It also provides the communication system which includes internet access for production staff and artists.
The innovative system uses the latest technology in microwave linking, video encoding, high-end networking equipment, VOIP telephony and firewall management, to create a reliable and robust system for large scale events.
The flexibility of the system allows for rapid installation at diverse sites across the country and is designed to withstand the harsh outdoor environment.
Total View employs PCC Event Services to manage, install and operate this system.
2012 World Expo, Yeosu, South Korea
- Commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Pavilion Design – think!OTS Pty Ltd
- Lighting Designer – Adam Hardy, PCC Event Services
Yeosu South Korea, host city to World Expo 2012, is home to The Australia Pavilion. It was commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to promote cultural, educational and trade relationships between the 104 attending nations and numerous other international organisations.
The Australia Pavilion theme is “In Harmony With The Ocean”. It displays Australia’s achievements in environmental, scientific and technical research towards marine conservation and utilisation of our natural assets.
The pavilion delivers this messages through an artistically engaging design. Behind the creative atmosphere a highly technical integrated system maintains the day to day operations. The pavilion, although temporary, is designed as an installation to accommodate the expected 1.75 million guests to walk through its doors in the ninety-three days of expo.
Adam’s lighting is designed to accentuate the creative aesthetic and principle messages whilst producing a sustainable system capable of the meeting high safety and artistic demands of the design.
Australian International Motorshow 2011
Ford Motorshow Stand
- Australian Production Company – Imagination Australia
- Technical Operations Manager – Colin Rendell, PCC Event Services
The Ford stand is one of the most popular stands at the prestigious Australian International Motor Show held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre in 2011. The stand received rave reviews and included numerous interactive and educational installations for people of all ages.
Colin Rendell was approached by Imagination Australia to manage the technical aspects of the stand from installation, to the day to day operations of the stand and dismantle. Part of the role was to ensure the successful delivery of hourly shows that took place every day of the event. Another significant responsibility was managing OH&S to ensure the public and employee safety throughout the event. Other responsibilities included managing audio visual suppliers, actioning client requests and the ongoing promotion of the Pink Ribbon Charity support offered by Ford.
Colin worked in partnership with the Imagination Australia team as well as the U.K. team to deliver a fantastic event with positive reviews from clients, co-worker and customers.
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PCC provides private training services for individuals and groups throughout the Asia Pacific region in Vectorworks with a focus on tailoring training to meet specific industry requirements and unique personal objectives.
A basic 101 training course takes three days with a minimum 1 day break in-between each session. This allows for attendees to ensure they are not saturated with too much information and allows time for practical homework tasks that strengthen knowledge through applied learning. It also ensures that specific queries can be addressed with trainer in the follow up classes.
Individual courses can be developed for organisations or groups who have a particular focus or specific interests. Custom courses are designed to maximise the effectiveness of Vector Works and the 3D CAD environment. Time is spent looking at how participants use Vector Works and ways to gain efficiencies in its operation.
Training can be provided at our training centre in Melbourne or our trainers can travel to you.
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