Vectorworks, Inc. Wins the Construction Computing Awards’ Editor’s Choice Award

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The Construction Computing Awards results are in and global design and BIM software provider, Vectorworks, Inc. is the winner of the 2019 Editor’s Choice Award selected by Construction Computing Magazine Editor David Chadwick. Additionally, Vectorworks Architect 2020 was a runner-up in the Architectural Design Product of the Year category.

The fourteenth annual Construction Computing Awards, also known as “The Hammers,” took place on November 14 at The Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden. Over 220 guests gathered to see the outcome of the readers’ online voting and judging panel’s deliberations.

Case Study: Cedarview Community Church

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At Cedarview Community Church, we teach God’s word, prioritize worship, welcome God’s spirit, proclaim salvation, seek God’s face, serve God’s people and have a heart for missions.  As we strive to equip the local church body to grow and to be Christs’ extended hand to the community and world, we aim to do it with excellence and purpose by directing all attention to Jesus Christ. It’s important for the church to be focused on God’s word and to honor its authority over every aspect of our life and conduct.  With that comes a heart of worship, a sensitivity the Holy Spirit in line with New Testament Scriptures and desire to reach the lost. 

I have worked with Cedarview a few times. I actually attend the church and serve as their Technical Director, and over time – because of the age of the gear in the church – they needed to look at modernizing and replacements. In some cases, the church ran into emergency situations where gear needed to be replaced immediately.  As an integration contractor, we set up a stewardship approach which allows churches to plan for natural evolution for failure and obsolescence, identifying and planning for replacement equipment before it reaches a fail point.

Case Study: Woodlawn Baptist Church Brightens Its Service with New Hitachi Projectors

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Woodlawn Baptist Church is a community church with a congregation of 250. When its 11-year-old projectors came to the end of their life, we decided to upgrade the entire projection system in the sanctuary to provide a better experience. With the help of Shepherd Multimedia, Woodlawn Baptist Church has become home to two new Hitachi CPWX-8750 7,500-lumen projectors.
Inside the sanctuary at Woodlawn Baptist Church, we have an AV set up complete with two new Hitachi CP-WX8750 projectors and screens, one on each side of the stage, for the congregation to be able to follow along with song lyrics, Scripture readings, testimonies, and announcements before and during services. Because of the A-line shaped ceiling, we have permanently mounted the projectors on the side walls near the back of the sanctuary, which also allows for easier access to change out bulbs. Equipped with long-throw lenses, the two new projectors have integrated into the entire AV system for easy control.
The projectors that we were using before the upgrade to the new Hitachi projectors were eleven years old. The picture at that point was so dim we had to turn the lights completely off in the sanctuary to see images. With the increase from 4,000 lumens to 7,500, the new projectors are a great improvement. On top of that, we installed two larger screens above our platform, which really helps with visibility when compared to projecting onto the wall. As well, with the Hitachi Perfect Fit feature, we can easily fine tune the image to the screens week to week.

Clair Solutions Offers Its Impressive Line Card of Equipment Directly to Wider Audience

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Since its inception in 1989, Clair Solutions has built its reputation as one of the smartest and innovative installation companies in the industry. Working regularly with some of the most …

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BenQ LK952 4K HDR BlueCore Laser Projector Delivers Clarity and Reduces Operational Expense at Frisco Bible Church
Frisco Bible Church in Frisco, Texas, is celebrating 25 years. Founded by Pastor Wayne Braudrick, the church started with a congregation of only five families at a time when the rural farm town’s population was only 7,000. Since that time, Frisco has experienced a record-breaking boom and was the fastest-growing city in the United States in 2017. It now has a population of almost 180,000 with Frisco Bible Church serving 1,500 members.
“We have a small-town vibe and being close to Dallas — the home of the Cowboys and the National Soccer Museum — sports have heavily influenced and brought our community together,” said Josh Chilton, Technical Arts Director for Frisco Bible Church. Frisco Bible Church lives by it’s mission, “We are a redeemed community, doing the great commission, by the power of the Holy Spirit, for the glory of God.” Through that mission, the worship and technical ministries create connections to reach the world.
In 2011, Frisco Bible Church moved into its current location. At that time, three standard lamp projectors where installed in the church’s worship center to deliver lyrics, background imagery, sermon PowerPoints, and occasionally live video. The projectors’ upkeep, however, was steep. The church had to replace the bulbs and filters annually. The church was spending almost $2,000 a year on replacement bulbs that slowly diminished over the course of the year, impacting services. The projectors’ color wheels were also burning out after only 9 years of use, and the rear projector was no longer in operation.

BenQ Launches ‘Try and Buy’ Program for InstaShow Wireless Presentation System

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Organizations Can Now Experience BenQ’s Plug-and-Play InstaShow System Free for 30 Days, Save $300 on Purchase

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Sept. 19, 2019 — BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today announced a new 30-day Try and Buy free trial program for InstaShow WDC10 (HDMI) and WDC10C (USB-C) wireless presentation systems. InstaShow is the first system of its kind to deliver true plug-and-play wireless presentation capabilities, eliminating the setup hassles, collaboration obstacles and network security risks for attendees and IT managers. After completing the trial, organizations have the option of buying the system and saving $300 off the purchase price.
“Despite the importance of collaborative presentations in business meetings and classrooms, most organizations still waste an incredible amount of time trying to get meetings started and switching between users,” said Bob Wudeck, senior director of business development at BenQ America Corp. “Users will love how InstaShow makes meetings simple. This trial gives customers the opportunity to experience firsthand the easiest and fastest way to get connected and ready to present.”

HOW-TO: Projector Placement and Why Vertical Projection Angles Matter by Dave Rogers

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There are various factors most know about when setting up a projection system but the proverbial “devil in the details” often goes overlooked. I’m talking about a projector’s vertical alignment. It is a relatively simple function but it has small elements to it that every installer should be aware of and that goes double for houses of worship.  It may be a small matter, but the difference between doing it right and wrong will come with either great rewards or a potentially costly disappointment.   This is especially important for Houses of Worship because there are so many different ways a projection system can be installed and there are often more variables at play than an enclosed conference room or home theater.  As a person of faith, I want to contribute to your congregation’s success. This is one of those AV veteran moments where a small bit of advice can spare you from buying expensive AV gear you don’t need, while getting the best performance out of the equipment you have (or can realistically afford).  This is also a topic that will help enhance you the ability to make wise decisions when buying AV gear whenever an upgrade or new building project is in order.   With all that said, saddle up; for the next few minutes we’ve got  work to do…