Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, a division of Adaptive Technologies Group and the premier provider of innovative wall-mountable, floor-standing, and flyable LCD video wall frames, teamed up with Integrated Media Systems (IMS), a leader in the design, integration, and support of presentation, videoconferencing and communication environments and their supporting systems, to install a 3×3 LCD video wall in the Orange County Water District’s (OCWD) boardroom. The new video wall, which was part of an overall audio/visual upgrade for the entire Fountain Valley, CA facility, was designed to replace the outdated projector and rear screen that the OCWD had been using for many years.
As with many rear projection screen systems, the one the OCWD had employed did not provide the staff with the visibility it required—the system projected low-resolution images with insufficient brightness that made it hard to see the information that was being projected. As the Board and staff primarily used this room for a variety of important activities, including presentations and training, this was a continuing problem. With the facility in need of a technology upgrade in order to better communicate its projected materials, OCWD turned to IMS and Adaptive Technologies to come up with a cost effective solution.
“The OCWD needed a solution to overhaul and improve the multi-media capabilities in our board and conference rooms,” says Bruce Dosier, OCWD Director of Information Services. “OCWD hosts board meetings for two water agencies; world-wide media; community, staff and committee meetings; and visitors from around the world, so the ability to present distinct and high resolution audio and video images is important to our communications and branding.”
In order to properly install a higher brightness and resolution video wall using LCD displays, the rear projection screen system needed to be removed, leaving a gaping 8’6” x 6’6” hole. Further, the screen was installed into a non-load bearing wall, which couldn’t support the weight of the heavier multi-LCD video wall technology. If IMS and Adaptive Technologies were to replace the rear-screen system using the same wall, they would have had to reconstruct it—a very costly and time-consuming prospect. In addition, the non-load bearing wall was treated with permanently applied acoustical absorptive materials, which the OCWD wanted to remain intact and undisturbed.
A team of IMS and Adaptive engineers conducted a site survey and discovered they could design and build a rigid tubular structure to be installed behind the non-load bearing wall. The system was designed to be anchored to the concrete floor below and secured to the overhead roof beams above. This would provide the strength necessary to support both the nine displays, as well as the Adaptive wall frame system, all weighing more than 1,000 pounds.
Multiple 60” Sharp V601 monitors were chosen, as they would provide the OCWD with the vastly increased brightness and resolution it was seeking. Additionally, by placing nine monitors into a 3X3 landscape configuration, the viewing surface would be enlarged to 13’3” X 7’3”, a great improvement over the previous smaller and dimmer rear projection screen, and the perfect way to cover the rear screen opening.
“We are very happy with the simplicity and structural integrity of this Adaptive Technologies framing system,” says Brad Caldwell, president, IMS. “It’s an incredibly effective solution to a common issue in this type of facility upgrade. The system provided easy installation of the displays and allowed the installers to perform fine alignment adjustments on the monitors to minimize the separation between them.
This was a critical component for this particular client. They were very specific, wanting the mullion lines to be minimized as much as possible. Orange County is located in a Zone-4 earthquake area, so from a structural standpoint, the video wall had to be able to withstand significant seismic activity. Adaptive ensured that this crucial structural engineering detail was met, resulting in a solution that was reliable and safe.”
In addition to the frames designed for use in this project, Adaptive Video Walls and Displays provides frames for various other LCD and plasma models that are employed in many permanent and rental and staging applications around the world, including narrow bezel models produced by NEC, Sharp, Orion, Samsung, LG and ViewSonic.
About Adaptive Technologies Group
Adaptive Technologies Group combines the talents and disciplines of Allen Products, ATM Fly-ware and Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, and offers state-of-the-art rigging and mounting solutions for a wide range of audio and video applications. Adaptive’s combined divisions are a major resource worldwide by way of the design, development and manufacturing of professionally installed AV mounting and rigging equipment. Each brand offers its own standard and unique time-saving solutions, plus unlimited custom products for any venue or application.
In addition to providing a wide selection of popular mounting and rigging solutions, Adaptive is a major resource for hundreds of commonly used and often hard to find rigging hardware and fastener items, including metric sizes and pre-blackened wire rope and components. Based in Signal Hill, California, all overhead products are made in the USA.
ATM Fly-Ware is the world’s leading designer of certified, pre-engineered professional loudspeaker rigging systems for permanent installations and live performances. Allen Products is a leading designer and supplier of universal fit standard, custom and OEM loudspeaker mounts, mounting loudspeakers to walls, ceilings, under balconies, to poles and vertical columns. Adaptive Video Walls and Displays is the premier provider of innovative interlocking wall; ceiling and floor mounted video wall frames and flyable video wall assemblies for multiple narrow bezel LCD, LED and plasma monitors.
For more information, visit http://adapttechgroup.com.
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