Peter Grisard, Manager, Venue Engineering writes: ‘It’s been a very busy time at The P.A. People – so busy that the last time I looked up it was February and now Christmas is looming! So many staging projects completed in a short time frame, including the design and installation of two complete counterweight systems, one of which was equipped with innovative front-loading counterweight cradles.’  Peter continues; ‘Underway at the moment are a myriad of projects, including the fit out of a new performing arts centre; a new school theatre – complete with motorised acoustic reflectors and a motorised orchestra platform; a hotel ballroom equipped with a clever overhead tracking system, which allows the operator to easily relocate multiple large video screens from one part of a ballroom to another – and a complex technical upgrade for a civic centre featuring Movecat control systems and TheatreQuip drum hoists. To manage this workload our engineering and operations staff base has also grown significantly.’

  • At Integrate-EXPO – ICC, Sydney (Aug 30th – Sep 1st) we will exhibit a range of equipment and be available to talk with Visitors to our Stand (#C.47) THE P.A. PEOPLE (
  • Integrate Tech Talk (theatre) – 11am, Friday Sept 1st – Peter Grisard – Manager, Venue Engineering & our Chief Engineer Andrew Mathieson, will lead a Panel: ‘Venue Engineering Q&A – Safe Workplaces, your duty of care’ hosted by Christopher Holder – Alchemedia. Tech Talks – Integrate Expo (

Outline: In this business we constantly remind ourselves that we suspend, lift and move significant gear over performers and audiences, making the issue of fit-for-purpose – gear & people – paramount. If it’s installed, you (the Venue) own it; if it goes wrong, you also own the outcome. This Session discusses the roles of staging technology designers, engineers, integrators, installers, the importance of maintenance – and adds some well-seasoned, non-brand-specific advice. (Some takeaway notes will be provided at the Session).