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Plasa Ringging Conference Programme

Conference Programme

09:30 - Registration
Registration in the main entrance to PLASA 2017. Tea and coffee served in the Apex Room.
10:00 - Opening keynote
Opening Keynote Born in Austin Texas, Morris Lyda, grew up in a working rural environment, and it was this ranch background that sparked his interest in engineering, but it was Jimi Hendrix that captured his imagination. Cut to, Morris studying audio and physics at North Texas State University where he met his first wife, Connie.

He quickly found a desire to spend more time away from the house, and joined a young Dallas-based company called Showco. His son, Chris, and ex-wife, still reside in Texas, and remain in close communication. His 21st birthday found him behind the steering wheel of a 20-ton truck crisscrossing the US providing concert audio for artists ranging from Traffic to Leon Russel to McCartney & Wings. The late 70’s provided an opportunity to go freelance and commence a multi-tour relationship with David Bowie, and later Genesis, Pink Floyd, The 3 Tenors, Linda Ronstadt, The Blues Brothers and Phil Collins. His 1996 move to Sydney Australia with the second wife, Fiona, ended his US touring, but afforded time to focus on special events and collaborate with other delinquents on projects like Barcelona and Sydney Olympics, Disney, Sony and a diverse array of demanding events. However, he specialized in overcoming challenges with creative solutions, building and motivating teams to produce extraordinary outcomes on often limited budgets and demanding schedules. At 68, Morris is semi-retired, but deeply involved in the design, renovation and construction of a stone castle built by an eccentric architect in the Sydney hills overlooking the Pacific. The challenges are the same, and the only difference is the client is in the mirror every morning. Morris will be escorting you on an exploration of entertainment basics, it shortcomings, its values, its obscurities and a contemplation of its uncertainties.
11:00 - Refreshment break
Tea and coffee served in the Apex Room.
11:30 - Morning panel session
The morning panel session will focus on issues surrounding venues, production, safety and risk management and will include the following themes: The impact of CDM on controlling minds; planning – schedules, logistics and pressures of time vs safety; competence - qualifications and training; no tour rigger syndrome/rigging responsible person.
Alan
Alan Jacobi
Lee Batty
Lee Batty
John Green
John Green
13:00 - Networking lunch
A light lunch will be served in the Apex Room.
14:00 - Afternoon panel session
The afternoon panel session will take an indepth look at the following subjects: Wind action on structures like screens and set; Impact of Brexit – working time, standards, touring; CWA – ELL and newthink; efficacy of risk assessment; work at height on trusses and who takes the responsibility for it.
Mark Surtees
Mark Surtees
Stuart Graham
Stuart Graham
Peter Gates
Peter Gates
Matthis Moeller
Matthis Moeller
15:30 - Refreshment break
Tea and coffee served in the Apex Room.
16:00 - PLASA Updates
Updates from PLASA.
Nicky Greet
Nicky Greet
16:30 - Summary
Questions raised, solutions & actions.
17:15 - Networking drinks
Drinks served on the NELC stand.





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