Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre completes phase two
INDONESIA: The Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre (BNDCC) has opened its phase two additions. The new development was unveiled in time for the recent APEC summit, and once again PT Kairos Multi Jaya was drafted in to provide a digital audio solution for its flexible needs.
Having opened in November 2011 in time for the ASEAN and East Asia Summit (EAS) summit, the BNDCC has since become a leading venue for international exhibitions and meetings. Bali recently hosted the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit and as such upgraded the island’s infrastructure including the airport terminal and an impressive causeway linking it to Nusa Dua. This was the location chosen to host APEC in addition to accommodating the 21 heads of state and government, 46 ministers, 5,250 economic leaders, 3,000 journalists and 100,000 delegates.
In addition to a 1,000 sq-m pre-function area, phase two of the BNDCC comprises 4,000 sq-m of meeting room space including two plenary rooms and 20 breakout rooms. Designed to provide scalable business events and activities, the main pillar-less Pecatu Convention Hall can be sub-divided into four smaller rooms together with a central corridor in order to accommodate varying sizes of conferences, seated gala dinners, theatres or classrooms in addition to exhibitions.
‘We decided to extend the digital-based audio solution using a Cat-5e infrastructure from phase one into the current development,’ confirmed PT Kairos Multi Jaya’s project manager Reno Wibowo Sakti. ‘Over the past two years, this has allowed the venue’s facility managers to set up the audio in any way they needed.’
Powered by a single Lab.gruppen C series C68:4 four-channel amplifier, a total of 30 EAW CIS120 12-inch coaxial ceiling speakers now provide evenly dispersed PA in 128W, 100V mode. Smaart Live measurements were made at various points across the 9m height hall via NTI calibration microphones to ensure uniform coverage throughout.
Like the discrete ceiling speaker system, the meetings also require discretion and a minimum of interruptions from convention centre staff such as A/V technicians. Once again, a total of five Allen & Heath iDR-8 16x16 matrix mixers with 16 inputs and outputs lie at the heart of this solution, for which each unit is dedicated to each zoned partitions via the Cat-6 network. They can either operate independently or as one. Pre-sets have been programmed for each room combine scenario possible, ensuring the facility managers simply need to depress a button.
Volume and source control is made possible via any of surface control PL4 wall panels or by using a tablet PC via the Wi-Fi network. The Wi-Fi network in the BNDCC comes with a roaming protocol ensuring the signal does not drop between zones, thus allowing the operator to be mobile while controlling the system. The seamless zone to zone transition is made possible with the implementation of Proxim AP4000M Wi-Fi routers.
Slightly smaller in room dimensions than the Pecatu Hall, the second storey non-divisible Tanjung Benoa Hall is served by 12 less powerful EAW CIS400 6.5-inch ceiling speakers also powered by a C68:4 series amplifier. The same amplifier also powers further CIS400 speakers in the downstairs pre-function area.
The individual break-out rooms are equipped with CIS400 speakers powered by Mackie FRS700 amplifiers and connected to a Mackie ProFX12 mixer via Klotz MC2000 loudspeaker cable. Shure SLX wireless systems have been supplied to the new development, in addition to Shure MX418D gooseneck microphones. The signals from the goosenecks can be transmitted on the Cat-6 network via the iDR-inputs connected to RJ-45 wall panels to the patchbay in the control room before being fed directly into the iDR-8 matrix. ‘For every 64 sq-m of carpet in the 4,800 sq-m space, there is a facility floor panel providing the technicians with a very flexible and discreet set up,’ furthers Mr Wibowo Sakti. ‘Having used the same digital system before, the staff also benefitted from system familiarity.’