Jands , a major Australian distributor of professional lighting, sound and stage equipment has recently completed the first installation of a CableNet system in Australia.
Jands has installed two CableNet tension wire grids at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.
The CableNet systems provide a safe high level access platform for theatre technicians to carry out settings and adjustments to lighting and sound equipment.
Located in Northbridge, WA, the State Theatre Centre (STC) is expected to be completed in late 2010. The STC will feature a 575-seat Heath Ledger Theatre and a 234-seat flexible Studio Underground with both theatres equipped with the latest stage technology.
Also included in the Centre is The Courtyard, a multi-purpose outdoor events space, two rehearsal rooms and two flexible-use private suites.
CableNet tension wire grids are suspended from existing steelwork by welding brackets into the bottom cord of the roof truss and bolting to the frame.
The grids are designed to support a maximum point load of 250kg per square metre and are woven from 3mm diameter 180-grade high tensile theatre black finish carbon steel wire rope with a minimum break load of 540kgf.
The maximum point load is indicative of two persons carrying equipment up to 50kg in weight between them. The CableNet wire grids are strong enough to carry the weight of sound and lighting teams safely.
Key benefits of CableNet tension wire grids:
- Low maintenance system
- Safe working environment for all personnel working in the catwalks
- No shadows cast through the grid system from stage lighting positioned above
- No movement of lighting bars required to refocus lights or replace bulbs
- Fall arrest equipment and safety harnesses are not required to be worn under normal working conditions for the tension wire grid
Jands has also completed the installation of a second CableNet system at the Sydney Catholic Vocational College.