Corporate Case StudyMelbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Brief

The MCEC underwent a lifecycle replacement of its original Audio Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and networked audio transport systems. This project upgrade would ensure a single design platform across the entire MCEC precinct minimising setup times for the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s AV technicians; also creating a more robust audio network – no more CobraNet outages. The MCEC leveraged the existing avt and HARMAN Professional relationship to deliver a robust integrated DSP solution.

This lifecycle upgrade of the DSP systems and associated hardware was designed to inform the AV specification for the MCEC Stage 2 Expansion Project which would ensure a single design platform across the entire MCEC precinct.

This upgrade directly informed the MCEC Stage 2 Upgrade technology selections. The MCEC extension added another 5 meeting rooms, 1 banquet room and a multi-purpose space which can be transformed from a flat floor exhibition bay into a theatre with tiered seating for approx. 1500 people. Each of these new event spaces feature the same level of technology already in use in the MCEC event spaces ensuring a seamless transition for staff and end-users from the existing spaces to the new event space extensions.

The Solution

With the original networked audio system (Cobranet); if maintenance and/ or other works were required on the converged IT/AV networks this left the system susceptible to building wide audio failure, restricting the number of updates or changes which could be made on the IT/AV systems. With an ever-increasing number of events and constant technology turnaround between events; it was identified that a more robust networked audio system was required so planned maintenance could be conducted more regularly and without disruption.

Dante was selected as the desired networked audio technology due to its reliability, plus its compatibility with over 120 vendors offering Dante enabled devices. This gave the MCEC assurance that future audio equipment purchases would be compatible with the existing systems.

The final Solution featured:
A combination of BLU-806 and BLU-326 replacing original DSP for each individual event space for the existing analogue inputs and outputs.

Combinable spaces had their BLU-806 and BLU-326 connected together over BLU-Link to transport audio locally.

BGM, Paging, Remote Monitoring & Recording over a “global” Dante Networked Audio system

Connection of audio consoles into individual spaces over a “local” Dante network to ensure adjacent event spaces do not accidentally receive audio signals through misconfiguration of the Dante network.

Utilising Dante networked audio technology, the BSS BLU-806 & BLU-326 units allow for transmission and reception of audio signals over a single network connection with any Dante enabled device regardless of vendor.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

1 Convention Place, South Wharf VIC 3006

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