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Diversity Rigging doing what Marvel heroes do best

“Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it. It is what the client or customer gets out of it.”

Michael “Nitrox” Petrani and his Diversity Rigging team are no strangers to extreme rigging and now serve a part in making Australian basketball history.

Over a span of 4 days, Marvel Stadium in Melbourne was completely transformed from hosting an AFL match on a Sunday night to a Basketball court for the Australian Boomers V USA Basketball game Thursday night. Marvel Stadium saw over 103,000 basketball fans cheer, scream and enjoy themselves throughout the two nights the games were hosted — which happened to be the biggest crowds ever for basketball games in Australia!

With 3 months of design & work with the engineer to prepare a show based on production values requested, and then, finally get signed off by the engineer, crammed into 4 days, Nitrox and his team of 26, along with over 320 contractors, worked effortlessly 24/7 to help with executing a staggering 102,143kg of weight rigged from the roof which comprised of a mix of F45 5 Chord and F34P Box Global Truss to set up the main LED scoreboard and audio cable management.

Marvel Stadium was crowned Global Venue of the Year at the 2019 International Stadium Business Awards in Manchester, UK.

Diversity Rigging also have one of the biggest inventory of F45 5 Chord and F34P Box Global Truss available in Victoria.

Not all heroes wear capes, most are riggers.

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RISE Pacific rose to the challenge to install Global Truss grid at NEP Studios

The Australian Home Shopping Network recently moved into Studio 1 at NEP Studios in Everleigh to set up its broadcast operations ahead of an August launch on free to air television.

RISE Pacific were approached to suspend a grid at NEP Studios for Fusion Entertainment Australia, which required interpreting the production requirements to the consulting engineers to achieve the best outcome for the client.

When they inspected the venue experiencing uneven venue space between the floor and the roof’s steel work, having resources available from DQ’s website meant that using detailed Global Truss engineering documents, RISE was able to assist their consulting structural engineers to certify the grid installation which had a total load of 6.0 tonnes.

“With the level of support DQ provides around the clock in assisting us with the detailed information we required, we were able to provide our client’s with the peace of mind that we could combine a lot of high quality individual components to ensure the entire grid system was installed to the highest industry standard”, says RISE Pacific’s managing director, Clancy Simpson.

Combining their industry experience along with their rope access skill-set, RISE rose to the challenge to install temporary personnel high lines and access roof areas which were otherwise inaccessible via scissor lifts to ensure that the truss grid was evenly levelled throughout the venue.

Photo credit: Clancy Simpson
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Pollard Productions’ 2019 SalesForce World Tour of over 2.5km Global Truss!

Earlier this year, 2019’s SalesForce World Tour recently saw Pollard Productions using just over 2.5km of Global Truss and 400 hoists across both levels of the 7 Exhibition Halls in addition to Sydney’s International Convention and Exhibition Centre’s existing Global Truss to create a Campground for more than 200 customers and partners whom shared their stories, insights and expertise. The Campground was packed with partners, demos, NFPs and even a spot of mini golf; and four floors of the ICC hosted discussions, panels, breakouts, meetings and workshops.

Pollard Productions were one of the first customers Australia-wide to stock F52 Folding Truss in their inventory and about 186m of that was used to rig the main projection screen in Halls 1 – 4. Their F34 Square Truss, F43P Tri Truss and F44P Square Truss were also used in these halls for lighting and projector trussing.

Alongside being the first customers Australia-wide to stock F52 Folding Truss, they were also one of the first to snatch up in shipment of our recently developed F45 5 Chord Truss worldwide. On this occasion they had it coloured black to keep it hidden from the human eye but still be able to seamlessly hang TDC’s LED screens back to back. In addition to the thousand lengths of truss, Pollard utilised F102 Folding Truss to create an 80m drape run to complete the Campgrounds.

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Fusion Entertainment Australia rise to install Global Truss grid at NEP Studios

The Australian Home Shopping Network recently moved into Studio 1 at NEP Studios in Everleigh to set up its broadcast operations ahead of an August launch on free to air television.

Fusion Entertainment Australia were engaged to deliver and install a truss grid and power distribution for the studio lighting.

”With a tight turnaround for the project we were happy that DQ were able to deliver with existing stock in the country.” exclaims Fusion’s managing director, Paul Walton.

The entire grid comprised of 338 metres of F33 Tri Global Truss for the lighting rig and 28 metres of F34 Square truss to cater for cable distribution.

The truss was dead hung with custom length steel wire rope droppers that attached to the Global Truss suspension brackets across 79 x rigging points which made the rigging and levelling of the truss much easier for RISE Pacific whom Fusion engaged for the rigging installation.

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Diversity Rigging defies gravity with F45 at the Royal Exhibition Building

Despite our extensive range of standard solutions, DQ is always up for challenging tasks. Some of our best clients also share the desire for innovative problem-solving with us and have become close partners with DQ in solving unusual and difficult problems.

Recently, one of our loyal customers faced such a task which demanded a rather unusual truss structure. Diversity Rigging in Victoria was asked for an installation for Black Friday Bushfire 10th Anniversary Memorial event. The defined site lines however, didn’t allow for any truss legs to support the truss structure!

Using our ‘new’ F45 Truss, Diversity Rigging designed a structure with a huge cantilever at the front to make room for media and guests on site. Using CAD models and Global Truss engineering documents, Diversity Rigging was able to assist their consultant structural engineer to certify the structure which had a load of 4.9 tonnes applied to each of the truss towers. This innovative solution was a bit of an engineering feat that complemented the grand space and facilitated honouring our community 10 years after the Victorian bushfire disaster.

Michael Petrani from Diversity Rigging called working with DQ “A good experience, as always”. He was also happy to point our a few benefits of using Global Truss, indicating “more profitable”, “swift stock supply by DQ” and “no lies” when it comes to providing information about the product.

This event marked the 10 Year Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires which was one of the most significant disasters Victoria has experienced. The anniversary was a time to reflect and remember the 173 people who died in the bushfires, and to learn about how the fires changed the lives of so many, and how communities have rebuilt.

Victorian Government website

As the market leader for truss solutions across Australia, we pride ourselves in dealing with clients who are aware and articulate about the quality and safety of our products and we will continue to provide the market with the highest standards across the board so you can always shine on stage.

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More Stock Of Your Favourite Items! ?

Design Quintessence is Australia’s leading supplier of the most extensive range of staging solutions. We have country-wide warehouses to maintain a high level of stock availability. From a tiny R-clip to a complete roof structure, from a small hard case to a big road case, we always hold a large amount of stock to get you out of trouble when it matters the most.

Our 20 years of experience in the industry has proven our commitment to supply our loyal clients with the right solution, when it’s needed, where it’s needed. To value your trust on DQ as your preferred supplier, we have decided to increase our capacity on all fronts. Just before the end of last year, we expanded our local manufacturing facilities to triple our capacity. Additionally, we moved our Brisbane warehouse to a bigger space, now sporting 553sqm of storage space, to ensure fast and reliable supply to our clients in Queensland.

In Sydney, our HQ warehouse is located in he Silverwater industrial zone, with easy access to M4 and Parramatta Road, already holding the largest stock of truss, staging and cases in the industry. To increase our storage, we added a new mezzanine to our warehouse, increasing our storage by 210sqm. With 5 containers already at the door, we are determined to top up our stock with new solutions, popular products and items that are more critical to you.  

At Design Quintessence, we understand the importance of time and stock availability in producing big events on time and we do our best to supply you with everything you need so you can stand out on stage.

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DQ teams up with Global Truss to launch 5 Chord Truss!

After many months of DQ working with Global Truss to develop a new 5 chord truss especially designed for the suspension of LED screens, we are pleased to announce that Global Truss will be launching the new F45 Truss at Pro Light + Sound in Frankfurt, Germany, 10-13 April 2018.


Click HERE to download F45 Truss Information and Technical Specifications

The F35, F45 and F55 Truss are based on the F34 290mm x 290mm, F44P 400mm x 400mm and F54 520mm x 520mm truss design and, as mentioned, is designed for applications such as LED screens where balanced centre rigging of the screen panels on the truss is essential. A central chord with ladder-style horizontal bracing on the bottom face of the truss allows LED  panels to be clamped directly onto the centre chord. This negates the need to balance the load by slinging or bracing across the two bottom chords to provide central rigging points as would normally be necessary on a square format truss.

Patrick Withers from The Music Box is clearly impressed, “On our first test build we found around an 80% saving in labour attaching the first row of a 10m wide screen simply because we could clamp directly onto the centre chord.” Adding, “…and there was no adjustment necessary. It’s a no-brainer!”

When Mish Bosnjak of Nitezone Entertainment Services heard about the development of the F45 Truss, he too was overly excited for its potential use in upcoming future events. “Not only would it be limited to the use for hanging LED screens alone, but also lighting rigs which could be incorporated into any F44P structural application!.”
The ladder-style horizontal braces creates increased clear hanging space along the chord compared to the hanging space on outer chords. Clamping screen panels directly to the centre chord results in a cleaner and sleeker look as well. Because it is based on the F44P Truss design, F45 Truss can connect to all standard F44P junctions or sleeve blocks so you use your existing F44P Truss to build the rest of the structure!
“We can see the F45 Truss being used for general lighting and AV setups as it makes it so easy to balance your load”, Patrick commented. Future development of truss accessories will ensure further expansion of F45’s possible applications.

DQ recently supplied Gold Coast Convention Centre with 30m of F45 5 Chord truss and GCCEC‘s Executive Manager – Technology was thrilled about the benefits of the truss system:

“The F45 streamlined the bump in and bump out process of our LED screens. By providing a 5th central chord, it is easier to centralise the load preventing truss roll and reduce the amount of slings required to balance an LED Screen Truss. Overall, there is less labour required and less potential points of failure in the rig.” exclaims GCCEC‘s Executive Manager – Technology, Ben Morris.

Chord MaterialEN AW 6082 T6EN AW 6082 T6EN AW 6082 T6
End Socket MaterialEN AW 6082 T6EN AW 6082 T6EN AW 6082 T6
Bracing MaterialEN AW 6082 T6EN AW 6082 T6EN AW 6082 T6
Conical Spigot MaterialEN AW 2011EN AW 2011EN AW 2011
Chord Dimension50mmØ x 4mm50mmØ x 4mm50mmØ x 4mm
Bracing Dimension20mmØ x 2mm25mmØ x 3mm30mmØ x 3mm
End Socket Dimension50mmØ50mmØ60mmØ
Connectors Included4 x Conical Spigots, Pins & R-Clips4 x Conical Spigots, Pins & R-Clips4 x Conical Spigots, Pins & R-Clips
Download F35 Spec Sheet Download F45 Spec Sheet Download F55 Spec Sheet