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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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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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Design Quintessence Will Rock You! ?

It’s people like Trevor Patient from Platinum Entertainment WA Pty Ltdthat Design Quintessence loves dealing with. When he came to us with an idea to build a giant guitar for the WA licensed staging of the Ben Elton and Queen musical about one of the biggest bands of all time, We Will Rock You, we were chomping at the bit.

“We love designing creative elements to be made from truss and we love working with creative people who come up with the ideas to do so – step up Trevor Patient,” Ian Wood said, clearly inspired by Trevor’s concept.

The brief was for a giant guitar that mimicked the shape of Brian May’s guitar and Design Quintessence was able to get pretty close using a combination of custom and standard F34 Global Truss components. Whilst trying to emulate as much detail as possible, at 8m long and over 3m high, the truss guitar became focus point for the very impressive local production of We Will Rock You. Trevor was happy with the way it turned out, “It’s nice to be able to come up with an idea and take it to a company like Design Quintessence who can just turn that idea into reality without any fuss.”

The WA Pro-Am production has been a resounding success, with tours planned throughout the state. Ben Elton was present at the gala opening night on 23 March and must have been impressed with what he witnessed.

Lighting and over 70m of additional Global Truss rigging supplied by Platinum Entertainment WA Pty LtdElite Audio Visual Productions and His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth.

Congratulations to all those involved in what is a fantastic production.