HAUGESUND, NORWAY, OCTOBER 27TH 2016 — Harkness Screens the world’s leading screen technology company and thought-leaders in on-screen brightness recently assisted leading Scandinavian integrator Videvox with transforming Screen 1 of Edda Kino in Haugesund, Norway.
The leading auditorium plays host to the prestigious Haugesund Film Festival each August. Ahead of this year’s fesitival, Videvox were tasked with undertaking a major refurbishment of Screen 1 including the installation of Dolby Atmos.
“The age of the site meant that there were very few CAD drawings available for us to reference against and those available did not represent the auditorium in its current state. Given the timescales and the proposed refurbishment plans, we needed accurate documentation to ensure that we could refurbish and refit the auditorium in time for the festival, explains Ulf Qvicklund, Key Account Manager at Videvox. “We also needed to obtain information about the void above the suspended ceiling to ensure we could correctly place the overhead speakers for the Dolby Atmos installation,” he adds.
In order to obtain sufficient information, Harkness provided its Reality Capture 3D digital surveying solution. Reality Capture from Harkness Screens is an affordable service providing exhibitors, project managers and architects with a rapid 3D digital surveying service designed to authenticate existing building drawings (2D CAD or 3D BIM) and provide accurate information and platforms for building performance simulation.
The rich data captured from the survey was used to create a measurable 3D dataset from which accurate auditorium measurements could be obtained. Furthermore the data was reused to create 2D DWG sections and plans of the auditorium.
“Within a few days of the Harkness engineer attending site we had all of the information required including new DWG files that reflected the state of design in the auditorium. The efficiency of collection along with the accuracy and quality of the data enabled us to get into the project quickly and turn around the refurbishment efficiently with a huge element of risk removed. We couldn’t have done this as efficiently without Harkness’ solution,” says Qvicklund.
The fully refurbished Screen 1 at Edda Kino re-opened in time for the Haugesund film festival equipped with Dolby Atmos, Barco Flagship Laser Projector (DP4K-60L), MasterImage Horizon 3D and Harkness screen technology including a Clarus XC 170 surface and a Qalif Optimizer to monitor and maintain presentation quality.
“The importance of accurate real-estate data for exhibitors, architects and engineers cannot be understated. In the midst of retrofit projects, updating documentation to reflect changes particularly in the auditorium, is often overlooked. This in turn can lead to increased risk and uncertainty when future projects are undertaken which in turn can lead to delays and sometimes costly on-site errors. We were delighted to be able to assist Videvox in obtaining and creating accurate construction documentation for the Haugesund site which in turn allowed Ulf and the team to complete a potentially complex refurbishment ahead of time. Furthermore being able to supply our leading screen and monitoring technologies enabled us to provide solutions that will ensure audiences receive the best possible viewing experience,” says Richard Mitchell, VP Commercial Development at Harkness Screens.
Further information on Harkness’ Reality Capture solution can be found by visiting:- www.harkness-screens.com/
About Harkness Screens
Harkness Screens™ is the world's leading screen technology company, specialising in the design and manufacture of projection screens and supporting technologies. From single-screen independent theatres to large multiplexes to large format immersive theatre experiences or live events, Harkness supplies thousands of screens every year for cinema, film production, special effects, live events and custom AV applications.
With truly global reach, Harkness is regarded as the world leader in cinema and today has screens in more cinemas worldwide than any other manufacturer. With its industry leading 2D and 3D screen brands (Perlux and Spectral) along with its innovative range of tools and iOS/Android apps, Harkness continues to lead the way in screen technology for cinema.
Founded in 1929, Harkness has manufacturing facilities in the USA, UK, France, India and China. Harkness Screens combines unrivalled experience with the latest technology and production methods to provide innovative solutions to the company’s key markets worldwide. For more information, visit the Harkness Screens web page at www.harkness-screens.com.
Videvox is one of Scandinavia´s oldest cinema technology companies and has supplied equipment to the cinemas since 1978. The company has, during the technology shift from analog to digital screenings, been the leading integrator in the Swedish cinema market. Videvoxgruppen now includes departments with considerable expertise in network architecture and content distribution, with a broad market segment as target. The core business has always been around professional screenings, but to meet the ever growing demands for flexibility and system integration Videvox has developed into a full-service digital video and audio distribution company.
Videvox is also manufacturer of Digital Signage solution, Incode which was become the market leading cinema related digital signage system in Norway.