Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Dutch Maritime Museum reopens following major renovation – new AV systems and interactives

Image: Het Scheepvaartmuseum

Message from Richmond Sound Design Ltd., Rapenburg Plaza and Het Scheepvaartmuseum:

“On 2 October 2011, the Dutch Maritime Museum – Het Scheepvaartmuseum – reopened following major renovation. The museum consists of several themed exhibitions, object exhibitions and interactive exhibits. Rapenburg Plaza made an important contribution to the interior layout of the Museum.

The Voyage at Sea

Rapenburg Plaza are responsible for the complete media and lighting control, the major part of the audio-visual installations and also the entire technical content, including the lighting & sound design for the Voyage at Sea – an impressive maritime experience. A Richmond Sound Design SoundMan-Server Virtual Sound System with 96 track playback and 48 input and output channels handles all the sound content and effects as well as all audio from the video sources in this amazing attraction.

“The Voyage at Sea is a twenty-minute show divided over five rooms in which the public is taken on a journey through five hundred years of Dutch maritime history. Rapenburg Plaza was part of the creative and production teams responsible for designing and building the Voyage at Sea. For this spectacular interactive exhibit, we were responsible for the lighting design, the AV and system design and the entire technical execution. Come and sail with us soon!

“To control all three themed exhibitions, the seven object exhibitions and the two interactive exhibits, Rapenburg Plaza designed, installed and programmed a network based on ShowControl. This system was built using Medialon software, KissBox interfaces and industrial network hardware and software. The system allows the personnel complete control over all lighting and AV equipment, however Rapenburg Plaza programmers can also manage and monitor the entire installation remotely.

Lighting control
“Rapenburg Plaza itself was partly responsible for the ingenious lighting control system. An open DMX infrastructure was fitted to low-voltage rails in all the museum’s rooms and showcases, providing more than four thousand individually addressable spotlights with the correct data. All fittings were therefore included in a large E*Net DMX network and can be individually controlled. This not only applies to all LED fittings in the showcases but also to all tunable-white and RGB spotlights on the ceiling rails.

AV technology
“In addition to the specialisms, media control and lighting design mentioned above, we also supplied and installed all the AV equipment for the seven object exhibitions, the See you in the Golden Age exhibition, Mijn.Expo (the world’s largest iPad) and, of course, the Voyage at Sea.

Equipment overview
“Here are a few figures to provide a global overview of the size of the ShowControl network and the DMX and AV installation”

  • 79 audio- and/or video players
  • 59 PCs or servers
  • 36 industrial network switches
  • 46 Ethernet DMX interfaces
  • 48 DMX splitters
  • 56 video projectors
  • 28 screens or touch screens
  • 47 audio amplifiers
  • 238 loudspeakers
  • 123 interfaces

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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