Tag Archives: Projection

Sneak Peak At Latest Barco Technology

I recently had the good fortune of spending an amazing week in Tahoe with our friends from Barco who previewed their latest projection and visualization technology including razor-sharp 4K UDX Laser Projectors, which offer stunning experiences in terms of color, resolution, and processing, combined with savings on installation, shipping time and asset management.

At Riverview, we continually strive to stay on top of A/V trends, and the UDX solution is impressive. Particularly exciting is the introduction of short-throw right-angle lenses for the HDX and UDX platform. In my opinion, the two new lenses, a fixed 37mm, and a .65 – .85 zoom are game changers.  

The technology is not what we have seen previously, where the short-throw is based on direct mirror bounce, but rather a true 90° right angle pair of lenses. This allows the ability to stack redundant back-ups, and place your large-venue projectors at distances never before imagined in a short throw environment.

The geometry and range of lens shift we witnessed were truly spectacular.  


Riverview Systems Group Shines at AAOS 2017 with Zimmer Biomet

Team Blue was once again back at the annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS Members) meeting in San Diego, providing creative/tech support for our long-time client Zimmer Biomet. The show — the most important industry event attended by orthopedic surgeons and allied health professionals — was held March 14 through March 18, and marks our 19th year at the AAOS as a direct vendor to Zimmer (as of 2016, Zimmer Biomet), working with the company’s Convention Services division. The overall Zimmer Biomet exhibitor show footprint booth this year was over 29,400 sq. feet, featuring a 2nd floor with an additional 5,500 square feet, housing a dozen private conference rooms. The load-in alone took nearly 10 days with a crew of 20 RSG team members and an additional 60 locals to bring it all together.

4k Blended Theater for Zimmer Biomet at AAOS 2017

“Our team began working on the project in April 2016, just after we finished the 2016 AAOS show with Zimmer Biomet, helping to choose appropriate booth space within the convention center, in terms of rigging capacities and the profile that the space choice gives Zimmer Biomet within the overall exhibitor show footprint,” Evan Williams Riverview’s CEO says. “We then worked very closely with Catalyst Exhibits to take the evolving design, theme, and focus, and suggest solutions for how best to achieve the marketing vision. We are allowed a great deal of leeway as we come up with creative technical solutions, along with content design partner, Varipix.” Williams explained that due to Zimmer Biomet’s new ‘Signature Solutions’ initiative, which became the thematic focus for 2017, an immersive theater experience was suggested by the Event Marketing Group at Zimmer Biomet. Working with other key creative partners Stage Rigging, Inc., Catalyst Exhibits, Inc., TRU Service Group, and Varipix, Riverview helped facilitate an immersive theater, featuring an ultra high-res video presentation on a 40’ blended wide cinema screen set in a private theater within the booth space with 4K resolution. “It ended up being the only blended widescreen, that I know of, ever presented on a trade show floor at a double-wide 4K resolution,” Williams noted. Another focal point this year was a 10’ x 55’ wide LED “Billboard” centered in the booth space allowing for overall branding, schedules of Zimmer Biomet events outside the booth and testimonials to significant surgical luminaries who had recently passed.

LED Billboard for Zimmer Biomet at AAOS 2017

Equally impressive was the booth’s interactive and virtual components. From an interactive standpoint, Riverview designed and implemented a custom digital audio matrix system that gave tour guides and vignette presenters control over where their microphones were fed, in specific areas, for multiple small-group tours running simultaneously. The virtual booth experience had much to do with new mobile apps, for both iOS and Android platforms that were shown to attendees via tablets, as well as VR goggles and headphones. The Zimmer Biomet apps provided information about the future of interactive physical therapies that patients can interact with at home, as well as seamless transmittal of results to health care providers, etc. Riverview was tasked with the technical set-up of the various demonstration areas, including large touch screens that mirrored the VR experience. “The Zimmer Biomet exhibitor presence at AAOS has been massive for 19 years and the evolution of technology and automation continue to provide exciting technical and creative challenges,” adds Williams. “Through our collaborative effort with Zimmer Biomet and committed partners, our approach to the booth allowed us to create new and more sophisticated lighting, audio and video exhibit pieces to successfully deliver a unified design and inspired attendee experience.” For a look at the massive technology firepower required for a show of this magnitude, check out the gear list below! Riverview Systems Group: Zimmer Biomet Exhibit Booth Tech Facts: 
  • (10) 53’ Tractor Trailers – AV, Lighting, Rigging
  • (181) 1/2 ton and 1-Ton Chain Motors
  • 3314’ of Light and Medium duty truss
  • Total Rig Weight approx. 105000 lbs.
  • (701) Automated and Conventional Lighting Fixtures
  • (58) Kinetic Lighting LED Tubes 
  • (3) GrandMA 2 Lighting Control Consoles
  • 20000 Lighting Control Channels
  •  (284) 3.4mil LED Tiles
  •  (6) Christie Boxer 4K, 30000-lumen Projectors
  •  (4) Synchromesh 4-Channel DDR w/Turbine BU
  •  (3) Barco E2/S3 Switching Package
  •  (48) Flat Screen Displays, 32” to 75”
  •  (1) Custom 38 x 10 Cinema Projection Screen
  •  (1) Yamaha QL-5/RIO/Dante Audio Control System
  •  (1) Meyer 5.1 Theatre Surround System
  •  (1) Custom 12 x 6 Digital Audio Matrix Presenter Package
  • (10) Shure Axient Wireless Systems w/Custom Antenna Distribution
  • (4) Meyer MM-4 Speaker Systems

Riverview ‘Ignites’ Stryker Neurovascular National Sales Conference

Riverview Systems Group, the award-winning, full-service provider of engaging and innovative live events, is pleased to announce its continued partnership with Stryker Neurovascular, the medical technology provider, mounting its 2016 National Sales Conference, January 25-27 in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Riverview provided a full-range of services including production design, concept/theme development, creative direction, scenic and lighting design and management, original video content and technology expertise for the complex event. The Riverview-created event theme will also be used throughout 2016 at conferences in Stryker’s other global territories. The sales conference marks the eighth consecutive year Riverview has collaborated with Stryker on its all-important annual event and is a follow-up to last year’s Global Sales Conference in Prague.
The Riverview crew mounted several pre-rigging tests to pre-flight the design concept.

Above: Riverview crew mount a rigging test to pre-flight the design concept.

Evan Williams, CEO of Riverview Systems Group, notes that with the recent launch of its new Creative Services division, the company is taking on an expanded role for this year’s event to offer Stryker end-to-end production capabilities that spotlight its range of creative design services, technical ingenuity, artistic integrity and “big picture” capabilities. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Stryker who trust us to produce content across all mediums, make the right equipment choices, provide talented personnel and execute flawlessly,” says Williams. “In addition to handling the technical design strategy of the complex staging, we are developing the overall theme of the conference, producing a series of video segments seen throughout the event, as well as crafting an array of digital content ranging from a mobile app to digital signage and assorted print material.” Immersive Setting The main event stage features a sleek, immersive set design featuring a primary wide screen that delivers the bulk of Riverview-designed visual content, surrounded by a series of six smaller screens with accompanying LED elements and mirrors placed at 45-degree angles. The design adds a sense of texture, color and motion to the stage, while also serving as an additional way to deliver branded graphics, images and text. “Creatively, we approached the project almost like an ad campaign, in which we already laid out the concept of ‘The Fire Within’ at the 2015 global conference, and now we’re building on the idea with this year’s theme, ‘Ignite’,” explains Franco Berardi, Riverview Systems Group, Director of Design Services. “We’ve designed a beautiful mixed media, immersive set design not typically seen in a sales conference environment,” Berardi adds. “The LEDs and mirror units provide a unique sense of depth to the stage set that seemingly curves around the audience, for a truly immersive experience.” Video Captures “Moments”  Under the creative direction of Johnathan Regnier, Riverview Systems Group’s Senior Creative Manager, the company produced several video content packages seen throughout the conference that tie-in conceptually to the “Ignite” theme. This includes a series of “Woman On The Street” interviews with Stryker executives and conference attendees and the opening video montage to the conference that captures the special moments in one’s life where they feel ‘ignited’ – first steps, first time riding a bike, college graduation, first job, first sales win, etc. “The video content is all about looking inside yourself and discovering that fire within and letting that be your motivator,” Regnier says. “What we’re doing is continuing the conversation we started last year: now that you’ve discovered that fire within, let’s ignite it, let’s get to work. Our hope is that attendees come away feeling inspired and ready to achieve great things in 2016.” According to Jane Axelson, Senior Manager, Global Meetings & Events, Stryker NV, Riverview took the “The Fire Within” theme idea, which came from Stryker’s division president, and ran with it. “The Riverview team are the most professional, trustworthy and fun people to work with and we rely and trust them with all the elements of our meetings,” she says. “For the 2016 National Sales Meeting, Riverview was involved in every facet from opening video concepts and development, adding logo development, creative branding, full creative theme, logo design, video elements and more. They also came up with the “Ignite” theme to drive home last year’s “The Fire Within” message forward. The feedback I’ve received from the US National Sales Meeting was that ‘Ignite’ was our best sales meeting ever.” About Riverview Systems Group  Since 1987, Silicon Valley-based Riverview Systems Group, Inc., has been providing the world’s leading brands with the technical and production design expertise to successfully produce engaging and innovative live events The award-winning, full-service provider of audio-visual resources specializes in the rental, sale, design, installation and implementation of lighting, sound and video systems for corporate, retail, museum and educational markets. Recognizing that creative delivery of digital media is the new frontier of event staging today, Riverview offers a comprehensive array of technical and creative services, as well as an extensive inventory of state-of-the-art, well-maintained equipment including cutting-edge wide-screen projection, media server delivery, and LED display technology. Riverview works hand-in-hand with clients to share their expertise and accommodate any sized production to deliver extraordinary brand experiences. All trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners. Click Here for the full press release. Media Contacts  Vicky Gray-Clark Ambient PR vicky@ambientpr.com / 408-318-1980 Ray Ecke Right World Media ray@rightwordmedia.com / 973-726-3797