Thorburn Associates at InfoComm: Eight Highly Practical Educational Sessions and an Immersive Audio Experience

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TA has a longstanding relationship with InfoComm and every year offers a slate of sessions addressing contemporary issues that today's technicians, integrators, designers, facility managers, developers, and architects face every day in the field. "Some of our most popular session topics have arisen from real-world situations we've encountered," explains Thorburn Associates principal Steven J. Thorburn, PE, CTS-D, CTS-I. "Continuing education has always been a core component of our business structure," says TA President Lisa Thorburn, CTS-D. "Education ensures clients are getting the very best service and provides them with the knowledge to make informed decisions."

Building the Perfect Teaching Station. Intro to Acoustics. Advanced Acoustics. Presentation Facility Design and Integration. AV System Integration Issues for Facility Managers. How to Issue an RFQ/RFP. Videoconferencing from the Camera's Point of View. Acoustics in Architecture.
(PRWEB) June 5, 2008 -- These eight educational sessions are available to attendees of InfoComm 08 (June 18-20, Las Vegas Convention Center) courtesy of seasoned acoustic and audiovisual specialist Thorburn Associates (TA), and InfoComm organizer, the International Communications Industry Association (ICIA). Five of the eight sessions will be conducted by TA Principal Steven J. Thorburn, who was named ICIA Educator of the Year in 1996. To sign up online in advance, visit

Build the Perfect Teaching Station (Session #IS10) presented by Jim Horn, CTS-D. Wed., June 18, 8:00-10:00 am. For the college and university environment.

Introduction to Acoustics (Session # IW1) presented by Steve Thorburn, PE, CTS-D, CTS-I. Wed., June 18, 12:30-4:30 pm. A hands-on introductory session.

Advanced Acoustics (Session #IW4) presented by Steve Thorburn, PE, CTS-D, CTS-I. Thurs., June 19, 8:00am-12:00 noon. Delves into such issues as vibration and echo control.

Presentation Facility Design and Integration (Session # IW6) presented by Derek Meares, CTS-D. Thurs., June 19, 12:30-4:30 pm. Sightlines and other major issues.

AV System Integration Issues for Owners/Facility Managers (Session IS64)
presented by Steve Thorburn, PE, CTS-D, CTS-I.
Thurs., June 19, 2:30-4:30 pm. For those new to the AV building process.

How to Issue an RFQ and RFP for AV Designers and Contractors (Session #IS69) presented by Lisa Thorburn, CTS. Fri., June 20, 8:00-10:00 am.
Addresses both design/bid/build and design/build project delivery methods.

Videoconferencing from the Camera's Point of View (Session #IS75) presented by Steve Thorburn, PE, CTS-D, CTS-I. Fri., June 20, 10:30 am-12:00 noon. Learn to think like a camera operator.

Acoustics in Architecture (Session #NW012) presented by Steve Thorburn, PE, CTS-D, CTS-I. Fri., June 20, 12:30-4:30 pm. Developing the acoustical design of a boardroom or lecture hall.

Immersive Audio Experience
Belly up to the bar - the ice bar, that is - in the Immersive Audio Experience at InfoComm 08, and discover how an immersive environment with a tightly focused design can enhance the satisfaction levels of guests, customers and anyone who enters the space. A higher overall quality experience induces people to stay longer and spend more money during their stay: So goes the core wisdom behind "theming" the retail or leisure environment.

Technology and acoustic design engineers Thorburn Associates (TA) and Frederick Ampel, President and Principal of Technology Visions, want InfoComm delegates to experience the difference for themselves, and have teamed up to offer the Immersive Audio Experience (IAE) in exhibit booth #C5656 at the popular technology trade show exhibition, June 18-20 in Las Vegas.

"The array of technologies and products available today gives us all the tools we need to create compelling, people-pleasing environments," says Steven J. Thorburn PE, CTS-D, CTS-I, principal of Thorburn Associates. "Seamless audio experiences such as we are demonstrating here are well within the scope of most building budgets. It's a matter of knowing how to choose them and how to use them, which is the role of audiovisual design."

"A truly enveloping audio experience matched with carefully produced visuals will help drive sales, and showcase products," says Ampel. "We're defining the concept of using multichannel audio to augment state-of-the-art video and careful acoustic design to create a unique guest experience."

The Immersive Audio Experience will offer two multi-channel audio rooms, one done up as a chic, modern ice bar, and the other as a hip retail space. Both rooms are equipped with flat panel displays and lighting for demonstrating techniques to coordinate digital signage and video content, supported by audio and effects.

Technology Visions is providing audio and event production for the Immersive Audio Experience. Thorburn Associates is providing audiovisual system design. Quantum Theory is audio producer. Other companies supplying equipment and services are: Audio-Technica, Biamp, Crestron, Extron, Lab Gruppen, Middle Atlantic Products Inc., Omnivex, Pioneer, Rocking M Coding & Design Co., Sony, Stealth Acoustics, Tannoy, QSC, Westinghouse, Wohler and XYZ Audiovisual.

About Thorburn Associates Inc.
Headquartered in Castro Valley, CA, with regional offices in Los Angeles and Raleigh-Durham, NC, TA specializes in highly technological projects. Thorburn Associates has been recognized as one of the leading firms in the acoustical and audiovisual system design industry. In the course of 16 years in business, TA projects have received multiple awards, from the International Communications Industry Association (ICIA-InfoComm), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Visit

About Technology Visions
Technology Visions, located in Overland Park, KS, provides a broad range of options for each client enabling a precise match between needs and budgets. With more than 35 years of multi-disciplinary experience in the Professional and Consumer Audio and Video marketplaces, Technology Visions is uniquely qualified to bring both real world expertise and a thorough in-depth understanding of how these industries work. Info:

About InfoComm
InfoComm International is the leading non-profit association serving the professional AV communications industry worldwide. Founded in 1939, the association offers industry expertise and market research serving press and others seeking information about the industry. Through activities that include trade shows, education, certification, government relations, outreach and information services, InfoComm promotes the industry and enhances members' ability to conduct business successfully and competently. Visit


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