Christoph, can you give us some examples of the coordination needed for such a project?
We always tried to accommodate our customer and meet the deadlines. It was very important to observe how the process was developing and how the development (in terms of phases) was progressing. It was just as important to pay attention to the commercial specifications, as our development costs had to remain within the budget, in the same way as series production. As a result, I maintained a constant presence in several project work groups, which met several times per week and discussed the progress made and, of course, any problems that arose. Jean-Marie was always closely involved and together we discussed the next catalogue of measures, which were then communicated to the individual teams/work groups.
And how do you motivate yourself to keep moving forward?
Bringing a product to market generates a great deal of joy. This joy motivates me and makes me very proud. As with all our products, the solutions for the intended user experience simply must fit! This is where the expertise of our longstanding partners in construction and design also plays an important role. Our partners guarantee that the 3D models we have developed will be produced perfectly every time. They accompany the development completely up to the productive use. We want to maximize the benefit to the customer!
At this point, the C⋅A⋅T service also comes into play. After all, we provide the customer with the perfect system according to our motto: “Well, if it was easy, ANYONE could do it.” Results like this make me very proud and bring fresh motivation to our teams and me every day.
Is there a moment that is particularly memorable to you?
Initially, we had just a couple of drafts for the device, sketched out on paper. In terms of hardware, things moved quickly. After two prototypes we were already in a position to bring the product to market. Fitting the screen was particularly difficult. We needed to integrate a 19.5” touchscreen into the much smaller console. At that point, I was concerned about how the aluminium construction would be manufactured. But this also turned out really well.
How do you (yourself/the team) feel now when the product (your baby) is finally installed and functioning?
I just feel really happy. The motivation that comes from this inspires me to develop more ideas and concepts. Each new development task makes you “hungrier”! Put simply, you always want to develop new products, be successful and celebrate yet another successful project.
And what does our customer say about their new C⋅A⋅T Gallery Console System?
Waagner-Biro Stage Systems in an interview with Chris King (Managing Director) and David Harvey (Technical Director) of the Melbourne Arts Centre.
Chris, ultimately, what was the crucial factor in commissioning Waagner Biro Stage Systems with the renovation of the State Theatre?
Today, Waagner Biro Stage Systems is one of the most experienced and respected companies for stage automation anywhere in the world. The broad spectrum of experience and support that was continually offered to the Arts Centre Melbourne made the bid from Waagner Biro Stage Systems very compelling. However, the crucial factor was the ability of Waagner Biro Stage Systems to address our wishes and develop the new gallery console that would serve our purposes and meet our requirements.
What was your first impression when you saw the newly developed C⋅A⋅T gallery console at a 1:1 scale at the control system presentation in 2017?
Chris: My first impression was: “What an elegant and compact solution! How did Waagner Biro Stage Systems manage to put it together so quickly?”
David: What struck me most of all was that Waagner Biro Stage Systems had understood the spatial problem that we have on our fly galleries perfectly and had designed the new C⋅A⋅T 550 console so that it met all our specific and operational requirements.