Sensors and Encoders
This was a good session presented in part by Loren Schreiber which covered the various types of encoders and sensors. The bulk of the time was spent on encoders. And he gave away good swag – booklets called BEI Industial Encoders for Dummies.
The last session for me was Scene Shop Structures: Commercial, Regional, Educational, with David Boevers, Joel Krause, Shannon Nickerson, and myself. David Boevers has the power point of his slides online on his blog, which you can check out here: http://cmuptm.blogspot.com/2008/03/usitt-slides.html
The session was interesting. While there was a comparioson done about how the traditional lort structure is, the opera structure where the TD is over props and paint, and then the commercial structure. The rest of the session was about CMU’s “crazy scheme” where they adapted to a commercial structure in their educational setting. It was interesting, and it made me wonder if such an experiment would be good on a larger scale. For instance, handling multiple projects in the “real world” is very common, yet academically, you may not always be in a position to handle multiple theatre assignments, or when you do they are in different positions or departments.