Day 1, Tuesday Nov 10
During this class we will begin to explore the forces involved in rigging and look at ways of explaining and quantifying them. We will learn some basic math to calculate point loads and uniform loads. We will also have a discussion about indeterminate structures and why they are so important to understand.
Day 2, Tuesday Nov 17
This session will be a deeper dive into topics related to hardware and its use. We will discuss standards that apply to the rigging hardware we use on a daily basis and consider how hardware inspection should be worked into our process. We will also look at hardware that is used extensively in rigging design and installations that is outside of what we might consider "normal" hardware. Students will review samples of many of the items that come up in the instructor’s studio.
Day 3, Tuesday Dec 1
This class will be an overview of counterweight systems. We will discuss the applicable standards and use those standards to discuss issues of maintenance and inspection. During the session we will discuss all of the components in a typical counterweight system and cover basic operation of these systems.
Day 4, Tuesday Dec 8
This session is an overview of arena rigging operations. We will discuss what makes arena rigging a truly unique entity that requires discipline and an ability to adapt to the situation. We will look at all of the typical hardware and practices involved with typical arena style rigging. Last but not least, we will look at a simple way of calculating basic bridles. Instructor will demonstrate examples of baskets and hardware.