System Design

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Here at Universal AV, we know designing a system is probably something that most clients have limited experience with and would rather leave to the experts. Fortunately, that’s where we come in! We have the resources, personnel, experience and knowledge to create for you, or your company, a fully working audio visual, electrical or IT network system to meet your requirements. When designing your system, we will schedule important meetings with yourselves, or your contractors, on-site or at your premises depending on which is more suitable for you.

Every single project and system we undertake is unique. Therefore the following steps would be typical for the design of a moderate to large audio visual system:

  1. We will normally work from a specification document (for mid – large projects). This states, in plain English with numerical details what the customer expects. So long as it is well written and structured, we will typically use if as a reference throughout the audio visual, electrical or IT network system design.
  2. Using the specification document, we will usually create a functional specification (design) document which simply builds on the specification document in much greater detail. Here calculations may be used or referenced to support design decisions.
  3. Functional diagrams may be made. These use block diagrams indicating information and signal / electrical flow component to component.
  4. Schematic diagrams are typically created at this point showing the various device interconnections between the different sources, displays and termination points.
  5. Wiring diagrams are also occasionally made. These show and name the termination points and names of each connector. In some systems, this information can be embedded into the system schematics so that this separate wiring diagram is not required.
  6. Load schedules are often produced at this stage showing the load of various circuits (mainly for electrical or lighting designs)
  7. Lastly, a cable or termination schedule list is made (normally in a spreadsheet or list format). This shows the various cable types, approximate estimated cable lengths and start to end point of the cable run (so our engineers know what cables are to be connected and to where). We will print copies of this as our engineers can check of the cables as they are run. All cables will also have a label for easy identification during the terminating phase of the project.

Normally, some of the above elements would change during the project life and will get amended during the various project phases. Upon project completion, this will work part of the ‘AS Built’ documentation that will be submitted to you.

As mentioned earlier, this is what a typical medium – large audio visual project consists of. If you are considering an audio visual, electrical or IT system design and would like to know what steps your project may consist of, get in touch with us today! We’re here to help!