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THE RIGGING WORLD
Training, Strategic Planning & the Five Pillars of Simplicity
e are now several months into you and your team were rigging educated dealing with an uncomfortand knew that only forged shouldered able and unprecedented eyebolts are the approved standard for job climate. And aren’t we feeling suspension and rigging, then you’d “enough is enough” and looking never have this scenario arise on forward to getting back to work— any of your projects. Putting it providing excellent services once simply: Rigging education imagain for our partners and cliproves the safety, time and profit ents? In the meantime, there’s the By Andrew Fulton on your jobs and supports what I exceptional online rigging courses call “strategic planning.” from Industrial Training International. Strategic planning is based on the Five ITI’s training helps you understand your Pillars of Simplicity. Here they are: managing riggers’ thought processes and PREPAREDNESS! You can get this their rigging needs. This is a big deal. Take a by pairing your rigging education with regularly occurring on-the-job scenario, for that of a professional rigging designer. example. It has to do with a very simple yet He can relieve any anxieties by heading very important piece of rigging hardware, off unnecessary problems and glitchthe eyebolt. Almost all tradeshow booths es. The rigging designer goes through incorporate suspended scenic pieces—susevery element to be rigged, ensures only pended by eyebolts. Competent riggers correct hardware is onsite, and oversees know these need to be forged shouldered how those elements are rigged. The preeyebolts (from reputable manufacturers paredness pillar guarantees the desired such as Chicago Hardware, Crosby, Camptimeline is maintained so your project is bell, Columbus McKinnon). And if that isn’t completed on time or ahead of schedule, what’s been provided, a project comes to a all suspended elements are rigged in standstill because the rigger knows not to the safest manner, and that the project use anything but the approved hardware. comes in on or under budget. This pillar What happens next? The job’s schedule of simplicity is the smartest way to operand work flow is compromised. But if ate and every client appreciates this.
SATISFYING! When you have specialists in place at each facet of your project, you can feel satisfied that business is being handled well—that whatever situation may arise, you have the expert to handle that scenario. COMFORTING! Tremendous comfort comes from having a meticulously-designed rigging plan and an accurate timeline for completion. Worries are minimized and a frenetic work environment is avoided. You and your client can be comfortable knowing the work flow is being properly and safely managed and that there’s positive energy on the job. UNDERSTANDABLE! It’s a truism: “We don’t know what we don’t know.” Your own rigging education can mitigate some of this, but bringing a rigging leader onto your team fills in the gaps. Back to the above-mentioned eyebolt example: You and your team would understand exactly what’s required for your project to be executed properly, safely and on time. No sub-standard hardware or gear on your watch. SUSTAINABLE! Sustainable processes, sustainable procedures, sustainable successes. And it all stems from sustainable relationships with clients. While you can contribute to this through your own ITI rigging education, your rigging leader is the one who guarantees this sustainability. Rigging leaders make us look good because they work from an asset protection perspective. They’re experts at protecting the production company, the client, the venue, the rigging team and the event attendees. This is sustainable. It’s the ultimate pillar of simplicity. When we finally get back to work, we can hit the ground running with increased rigging education. Andrew Fulton is a 23-year member of IATSE Local 720 and is currently the lead production rigger at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. He manages projects for the Las Vegas PRG office and is also part owner of Rigging International Group, a rope access training and services company established in 2015. He offers rigging training & education through his entertainment rigging school RIG FOR SUCCESS. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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