The AV (audio-visual) part of any trade show is quite important because exhibit systems would be pretty much incomplete without them. Most trade show companies or event planners do know about the AV team and their work. But barely do they know about the team setting up all the equipment. This is nothing bad, rather it is the norm. However, it is important that you know about the rigging of the AV equipment and whether it’s necessary or not.
Here is a detailed explanation of rigging and its purpose.
Rigging It All Up
Rigging refers to setting up all the AV equipment on the trade show floor. The ceilings in expo ballrooms and halls come with built-in points that hold cabling, truss, lighting, projection, and speakers. These are known as the “rigging points” which the AV team is usually aware of and work on.
To Rig or Not To Rig
This is quite an important concern when it comes to booth design – whether you need to rig your AV equipment or not. This mainly depends on two important factors:
- Whether there are ANY rigging points at the booth display or not.
- Whether there are any budget constraints in your trade show exhibit strategy or not.
There can be instances where the hall where you’re exhibiting has no rigging points at all. This is something you should clear out before signing any kind of venue contracts for an upcoming trade show.
This is where having a proper, professional AV company comes in handy. They can source venues and find the right one based on your needs because certain trade show set up does not require heavy AV equipment usage. Hence, the exhibit stand can do without rigging points. Others simply cannot operate without proper rigging points, and this is something a proper AV team can figure out easily.
Generally, venue costs are also attached to using rigging points, and an even bigger labor cost is required for hanging all the equipment as well. Hence, if you have budgetary constraints, rigging the AV equipment may not be a good idea.
Nonetheless, we hope this article was beneficial in understanding rigging. If you do choose an AV can be used to showcase the booth banner or play a video on loop.