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EDUCATION

As a CEDIA Outreach Instructor, Atlanta Audio & Automation helps you stand out from the competition by keeping you informed about the latest custom technology trends on both the residential and commercial markets. Learn about every aspect of home technology from custom theater design and video surveillance to wiring installation and integrated systems. Along with CEDIA, there are many other organizations like Lutron Electronics which we partner with to bring you the latest in technology trends like lighting control and hidden technologies that can be part of your design elements.

With the right training, you will be prepared to answer any questions from prospective clients. These courses can also be used towards continuing education credits when renewing your designer, architect or construction licenses.

In order to become CEDIA Outreach Instructors, we underwent a comprehensive “Train the Trainer” course and have to follow strict guidelines to retain our COI status. In addition to this, we boast more than 20 years of experience in the custom electronics design and integration industry. We know how busy your schedule can get, which is why we set up the courses in your office or showroom for optimal convenience. Read on to learn more about the many diverse courses we have to offer, and fill out the form to the right to sign up.









COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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COURSE 1: CONTROLLING AND ISOLATING SOUND IN THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PROCESS

Controlling and isolating sound is tricky—without the correct tools, the right people, and the proper design, the results are often disastrous. Participants in this course will review the needs for creating sound isolated specialty spaces and discuss how much sound isolation is needed in varying circumstances. In addition, attendees will dive into the three tools of sound isolation—mass, absorption, and mechanical isolation and the role of each in the design and build process, while discussing the process of designing and constructing a specialty space. This course will also outline the benefits of working as a team with other trades to provide the client the expertise in bringing about a well-designed and functional space.

COURSE 2: DEDICATED THEATER DESIGN

 


What is a home theater? This may sound like a simple question, but is it? Participants in this course will come away with a very distinct definition of what a home theater is—and what it isn’t! Discussions will also include basic acoustical physics, common mistakes in designing theaters, as well as specific design considerations related to video, lighting, electrical, and safety and comfort. This course will provide guidance related to what goes in the room—from equipment, to wall treatments, to seating—and provide practical solutions to problems associated with home theater design and construction. Additionally, attendees will discuss the importance of engaging a trained, qualified professional early in the design and build process.

 

COURSE 3: DESIGNING TO DISGUISE: THE ART OF HIDING TECHNOLOGY

 

Home electronics should integrate seamlessly into a home’s design and décor. This course reviews the threepronged approach to hiding technology—advance planning, design philosophy, and product selection—which are available for minimizing the visual impact of electronics without compromising performance. Specific challenges and recommendations related to hiding video displays, projectors, speakers, controls, cameras, and equipment racks—among others—will be addressed. This course speaks to innovative and creative ways to lessen the visual impact of electronics by making them low-profile, hidden or camouflaged, or even invisible!

 

 

COURSE 4: DIGITAL SIGNAGE SOLUTIONS

 

Digital signage is one of the fastest growing segments of the installed audio/ video industry! Digital signage is ubiquitous, from the 6-inch screen on the gas pump at your neighborhood service station to the 50-inch HD screen in an upscale salon and spa. Participants will have “digital signage” defined and will examine how this exciting industry is projected to grow and change over time. Attendees will walk away with a working knowledge of the infrastructure requirements that allow a digital signage system to operate and evolve, as well as how these systems can be managed for maximum return on investment. Additionally, participants will look at the value of working with trained electronic systems professionals and when to engage that trade in the planning process.

 

COURSE 5: LIGHTING CONTROL ILLUMINATED

 

(Expires March 31, 2017) Lighting control has become a standard in new construction and existing retrofit solutions…those who have it love it and wonder how they ever lived without it! Participants will walk away from this course with a basic understanding of lighting control terminology, and the benefits and solutions related to lighting control— presented in simple, easy to understand language. Additionally, attendees will be active participants in discussion surrounding common misperceptions, features, and lighting control design considerations.

COURSE 6: PROPER PLANNING FOR RESIDENTIAL ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS

 As with other rough-in trades (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing), electronic systems should be planned for well in advance of construction and documented at the construction drawing phase of design. This course describes the processes used by professionals in the project planning, design, and installation phases of electronic systems. Participants will be able to identify different types of residential systems and the unique impact of each on specific design considerations, such as space, framing, electrical, and ventilation requirements. This course will also help attendees identify and analyze the benefits of working with trained electronic systems professionals.

COURSE 7: TECHNOLOGY FOR OUTDOOR SPACES

 


(Expires May 31, 2017) Today’s homes have technology everywhere – inside and out! This market has grown beyond simple audio and video options. This course will provide design and build partners with a familiarity with outdoor technology options and how the environment (both weather, location, and terrain) influences outdoor technology choices. Additionally, participants will discuss the infrastructure, and equipment needs and options to ensure a successful project! Real-world examples will be provided throughout the course to ensure attendees understand how these principles are relevant to any project that includes an outdoor component.

 

COURSE 8: UNDERSTANDING TODAY’S HOME TECHNOLOGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE OPTIONS

(Expires January 12, 2017) There are many available options related to technology for today’s savvy clients, and this course will help guide participants through the myriad of choices. Participants will walk away from this course with a comprehensive overview of current home technologies available in today’s connected homes. The in-depth discussion will include wired vs. wireless, integrated systems—what they are and how they work—and engaging a trained electronic systems professional. This overview will also help attendees plan for proper wiring infrastructure and other profitable electronic systems.

 

COURSE 9: USING HOME TECHNOLOGY TO HELP HOMEOWNERS LIVE A GREENER LIFE

(Expires March 31, 2017) A “green home” extends beyond recycling and energy efficiency, clients today want to live a greener lifestyle. Participants in this course will discuss components of “living green”, and how using technology can actually help their clients live a greener life. Additionally, attendees will discuss the ways control systems can improve durability, and enhance health and comfort of a home and its occupants through HVAC, lighting and lighting control, automated shading, smart appliances, water usage. Participants will also discuss how a cooperative mentality among trades in the design and building process can help clients achieve their “green goals”.


COURSE 10: The Lighting Renaissance I AIA Program # LRI15 (1.0 LU) IDCEC (ASID/IIDA) Approved (0.1 CEU)

 Objectives:

  • Explain how to control electric and daylight through switching, dimming, and shading technologies
  • Distinguish the difference between the basic lamp types and explain how they are controlled
  • Identify proper lighting control strategies to ensure space aesthetics, efficiency, and occupant comfort
  • List the variety of window treatments and how they effectively control daylight


COURSE 11: The Lighting Renaissance II AIA Program # LRII15 (1.0 LU) IDCEC (ASID/IIDA) Approved (0.1 CEU)

 Objectives:

  • Explain dimming technology; lighting loads, configurations, ganging and derating
  • Recognize the difference between single zone, single room, and whole home lighting control strategies
  • Demonstrate when to use localized, centralized, or optimized whole home lighting control system
  • Describe how effective daylight management plays an integral role in a total home control system to increase occupant comfort and save energy


COURSE 12: From Vision to reality; Where technology meets design. AIA Approved IDCEC (ASID/IIDA) Approved

 Objectives:

  • How to retain your design vision, while keeping technology in your project portfolio
  • Design impact of technology components across the project
  • Elements: Permanent, Transitional & Temporary
  • Technology: Its expanded presence
  • Impact: How your vision gets compromised
  • Harmony: How to include technology components in real world design