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Watershed Bristol

Bristol, United Kingdom

Watershed

In this case study we provide an individually switched power distribution unit (PDU). This PDU was custom made to the specification of Watershed Bristol. A creative hub home to 3 cinemas, studios, bars and cafés. 

Our team worked closely with the Watershed technicians to ensure their exact power distribution requirements were met. As a result, this has reduced the downtime during maintenance. As well as ensuring their variation of production staff only have access to the power where they need it.

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The Customer

Based within Bristol’s historic dockside, Watershed is home to three cinemas, the Pervsaive Media Studio and a café and bar. The Studio works with universities and research institutions around the world, and is run as a collaborative partnership with UWE (University of the West of England) and the University of Bristol.

The Challenge

To provide Watershed with an individually switched power distribution unit. To ensure when changing use of their multi purpose studios only the necessary equipment is controlled. Previous the Watershed technicians have experiences prolonged down time during maintenance as a result of the incorrect equipment being switched off.

Ewan Dunford, Watershed’s Technical Resources Manager said, “As a mixed use arts venue that has a cross over of live events, cinema and conferencing, we have a lot of equipment to use in 3 small projection rooms. We also have 3 conference spaces.

A lot of the time we rarely need to have all of the equipment altogether. Therefore it all gets switched on, unnecessarily. On the flip side, there are some pieces of equipment that need to stay switched on at all times but gets switched off unintentionally. This does not affect live operations, but does affect maintenance updates which we do remotely when there are no shows on.”

The Solution

A UK manufactured individually switched and fuse PDU. Our team worked closely with the Watershed technicians to ensure their exact power distribution requirements were met. This has reduced the downtime during maintenance. As well as ensuring their variation of production staff only have access to the power where they need it.

“Being able to individually switch on and off each piece of equipment on a neat, tidy PDU will be extremely useful to the venue technicians.

Determining what kit needs to be on which PDU was easily done, and I was really pleased that PDU Online were able to meet my requirements in a very friendly and professional manner as I was beginning to think it might not be possible as the market wasn’t flooded with what I required.”

I was beginning to think it might not be possible as the market wasn’t flooded with what I required.

Ewan Dunford, Watershed's Technical Resources Manager

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