Electrical Contracting News (ECN) March 2017 - Page 50

SPECIAL FEATURE UPS & POWER DISTRIBUTION THE SHOW MUST GO ON The events industry has become increasingly reliant on effective power distribution. Whether it is a large scale music festival with elaborate light shows or small corporate events with sound systems and presentations, technological development has driven higher rates of energy usage from event organisers. With the festival season coming up, Matt Collins, business development manager of ide Systems, explains how contractors can ensure equipment is installed efficiently, effectively and safely. The UK events sector is booming. The industry is currently valued at £42.3bn and, according to Eventbrite’s 2016 pulse report, 67 per cent of event organisers believe their events will grow and 20 per cent expect their budgets to increase. These are substantial statistics that show an optimistic and growing industry. However, these growth projections bring with them the pressures of ensuring that operations run smoothly. With increasingly demanding applications and energy intensive equipment, both event organisers and electrical contractors are responsible for keeping everything functioning effectively. While event organisers are tasked with sourcing suppliers and accurately quoting specifications, contractors must fit equipment properly and ensure everything is installed in a safe and timely fashion. To do this, contractors must bear several factors in mind. Regulatory compliance In many instances, the organiser of the event is not an electrical professional and may not have a strong understanding of regulatory standards for temporary electrical distribution equipment. As such, it is important that contractors double check to ensure that equipment is compliant and certified safe to use. The electrical safety standard in the UK is BS7671, which is better known as the IET Wiring Regulations 17th Edition. Theoretically, any power distribution installation certified to this standard is safe for use. However, this does not automatically make it compliant. For electrical equipment to be used at an event it must comply not only with BS7671, but also with BS7909 — the set of standards for temporary electrical systems at events. Power distribution equipment at events must be certified to both BS7671 and BS7909, though there are a handful 50 | March 2017