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Supersized Active Learning

A New Era in Engineering Education

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A New Era in Engineering Education

The University of Toronto’s Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) heralds a new era in engineering education. Designed by Montgomery Sisam Architects in association with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to foster collaboration between researchers, students, industry partners and alumni, CEIE is one of the most sustainable post-secondary facilities in Canada.

Consistent with CEIE’s mandate for flexible learning, seating in the 500-seat lecture hall is arranged in groups, allowing the instructor to connect up to 200 HDMI feeds from simultaneous breakout sessions to the room front, and display multiple feeds, tiled or layered in any combination of sizes. Audio is supported via a mix of table-mount microphones, steerable loudspeaker arrays, and in-ceiling speakers. Highly sophisticated control was designed to accommodate the advanced level of switching and sizing in this installation, truly the first of its kind.

The lower photo shows the installation of the steel backplane to support the 20m-wide x 3.3m-high direct view LED display.

EH designed the AV and control logic for a wide range of room uses, including revenue generating events. The project encompasses 20 meeting/lab/classroom spaces, 16 digital teaching workspaces, and 15 digital signage locations.

Immersive Learning

Visualizing Large Data Analytics

Subsequent to the build, EH was retained to design audiovisual systems for the 20-seat Stewart Blusson Visualization Laboratory within CEIE intended for display of large data analytics. The first immersive video suite in Canada to utilise Narrow Pixel Pitch LED technology, the lab features an 11m-wide x 3m-high ultra-high-resolution video wall, enabling students to experience larger-than-life images, videos, models, and simulations.

Forming the curved video wall is a system of 1.2mm display panels offering lower energy consumption, high brightness, cool-to-the-touch operating temperatures, and fast refresh rates. The display is mounted on a 10.6m-wide portrait-oriented curved array backplane. A 32 x 32 matrix switcher provides seamless digital video and audio switching along with lossless HD multi-room signal distribution. Images may be scaled to the 4K/8K multi-screen presentation system with low latency, while the audio system supports both lectures and digital surround program capability.

Additional 4K UHD monitors provide supplementary information in the space, in addition to digital signage at the entrance to the lab.

Each year, ReNew Canada publishes a list of the largest infrastructure projects in the country. Engineering Harmonics consulted for AV for four of the Top 100, including the Parliamentary Precinct Rehabilitation Project, Union Station Revitalization Project, Canadian Forces Base Trenton Expansion, and the Toronto Courthouse Project. We are honored to be a Silver Level participant again this year.

Engineering Harmonics collaborated with Montgomery Sisam Architects in association with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios for the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Images courtesy of University of Toronto, Applied Electronics, rp Visual Solutions, and Engineering Harmonics.

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We retained Engineering Harmonics because we respect them and we respect the quality of their work—both the results they had obtained on their previous projects and the process they employed in achieving those results.

Bob Essert

Principal, Sound Space Vision

When I first went into the Rogers Centre, I was surprised at just how good the house system sounded.

Marc Laliberté

Cirque du Soleil, Sound Designer for the 2015 Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony

We have some very traditional teachers in our program who literally could not imagine how they were going to be able to teach without a blackboard and chalk. If we hadn’t had Andrew Kozak on board we never would have been able to get our teachers to understand how they can teach better with this technology.

Joanne Power

Policy and Planning Officer, Dean’s Office, Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine

Within an hour they knew where my knowledge stopped and where theirs had to start — and they were very, very gracious about it, even though they play on the world stage. They brought world-class knowledge and home-town service to the project.

Paul LaBarbera

Sound and Video Engineer, Bard College

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