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The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) provides continuing medical education for pathologists. USCAP operates the Powers-Sanchez Interactive Center in Palm Springs, California, constructed by ZTransform.

The Goal

Labs, Lectures & Broadcasting

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USCAP recognized the way people learn in the digital age has changed dramatically. Therefore, they envisioned an interactive microscopy laboratory united digitally with a conference center and broadcast studio to create sophisticated educational products for worldwide consumption. The facility would need to be available to radiologists, surgeons, oncologists and dermatologists, to create, capture, and broadcast meetings, educational programs, and other content.

USCAP deemed Palm Springs as the perfect location for the Powers-Sanchez Interactive Center as it attracts people from around the world for the international film festival, tennis, golf, and music festivals. And It’s a desirable area that attracts learners in medicine.

The Challenge

Interactive & Live

The interactive involvement of the end-user would be critical to the success of the facility. Use case analysis indicated a need for a traditional broadcast system based on industry standard specifications as well as a state of the art AV system. The two systems had to work together seamlessly in order to allow presenters – whether local or remote – to interact with all venues; and to allow the lectures, interactions, lab work and interviews to be recorded and broadcast live via the Internet.

There was also a need for AV automation in order to provide control of displays and sound reinforcement, as well as environmental elements such as shades and lighting. Video conferencing capability was required to allow remote participants to fully interact with each of the venues – either as attendees or presenters – and the system needed to be capable of functioning in a less technical “self-service mode”, when production staff was not involved.

In addition to the lab and lecture spaces, the production studio needed to be a flexible set with green cyclorama, separated from the lecture hall space by a theatrical curtain to allow a live audience for interviews. The low ceiling required a creative design for pipe grid, DMX controls and curtains. The selection of the camera package in the studio was an interesting solution to the challenge presented by the desire for a dual purpose HD studio / 4k cinema camera.

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The Solution

3D Medical Imaging

Medical imaging required the use of UHD and 3D to support the resolution required for clinical diagnosis. ZTransform selected three ninety-eight inch UHD displays to create a video wall in the lecture hall. 3D medical imaging is supported using Eon Reality Icatcher software in conjunction with the passive 3D technology integrated in the Planar UHD displays.

The interactive and recording capabilities for the event venues are facilitated by seven PTZ cameras in the lab and lecture spaces, along with an array of wireless and wired microphones and automated production lighting. Connector panels are located throughout the facility for future growth such as the planned addition of an ultrasound machine for instruction on performing ultrasound guided biopsies.

The Result

Total Integration

Design construction documents were issued and weekly coordination meetings continued with the trades and client as the ZTransform integration team arrived on site to begin wiring and receiving equipment. On-site project management handled daily feedback and rapid response to any questions or concerns.

As the project neared completion, ZTransform provided the commissioning, training and documentation required for staff to operate with confidence. This included manufacturer training and end-to-end system training provided by ZTransform along with a custom technical manual covering critical training components. Careful use case analysis and project management enabled ZTransform to design and implement a thoughtful solution for broadcast production and AV integration for this unique facility.

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Key Technologies

Products deployed in this special project include:

  • Ross NK Routing Carbonite switcher
  • Ross xPression graphics
  • OpenGear processing
  • Panasonic studio and PTZ cameras
  • Sony monitoring
  • Shure wireless audio
  • Crestron AV systems
  • AJA video recorders
  • ETC lighting
  • Clearcom Intercom
  • BSS audio DSP’s
  • Yamaha mixing
  • Forecast technical furniture

3D Medical Imaging

Wireless Production Communications

Dual-purpose HD Studio / 4k Cinema Cameras

Key Services provided

Planning & Development

Detailed workflow mapping, space planning, technical furniture/casework, specification of electrical, acoustic and lighting

Engineering & Design

Design included AutoCAD based architectural interface drawings, build-to system functionals, and wirelisting package with pinout details

Systems Integration

Complete installation, configuration and commissioning services were provided. A key focus was on future growth and ease of system upgrades


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