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Setting a Stage for the Nation

All Access utilizes KETIV's weekly training webinar; Autodesk Virtual Academy (AVA) to continue building their skills.

Super Bowl LII

It’s mid-January of 2018 and the All Access team is in the midst of designing, manufacturing and sending stage pieces out for delivery and setup. Each of the three warehouses they occupy in Torrance, CA is manned at all hours of the day and night, Monday through Saturday. Every machine, employee and space is utilized to its maximum capacity. There is no “try,” “maybe” or “can’t,” even though 30% of the stages All Access builds have never been created before. If you can dream it, All Access can create it.

During this time of year, All Access is guaranteed to be preparing for the Super Bowl Half Time Show. This year, 6-time Grammy Award winner, Justin Timberlake took the stage in front of over 100 million people. Joey Brennan, All Access’ Technical Design Department Head, explains that they are accustomed to working under extremely tight deadlines and adapting to rapidly changing working environments.

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“We are working with artists and creative people. They may wake up in the middle of the night and decide the square has to be a circle and it has to be purple instead of red and that will serve the ultimate goal best. That’s what we do here.”

Lady Gaga’s Piano Dome

Three weeks before Lady Gaga’s Halftime show, Nick Vogelpohl, All Access’ Technical Designer, received an email regarding a central stage piece known as the Piano Dome. Nick and the team were instructed to halt all production on the Dome.

Luckily, All Access uses Autodesk Inventor to design the custom staging pieces they manufacture.

This gave them the means to stop production on the Dome, but save the original designs, safely. The next day, the team was informed that the Dome was back in the show, but the design needed to be completely reinvented. “The first design for the dome and final full dome designs were drastically different,” Nick explains, “The strongest benefit of Inventor, regarding the rapid creation and constant change of this unit, was how adaptive Frame Generator is and how if a sketch is set up with forethought it can – easily adapt to most changes that might occur.”

Through the Dome’s evolution, the design underwent a number of iterations, including a design that incorporated custom handrails made to resemble wings. Inventor made it easy to revise and update the new sketches, depending on what worked. On January 16, the design was approved and sent to be built. On January 21, 2017, the Piano Dome was shipped to Houston, Texas and seen by 111 million people on TV as part of the LI Super Bowl Halftime Show.

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Dependability is something All Access prides itself on and it’s what we look for in those we work with. That’s why we trust KETIV to support our CAD team


All Access is a proud partner with KETIV Technologies. “Dependability is something All Access prides itself on and it’s what we look for in those we work with. That’s why we trust KETIV to support our CAD team.” – Joey Brennan, All Access’ Technical Design Department Head. 

All Access utilizes KETIV’s weekly training webinar; Autodesk Virtual Academy (AVA) to continue building their skills. AVA provides them with the knowledge they need to stay up-to-date with new features and insights to improve workflows. They also use KETIV’s Lifeline Support to help them stay at peak efficiency.

The All Access Promise

From those sitting in the back of the arena, to the stage hands unloading or crawling under the stage, All Access vows to give everyone a great experience. In Joey’s eyes, if a fan is completely and joyfully immersed in the spectacle of the performance, they’ve done their job. To see All Access’ work, be sure to watch Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl LII Halftime Show on February 4th, 2018.

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