Rigging Standards

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Rigging Submission Process

Step 1: Contact a Pinnacle Live sales representative for a venue specific rigging plot.

Step 2: To schedule Rigging Services, please complete the online form at www.pinnaclelive.com/rigging-request.

All rigging drawings must be in the form of .dwg or. Vwx. Drawing must include, but are not limited to:

  • Event Name, Production company, dates of the event, Ballroom location, Draftsman or point of contact and include the rigging points for reference.
  • Maximum weight load per point including motor and chain. (include a motor matrix in lbs.)
  • Trim heights for all truss
  • The submitted rigging diagrams must show all flown equipment (speakers, lighting units, AV, scenic, signs, special effects, automated units, etc.).

Rigging submissions should be made at minimum 21 days prior to load-in or additional charges may apply.

Step 3: Rigging Services will perform a comprehensive safety review on the diagram provided. Once the rigging diagram is approved, Pinnacle Live Rigging Services will forward the approved rigging request to the appropriate on-site Pinnacle Live team members who will generate a rigging estimate for your review and signature.

No quotes will be provided prior to submission and approval of the rigging diagram by Rigging Services. Further CAD assistance is available for an additional charge.

Pinnacle Live ON-SITE Policies

Pinnacle Live’s rigging equipment exclusivity varies from venue to venue, contact a Pinnacle Live representative for information regarding venue specific rigging and equipment exclusivity. Please refer to the venue CAD files for rigging point locations and ratings as many ballrooms are equipped with individual rigging points that vary in load rating.

  • Pinnacle Live shall make all connections to the venue rigging structures.
  • Only Pinnacle Live Rigging shall operate chain hoists/control.
  • No additional production elements or loads can be applied to truss or hoists once at trim without the approval and presence of a Pinnacle Live Rigging representative.
  • Pinnacle Live will not “dead hang” items over 75 lbs. or 10’ in length with a scissor lift. Chain hoists or crank towers must be used.
  • A cable bridge truss is required in venues that do not permit cable picks and/or if cable bundles exceed four socapex or other similar multi-cables.
  • No airwall rigging is permitted.
  • No person shall be suspended, walk, or climb from any point or supporting structure attached to the ceiling, approved aerial performance acts are excluded.
  • Please contact Pinnacle Live if your event involves an aerial performance. Aerial performances require specific documentation, including additional terms and conditions, waivers, and specialized insurance certificates.

Rigging Equipment Standards

  • Pinnacle live adheres to (ANSI) American National Standards Institute and (ICOPER) International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging for all rigging guidelines. All flown equipment and materials must meet these standards.
  • The quantity and type and equipment needed shall be at the discretion of a Pinnacle Live rigging representative.
  • Load Cell maybe required depending on the weight and complexity of the truss grid.
  • A scissor lift is required for all rigging calls. Scissor lift rental is subject to availability and priced based on market rates.
  • All lifts must be in good condition, clean of debris with non-marking tires and follow the venue’s requirements.
  • When using a Pinnacle Live-owned lift, certified lift operators are required.

Rigging Labor

  • All rigging crews consist of a minimum of two riggers. The overall number of riggers for the event will be decided by Pinnacle Live.
  • Rigging rates are dictated by the local market, please contact the local Pinnacle Live representative for labor rate details.
  • The onsite rigging staff may deny hanging any item at their discretion, for reason including but not limited to equipment that deviates from the information provided, specified weight, or is constructed in an unsafe manner.

Décor and Banner Rigging Standards

  • Pinnacle Live requires general construction details, an illustration of all suspended décor items and their attachment methods.
  • All rigging hardware must be rated for overhead lifting and suspension with a 5:1 minimum safety factor. General hardware must be Grade 5 or better.
  • For manufactured décor items, Pinnacle Live may require manufacturer specification drawings.
  • Please review the Pinnacle Live Banner and Sign Guidelines for further details.