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Amec Foster Wheeler reduces clutter and improves control with a well-designed AV system

“They didn’t want a control system or a confusing bunch of products, so we designed a simple, intuitive system with easy-to-use Kramer products.”
Tom Austin | Account Manager, Industrial Audio/Video Inc

Amec Foster Wheeler* (AMEC) is a British consultancy, engineering, and project management company headquartered in London, England. With offices in over 55 countries worldwide and roughly 30,000 employees, the company serves customers in the oil and gas, minerals and metals, clean energy, environment, and infrastructure markets.


AMEC wanted to outfit its new Houston office conference and training rooms with easy-to-use AV equipment that enabled both HDMI and VGA. The system had to be intuitive, and 100 percent reliable, and all products needed to be out of sight.

The Solution

Industrial Audio/Video Inc., a locally-based professional integrator, was chosen to design sleek, no-nonsense systems for three different parts of the building – the primary training room, the executive conference room, and 23 smaller conference/training rooms.

The 30-seat primary training room inherited equipment from the executive conference room, with some added. This includes a smart tablet for annotating images, two ceiling-mounted projectors, and Kramer VGA and HDMI cables inside a custom podium.

The AMEC executive conference room features an under-the-table mounted VP-435 ProScale Digital Scaler and a Kramer FC-46 audio de-embedder for audio conferencing.

The 23 smaller conference/training rooms were outfitted with identical systems. Each now includes either a Kramer VP-434 or VP-435 scaler, connected by Kramer VGA and HDMI cables. The scaler converts the selected video signal to a computer graphics or HDTV output resolution. The HDMI output signal transmits to the projector via CAT 5 cables.

Existing cables in most of the rooms saved the considerable expense of rewiring.


Each room has a simple system that accesses the necessary digital technology with the push of a button without having to adjust projectors or resize screens – and image quality is always good.

All hardware is now housed under the conference room tables to create a sleek and professional installation with reduced clutter.

“AMEC didn’t want a control system or a confusing bunch of products, so we designed a simple, intuitive system with easy-to-use Kramer products,” said Tom Austin.

The overall result is exactly as intended. A reliable, intuitive, and discreet system for better communication and collaboration throughout each area of the building.

*In October 2017, Amec Foster Wheeler was acquired by Wood Group.



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