Laboratory of Environmental Communication & Audiovisual Documentation
Department of Architecture
School of Engineering
University of Thessaly
Pedion Areos, 38334, Volos

contact phone: 24210 74261
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The Laboratory of Environmental Communication and Audiovisual Documentation (LECAD) was established in 1999 at the Department of Planning and Regional Development (DPRD) of the School of Engineering. Since 2004 it is part of the Department of Architecture.

The lab and it's foci project the unique character of the Department of Architecture at the UTH. It also aims at creating a network for research carried out in collaboration with other university laboratories and organizations both in Greece and abroad.

Objectives and aims

The objectives of the research activity is to process forms of traditional and modern communication and exploit them for teaching, research and production; to detect, redevelop and reproduce the “image of everyday life” in historical and modern environments (creation of an audiovisual database, Picture and Sound gallery, production of educational and research tools and technology) in order to enhance communication with the environment (educational, social, natural, private, public); to produce material to be used in support of  lifelong learning; to offer lab support in the field of communications in fine arts, multimedia and virtual reality technology; to produce videos, films, CDR, DVD, DVD-ROM, DAT, MD,MC etc.

Equipment and Organization

The equipment of LECAD is divided, for practical reasons, into the audio and the visual section.  The visual section is situated on the first floor of the building of the Department of Architecture, while the audio section can be found in a dedicated studio in the basement of the Department of Planning and Regional Development.

The visual section features:

  • Personal computers, scanners, printers of small and large format as well as professional (broadcast quality) and semiprofessional equipment for filming videos (both studio and field)
  • An AVID system for professional digital editing and control room equipment with a video- and sound-mixing console.
  • Virtual reality equipment of both desktop VR and full immersion with Head Mounted Displays, 3DOFtracker, 6DOFspacemice, DataGlove(DT12) and the corresponding software for productions.

The audio section has a Recording Studio of 120 m2  Live End/ Dead End that consists of the main Control Room, a secondary Control Room, the Recording room, the Machine room and auxiliary spaces.

  • Main Control Room: a space of 45 mwith a Protools digital recording system on a Macintosh platform with 32ch of simultaneous recording capacity. A 16ch Procontrol digital controller which can be expanded.
  • Secondary Control Room: a space of 8 mwith a digital recording system by Mackie on a Windows platform. The room can be also used as an auxiliary recording booth.
  • Recording Room:  a space of 45 m2 specifically designed for recordings, mostly live, of small ensembles or even bigger choirs. There is a Steinway MODEL A piano as well as amplifiers for the instruments, mother keyboards and ddrum electronic drums.
  • Μachine Room: a space of 12 m2 where the servers, the Protools interfaces, as well as various peripherals, accessories etc. are located.

Audio Studio Equipment

  • Recording system: Protools
  • Speakers: Genelec, Dynaudio, M-Audio 5.1
  • Microphones: AKG, Neumann, Schoeps, Shure
  • Preamplifiers: Presonus, Drawmer
  • Synthesizers-Samplers: Kurzweil, Roland
  • Reproduction Devices: DAT, MD, Compact cassette, Open reel tape ¼”

In order to cover broadcast, field recording and acoustic noise measurement applications, the lab owns portable equipment.

  • Portable recorders: Fostex, Tascam
  • Microphones: Audio Technica, Shure, Sennheiser
  • Noise meter: 01db Solo

The lab also owns portable equipment to be used by the students for their needs.