Cortex Training is an online training centre specialising in live streaming, digital events, creative media and specialist event training courses

AutoCAD fundamentals skills (1 Day)

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The standard course length is One day (5 hours)

Online training - UK = £250 or £275 for Non UK
In person training at your office etc = From £450

Please contact us to discuss group pricing

Course Overview

  • Live one to one tuition with a CAD expert who is an events industry professional.
  • Prior to the training Cortex will delivery a training pack that includes a second 24" HD LED monitor, USB mouse, USB Headset, printed course notes and the course resources.
  • This course is designed for event managers and organisers. The course centres around learning the basic functions of AutoCAD so the user will be able to work with 2D venue CAD plans.
  • Learn to open and read venue CAD plans. Understand how to check the scale of the drawings.
  • Master taking measurements from the drawings.
  • Learn to add basic annotations and text to the venue plans, so you can add set up information to the drawings.
  • Learn to work with blocks - drag and drop chairs, sofas, trees, plants, speakers and lights in the drawing.
  • Understand how to create seating plans using the array function.
  • Understands the basics of using layers.
  • Create layouts of the venue plan, so you can create print outs and PDFs of each room and section of the event.
  • The course can be either delivered in person or via zoom.

    Please contact us to discuss group bookings

    We can host this course at our office in London or we can come to you and run the course at your office or venue

Who should attend this course?

Event managers
Event organisers
Production assistants
Venue managers

More Details

This is a crash course that will get you work ready and working with 2D venue CAD files quickly and efficiently.

For instance:

  • Using scale CAD drawings you can ensure and prove that you can fit the right amount of chairs in the venue whist leaving room for a fire lane
  • You can prove that the chosen stage position ensures visibility from all seats and you have allowed enough room to fit in the back stage marquees etc

The course resources included colour printed notes, cheat sheets, custom templates and a USB  library of blocks to help you quickly create professional drawings – the block library includes: Speakers, lights, AV equipment, truss, tables, chairs, staging, generators, trees, marquees etc – everything you need to quickly work with a CAD drawing.

The course also includes a certificate of completion and on-going CAD support  by our industry experts via email

Course Details

  • AutoCAD is the industry standard drawing program for the events industry
  • This is a one day crash course – you will be able to work with 2D venue CAD plans after this course
  • This course has been designed so event professionals can work with pre-existing drawings
  • Learn the basics of measuring, adding text and dropping in blocks
  • By the end of the course you will be able to take a 2D venue CAD plan and create a event plan using the Block Library. You will also be able to take shared CAD drawings and create a layer that contains the event design. This drawing could then be shared with other sub-contractors.

Course Requirements

  • i7 Mac or PC computer
    Free account with – desktop app installed on the student's computer prior to the training.
    Demo, educational or subscription version of AutoCAD 2017/2018/2019/2020 or 2021 installed prior to the training.
    USB mouse

    Optional items:
    Second external monitor (24" or above)
    USB Headset with microphone.

About The Tutor

John Bryne BA (Hons), PgDip, AMIOA is an Architect, Acoustician and Sound Engineer.

Venue Information

This is a online course that provides live tuition with an expert tutor.

Alternatively we can come and run the training at your venue, office, co-working space or home.  We can travel nationwide to come and train you and your team in the most convenient location.

We can also host training sessions at our London office.