Cortex Training is a training centre specialising in live streaming, digital events, creative media and event training

SketchUp for Event Designers


2 day course. 10am-4pm.

Online training via Zoom from £550
In person course at your office or venue in London from £900
At our London office location from £1050


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.

SketchUp offers powerful 3D visualisation that can be used to design event layouts. SketchUp drawings are very client-friendly and can be used to illustrate your creative ideas. It is also a powerful tool that allows for drawings-to-scale to be created.

SketchUp can also be integrated with AutoCAD. You will learn how to take 2D venue CAD plans and create a 3D SketchUp model.

The SketchUp 3D Warehouse is a amazing resource for event professionals. This contains block drawings of speakers, stages, projectors, chairs, table and pretty much everything you could want to create amazing looking drawings.



  • Learn to use SketchUp to create 3D event visualisations
  • Master SketchUp's features in a course tailored for event professionals
  • This is a two day crash course that will have you work-ready by the end of the course
  • The course is bespoke and will be tailored to cover the types of drawings you need to create in the workplace
  • Learn to create realistic scale greenfield site plans via imports from Google Maps
  • Learn to create 3D scale indoor event plans and stage/set/prop designs
  • Learn to import 2D CAD files and then build a 3D model of the building
  • Introduction to photo realistic rendering using V-Ray

Who it's for

Event professionals, production managers, site managers, set and prop designers – and anyone that wants to visualise their event layouts in a 3D environment.

This course is run by Chris Walker. Chris is the Production Manager for Hot Chip, Despacio Sound System, Soulwax and Too Many DJ’s.
Chris uses SketchUp as a Production Management tool.

What is covered

  • Learn to move around in the SketchUp 3D environment
  • Learn the drawing tools in SketchUp
  • Measuring and scaling
  • Working with layers
  • Importing photos as backgrounds
  • Importing 2D CAD files and creating 3D models
  • Using plug-ins
  • Creating event plans using Layout
  • Importing Google Maps into Sketch Up
  • Techniques for producing 3D event plans
  • Techniques for producing 3D green field site plans
  • Rendering using V-Ray


  • 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 Sketch up Pro 2018 or later
  • USB mouse
  • Optional items: Second external monitor (24" or above)
    USB Headset with microphone