Seminar Agendas

SketchUp for Building Professionals

Seminar Agenda

8:00am to 8:30am


8:30am to 12:00pm

Morning Session

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm to 5:00pm

Afternoon Session


What is SketchUp?
• A 3D surface modeling program and how this works

Pro vs Free
• What’s included in Pro that’s not in Free (Make)

Navigating through SketchUp
• With a 3 button mouse

SketchUp Essentials
• The importance of the 3D axes
• The importance of creating 3D co-planar faces

Drawing Tools
• The basic SketchUp drawing tools
– Line, rectangle, circles, arcs and guidelines

The Editing Tools
• Move, copy, multiple copy (array), rotate, scale, erase offset, tape measure, protractor, push-pull, follow me and styles

SketchUp’s Viewing Tools
• 2D parallel projection, 3D perspective and Standard views
• Look around, walk around, sections and Scenes


Modeling in SketchUp
• Effectively and efficiently make SketchUp simple to use
• How to use groups, components, layer and scenes to simplify modeling
• Build a simple building
• Model pitched roofs and resolve intersections
• Add materials and colors
• Add objects from the 3D Warehouse
• Develop your own custom objects
• Add shadows and study the effects of sunlight
• Develop topography with the Sandbox tools
• Add a background with a Styles underlay
• Working with CAD files in SketchUp (AutoCad and SketchUp side by side)
• Develop real life context with Google Earth

Presenting the Model
• Create presentations from within SketchUp
• Export Images
• Create an animation using scenes
• Introduction to LayOut : develop 2D presentations (Pro Only)
• Create photorealistic renderings using add-on programs

SketchUp Hands-On Workshop

Seminar Agenda

Attendees will construct their own SketchUp models from documents supplied by

The SketchUp Academy and HalfMoon Education.
Attendees should bring laptops loaded with SketchUp 2015.
Questions and discussion are encouraged.


Morning Workshop

15-min. break)
  • Learn to efficiently and effectively build a useful model
  • Design, lay out and build a 3D floor plan and exteriors
  • Learn how to use groups, components, scenes and layers to gain control of the model and make modeling a breeze
  • Design and construct proper roofs and resolve intersections




Afternoon Workshop

  • Learn how to develop topography
  • Learn how to set scenes and create animations for client presentations
  • See how photo realistic rendering programs work

LayOut Seminar

Seminar Agenda

All attendees should bring a laptop with SketchUp 2015 (Pro if you have it) loaded.

8:00am to 8:30am


8:30am to 11:45pm

Morning Session

11:45pm to 12:45pm

Lunch (on your own)

12:45pm to 4:00pm

Afternoon Session

All attendees will receive a SketchUp model provided by the SketchUp Academy to work with. Those who have LayOut are welcome to follow along on their laptop.

LayOut is a sister program included with SketchUp Pro: Its purpose is to provide an avenue by which you can create traditional 2D drawings utilizing a SketchUp model as the basis for presentations and construction drawings. LayOut presentations can include 2D and 3D views as well as photographs.

You will learn how to:
• Best set up your SketchUp model for export to LayOut
• Set up viewports in LayOut to display various model views
• Set up numerous pages and select page size
• Set your drawings to scale
• Add title blocks, sheet numbers, notes and dimensions
• Add textures, shading and various line types
• Export your LayOut document for printing