Software Course

Visio Event Layout Software Course For Learning Institutions

During 2009, Event Layout Software Course was launched through TAFE NSW as part of the Hospitality & Events (Graduate & Diploma) Courses. The course has now extended into Travel & Tourism. Following TAFE success, several Event Management College’s now teach CADplanners as part of the course curriculum e.g College of Event Management Surry Hills, International College of Management – Manly

To inquire about having the software to be used as part of an Events course program, please get in touch to arrange an onsite demonstration.

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The Software

Microsoft Visio Smart shapes are icons that are created on a stencil and can represent any object (ie, round & rectangular tables, chairs, stages, dance floors, servery, people, piano, lectern, plants, umbrellas, marquees etc). We create customized smart shapes exactly as per the client’s furniture specs. For example if the venue uses a banquet chair 50cm x 55cm we customise the smart shape with these exact dimensions. This ensures the floor plan layouts created by the client are accurate. Taking Smart shapes one step further is making them ‘dynamic’. By adding ‘intelligence’ to these shapes gives the user flexibility to ‘right click’ and enter the number or chairs around a table, create a cabaret style or change the size of the table. Why not select 1 or 1000 tables, simply click on the auto number function to number every table on the plan in consecutive order with one mouse click.

Here's What Tafe Teachers Have To Say

This term we have successfully completed teaching our first class using CADplanners Visio Software. With the assistance of CAD plans by CADplanners, our students experience creating CAD plans in BOTH indoor venues & outdoor sites. These sites & venues include, Randwick Race course, Hilton Hotel, Harbours Edge, Wollongong Entertainment Centre, Bennelong Lawn plus some other local Sutherland shire venues & sites. They have 1000’s of venue & site plans in stock (see website for list) and are happy to tailor plans to suit the college areas.

The program needs Microsoft Visio to work and we had to load this program per computer, from memory it cost $90 per computer and is ordered through normal IT TAFE procedures. We placed CAD program on the Student (P) drive and as long as the computer has Visio the students can use it – our library is one such place which worked out really well for students to use in other subject assessment tasks. CAD planners charge a one off set up fee & then an annual fee (1st year free). They have kept the prices extremely affordable as they are well aware of the flip side for their company.

I urge you to have look at the demonstration video on the CAD planners website. The CAD planners team is small but effective. Jay Laybutt & David Perry are the directors and Zambella Fotis is the marketing co-ordinator.

I job share as an Events Co-ordinator at Zest Waterfront Venues @ The RMYC Point Piper, we have been using CAD for years. See our website for samples.

Sally Woerndl
Teacher Part time, Travel Tourism & Events

Frequently Asked Questions

Who teaches students how to use the software?
Our team at Visio Group have been teaching students from TAFE’s and private Event Management Colleges how to use the software since 2009 through the Event Layout Software Course. We built the software in 1998 and have been managing and keeping it up to date with industry standards since.

How long does each lesson of the Event Layout Software Course last?
Roughly each lesson to be fortnightly, with a 2-3hr time period allowed. This provides ample time for students to learn, use and interact with the software and the teacher.

How long will it take for the students to be able to use the software?
After the initial lesson students will grasp the basics of the Event Layout Software. Roughly after a semester the students would have mastered all modules.

What industry venues use the software?
Industry venues across the nation and globe use this software. They include stadiums, arenas, racecourses, golf courses, clubs, hotels, resorts, festivals, restaurants, bars, vessels, boat shows, caravan shows, concerts and more. Including event organisers who utilise various venues across the nation and do not have fixed events at one venue.

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