Drawing Scanning – Simple, Safe Digital Drawing Conversions

There are thousands of businesses and individuals who could benefit from utilising a Drawing Scanning system in order to store, preserve and retrieve drawings and charts for which they simply do not have the ability or funds to store drawings or plans physically any more. Digitising a collection of graphic documents or personal drawings, such as plans, blue prints or even sketches for art has never been simpler thanks to advanced scanning techniques which are quick and simple, and consequently cheap for the client. But why should you convert your collection to a digital format, and what are the benefits of digitising and storing your collection electronically? This short analysis of Drawing Scanning techniques, including CAD conversion software, should help clear up any queries and recommend thoroughly the digital Drawing Scanning techniques and practices available

Drawing Scanning – The Reasons and The Benefits

The simple fact is that no matter how well a document or drawing is stored it will over time suffer from a gradual but significant depreciation in its condition, and though this may not be a huge short term concern for those looking to store books or documents which are simply text based, it is collections of drawings and plans which must remain accurate or maintain the fidelity of their colour and composition that would benefit hugely from being digitised through a Drawing Scanning Technique. Storage space will also cost money, and if you are the guardian of a particularly large collection of drawings which are used only occasionally but still take up storage space, such as historical documents pertaining to planning or other visually representative paper documents, then the cost of maintenance may be a huge financial outlay. With a Drawing Scanning process applied to a collection you can digitise and consequently minimise the amount of space that the documents occupy, with digital storage taking many versatile, transferable forms and potentially portable sizes, depending on your intended application. Once your Drawings have been scanned and digitised, you will also be able to retrieve them in a much simpler manner, and also give access to many others all over the globe should you then make them available online. This removes the need for filing systems or librarians with archiving software, which is especially useful in the cases of drawings and documents which are rarely accessed but are still occasionally required. The digital copies will never lose their integrity like their physical counterparts, and storage costs will be nearly completely wiped out. Storing digitally will also make your scanned drawings available to multiple users simultaneously, which removes the need for waiting lists or sharing of drawings, as well as the added bonus of being able to make as many copies as you like of the digital file without damaging the original. You can specify the file type to which you wish the drawing to be scanned, such as PDF or Tiff, which allows even more flexibility and compatibility of your digitised drawing collections.

Drawing Scanning – The Process

There are several options available when scanning a drawing relating to the size, type and quality of the digital image you wish to be produced from your source drawing. With the latest equipment, images of up to 1000dpi (dots per inch) can be scanned, in either black and white (mono), full colour, greyscale or line art, and which you choose depends entirely on the type of drawing and the file size and application you intend for the digital file which is produced. The scanning process itself is quick and will not damage the original drawing or document, and scanning of drawings of up to A0 size is possible, so large plans or sketches are not to be excluded.

Drawing Scanning and CAD Conversion

Using cutting edge software techniques you now have the ability to have your drawing or document converted into DFX or DWG CAD file formats from a hard copy if the original file is not longer available. The resultant digital files can be layered to match your original requirements and specifications, and you will be charged a fixed price per sheet regardless of the complexity of the actual design. This kind of Drawing Scanning is capable of handling bulk amounts of data, and is ideal for structural, electrical and piping drawings which need to be converted into a CAD digital format from the original hardcopies. Additionally, any changes or amendments which are not included in the original but you wish to appear on the scanned, digitised copy can be noted down and added during the scanning so that the finished product is ready for immediate use or later modification by the client. This software technique of creating CAD files can be applied to hand-drawn documents as well as sketches and existing plans, so making it extremely flexible in its application and reach.

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