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Large Format Scanning

Digitising your large-format drawings, plans and maps

Large Format Scanning

In fields such as architecture, construction, facilities management, manufacturing or local authorities planning, large-format paper-based drawings and plans are in widespread use.

Digitise drawings and plans with the DCS large-format scanning service

Among the challenges in working with these large-scale documents are their susceptibility to damage and deterioration, as well as the time and cost of outputting, copying and shipping large quantities with requirements such as speed, security and protection against damage. Retaining drawings for long periods also involves the cost and allocation of archive storage space.

Case Study: Converting 4 million sheets of paper to searchable digital documents saves space and cost. 

Benefits of large-format scanning

Digitising your large-format drawings, plans and maps allows you to:

  • Search and retrieve documents quickly for instant desktop reference.
  • Create digital copies free of defects and deterioration artefacts.
  • Reduce storage costs by storing archived drawings digitally.
  • Enable rapid remote viewing of documents over the internet by clients, partners, suppliers, regulators and planning authorities.
  • Enhance disaster recovery with secure digital storage.

The large-format scanning service from Data Capture Solutions

The DCS large-format scanning bureau can help digitise your drawings, plans, maps and illustrations produced in sizes up to and exceeding A0. We can scan items in black and white, greyscale or colour at image resolutions to suit your needs. Typical digital file formats include TIF Group 4, JPEG, PDF, CALS and almost any other image file type with supply on media such as compact disc or DVD, or via upload to online storage space.

Better than the original

Our high-specification large-format scanners have both top and bottom illumination, ensuring output quality is at least as good as the original paper, film or tracing sheet copy. Our image clean-up procedures can tackle the most challenging faded and fragile originals, generating digital copies free of defects, fold lines and stains with pure white backgrounds and crisp, clear lines.

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Indexed for easy retrieval and management

As part of our large-format scanning service, we can extract data such as drawing number, title, date, department or author from documents and add these and other useful information to your files as searchable metadata.

Conversion to editable CAD format

Where required, scanned drawings can be imported into CAD or converted into fully structured CAD files compatible with AutoCAD (.dwg) and similar formats such as MicroStation (.dgn, .dxf).

Case Study: Secure scanning project brings quicker file retrieval and floorspace


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