Large Format Document Scanning

Man scanning wide documentarchSCAN provides large format scanning and digital conversion services for building facilities departments and other organizations that rely on blueprints, engineering drawings, architectural drawings, and construction plans in their daily operations. Wide format scanning also includes digitizing maps, newspapers, posters, and oversized historical documents. archSCAN converts paper documents into top quality, high resolution digital files such as TIFF, PDF, JPG, and uploads them to the cloud or on external hard drives or thumb drives.

Large Format Document Types

  • Wide format documents include construction documents, architectural drawings, and engineering drawings
  • Oversize documents include posters, maps, and other paper documents
  • Paper documents up to 36 inches wide, of any length

Color Scanning Preserves Markups

Many scanning projects are about more than just the original document. Over time, crucial information gets added to blueprints or other plans as written notations in pen or pencil. For these documents, color document scanning is available for the preservation of mark-ups and redlining, color-coded schedules, or historical documents and maps.

Scanning Options

  • Scan at full original scale (100%)
  • Scan in black & white or in full-color
  • Scan and save to multiple file types based on client requirements (PDF, TIFF, JPG)

Skills and Experience for Preserving Older Documents

Old set of blueprintsCareful handling is required to scan large documents, especially blueprints which are typically older and more fragile and may have degraded over time. Our staff are fully skilled at restoring and repairing documents as needed as part of preparation for the scanning process.

Repairing Damaged Drawings

Damaged as-built drawingScanning projects often involve repairing or restoring damaged drawings. Additionally, large paper documents can be affected when being fed through scanners, so archSCAN preserves the integrity of each drawing by sealing the edges of each document before scanning. This process also serves to improve contrast during blueprint scanning, and reverses the originals from having a dark background with white lines to a white background with black lines. Our scanning capabilities also allow us to take a reverse mylar and flip the image so that it is read correctly.

Document Sets

Rolls of engineering plan drawingsarchSCAN can scan blueprint sets as multi-page PDF files, utilizing bookmarks indicating the different disciplines, but allowing the blueprint sets to stay together as one document. Our data entry technicians are fully trained for reading engineering drawings and understand how to correctly index the digital files as part of the scanning process.

Indexing the Scanned Documents

For indexing documents, our scanning solutions include barcoded databases to increase the speed and accuracy of the document conversion, and data entry of the important details contained within each document. This means capturing key metadata from the documents such as building name, project name, document issue such as as-builts, date, paper file location, and categories such as architectural, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical. Our staff includes archivists who are trained to read and properly index the documents so that when required, the digitized documents can be integrated into a document management system.

Additional Capabilities

  • Capacity to scan thousands of documents per day at our scanning facility
  • On-site scanning available
  • Quick turn-around and delivery

Locate and Retrieve Large Documents Fast

Your organization will save time by gaining fast access to its wide format documents online from any computer, in the cloud, or from a mobile device. archSCAN can place the newly digitized documents on CDs, DVDs, thumb drives, external hard drives, FTP site, in the cloud, or into a document management solution. For facilities departments, storing oversize documents such as construction plans placed into a document management system leads to a major improvement in operational efficiency.

Contact archSCAN today to discuss your needs with a complimentary consultation and quotation. Also check out our case studies and testimonials, and see our other service offerings.

  • Do you need to preserve blueprints, architectural drawings, or other large documents?
  • Do you need access to your plans and large documents on desktop, tablet, and mobile?
  • Do you want to access your drawings and documents quickly and securely online?

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archSCAN Services

  • Plan Room Cleanup
  • Small-Format Scanning
  • Wide-Format Scanning
  • Indexing & Metadata
  • Document Management

Client Feedback

…I can now find any drawing within seconds.
– Thom Armstrong, Facilities Director
Upper Chesapeake Hospital

…high marks for their successful efforts in cleaning up our old print room
– Steve Swierczek, Director of Facilities
Georgetown University Hospital

…top-notch customer service
– Michelle Frederick, Development Manager
American University

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