Wide format scanner in construction

Posted by mashrabiya | Posted in | Posted on 5:46 AM


Scanner is a device that optically scans images, printed text, handwriting, or an object, and converts it to a digital image. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_scanner)

And when we talk about wide format scanner, it is a scanner which can scan large documents as large as A0 paper size (841mm × 1189mm / 33.1inch X 46.8inch). In my opinion this is one of important equipment to be made available in the construction project besides wide format printer. Stepping into digital age, the documentation wise should be recorded digitally besides hard copies. I will elaborate in the aspect of effectiveness and cost saving.

Effectiveness

Construction is always about how to achieve completion within the period time given and budget allocation. Using digital information, it can be stored safely in a server and may be distributed effectively through email or local area network(LAN). It is also easy and faster to search provided that the document controller(DC) has set it up with proper filing and naming. The digital copy could then be printed in any sizes be it A4,A3 and so forth.

Cost saving

In the aspects of cost saving, certain amount of money could be save from paper and printer cartridge / ink from frequent printing. Saving time which is a part of cost saving from the process of searching the hard copy or original copy for reference. It may took a little longer if the organization is bigger which sometimes require certain procedures and clearance just to have the drawing in your hand.

From what I have gone through, there is a problem of circulating the information from the design department team to operation team on site. The approved shop drawing sometimes just stuck either with the document controller or the design dept team. Then, the ‘engineers under pressure’ will just go directly to the architect or sometimes even to the draughtsman and request for the drawing to be printed from the soft copy. It is problematic since some of the comments by the consultant was written on the approved drawing hence the soft copy is not valid to be used on site. This happens due to nature of the project which is fast track and lack of coordination by the contractor from the beginning. So, by having the documents in digital format, the engineer could obtain the copy printed directly from the main server with all the comments by consultant. However the system of filing and documentation by the document controller is the key to the effectiveness of it above all.

Here are some wide format scanner manufacturer available in the market :

http://www.xerox.com/digital-printing/large-format-printers/large-format-scanners/xerox-scan-system/enae.html

http://www.contex.com/english/scanners/sd_scanners_series/technical_specifications.aspx

Comments (1)

  1. There are many wide format scanner manufacturers in the market these days this has made choosing the best wide format scanner that you need a very difficult task. There are many factors that you have to consider when you are looking for a wide format scanner. You will have to consider the width and the thickness of the objects that you might need to scan. You should also consider the resolution of the scanner and you will also have to consider whether you need a black and white or a color scanner.

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