Scanning Services for Large Format & Wide Format Documents

We provide high quality large format scanning services for all types of oversized drawings and documents (up to A0). We expertly scan engineering drawings, architectural drawings, blueprints, maps, project plans, and more. With over 30 years of experience in scanning, indexing and archiving massive volumes of documents, we know how to meet and exceed your special scanning requirements. Our scanning services are delivered through our highly qualified, security-cleared personnel that are dedicated to quality large format scanning. We work with architectural firms, engineering firms, construction companies, utility companies, developers, manufacturers, government agencies, planning departments and other organizations that use oversized documents. These documents include (but are not limited to):

  • Architectural drawings
  • Engineering drawings
  • Architectural plans
  • Construction plans
  • Blueprints
  • Topographic maps
  • Geologic maps
  • Petroleum maps
  • Survey maps
  • CAD drawings
  • Manufacturing designs
  • Technical drawings
  • Circuit diagrams
  • Project plans
  • Highway plans
  • Railway plans
Superior Equipment & Technology

We use only the highest quality large format scanners on the market and you can expect the quality of your scanned images to be better than that of the original. Our high speed, large format, production grade scanners come equipped with features that bring out every detail in your originals (up to A0 and up to 600 dpi optical resolution). This enables us to provide you with top quality digital images in either black-and-white, grayscale or full color.

Large Format Document Scanning Process

Our experienced project managers will work with your staff to determine the special requirements of your project. All of our procedures are designed to maintain a high degree of accuracy throughout the process. Our operators are highly trained professionals equipped to handle oversized documents of any type with care.

A typical large format scanning project involves the following steps:

  • One of our consultants meets with your staff to determine the file types, scanning resolution and indexes needed for your documents
  • A secure and GPS vehicle comes and picks up your engineering or architectural drawings, construction plans, maps, etc.
  • Our expert operators prepare, scan and index your large format documents to your specifications
  • Digital images and metadata are delivered to you securely via our cloud server or in your preferred media

Quality Control & Image Enhancement

First and foremost, a set of clearly defined quality control procedures governs every single step of our scanning process, from Pick-up of your wide format documents to Metadata & Image Delivery. Our scanners utilize high-end custom lenses that are specially designed for scanning resolution, ensuring against various issues such as uneven sharpness, chromatic errors, colour fringing (black lines showing up in colour). They are also equipped with advanced features that bring out unseen details and restore even the faintest originals. Our scanners can scan in vibrant colour in sRGB, Adobe RGB, etc. We can capture and improve your maps using advanced colour reduction options, or digitize and restore monochrome originals with unique adaptive filters and advanced background suppression. Complex thresholding algorithms combine background cleaning and preservation of grayscales in one mode, and are used to clean new originals or work with low contrast blueprints. Other quality control features include: up to 600 dpi optical resolution, full image adjustment control, auto-rotation, auto-alignment, deskewing, sharpening and smoothing filters, black and white level adjustment, RGB level adjustment, and more.

Whether your large documents are folded, rolled-up, flat, brittle or delicate, they will be safe in our hands.  If necessary, we will protect your documents with mylar carriers. We are committed to ensuring the best quality capture from even the most challenging originals. Last but not least, our employees are trained to apply Quality Management principles in all their work.

Indexing

Our operators are trained in capturing and indexing descriptive information and revision dates from the title block of drawing scans or anywhere else on the surface of drawings, maps, blueprints and other documents. For example, project plans and other multi-page documents can be captured as single set or multi-page files that encompass various plans or drawings from the same set. We will work with you to ensure your documents are scanned and indexed in a way that makes the subsequent retrieval process as simple as possible for your organization. We can also perform OCR for text searchable PDF files and prepare images and metadata for import into your back-end databases or document management software.

Image & Metadata File Formats

Here are just a few examples of the possible formats:

  • PDF & PDF/A
  • Image-only or searchable OCR with invisible text under the image
  • Multipage or one file per image
  • JPEG & JPEG2000
  • Uncompressed lossless 8-bit TIFF
  • TIFF Group IV bitonal
  • Structural metadata XML file or CSV file
Other Scanning Options

Here are a few additional options available to you:

  • Full colour processing: colour, grayscale, black-and-white
  • Document size: up to A0
  • Resolution: up to 600 dpi
Return, Storage, Destruction

What would you like us to do with your documents once scanned?

  • Return all your wide format documents to you
  • Store your documents in our secure storage facility (long term)
  • Securely destroy your documents & provide you with a destruction certificate