Paper to CAD Conversion is an initial phase for every construction process. It is necessary that special attention needs to be taken such as the correct line properties, layers, units and other parameters are adhered to Interpretation:
Unique points to watch out for during paper to CAD conversion:
CAD standards: All the line properties, different layers, and units as well other crucial parameters are in adherence to CAD Standards for flawless design.
Design Interpretation: Design specifications such as a line could be anything a staircase, a cupboard, or a dimension leader should be clearly defined. A Drafter should keep in mind the client requirements and apprehensions and design with the use of CAD Software. The clients should be well informed regarding the designs and annotations and should be regularly updated for review.
Scale: The biggest concern in Paper to CAD Conversion as this requires to be thoroughly checked towards the end of the job by dimensioning the drawing comprehensively, and cross-checking those dimensions manually on paper.
Data to be clearly legible: In obsolete records, bad scans, or hand sketches, it is possible to misinterpret letters, especially if the drafter does not have an understanding of that terminology. Better to markup and send for review.
Physical defects: Scratches, oil stains, folds, smudges, fading and defective scans can obstruct the drafter from developing the accurate CAD output. It becomes the responsibility of the sender to ensure that such physical defects are highlighted by a red cloud, and solutions proposed. The drafter, in turn, must markup as well as sends them to client for review.
Paper to CAD Conversion has grown into a specialized outsourcing service, with service providers highly targeted in Asia, providing the AEC industry robust support in all sorts of projects.
Bhagwati Pathak is an Executive Director at Tesla Outsourcing Services. Technical Project Management, BIM, Client Management, and Leadership are her forte. With an expertise in BIM and a flair for writing, her articles provide a direction to contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, and architects in employing the right methodology for an Architectural, Structural, or MEP CAD / BIM project.