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Large Format Scanning

Drawing Scanning, Plan Scanning and Conversion

Scanning Drawings For All Industries

Most organisations in the construction, architecture, manufacturing, railway and highway industries use large format drawings and plans on a daily business. During the course of their business, these organisations usually build up a large archive of drawings and plans. They become difficult to store, access, share and manage.

Scanning and converting these large drawings into an electronic format provides a quick and efficient electronic solution to these problems.

By having your drawings/plans scanned and digitised, you;

  • Lower the time spent searching for specific large format documents
  • Increase productivity
  • Save valuable time and office space
  • Safeguard the images against any potential loss or damage.

Once scanned and electronically stored efficiently, the scanned images provide instant and shared access to everyone who needs to print, e-mail or simply view the drawings and plans while either in or away from the office.

Our drawings and plan scanning bureau specialises in all types of document scanning. Our advisers can help you to achieve the solution you require from one-off scans and archiving of a batch of large format drawings to on-going drawing and plan scanning services.

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  • Engineering Drawings/Plans
  • Building Construction Drawings
  • Railways Drawings
  • Council Plans
  • Electrical Circuit Drawings
  • Product Designs

Pearl Scan Solutions have worked with numerous well known clients to scan drawings and can provide specific high or low volume scanning services with high quality results at a low cost.

Here are the different sizes we often come across. It is helpful to know these before obtaining a quote:

A-Size mm Inches
A0 841 x 1189 33.1 x 46.8 
A1 594 x 841 23.4 x 33.1 
A2 420 x 594 16.5 x 23.4 
A3 297 x 420  11.7 x 16.5
A4 210 x 297  8.3 x 11.7
A5 148 x 210  5.8 x 8.3
A6 105 x 148  4.1 x 5.8

Scanning Images

Our large format scanners are among the fastest and most sophisticated machines available in the scanning industry. They have both top and bottom illumination, which delivers excellent image quality from the original document as well as a good turnaround time for any large format document scanning project.

All scanned images are cleaned up after the initial process. This involves running raw scanned images and plans through the de-speckling, cropping, de-skewing and image optimising processes to obtain the best results. Each scanned image is then inspected prior to its final release.


After the large format drawing scanning process is completed, for a fast and efficient drawing search, we can index the images exactly as you need. The following categories are the most common indexing fields;

  • Reference Number
  • Description
  • Size / Category
  • Client Name
  • Date
  • Issue number

Storage MediaDigital document storage

- Over 5,000 A0 size drawings can be scanned and archived on a standard CD.
- Over 30,000 A0 drawings can be archived on one standard DVD.

That CD or DVD can be accessed from any laptop or computer while in or away from the office. The electronic documents can also be copied to your network from the CD or DVD.

We can also host your scanned files online through our cloud platform, Pearl Cloud for instant, shared access.

Free Retrieval, View, Print and E-mail Software

As part of our drawings and large format scanning service, we also supply our FREE drawing and plan search and retrieval software, Halogen. This is provided on CD, so all you need to access your images instantly is a PC!

Retrieval software is a useful tool as well as being very user friendly. You can instantly search for a drawing or plan by any of the different indexed categories which are listed above. No prior training or installation is required, it all runs straight from the CD. Furthermore, if needed, we can provide a network version of the software so that images can be shared and searched for across the network or even accessible online from the internet.

To use the software, just insert the CD in your PC and a small search window will appear on your screen. Type in the file name of the document and the searched drawing or plan is quickly displayed on your screen. If you wish, you can view, print or even email your drawing or plan. No need to go manually searching through large rolls of archived documents for one plan drawing.


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CAD Conversion

In addition to our large format plans and drawings scanning service, we can also convert your scanned images into fully formatted CAD editable files. We can offer these for AutoCAD conversion (DWG), Microstation (DGN), DXF or other required formats enabling you to make quick changes to the original documents. We call this paper to CAD conversion. We also provide manual CAD drafting services at an affordable cost.

There is no simpler way to get your drawings scanned and make them easy for you to find. If you wish to discuss how we can scan drawings, scan plans and other large format documents and convert them to fully editable CAD, .dwg or .dxf format, please contact us to discuss your requirements today. Or simply fill out our online drawing scanning quote form and a scanning advisor will contact you with your free quote. Continue reading about Pearl's Large format Scanning Service.


Free Trial

Document Scanning Service

We offer a free trial scanning service to our prospective clients to their required format as proof of concept.


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