All About CAD Conversion

Scan and R2V: Getting from Paper to EDM/PDM for Engineering

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, May 16, 2017 @ 03:37 PM

Scan and R2V: Getting from Paper To EDM/PDM for Engineering

Engineering competition is fierce and survival means adopting the latest technologies.  It means delivering the best product or service fast and at a fair price.  To maintain a competitive edge, a company must leverage its information assets, which includes a tremendous amount of engineering documents, some in CAD and some in paper format.  By some estimates, there may still be as many as eight billion paper engineering documents world-wide. 

The need to capture, modify and distribute existing paper designs within today’s 2D and 3D CAD technology continues to be a requirement for success.  That’s why we still get calls for conversion of paper drawings, mylar, bluelines and other media into AutoCAD, Revit, Solidworks, Catia or some other CAD program.

Most engineering firms realize that regardless of how experienced they may be in operating their CAD software, scanning and converting from paper to CAD requires a different skill set.  This is especially true when the original drawing is old, damaged or misshapen.   In these cases, both scanning and conversion become a challenge and require expert care to extract accurate data. 

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3 Things to Keep in Mind for your Raster to Vector Conversion

Posted by Blog Tipster on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 @ 12:55 PM

As an engineer, you're likely to be aware of the difference between raster and vector images. We've covered it in one of our previous blog posts: raster images consist of pixels and dots, while vectors are essentially a series of graphs determined by mathematical functions and algorithms. The conundrum: all scanned and photographed images are of the raster variety, but as an engineer, the only way to scale and adjust an image is if it's a vector image. 

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R2V – Defining a Process

Posted by Diane Mitol on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 @ 01:42 PM

R2V – Defining a Process

What is R2V?

R2V is an acronym for Raster to Vector.  Raster to vector is a process by which scanned engineering, construction, or technical drawings are converted to CAD files.   The R2V process can also be used for converting maps and other types of artwork that have been scanned.    

Who Uses R2V?

In effect, anyone who has a scanned drawing of any type is a candidate for R2V.  This may include architects, engineers, contractors, graphic artists, cartographers or any number of other categories who have rasterized files that need to be vectorized. 

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R2V Services for GIS and CAD Help Keep Miners Safe

Posted by Diane Mitol on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 @ 12:02 PM

R2V Services for GIS and CAD Help Keep Miners Safe

In the mining industry, it’s necessary for geologists to map coal beds in order to provide mining companies with accurate information.  This includes accurate mapping of old mines that may be located under or close to an active mine site. Knowing exactly where these old mines are located is important to miner safety. Old mines can be full of gas and water. It can be disastrous for an active mining project to inadvertently tap into one of these old mines. The new mine can rapidly become full of noxious gas or rapidly flooded with water causing injuries and loss of life.

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