From Gutenberg to the Digital Age:  Reprographics and Document Management

What are reprographics?

Reprographics is a history of rapidly duplicating graphics. The term “reprography” was coined in the 1960s by the Haloid Corporation, which later became Xerox Corporation, to describe its then-new xerography photocopying process. This new process was significantly faster than previous methods of duplicating images, such as lithography or even photolithography.  The history of reprographics dates back to the early days of printing, when artists would manually copy images onto plates for printing. 

(If you are old enough to have been in the working world in the 1960s, you are probably familiar with the use of the term “xerox” or “xeroxing” when referring to a photocopy or making a photocopy of a document. But the Xerox Corporation mounted a major campaign to protect their trademark, especially from the use of the word as a verb.)

What is digital reprographics?

Reprographics refers to the art and science of creating copies of images and documents. Today, reprographics is mainly used for photocopying, scanning, and printing documents. However, the term can also refer to the creation of digital copies of images and documents, as the term applies to both physical (hard copy) and digital (soft copy) reproductions of documents and images.

In the business world, reprographics is often used for marketing and advertising purposes. For example, businesses may use reprographics to create copies of product brochures or marketing collateral. In the academic world, reprographics is often used for research purposes. For example, students and scholars may use reprographics to create copies of archival materials or primary sources.

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The Basics of BIM: Building Information Modeling Explained

What is BIM modeling?

Building Information Modeling has several definitions, but in the most simple terms, it is the process of creating and managing information for a constructed asset, whether it be a building, bridge, dam, or any of a wide range of structures.  It is a digital representation of the project’s functional properties and characteristics.  It is a comprehensive process for creating, managing, and using the entirety of the data about a specific project.  It provides the architect, designer, or builder with the ability to manage every component—physical properties, graphic look, and functional properties—that goes into a project.

BIM services involve the development of an advanced 3D model for a proposed project and includes all structural, architectural, and mechanical/electrical/plumbing components.

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What Is the Typical Cost to Outsource Drafting Services?

Outsourcing your architectural drafting services can increase your productivity by moving drafting and 3D modeling off your plate and enabling you to concentrate on the core tasks of construction and overall planning. If you’re thinking about doing so, you’re likely wondering how much do drafting services cost.

So, what is the typical cost to outsource drafting services? You can expect to pay $100-$130/hr. So, for an A0 drawing of a house that takes 8 hours to complete, for example, outsourcing drafting services could cost between $800-$1,040. However, the cost for drawings and graphs can vary depending on the services you need, the scope of your project, and your project deadlines.

Read further to learn more about our drafting services and why it may help your project by taking it “out of house.”

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How Much Does It Cost To Print Blueprints (in Large Format or Small)

We often work with engineers, architects, drafters, and other clients who need their drawings or prints printed so they have a portable, visual representation of how a building or project is to look.

Professional, large-scale printing is often among the first steps to making a concept become a reality. So, how much does it cost to print blueprints?

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3D Laser Scanning Services Save You Time and Money

3D laser scanning brings efficiency to project management by creating precisely accurate drawings of commercial, industrial, manufacturing, and even residential facilities, with point-cloud models for improved planning.

These models include large amounts of data points representing all measurements of a room, including coordinates along the X, Y, and Z axes. They are then plotted to form a 2D or 3D representation of the room or structure.

3D laser scanning services are somewhat of a reverse engineering approach, enabling builders and architects to detect potential issues on a project before sending any crews out to begin labor. This saves time and money.

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Why Does GIS Mapping Make It Easier to See Geographical Data?

Simply speaking, a geographic information system (GIS) can change geographical data into digital maps.

Our GIS system gathers and analyzes geographic data and transforms it into visuals that let you see a visual result of data layers.

GIS capabilities enable us to compile and show various topographical information so that your project can anticipate or spot challenges before you even break ground and aid in accurate, efficient engineering project delivery.

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