direct access. digital archive. ongoing value.
You’ve got construction drawings and need a better system for keeping track of them. The Drawing Vault gives you all the tools needed to easily locate, manage, share and view both paper and CAD drawings online.
Scan & Index
Scan & Index

Our house archivist scans and indexes paper based construction drawings.
Upload
Upload

Upload or download paper drawings and CAD files in multiple formats.
Share
Share

Grant access and permissions to multiple users for download or collaboration.
View
View

Both scanned paper and CAD files are viewable online without using CAD.
Organize
Organize

The search for drawings is over with our simple and unique filing system.
LEED
LEED

Buildings using the Vault may qualify for 2 innovation credits.

Scan & Index

Overtime construction drawings will deteriorate, change color and fade away. Scanning and indexing done right can save your drawings indefinitely and make them easy to find.

Why Scanning? Fading & Deterioration
Concern about fading construction documents is as old as the blueprinting process itself. Between 1935 and the 1990’s the Diazo process was the primary method for reproducing construction drawings. Overtime or with continued exposure to ultraviolet light and or heat these drawings can illegibly fade in a matter of months. Since the 1990′s the printing has been provided by large format laser printers, however, construction documents are still subject to deterioration and damage due to light, heat, environment, etc.

Wear and Tear
Overtime continued access by engineers, architects, printers, reprinting and storage cause drawings to deteriorate, discolor, tear, or even lose pages. Often times it is the most critical sheets in a set that suffer the most damage from continued access. Water, heat, moisture, sunlight and environment also can cause significant damage to drawing.

Disaster Happens
Many factors combine to keep drawings from providing a useful life. Beyond the natural and inevitable effects of time like fading, your drawings are subject to fires, water damage, floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters.

Doing it yourself. Some things to consider.
Scanning drawings yourself has the appeal of maintaining perfect control of your construction drawings at all times, we understand that appeal but there are definitely some costs to doing it yourself too.

Our Process
Our in-house archivist starts by physically inspecting your construction drawings for damage, discoloration, fading, noise and paper type. Our professional Oce large format scanners are custom calibrated for each drawing set and if needed fragile drawings are encased in protective vellum sheets to ensure the highest quality digital images when scanned.

Indexing
After scanning, more than 10 fields of information are indexed including: the sheet number, sheet description, drawing type, architect of record, revision date, building or project and more. This allows our users to find individual drawing sheets very quickly based on the meta-data collected.

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