Preview of the latest DMS release, ECHO

The latest version of our DMS system will be released later this year.  In the meantime here’s a preview the great new look and some new features coming your way with the ECHO release.

Drawing Management Tip #5: Quality is Key

“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” – Henry Ford

It today’s digital age there are tons of file format conversion software tools out there that will convert practically any form of digital file between any desired format. However, one key point to keep in mind is that all conversions are not created equally, especially when it comes to quality.

One measure of quality for data or image conversion is the concept of lossless and lossy conversions. As per the Wikipedia definition,

A lossy data conversion method is one where converting data between one storage format and another displays data in a form that is “close enough” to be useful, but may differ in some ways from the original.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lossy_data_conversion

On the other hand, a lossless conversion has zero loss of information, it’s by all practical measures a perfect copy. Is some cases, if the original version is somehow compromised in condition, quality or errors, a high quality conversion can also be restorative in nature and correct such imperfections.

How good is “close enough”?

One example that many people are familiar with is the lossy compression that often accompanies when working with or converting JPEG images. The differences in the photos below may have negligible awareness or impact depending on the purpose, but not in all cases.

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In the realm of technical drawings and documents for commercial / enterprise / construction purposes, the fine details can be of significance.  Automated software conversion tools have little to no quality control. The output is driven strictly by the input, and garbage in will mean garbage out. Even if the input is of reasonable quality, the barriers to go from raster, vector and fully composed 2D or 3D line/shape drawing are typically well beyond the capabilities of even the most advanced boxed software.

Without a skilled-human review and insight applied to the conversion process throughout, software tools alone are unable to evaluate to what degree the fidelity of the available information is retained and where improvements are needed to ensure not just a lossless conversion and that the output is fit for purpose.

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The drawing conversion at DCM uses a proprietary 8-point quality control process to ensure that each drawing is fine-tuned. Drafting principles, CAD standards and your specifications are all taken into account. A Production Manager review the drawing to ensure its complete and ready for immediate use.

Drawing Management Tip #1: Convert Paper Drawings

Nothing is more inefficient than paper!

That’s the simple reason why companies of all sizes worldwide have major initiatives to go paperless.  And the problems are even worse for those jobs and industries that work with large technical drawings or architectural blueprints, plotted onto massive reams of paper.

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Does your filing cabinet, drawing storage room or Engineering Department look anything like this ‘BEFORE’ picture?

You’re not alone.  This is pretty much the norm for anyone who needs to work with and retain old paper drawings.  And of course the solution is simple…

Convert Paper Drawings

The benefits of converting drawing from paper to any digital format, (usually AutoCAD) are numerous and cost effective.

  • Backups – paper-only copies are often irreplaceable, (unless you have an offsite duplicate storage room), are very susceptible to fire/flood/water leaks/etc.  A digital version is easy to store, backup and keep safe.
  • Ease of Access – How long does it take to find something in the paper jungle?  Surely your staff can be using their time more productively elsewhere.  With the right software, drawing inventory and drawing organization structure, all of your digital drawing assets can be at your finger-tips in seconds using DCM’s Drawing Management System (DMS).
  • It’s Easy – with our Drawing Conversion Service, it’s quick & affordable for us to convert your paper drawings of any size into AutoCAD (2D or 3D), PDF or any other digital format you require.
  • It’s Eco-friendly – Once converted, recycle your old paper drawings and stop plotting any further drawings unless absolutely necessary.  Using our Drawing Management System (ECHO), your drawings are available 24x7 from anywhere in the world via the Internet, from a PC or tablet device.  With a number of free and low-cost viewer/reviewer/editor programs available for practically format and platform, anyone who needs to find & work with your drawings in any capacity, can do so readily in electronic format.

We’ve launched!

DCM has always been at the front of technology when it comes to drawing conversion, optimization, and drawing management. It was time to update our website to showcase what we do. So….. welcome to our new site!

Questions?

Maybe it’s time to clean up your paper mess and get digital files. Or maybe you’re ready to layer all of your files into one working document. Perhaps you’re at the stage where you want management software?