What are the advantages of Paper to CAD Conversion Services?

What are the advantages of Paper to CAD Conversion Services?

The construction Industry has moved beyond the manual drafting where in paper, pen, stencil was used to draft the construction documentation. CAD Drafting Services and now gradually BIM has become the norm for the AEC professionals today. However, there are still 2D hand drawn and printed construction documents which need to be converted and stored in digital formats. There are a variety of advantages associated with converting paper drawings into CAD files like durability, better scalability, convenience in storage etc. In the current article we will be looking at the four reasons why AEC professionals should convert paper drawings into CAD files.

1. Durability:

There are a variety of ways in which paper drawings can be damaged over time. Paper can firstly age and even if its kept in pristine conditions ink can fade and make the marking ineligible. Moreover, there are other unexpected situations like exposure to water, fluctuating temperature etc. which can cause decay and damage. Finally, there is always the possibility of human error which could lead to the papers being lost, torn etc. However, once converted to CAD files they can be stored digitally on cloud so they are not lost or damaged.

2. Time-Consuming:

A typical set of construction documentation has a lot of drawings and thus it might be difficult to find specific information on paper drawing. CAD offers various searching tools which make it possible for architects and designers to search faster and more efficiently. On top of that it is also difficult to view minute details on paper drawings as it is not possible to enlarge them in order to observe a particular aspect. It is here that converting CAD can save up a lot of time. Additionally, CAD provides an ease in making modifications which might be necessary when it comes to renovation, extension or refurbishment.

3. Easy to Share:

To easily share paper drawings is very challenging. It would require the professionals to share it in person which puts limitations of time and geographical conditions. CAD files on the other hand can be instantly shared with all the involved stakeholders so that everyone can stay on the same page and there are no errors arising out of miscommunication.  An ease in sharing also increases the speed and enhanced understanding leads to better decisions, faster turnaround and more quality deliverables.

4. Better Presentations:

When it comes to pitching the project details to the client or business partner it might become difficult for a layman to actually understand the 2D drawings. It would require a sufficient amount of imagination for them to visualize the end result and it is not very effective. Here, 3D Rendering Servicescan be used to create 3D visualizations, ariel renders, walkthroughs or animations from CAD files. This allows the client to gain a proper understanding of how to final product will look like and facilitates informed decision making. 


To store, use and manage paper drawings is an extremely cumbersome, costly and time consuming. When there is an available option of converting these 2D drawings into CAD files, AEC professionals should go opt for it.

Written By:
Bhagwati Pathak
Bhagwati Pathak is an Executive Director at Tesla Outsourcing Services. Technical Project Management, BIM, Client Management, and Leadership are her forte. With an expertise in BIM and a flair for writing, her articles provide a direction to contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, and architects in employing the right methodology for an Architectural, Structural, or MEP CAD / BIM project.

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