Utility supplies: Digital writing solution for field data collection

Utility equipment: Anoto and ChasmTech announce SmartInk Redline powered by Live PDF. New digital writing solution offers timely access to as-built information ideal for utilities, architects and engineers.

Feb 14th, 2014
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Electrician tools: Anoto, a provider of digital writing technology, and ChasmTech, a company focusing on field data collection solutions, announced the immediate availability of SmartInk Redline -- a digital pen drawing markup solution powered by Anoto Live PDF™.

Designed for utilities, architects and engineers who need timely access to as-built information, SmartInk Redline allows users to markup CAD drawings using Anoto Live technology. It works by generating a PDF document including the field markups and automatically distributes the files by way of the cloud to the extended project team. The solution consolidates all markups ensuring that the owner, engineer, contractor, designer and drafting - have immediate access to the most current information regardless of originator. Drafting staff also have access to as-built information, improving project documentation and minimizing the time and effort required to complete drawings.

“In today’s design and construction environment, managing versions of PDF files is as challenging if not more challenging than managing paper drawings – particularly when the PDF files are widely distributed,” said Lance Maidlow, president of ChasmTech. “Now, with SmartInk Redline, you have a record of the mark ups in a PDF file and because it can be used with any AutoCAD® based product, Revit® or MicroStation®, the technology can be tailored based on the user’s needs.”

Anoto Live PDF provides the ability to distribute design drawings on paper or as PDF files which can be plotted by third parties. As markups are made with the Anoto digital pens they are consolidated into a single PDF file permitting designers to review field changes as they occur. The mark ups can be sent by Bluetooth or by docking the pen. Recipients can also be added and removed at any time depending on the phase of the project.

SmartInk Redline automatically reads the Anoto Live PDF files as they are returned and generates AutoCAD drawing exchange format (DXF) files that can be loaded directly into industry standard CAD software including AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT®, Revit and MicroStation as CAD entities on date stamped layers. Drafting staff can systematically review the markups and update the as-built information minimizing the time required to complete a project while ensuring that all field changes are incorporated.

“Anoto Live digital writing technology solves the sizeable challenge faced by utilities, architects and engineers who need to collaborate on projects,” said said Stein Revelsby, CEO of Anoto Group AB. “By automating document handling, teams can spot issues faster and avoid problems that can result from inefficient communication and unidentified issues.”

For more information about Anoto, ChasmTech, or other products, click here to go to Utility Products’ Buyers Guide.

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