Digitally mapping the region

German software provider, Softelec, is at Gitex to showcase its range of solutions for construction, oil and other companies to convert their old charts and plans into digital format.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  October 21, 2003

German software provider, Softelec, is at Gitex to showcase its range of solutions for construction, oil and other companies to convert their old charts and plans into digital format.

The vendor has launched its latest software package, VPIndex, which cleans scanned maps and engineering drawings and allows them to be integrated into companies' computer aided design (CAD) environments.
It then exports the information to a CD, or is written into a firm's electronic document system (EDM).

"Now our distributors can offer a complete set of fast and easy-to-use tools around the management of legacy drawings and GIS images," says Michael Finckh, vice president of marketing and sales, Softelec.
"Cleaning, calibration, indexing, raster/pixel and vector CAD and redlining provides the easy leverage of all existing drawings of our customers into today's digital environment," he adds.

Although not currently available in Arabic, the software is being promoted at Gitex alongside Softelec's VPHybridCAD solution. The product converts legacy paper images and converts them into a vector-based format that can be viewed, modified and added to electronically.

Softelec targets the Middle East through its distribution partnership with CAD Emirates. Its solutions have been brought in to help businesses including the Dubai Petroleum Company.

"Many companies try to digitise their old drawings manually but it's not necessary. They can integrate them into their CAD environment," adds Finckh. H8-7

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