Plan Printing and Scanning


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Architectural Drawings

The most common plans used for Planfiling are architectural drawings which are defined as: "a technical drawing of a building (or building project) that falls within the definition of architecture. Architectural drawings are used by architects and others for a number of purposes: to develop a design idea into a coherent proposal, to communicate ideas and concepts, to convince clients of the merits of a design, to enable a building contractor to construct it, as a record of the completed work, and to make a record of a building that already exists (Wikipidea June 2018).

International Paper Sizes and Scales

Architectural plans or building plans are available in standard paper sizes. The international standard is ISO 216. It is based on the German DIN 476 standard for paper sizes. ISO paper sizes are all based on a single aspect ratio of the square root of 2. There are different series (Serie A, Serie B, Serie C) as well as several extensions. The following international paper sizes are included in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS): A3, A4, A5, B4 and B5.

The most widely used sizes for general printing and letterhead stationery is the A series and defined as A0, A1, A2, A3 and A4.

The below illustration represents the ISO A-Series and the international paper standard sizes in mm.

More information about international paper sizes can be found at:

With the introduction of building, architectural and professional CAD drawing software and the ability to print these detailed drawings and images on large format printers and plotters, the demand to file, group and store these plans was created. Over the years many different plan filing systems have been introduced, ranging from A0 sized cabinets and drawers to horizontal and vertical plan filing cabinets.


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