Storing Drawings on Optical Disks

by Mukti Das, Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Lowell, Lowell, MA,
W. Wayne Black, Pres.; Triquest Corp., Wellesley, MA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 6, Pg. 63-65

Document Type: Feature article


Optical storage of drawings and maps on compact disks provides better long-term protection and accessibility than with hard-copy documents, and at much lower cost than computerized systems. Optical storage systems also have other important advantages. Documents can be retrieved in seconds and displayed on a CRT screen or printed on a laser printer. Storage space is minimal; a 5¼ inch diameter optical cartridge can hold 250, 3 × 4 ft. documents. Document images are protected against aging; optical disks are projected to last from 10 to 50 years. Hardward and software for optical disk systems are described. Applications are also reviewed.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Mapping | Lasers | Imaging techniques | Reviews

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