CAD & Drawing Management, and 3D Laser Scanning

Ensuring that we continuously deliver accuracy and efficiency

Centara’s highly experienced drawing management services team has more than 60 years’ experience working with distribution network and system operators and private network operators. We are well equipped to deliver a complete range of services for secondary design, primary and civil schemes.

Overview of Centara’s services portfolio

  • HV/LV protection replacement – up to 400 kV pre- and post-commissioning
  • 2D and 3D drafting services
  • As-installed drawings
  • Drawing scanning and redraws
  • Substation master templates
  • Site layout drawings
  • Above- and below-ground hazard drawings
  • As-laid cable routes
  • Earthing drawings
  • Vehicle access and overhead line clearance drawings
  • Resilience, fire risk and site safety file drawings
  • Pre-commissioning construction boxes
  • Post-commissioning boxes
  • On-site drawing and document management and system audits
  • Legacy drawing review and resolution
  • Drawing consolidation and comparison

Mobile unit

We offer a mobile, on-site drawing and document scanning/copying service on any sized document in either black or white. We can deploy several teams anywhere in the UK.

Independent site-specific packages

We offer full comprehensive stand-alone DMS packages for site drawing systems, which can include any of the above at very competitive rates.

Comprehensive printing services

We offer a very comprehensive printing service and secure document control file exchange, all of which can include delivery services to anywhere in the UK. This is possible with our on-site print shop:

CAD services

Centara’s in-house CAD team has the capability and experience to serve many other industries and sectors. Our portfolio of CAD services includes

  • internal and external building fabrications
  • as-laid cable survey and drafting
  • window design and drafting
  • modular installations
  • modular design and alteration.

Unlike other utility search companies, everything is included in our quoted prices, including printing and CDs. You will receive a completion pack detailing the search area and explaining your results, a list of whom we contacted and whether their assets are in your area of interest and hard copy prints at an appropriate scale for each affected utility service. A CD/DVD ROM containing a PDF file of your desktop utility survey to the agreed level (premium or standard) will be provided, copies of asset owner legends and notations explaining the maps provided and a composite hard copy CAD drawing in DWG and PDF format (CAD fusion plan level only), referenced to Ordnance Survey mapping.

3D laser scanning

Centara delivers 3D laser surveys using the latest in scanning and surveying equipment (Leica and Faro). We can undertake various projects with different applications through the design, build and asset management life cycle. 3D laser scan data create point cloud data, which are used to produce accurate 2D and 3D CAD models that are ready for use with 3D CAD design packages, such as Revit, AutoCAD, MicroStation and Solidworks. Several thousand laser scans can be captured from numerous locations, depending on the survey’s size and scope.

The scans are referenced using X, Y and Z coordinates tied to a visible target or reference point in each scan. These references can also be tied into previously recorded references using GPS and total stations to tie into an Ordnance Survey or arbitrary grid datum or a topographical survey. Any project that requires accurate as-built information at design, asset management, asset condition assessment and post-build as-constructed drawings stages will benefit from the use of 3D laser scanning data that can be collected efficiently. The site time is significantly shorter than for traditional survey methods. Your industry can benefit from using 3D laser scanning solutions as a way to keep costs down and make savings.

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Centara is part of the RSK group of companies

The RSK group is a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business offering bespoke end-to-end solutions to a variety of sectors. Headquartered in the UK but with an established presence throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, RSK helps organisations around the world achieve their business aspirations in a sustainable and efficient manner.