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Océ has now launched its Plan Center digital plan room software in Europe.Available in the UK through Hobs Reprographics, the software, which was licensed from Autodesk in the US last year, uses a web-based system to simplify and accelerate the management of print-ready construction drawings.

There are two components.

A software application sits on a printer's local server, allowing it to manage customers' files.An online service allows customers to view their construction files, share them with other project partners and order prints quickly and easily.Whoever orders the prints is billed for them, which means the architect is not landed with the cost if, for example, the contractor loses its copies of the drawings.

One practice that has been using the system is Twigg Brown. Iain McLellan, senior architect and associate, said: 'We have no concerns about the safety of our files because we know they are being held securely off-site.

And we can guarantee a much faster delivery of prints to our clients and consultants.'

In a similar move, Repropoint has invested in an Electronic Drawing Management System (EDM), which, it says, will 'revolutionise the way contractors bid for building works by allowing architects, engineers and associated contractors to manage, view and order construction documents via the web'.

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