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Architecture firm turns to the new HP Designjet T2300 eMFP to improve workflow and collaboration

 
 

“We used the
scanner to send good,
crisp images to our client
via e-mail. We got what we
needed almost immediately.
Being able to send the information quickly
was beneficial.”

— Joe Bruce
Project Coordinator
Insight Architects

Long before the ground breaks for a new building or remodel, architects collaborate with a variety of individuals and teams. Managing distances and deadlines, they ensure plans align, codes are met and clients are satisfied. In this complicated communication landscape, Russ Phillips, owner of Insight Architects, has learned the right printer can make all the difference.

Quick Facts

  • Insight Architects shared high-quality, detailed information quickly and easily, using the HP Designjet T2300 eMFP.
  • The HP Designjet T2300—HP’s first web-ready MFP—is designed to scan, copy and print via e-mail, USB drive, notebook PC or the web.
  • The HP Designjet T2300 eMFP helped Insight Architects meet tight deadlines and communicate efficiently.


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Recently, the medium-sized firm, located in Boise, Idaho, needed a faster process for sharing hand drawings and detailed design annotations, without losing print quality.

Phillips explains that the process the company had been using was time-consuming and cumbersome. “We would take a marked-up plan, tape it to a board, snap it with a digital camera, run it through Photoshop and manipulate it into a PDF or JPG.”

In March, Insight Architects turned to the new HP Designjet T2300 eMFP for a streamlined solution, jumping at the chance to beta test the product.

Introducing the HP Designjet T2300 eMFP

Due to be market-ready in November 2010, the HP Designjet T2300 is HP’s first web-ready printer with full MFP benefits. Designed to scan, copy and print via e-mail, USB drive, notebook PC or the web, the eMFP solves many issues architects like Phillips and others encounter when it comes to sharing detailed information.

Phillips says they’ve used the new eMFP daily to scan and print plans and design changes for several jobs, including for a new $3.5 million government building in Post Falls, Idaho.

“There was a lot of back and forth. We were shooting multiple ideas out at once, getting changes and corrections daily, even hourly,” Phillips explains.

Russ Phillips

“We were able
to scan hand drawings
right into our server and
e-mail them for approval and
coordination purposes.
That saved quite a
bit of time. ”



Consistent, high-quality results

The full scope of work for the government building included architectural, civil and site landscaping designs accompanied by related mechanical, plumbing and electrical designs. Working with a team of contractors, consultants and clients, Phillips says the new HP Designjet T2300 eMFP was a valuable tool.

The precision of the large-format scanner was one of the features that appealed to the team at Insight Architects. Typically architecture firms avoid using scanned designs because lines blur or fade and layers muddle results. According to Phillips, however, the HP Designjet T2300’s scanning feature produced impressive results. “We saw line accuracy and shading—it all looked very good,” he says.

No surprises with HP reliability

Out of all the HP Designjet T2300’s new features, the machine’s reliability was one of the things that stood out most to Phillips. “The eMFP always performed the way we expected it to. We didn’t need to call technical support once,” explains Joe Bruce, a project coordinator at Insight Architects.

Phillips adds that the HP Designjet T2300 has it all—plotting speed, the ability to load multiple drawings at once and excellent print quality. The firm even trusted the eMFP to produce their own marketing materials and client presentations. Bruce explains:

“The HP Designjet T2300 always
performed the way we expected it to.”