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Drawing Translation

Drawing Translation is a special type of technical engineering translation. For this type of work, all the characteristics of technical translation are inherent, but there are a number of features that make this type of service specific and time-consuming.

1) The need to use a special software

Typically, drawings are performed in CAD, such as AutoCAD and others, sometimes for ease of use, drawings are converted to PDF or images. This places additional demands on the translator— the need for basic skills in working with programs that allow you to change the text content of drawings.

At first glance, it might seem that there is nothing complicated here but in practice many problems arise. Let’s describe some of them using AutoCAD as an example:

  • how to convert single-line text to multi-line;
  • how to divide an object into parts (sometimes the text is combined with graphic elements or in groups, and without carrying out certain actions it cannot be changed);
  • how to change the font (the standard Chinese font SimSun is not applicable in the Russian language);
  • what to do in case of encoding problems (when the text on the drawing is displayed as inexplicable characters):
  • many other problems, which solution takes a large amount of time without the availability of experience and skills.

The strength of our team is translated into one thousand sets of working drawings for such complex projects like power plants, gas pipelines, plants and factories. We have gained experience in cooperation with many design institutes and equipment manufacturers, collected a large number of font databases, and our experts have many years of experience with AutoCAD and other special software.  All this allows us to quickly and efficiently translate drawings.

2) Mandatory context accounting

The text on the drawing represents various technical explanations, technical requirements, names of nodes, indications of tolerances, sizes, main inscription, etc. Part of the text on the drawing does not require additional explanations (everything is clear from the text), but often, in order to understand what is at stake, you need to carefully review the entire drawing or its part, to understand what the inscription refers to, such that the translation of the drawings must be made taking into account the context and graphic information on the drawing. Also in part, in order to understand the meaning of the content of the drawing, additional specialized knowledge and experience is required.

When translating drawings, many companies are engaged in extracting text from drawings using special programs, after which the translation is performed, then the translated text is inserted back into the drawing; as a result, the text does not match the context and graphic content of the drawing, which makes it impossible to use the drawings normally after translation.

Our team includes experienced technical specialists who can deal with even the most complex drawings; all drawings are translated according to the context, this ensures the accuracy of the translation and its full compliance with the graphic content of the drawing, such drawings are easy to read by specialists and can be used in manufacturing immediately after translation.

3) More complex layout of the document

When translating drawings from Chinese into foreign languages and vice versa, it is necessary to take into account the following feature- a Chinese character often carries the meaning of a whole word in a foreign language, therefore the text in Chinese is much shorter than the text in a foreign language, as a result, a situation often arises when saving the initial font parameters, the translation text simply does not fit in the space allotted for it in the drawing, in this case, additional formatting is required. Our team has an extensive experience in solving these problems, drawing projects carried out by us look neat, you can verify this by looking at the appropriate section of our portfolio.

4) A large number of abbreviations

Drawings abound in all kinds of abbreviations. Most often, designers issue a separate sheet or several sheets with a breakdown of abbreviations and symbols for a particular set of drawings. However, the translation of this list of abbreviations may come last, when the whole set has already been translated.

To solve such problems, our company has created a constantly updated database that includes a huge number of abbreviations and acronyms, if necessary, our company’s technical staff will be able to quickly and accurately find the meaning of even the rarest abbreviations.

Order a test translation of the drawing right now and see the perfect quality of our work.

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