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A1.4 Plotter, Scanner

Level of expertise required for this Chapter: Advanced; general GIS training

A 1.4.1 Hardware required
(for LUPMIS installation)

Hardware required to run LUPMIS:


Minimum requirements

Optimal requirements

Specs, remarks

Main hardware:

Desktop PC


1 for each staff member

4 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, DVD writer, 4 USB, Ethernet, QWERTY keyboard, mouse, card reader, speaker, recommended to use only one brand for all PC: HP-Compaq


for each PC

for each PC

LCD, TFT, 22"



1 for each staff member

4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, 15.4" screen, DVD writer, 3 USB, WXGA, Ethernet, wireless, mouse, card creader, webcam, recommended to use only one brand for all PC: HP-Compaq



1 at HQ

according to functionality and workload

Color printer


1 per 5 workstations

A3, Laser Jet technology, 600 dpi

B/W printer


1 per 5 workstations

A4, Laser Jet technology, 600 dpi, (e.g. HP Laser Jet 2055 or later models)



1 + 1 spare

A0/44", inkjet technology, 600 dpi,  network card (RJ45) + USB, 1 GB memory, 6 colors recommended (not 8+), stand, cables (e.g. HP DesignJet series) + spare parts: Belts


1 (A3)

1 A0 + 1 A3

A0: 300 dpi, A3: 2400x4800 dpi, 24 bit, USB, cables


1 per 2 workstations (1 kVA)

1 UPS (inverter technology),
some 20-30 kVA

Inverter technology, with batteries, in 220 V+-20%, out 220 V, 50/60 Hz, single phase, half load time 30 mins


1 per 2 UPS (of 1 kVA)

n.a. (not necessary for inverter-UPS)



1 per 5 staff members

Garmin (!), handheld, C/A code receiver, 126 MB memory, data cable, battery powered, with 4 GB microSD card,  preferably WAAS/EGNOS capable, color display, Garmin GPSMAP 76Csx or 62 series



1 per staff members

Android, 3G, GPS; for on-site development control

IT Peripherals:

Network switches


for connection of all workstations + server(s)

Ethernet, 1 GB

External harddisk for backup


according to data volume

1 TB, 2.5", USB, Ethernet / NSA as option, with hardcover case

External harddisk for individual staff use


1 per staff member

500 GB, USB, 2.5", no external power, with hardcover case

USB pendrive

1 per staff member

3 per staff member

16 GB



According to number of computers


USB cable: A-B



USB cable: A - mini B









Screwdrivers, pliers, soldering etc

Crimping tool



UTP, RJ 45

Power extension cable



230 V, 3-5 m, DIN or UK

Power plugbank



230 V, 5-7 outlets, DIN or UK

Network cable

150 m

300 m+

Plug RJ 45



1 per workstation

1 per workstation ('Business' version or equivalent)

Map Maker

Office licence

Office licence

Paint Shop Pro

1 per workstation

1 per workstation

Virus protection

1 per workstation

1 per workstation

MS Office

1 per workstation

1 per workstation

Utility software




Cartridges for printers / plotters

Printheads for plotter



Digital camera


Computer desk

1 per staff member

1 per staff member +
3-5 spare + meeting table


1 per staff member

1 per staff member


1 of 2.5 HP per small office room,
2 of 2.5 HP, or 1 of 5 HP per medium-size office

1 of 5-10 HP per office room

Map filing cabinet


Internet connection

according to technology available

Burglar-proof protection

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A 1.4.2 Plotter installation

These instructions for the setup of the plotter are for the HP Designjet T610 of the Project. In future, if other plotters are to be installed, procedure will be similar.

1. Assemble the plotter, as instructed on the detailed instructions, which came with the plotter (first the stand, then mount the plotter).
2. Remove all the transport fixes (stopper, tapes).
3. Have the UPS (battery) ready. You can connect the plotter together with one computer plus screen to one standard UPS (800-1000 VA). In Ghana, never attempt to operate a plotter on the mains.
4. Follow the instructions: Connect to a (master) computer with a USB cable.
5. Follow the instructions: Connecting to power through a UPS.
6. Follow the instructions: Switch on and let the plotter initialize.
7. Follow the instructions: Install the 6 ink cartridges, on the left front.
8. Follow the instructions: Install the 3 printheads, after opening the main cover.
9. Follow the instructions: Install the printer driver, with the CD, which came with the plotter, on one master computer (or server) (see also Note 4 below).
10. Follow the instructions: Load paper, from the back.
11. On the master computer (or server), share the printer with other authorized users of the network.
12. Add the plotter to your list of printer, if it doesn’t already appear there.

After you finished plotting, you better disconnect the plotter both from the computer (data cable) and from the UPS (power cable).

Note 1: If the print on the plotter appears different than on a printer (for example, a Word document as an inserted map furniture), look for an alternative printer driver or protocol, or contact TCPD-HQ / LUPMIS.

Note 2: For printing large size on plotter, see special considerations for font and 'map furniture' in  Chapter 6.6.5.

Note 3: If there are any problems with the plotter when printing large size / oversize, check with
Main menu > File > System set up > Printing > Printer set up > Set up window: Composition printer driver: Recommended is the plotter driver (e.g. HP Designjet ...). Alternatively, test the MM composition driver.

Note 4: Some sources mention, that the HP printer driver for the DesignJet 500 is better than the one for the T610. If you have problems, test it.

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A 1.4.3 Scanner installation

Scanner of choice at TCPD-HQ / LUPMIS is the Contex Hawk Eye G36 36” scanner (24 bit color, 200 dpi, 0.1% accuracy).

To install the scanner, follow the instructions, which came with the scanner:

1. Unpack and mount scanner and stand.
2. Take CD with WIDEsystem Tools: Install WIDEsystem and scanner maintenance
3. Turn PC off
4. Clean scan area of scanner
5. Connect scanner with PC through USB cable
6. Plug scanner to UPS (1000 VA UPS can feed one PC plus screen plus scanner, but not more)
7. Turn scanner on and wait one hour to warm up
8. Start scanner maintenance from button at bottom right of desktop

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A 1.4.4 Scanning

1. Turn the scanner on and wait till it has warmed up (can easily take some 10-20 minutes)
2. Load Paint Shop Pro
3. Check that scanner is recognized by Paint Shop Pro (
Main menu > File > Import > TWAIN Source)
4. Scan (
Main menu > File > Import > TWAIN Acquire)
5. When menu asks for colour vs black/white: Select ‘grey document’
6. When fully displayed in Paint Shop Pro, save as JPG file (
Main menu > File > Save as > Save as window: Save as type: Select JPG >>>)
7. Decrease colour depth to 16 (
Main menu > Image > Decrease color depth > 16 Color palette >>>)
8. Enhance contrast and brightness (
Main menu > Adjust > Brightness and Contrast > Brightness/Contrast > Set brightness to 10-60, Contrast to 20-60: > You have to find the best values > OK)
9. If there are still grey patches on the map, you can ‘replace’ them with white colour with the ‘Colour replacer’ (
Dropper tool > right-click to define the ‘from-colour’ > left-click to define the ‘to-colour’ for the colour replacement > Color replace (at toolbar left) > Tolerance (at top bar) very small > Move with the cursor over the patches)


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