Tech: Topcon Streamlines Point Creation Between Autodesk Platforms and Robotic Total Stations

A new point creation software from Topcon Positioning Group to directly benefit construction professionals is now available. Topcon Point Manager, available as a plug-in for Autodesk AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit users in the U.S. and Canada, is designed to automate point creation and easily import and export layout files to and from a robotic total station. The new solution will simplify the BIM-to-field process with a faster, more seamless point creation experience from within the design platform, reducing the time and cost of layout, according to Ray Kerwin, director of Topcon global product planning.

“Unlike standalone point creation software, which requires the user to leave their particular design environment, users of these two widely used Autodesk technologies will be able to access the solution as a plug-in component to their design package. They will be working in an environment where they will already have a comfort level, thereby speeding up the learning curve so they can be productive more quickly,” Kerwin said.

“Users will benefit from the ability to automatically create multiple points on BIM objects and 2D/3D drawings from within the Autodesk environments,” said Kerwin. “Just as importantly, however, they will see an increase in their quality assurance and control (QA/QC) efforts through easily generated point and deviation reports; a likely reduction in on-site personnel (key during these challenging times), and, with the simplified processes, avoid costly construction errors and rework — the goal of most any operation working in today’s highly competitive construction environment.”

Topcon MAGNET users can wirelessly send points to the field for layout and completed layout files can be sent back to the office to update the model to match as-built conditions. “With the cloud-connected MAGNET workflow, BIM personnel or CAD teams can immediately share information to and from the field crew using a layout device. Doing so can prove invaluable, as any conflicts in point data can be quickly identified, keeping production levels up and eliminating costly rework,” Kerwin said.

“We understand that solutions are not ‘one-size-fits-all’ and we are excited to provide a wide variety of professionals across the building construction industry with an affordable and complete digital workflow solution,” Kerwin said.

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