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Topcon Positioning Group announces two new software platforms designed to provide multi-disciplinary model management and increased collaboration and integration. MAGNET® VDC solutions, including MAGNET Explorer and MAGNET Modeller further expand the MAGNET workplace portfolio.

 Matt Levick, Product Manager for site software solutions for Topcon’s Australian distributor Position Partners, explained. “MAGNET VDC gives key stakeholders the ability to visualise every stage and the associated costs of a major project and its many components such as roads, rail, temporary works, structures, bridges, drainage systems, electrical services, landscaping and noise reduction.


“This powerful software enables engineers, commercial managers, architects, project managers, design managers, foreman and supervisors to all see the big picture, identifying any problems sooner and therefore saving costs and reducing rework,” he added. “It combines all the proposed plans and existing infrastructure into a single 5D model.”

 MAGNET Explorer offers model management, simulation and design analysis for construction projects where multiple design disciplines need to function as one.

 “With MAGNET Explorer, infrastructure, buildings, utilities and structural models can be combined together and analysed in one single project model,” said Jason Hallett, Topcon’s Vice President of Global Product Management. “All of the data is managed in design coordinates and units as required by professional design simulation and analysis.”

 The software enables value-based clash detection for VDC (Virtual Design to Construction). “Modelling generated throughout construction phases can be simulated under real-world conditions, and analysed for potentially expensive clashes. Our unique detection approach produces better ROI (return on investment) than traditional clash detection tools,” Hallett said.

MAGNET Explorer also has connectivity with MAGNET Enterprise, enabling data sharing and collaboration with the complete suite of MAGNET solutions.

MAGNET Modeller is designed to produce blended models from a wide-variety of sources, making traditionally time consuming tasks more automatic. Hallett said, “With MAGNET Modeller, it is both easy to import and transform data into 3D models using one tool that is integrated with your common design software.

“MAGNET Modeller integrates smoothly to your existing tools such as Autodesk® AutoCAD®, Civil 3D® and Map3D®,” he said. “You can also import data in various standard formats such as open data models (LandXML, IFC) and generic 3D models.

“The two new software solutions are examples of Topcon’s commitment to make sure our users get the most concise and succinct workflow through collaboration, interoperability, and commitment to openness in our software. As a result, MAGNET VDC solutions empower BIM construction execution for increased productivity and cost savings for our customers,” he said.

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