New Topcon software aims for greater digital adoption in construction
By Neil Gerrard21 April 2023
California-based technology company Topcon Positioning Systems has launched new software called Digital Layout which aims to drive greater adoption of digital workflows in construction.
Topcon said that Digital Layout has a focus on ease of use. It hopes to encourage contractors who still rely on traditional methods to use the software to boost efficiency, accuracy and productivity.
The business is targeting general contractors, concrete contractors, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) contractors, steel erectors, fire suppression companies and others with Digital Layout.
The software is designed to work in combination with a 3D laser — the Topcon LN — or a Topcon GT robotic total station, providing a step-by-step guide to streamline routines and workflows.
Ray Kerwin, director of global product planning for Topcon, said, “With today’s job site challenges, contractors need the best and easiest way to perform layout. Topcon provides that with this software dedicated to building construction applications.
“It is intended as a valuable tool benefitting a wide variety of trades and professionals with varying technology skills — user-friendly for all building construction users.
“Many still perform layout using the traditional methods of string and tape or rotating lasers and they are comfortable with the tools they are familiar with. For those taking the step to using Topcon’s unique 3D laser, they will see that it is an easy transition and one that could now allow one person to complete the layout work that in the past took two or three people to accomplish.”
The software can be used with the Point Manager plug-in for Autodesk Revit or AutoCAD to create point files in the office and transfer as-built data back to a contractor’s design software.
It is compatible with 2D, 3D and BIM workflows, and is supported by Microsoft Windows and Android operating systems.
Topcon MAGNET Enterprise web service is also included, enabling users to share data between the office and field.