Topcon Positioning Systems has launched Digital Layout, an “easy-to-use” building construction software to enable more contractors to adopt a digital layout workflow for increased efficiency, accuracy and productivity.
Topcon has designed the software to help both first-time and experienced users of digital layout technology. It works in combination with a 3D laser – the Topcon LN – or a Topcon GT robotic total station.
Digital Layout 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 also compatible with 2D, 3D and BIM workflows, and is supported by Microsoft Windows and Android operating systems. Users can generate real-time PDF reports to summarise work progress for stakeholders.
Furthermore, Topcon MAGNET Enterprise web service is included, enabling users to share data between the office and field.
Ray Kerwin, director of global product planning for Topcon, said: “With today’s jobsite 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 tool benefitting a wide variety of trades and professionals with varying technology skills – user-friendly for all construction users.”
Transition from tradition
Kerwin continued: “Many still perform layout using the traditional methods of string and tape or rotating lasers. 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.
“For those new, or skilled in the use of robotic total stations, they will see efficiency in the intuitive functionality. Increased productivity results in increased profitability, ultimately helping offset labour shortages and minimise the training time for new workers.”
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