Topcon and Autodesk have signed a letter of intent under which both companies will collaborate to allow products within Autodesk’s design and construction software portfolio for Building Information Modeling (BIM) to more efficiently interact with Topcon’s on-site field positioning hardware.
The collaboration is designed to allow building and civil infrastructure construction customers to form a tighter, more seamless workflow that will increase on-site worker productivity, enhance field safety, and improve quality control, according to Topcon.
Initially, the companies intend to work together to provide greater interoperability between certain aspects of their services and solutions to design and construction professionals. The initial phase will focus on API-level integration between Autodesk’s AutoCAD WS product and Topcon’s systems, with further exploration of potential combined offerings both on the desktop with Autodesk’s design solutions (including AutoCAD, Revit, and Navisworks) and in the cloud with Autodesk’s BIM 360 offerings, including BIM 360 Glue and BIM 360 Field. These solutions are intended to directly connect and drive Topcon field positioning hardware for installation layout tasks, as well as “as built” collection and documentation.