|[November 28, 2012]
Autodesk and Topcon Announce Collaboration to Improve Interoperability
LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)--
Autodesk (News - Alert) University -- Autodesk,
Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), the leader in cloud-based design and
engineering software, and Topcon
Positioning Systems, Inc., a global leader in precision positioning
solutions, today announced they have signed a letter of intent under
which both companies will collaborate to allow products within
Autodesk's leading design and construction software portfolio for Building
Information Modeling (BIM) to more efficiently interact with
Topcon's on-site field positioning hardware. This 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
"We have worked with Topcon for a long time as a development partner and
see tremendous synergies between our software offerings and Topcon's
leading positioning hardware," said Nicolas Mangon, senior director, AEC
strategy and marketing, Autodesk. "This past year, Autodesk has invested
in delivering design data to the point of construction via Autodesk BIM
360 cloud services and mobile applications. Working with Topcon now
allows us to take the next step and leverage this data to more
seamlessly drive the placement of work-greatly facilitating the
installation process of a construction project."
"We are pleased to work with Autodesk, a leading provider and innovator
of software solutions for BIM," said Ewout Korpershoek, senior vice
president product management and marketing at Topcon. "It is our mission
to provide our customers with state of the art positioning solutions,
that allow for the highest efficiency data collection, data management
and layout. Through our collaboration with Autodesk, we will be able to
better streamline the data flow between design and execution ia a
seamless connection between the office and site, providing a higher
degree of accuracy and productivity."
Timeline (News - Alert)
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 (such as AutoCAD,
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 for "as built" data collection and documentation.
Over time, Autodesk and Topcon intend to work together to develop more
tightly integrated solutions that will allow for optimized, more
seamless connections between office, web and mobile workers, between
virtual and real worlds.
About Autodesk University
Now in its 20th year, Autodesk University is the annual series of
Autodesk in-person and virtual user conferences, which include the
flagship Autodesk University event in Las Vegas, as well as
international events including Autodesk University Japan, Brazil,
Russia, Germany and China. Associated online content is available
through Autodesk University Virtual. The 2012 events will bring together
over 70,000 designers, engineers, architects and digital artists to
Learn, Connect and Explore. More information is available at the Autodesk
University web site.
About Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc.
Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures precise
positioning products and solutions for the global surveying,
construction, agriculture, civil engineering, mapping and GIS, asset
management and mobile control markets. Its parent company, Topcon
Corporation (Tokyo Stock Exchange - 7732), was founded in 1932.
Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D
design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the
manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and
entertainment industries-- including the last 16 Academy Award winners
for Best Visual Effects-- use Autodesk software to design, visualize and
simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in
1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of
state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information
about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.
Autodesk, AutoCAD, BIM 360, Glue, and Revit are registered trademarks
or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or
affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is a
registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their
respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and
services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without
notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors
that may appear in this document.
© 2012 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.
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