Topcon recently released new software platforms designed to provide multi-disciplinary model management and increased collaboration and integration — the MAGNET VDC solutions, MAGNET Explorer and MAGNET Modeler, which further expand the MAGNET workplace portfolio. 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 analyzed in one single project model,” says Jason Hallett, 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).

“Modeling generated throughout construction phases can be simulated under real-world conditions and analyzed for potentially expensive clashes. Our unique detection approach produces better ROI (return on investment) than traditional clash detection tools,” Hallett says.

MAGNET Explorer also has connectivity with MAGNET Enterprise, enabling data sharing and collaboration with the complete suite of MAGNET solutions. MAGNET Modeler is designed to produce blended models from a wide-variety of sources, making traditionally time consuming tasks more automatic.

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