Topcon Positioning Group has upgraded the MAGNET system of software solutions. MAGNET v3.1 includes two new modules, Takeoff and Mass Haul, that are purpose-built to provide material-driven estimates and efficiently manage haul routes to save time and reduce costs.

“The introduction of the new Takeoff and Mass Haul features empower users to generate and share cost estimates, as well as visualize their time-sensitive projects before ever breaking ground,” says David Ahl, director of software product management.

The Takeoff module offers a workflow built to quickly import design data from a variety of industry file formats, declare the cost and type of building materials to be used, and work directly with borehole information. “By adding this key information, estimators can now generate and share accurate volume and cost reports within a single software system — providing a competitive advantage to be able to calculate and visualize the work ahead as well as ultimately deliver accurate and detailed bids to their clients,” Ahl says.

As a counterpart to the Takeoff module, features now available within the corresponding Mass Haul module are designed to complete the estimating process through the planning of materials hauling. “Project data such as road alignment information and material types are instantly transferred to the Mass Haul module where the most cost-effective options can be determined, visualized and shared. Customizable reports are available to provide and plot resulting haul costs and efficient routes,” Ahl says.

MAGNET users that are currently covered within their software maintenance period are eligible to upgrade to the 3.1 version of their product immediately.

About Topcon Positioning Group

Headquartered in Livermore, Calif., Topcon Positioning Group designs, manufactures and distributes precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, BIM, mapping and GIS, asset management and mobile control markets. Brands include Topcon, Sokkia, Tierra, Wachendorff Elektronik, Digi-Star and 2LS. Parent Topcon Corporation, founded in 1932, is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.