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  • Topcon Announces DS-200i Connectivity with AutoDesk BIM 360 Layout App
    Topcon Announces DS-200i Connectivity with AutoDesk BIM 360 Layout App

    Posted: 10/21/2015
    Topcon Positioning Group announces its DS-200i direct-aiming motorized imaging station's compatibility with the new Autodesk BIM 360 Layout app for the Apple iPad. The DS-200i is the second total station solution that Autodesk and Topcon have collaborated on for contractors.

    "For years Topcon and Autodesk have worked together to provide advanced solutions for the BIM marketplace including the Topcon LN-100 Layout Navigator," said Ray Kerwin, director of global surveying products. "Now the BIM 360 Layout app?s connectivity with the DS-200i offers a reflectorless solution along with imaging and greater vertical range."

    The DS-200i has an EDM (electronic distance measurement) range of up to 1000 meters (3280 ft.) without the need of a prism, and 5,000 meters (26,240 ft.) with one. The built-in wireless WLAN connects the iPad with the BIM 360 Layout app.

    "This Topcon and Autodesk collaboration provides contractors the ability to connect a coordinated model to the field layout process, helping to increase job site productivity while improving the accuracy of staked or installed building components," said Kerwin. "Additionally, the DS-200i offers an excellent reflectorless solution for QA/QC (quality assurance, quality control) workflows - verifying items in the field are installed correctly as compared to models."

    The DS-200i features real-time video imaging with its 5 MP camera. The controller's touchscreen video and arrow keys are designed to let remote operators view what is being measured, similar to looking through the telescope.

    The Autodesk BIM 360 Layout app is available on the Apple App Store.
  • Topcon Announces Rotary-Wing UAS
    Topcon Announces Rotary-Wing UAS

    Posted: 10/13/2015
    Topcon Positioning Group announces the addition of a rotary-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) to its mass data collection solutions line. The Falcon 8 - powered by Ascending Technologies - is designed for inspection and monitoring, as well as survey and mapping applications.

    "Rotary-wing systems provide the perfect solutions for small-scale sites and projects for which flexibility of takeoff and landing or an oblique perspective is required," said Charles Rihner, vice president of the Topcon GeoPositioning Solutions Group. "The Falcon 8 offers the flexibility to maneuver in small spaces and can cope with challenging environments often presented in inspection and monitoring. It is also well suited for smaller mapping or modeling projects up to 85 acres that require high-resolution imaging."

    The Falcon 8 features new AscTec®Trinity technology, an autopilot safety feature that provides three levels of redundancy for protection against performance drop or loss of control. Three IMUs (inertial measurement system) synchronize all sensing data and identify, signal and compensate when needed.

    Two models are available - the GeoEXPERT for surveying, modeling and mapping projects, and InspectionPRO for industrial inspection and monitoring applications. The GeoEXPERT includes a HD RGB camera payload, while the InspectionPRO features an HD RGB camera and infrared sensor combination.

    "Both versions offer easy deployment and operation with real-time video and data monitoring capability, navigation software for planning and optimizing flights, as well as photo-tagging and desktop software to quickly generate high-quality and easy-to-edit material," said Rihner.

    The Falcon 8 complements the Topcon Sirius Pro a fixed-wing UAS, providing large area accurate mapping without the requirement for traditional ground control.

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