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Topcon Brings Bentley’s Reality-Modeling Software to UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 07, 2017 No Comments

In collaboration with Bentley Systems, Livermore, Calif.-based Topcon Positioning Group has introduced Topcon ContextCapture, a reality-modeling software solution that will be offered with the company’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

The system, powered by Bentley, is designed for mapping, construction and surveying professionals to quickly turn photographs and/or point cloud data into highly detailed 3D models for use throughout a project’s lifecycle, Topcon explains.

“The offering will include Topcon ContextCapture Standard and Topcon ContextCapture Advanced,” states Charles Rihner, vice president of the Topcon GeoPositioning Solutions Group. “The standard package will be bundled with Falcon 8 and Sirius Basic/Pro and allows operators to process data from these UAS into textured, 3D-reality meshes, point clouds and orthophotos.

“ContextCapture Advanced allows users to process data from any UAS,” he continues. “It also includes ContextCapture Editor, which enables operators to take advantage of all project data by integrating reality meshes and point clouds into infrastructure workflows. The result is access to a wide variety of reality-modeling tools to help increase productivity.”

The ContextCapture Advanced integration includes CAD, inspection, GIS, civil engineering, and survey workflows on desktop and mobile devices and in multiple formats, says Topcon.

Rihner adds, “This represents the next step in the Topcon and Bentley collaboration to advance the concept of constructioneering – allowing users to start from a reality-captured survey context and leverage and update their digital engineering models throughout the construction process and finally deliver the as-built infrastructure in real time.”

Phil Christensen, Bentley’s vice president of reality modeling, notes, “We are excited to bring to market this new joint offering that enables greater efficiency and productivity in the global construction market.”

Photo: The Falcon 8 unmanned aircraft system

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