Autodesk and Topcon Announce Collaboration to Improve Interoperability

  Autodesk and Topcon Announce Collaboration to Improve Interoperability

Autodesk University 2012

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- November 28, 2012

Autodesk 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 control.

“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 via a seamless connection between the office
and site, providing a higher degree of accuracy and productivity.”


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, Revit, and
Navisworks) 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
positioningproducts andsolutionsfor theglobalsurveying, 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.

About Autodesk

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

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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