Topcon invests in Viasys VDC

LIVERMORE, Calif., Jan. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Topcon Positioning Group announces it has acquired a significant share of holdings in Viasys VDC, based in Espoo, Finland.

Viasys VDC has developed a complete suite of tools and services to assist customers in building Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) models for infrastructure and site-work projects. Utilizing state-of-the-art building information modeling (BIM) technologies, its solutions create VDC models that optimize the construction process throughout the project's lifecycle creating enhanced quality, higher efficiencies and reduced costs.

"Viasys VDC solutions allow for the import of virtually any BIM or non-BIM design model, offering seamless interoperability with open design standards currently in the market — which provides the contractor or engineer with full control and visibility of the entire design throughout the entire project," said Heikki Halttula, CEO and president, Viasys VDC Ltd. "With advanced simulation tools and communication functions, design-build issues can be detected before actual work starts, or at any time during the process."

Accurate 5D simulation allows for optimal planning and execution. Other significant features include cloud-based collaboration functions as well as mobile access to models and information on-site.

Topcon currently offers various BIM and remote site management / visibility solutions aimed at many of the markets served by Viasys VDC. "Now with our investment in Viasys VDC, we have partnered with the technology leader to allow us to offer an expanded platform for the future generation of advanced Topcon VDC solutions with seamless BIM interoperability for our partners and customers," said Ewout Korpershoek, Topcon executive vice president for mergers and acquisitions.

"Partnering with Topcon is an exciting step forward to help advance our industry-leading VDC solutions, while also expanding their reach to a global audience," Halttula said. "With Viasys VDC offices in Finland, California and Vietnam, we are also well positioned geographically to work directly with existing Topcon operations in Europe, North America and Asia."

In addition to a full suite of BIM-based mobile workforce solutions, Viasys VDC offers an operational asset management solution as a basis for lifetime maintenance of the VDC managed projects.

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About Topcon Positioning Group

Topcon Positioning Group is headquartered in Livermore, California, USA ( topconpositioning.com). Its European head office is in Capelle a/d IJssel, the Netherlands ( topconpositioning.eu). 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.  Its brands include Topcon, Sokkia, Tierra, Wachendorff Elektronik, Digi-Star, RDS Technology, NORAC and 2LS. Topcon Corporation ( topcon.com), founded in 1932, is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (7732). 
 
About Viasys VDC

Viasys VDC ( www.viasys.com), founded in 1989 and headquartered in Espoo, Finland, provides the project owner, engineers and contractors with virtual design and construction solutions for better communication and coordination, resulting in more productive infrastructure projects within their entire lifecycle. Viasys VDC solutions create digital prototypes and communicate design intents to all the stakeholders to avoid design conflicts early — improving project efficiencies to help ensure infrastructure projects run smoothly, predictably and profitably. 

CONTACT: Topcon Positioning Group                                                                
         USA: Staci Fitzgerald, +1 925-245-8610
         Europe: Stuart Proctor, +31 10 458 50 77 
         
         Viasys VDC 
         Heikki Halttula, +358-40-5472440  
         Pirita Suurnakki, +358 40 776 5908



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