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November 15, 2013

3D construction software firm acquired by Topcon


Topcon to integrate DynaRoad’s construction software with its machine automation products

Topcon Positioning Systems now owns a 100 percent stake in DynaRoad Oy, a developer of project management software specifically designed for large-scale construction projects such as highways, tunnels, railways, area development and harbors.

TPS had acquired a “significant,” but undisclosed, stake in Helsinki, Finland- based DynaRoad in 2011. DynaRoad products are now sold through Topcon dealers worldwide.

TPS is a subsidiary of Japan-based Topcon Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of precision GPS and GNSS systems, commercial lasers, and optical instruments for the global surveying, civil engineering, asset management, mapping, construction, agriculture and mobile control industries.

“Automating manual repetitive tasks such as task progress monitoring means our customers will have a better understanding of their site’s status and more time to spend on optimizing production,” said Juuso Makinen, CEO of DynaRoad.

TPS said integrating DynaRoad’s planning software, with its focus on the construction economics of time and cost optimization, with its machine automation and real-time communication products and services, allows TPS to automate many aspects of production management, the company said.

“Contractors and designers who are looking to cut construction costs through design optimization and better task management now have a strong central source for production management with DynaRoad being integrated to other Topcon systems,” said Ray O’Connor, TPS CEO.

For instance, the DynaRoad software combined with Topcon’s Sitelink3D Enterprise real-time task management tool creates “an integrated machine control solution for all phases of earthworks projects, from pre-planning to construction,” O’Connor said.

In related news, TopCon said it is opening a Topcon Helsinki Technology Center in conjunction with the acquisition. The company now has seven technology centers: Japan, Australia, Italy, Russia, and two in the United States – Ohio and California.

TPS’ European head office is in Capelle a/d IJssel, The Netherlands.

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