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Meet MAGNET -webinars

Pick one in a series of six webinars and get a deep dive into the new improved MAGNET software portfolio.

MAGNET 2018 – YOUR DOWNLOADS

Thank you for attending MAGNET 2018 in Helsinki.

Virtual Map software to be replaced by MAGNET software suite in 2019

Viasys VDC and DynaRoad have joined their forces, and our software products are now part of a MAGNET solution family. This means that the current subscription and maintenance contracts for the Virtual Map software will be terminated, and its support and subscription service will end on December 31st, 2018.

MAGNET 2018, Oct 9th in Helsinki – Fully booked!

Viasys VDC and DynaRoad teams are now MAGNET. Join us in Helsinki on Tuesday, October 9th to find out why our new MAGNET suite is awesome news for your business!

In the front line of infra construction technology

The construction industry is on the verge of a new digital era. The global demand for construction requires the industry to improve its efficiency to levels that current construction processes can’t deliver.

Bug fixes, song writing and rowing

Take a sneak peek behind the scenes of the MAGNET software family and get to know our project manager Olli. His story is about music, software development and rowing a boat – with the anchor down.

Enabling Tomorrow’s Connected Infrastructure – GEO|Design+BIM 2018 (Nov 1-2, Amsterdam)

Our autumn is full of interesting events, one being GEO|Design+BIM 2018 to be held in Amsterdam. I am delighted to be one of the keynote speakers and will be discussing BIM technologies in risk management of infrastructure projects.

Meet us at FinnBuild Infra 2018 (Helsinki, Oct 10-11)

FinnBuild Infra brings together key operators of infrastructure building to discuss the development of the industry and to find information out about new and ongoing projects. Come and visit us during the event. You can find us in Hall 2 at booth 2d51.

Summer webinar series

MAGNET experts are dedicating a full summer to introducing and teaching brand new field and office workflows that keep your jobs running fast and efficient.

VDC products are now part of a comprehensive MAGNET Software Suite

Topcon releases new edition of MAGNET software suite for optimized workflow.

Topcon Positioning Group has acquired all the outstanding shares of Viasys VDC

Topcon Positioning Group has acquired all the outstanding shares of Viasys VDC, an innovator company in software development for infrastructure construction based in Espoo, Finland.

Digital Construction 2018 – April 27, Vilnius

The Digital Construction 2018 conference, to be held in Vilnius on April 27th, will gather together a number of construction and BIM experts in the Baltics and Northern Europe to discuss BIM and smart construction of cities and infrastructure. The program consists of case presentations from Norway, Sweden, Lithuania and Finland. Our presentation at the … Continued

Infrastructures For The Future – A Conference By Transport Research Finland (May 31st Helsinki)

Make sure not to miss an interesting day around the future of transport infrastructure this spring. A conference organized by Transport Research Finland at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni on May 31st brings on stage our leading academic experts with the main keynote speech given by Anne Berner, Minister for Transportation and Communications.

Modelling Information Flow for a BIM-based Construction Project – ICCCBE 2018 Tampere

The 17th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering will be held on June 5-7 at Tampere Hall congress and concert centre in Tampere, Finland. Welcome to hear my keynote presentation.

Using OpenBIM to manage InfraBIM with City Models – InfraBIM Open Tampere | Feb 6-7

Join the upcoming InfraBIM conference and come to hear our keynote speech by Jarkko Sireeni, product manager at Viasys VDC & Jarmo Suomisto, manager of Helsinki 3D+ at City of Helsinki.

Lean and BIM – Two principles aiming at increased customer value

Last autumn, I had the opportunity to hold a workshop around BIM and Lean as part of the LCI-UK Lean Construction Training Day.  Since low productivity and difficulties in the development of BIM and Lean-based processes continue to be a major issue in infrastructure construction, I thought it makes sense to share some of the key topics that emerged in our discussions during the workshop.

Design for Excellence (DfX) – How to eliminate waste in construction

Efficient planning in construction projects is a key factor in reducing waste. Learn how the concept of Design for Excellence (DfX) can lower the most severe waste in construction projects through early involvement and integration.

How to produce a 3D BIM model using UAV and 2D source data

UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) are used more and more for inspection and survey of construction sites and infrastructure assets. I have put together these brief instructions to help you include your UAV data in the 3D BIM model of your infrastructure site.

Product installation and licensing instructions

Read these instructions before installing VDC Explorer or VDC Modeler software products. Don’t hesitate to contact our product support team, if you have any questions.

New 1.8 VDC product versions available for download

We have released new 1.8 versions of both VDC Explorer and Modeler software products. Check out the new features and download your new product version.

Viasys VDC & DynaRoad User Day 2017 – A Wrap-up

We were delighted to get together with our customers at the end of November during a comprehensive seminar day offering both industry sneak peeks as well as news from ongoing infrastructure projects. Find below the presentations given during the day and feel free to download your copy.

How do you decide to spend your day? – Reflections on digitalization and process change

Digitalization is rapidly changing the way we do things. Many traditional ways of doing business just disappear, because the new digital way can provide a better customer experience saving both time and money – and both from the customer and business perspectives. Yet, for many businesses, the digitalization is not happening or is very slow.

Come and meet us at BIM World Munich (Nov 28-29, 2017)

Viasys VDC & Topcon teams will be present at BIM World Munich on November 28th and 29th. You’ll find us at Booth 84. Come and discover how our technology solutions can help you streamline your project workflow by connecting the office and the field.

Digital Construction Week (Oct 18-19, London)

Viasys VDC and Topcon teams are again looking forward to meeting you at Digital Construction Week in London. We’ll help you discover best-of-breed BIM software tools for infrastructure construction and get our experts’ advice for digital management of construction data both during construction and later on in maintenance. You’ll find us at Stand B39.

In pursuit of a perfect process with BIM and Lean – LCI-UK Training Day Workshop (Oct 25, 2017)

Typical construction processes create material waste but especially process-related waste. The challenges for a project delivery, with multiple stakeholders involved, normally include fragmented communication and conflicts of interest. BIM can serve as an information centre connecting the project members and key stakeholders helping to improve both communication and documentation within a project. In this workshop, we will look at the construction process, and how we can make it leaner by applying BIM and create collaboration models that increase the quality of design.

Discover collaborative BIM for infrastructure – INTERGEO Berlin (Sep 26-28)

Come and meet our team at the upcoming INTERGEO (Berlin, Sep 26-28), the world’s leading conference trade fair for geodesy, geo information and land management. You’ll find us in Hall 2.1 at Booth A2.008.

BOOK YOUR SEAT: A Joint Viasys VDC & DynaRoad User Day – On Thu Nov 30, 2017

Viasys VDC and Topcon are happy to invite the users of their software products to join an afternoon seminar on November 30th in Helsinki. You’ll learn about the new product releases and hear tips and tricks that help you get the best out of your software tools! Check out the seminar details and join us!

Highlights of the Prague Digital Construction Summit (June 2017)

During two days in the beginning of June, the most prominent innovators of the European construction industry gathered together in the Czech capital, Prague, to share ideas and experiences around digital construction. I joined the conference with mixed expectations, not sure whether I was about to see traditional ways of thinking prevail despite the declining productivity or to see indeed clear initiatives and latest innovations presented by forerunners of modern infrastructure construction.

What prevents us from achieving the benefits of BIM?

The benefits of BIM are well known in construction industry. Yet, the use of BIM is not as widely spread as the benefits could entail. Finland has been active in the deployment of BIM during the past few years and recognized in many studies as one of the leading countries. Hence, I feel that it is necessary to take a closer look at the levels of BIM implementation and to identify, study and understand the possible barriers that prevent us from reaching the known benefits. In addition to a thorough review of the literature available, I wanted to approach the topic in the field. With the help of focus group sessions, it was possible to first, observe each benefit of BIM and then identify the real-life barriers preventing a successful BIM implementation. The focus groups were formed with around 80 Finnish BIM specialists coming from design, construction, maintenance, research and public organizations.

Improved collaboration with BIM/CIM models – Wisconsin DOT

The construction of the busiest interchange in the state of Wisconsin is on its way.  The work involves an active use of  digital BIM / CIM models which replace inefficient paper-based communication and enable combination of final construction geometry with key information such as dimensions, volumes, coordinates, construction materials and quality requirements. The engineered 3D model  allows the entire project team to see roadway design updates, and smart functionality such as automated clash detection helps both designers and engineers to spot potential clashes.

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