NEWS: Topcon acquires point cloud software specialist ClearEdge3D

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Deal gives Topcon 3D modelling tool Edgewise and construction verification software Verity

Positioning hardware specialist Topcon has acquired all the outstanding shares of ClearEdge3D, the developer of the AEC-focused point cloud software tools, EdgeWise and Verity. Terms for the deal were not announced.

EdgeWise uses custom algorithms to automatically extract features from point clouds, such as beams, walls, windows, and pipes. The software comes in several discipline-specific versions, including a building variant that is fully integrated with Revit.

Verity is a construction verification software that compares point cloud data from recently completed construction work against design or fabrication models, flagging out-of-tolerance or poorly installed elements.

Both products will retain their respective brands but will be bundled with a number of Topcon products.

ClearEdge3D was quick to allay fears that the acquisition would mean its software tools would be skewed towards Topcon scanners and software, stating on its website that it will continue to maintain a hardware agnostic/vendor agnostic view of the market.

Read AEC Magazine’s in-depth review of Verity, where the construction verification software is tested out on a live construction project.

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