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Technology, Surveying & Communications

16 April 2012

Continued connectivity reflect Trimble launches

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Roz Buick with new SPS985 GNSS receiver
Three new solutions from Trimble Heavy Civil Construction designed to connect the construction site and lead to increased efficiency and reduced costs has been unveiled at the show.

The solutions for heavy civil construction professionals include the Trimble Connected Office, the Trimble Connected Controller and the Trimble Connected Machine.

When used together to create the Trimble Connected Site solution, time and cost can be saved in the plan, design, construct and operate process.

“The Trimble Connected Site uses construction technology to improve efficiency and productivity, while minimising waste and expense,” said Roz Buick, vice president and general manager for Trimble’s Heavy Civil Construction Division.

“Trimble solutions empower contractors with site-wide information integration, and transform the way a contractor gets the job done.”

Trimble also released the GCS900 Grade Control System version 12.2 with deeper integration into the Connected Site – enabling real-time updates of design files, reporting of machine usage and monitoring of site progress.

Additionally the new version includes Trimble GradeMax technology that significantly increases the overall grading performance of dozers and allows the operator to grade faster, with even more consistency and tighter accuracy.

“With GradeMax, we have doubled the update rate for GNSS positioning controlling blade movement so operators can now grade higher quality surfaces at faster speeds, on simple or complex designs, and in any material type” said Buick.

Leveraging engineering innovation and extensive field-testing for machine control, Trimble has also launched the ultra rugged SPS985 GNSS receiver for high accuracy site measurements.

“The WiFi-enabled Trimble SPS985 was engineered to be the toughest, smallest and easiest to use GNSS receiver we’ve ever built,” said Buick. “We listened to customer feedback and built the housing 50% stronger than any previous Trimble antenna, because we wanted it to perform ideally under extreme conditions – such as being dropped, tossed in a truck bed, rained on and otherwise abused in the construction setting.

“Contractors will likely never treat their SPS985 antennas as harshly as the Trimble engineering team has, but we intended to take rugged GNSS to the next level.”

Hall: 5A Stand: H078