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Construction Spring 2010 Newsletter
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Trimble and GeoSystems launch the Quantm Desktop Alignment Planning software at Ingenium 2010
Quantm Desktop Software Considers Stakeholder Interests and Suggests Feasible Roadway Corridors
CHRISTCHURCH, 11TH June 2010 - Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and their local reseller GeoSystems today introduced at the Ingenium Conference its QuantmTM Desktop software for road alignment planning to complement its existing alignment planning system. The innovative new Quantm Desktop software simultaneously considers construction costs, environmental restrictions, social constraints and legislative obligations, allowing infrastructure planners to thoroughly examine all alternatives and select the most appropriate corridors for roads. When compared to results using traditional industry best practice planning methods, the software can provide significant reductions in project planning time and cost for road projects.
Since 2000, the Quantm System has supported road planners through the complex process of generating and selecting corridors and alignments. Unique alignment optimization technology generates millions of alternative alignments and provides a range of options for review by various stakeholders. As the project progresses, different scenarios are created using the latest terrain, geological, topological, social and environmental inputs to iteratively produce revised results for consideration and refinement. Using a thin client and advanced IT technology, the Quantm System accesses data that is processed on the Quantm server and is implemented on a consultative project-by-project basis.
The new Quantm Desktop software is ideal for a variety of short distance projects such as local and regional roads, bypasses, ring roads and many others. The Quantm Desktop software version has been optimized to take advantage of unique Quantm technology to process the data locally on the user's computer. The Quantm Desktop also allows the customer to use the software for multiple projects rather than on a project-by-project basis. For larger road and rail projects, Trimble continues to offer its Quantm service using a thin client and advanced IT technology to access data that is processed on the Quantm server.
At the pre-feasibility stage, the Quantm Desktop software can be used as a tool to aid decision making, determining the macro viability of the road corridor options. The software generates multiple alignments that cluster into primary corridors, while maintaining the 3D geometric requirements and other project constraints. The result is a set of preferred alignments for public consultation.
Using detailed data in the preferred corridor, the software further optimizes and refines the alignment. Throughout the feasibility process new constraints can be added based on the detailed data collection and the alignment can be refined to address the social and environmental constraints.
Martin Hewitt, GeoSystems' Business Development Manager, said "This release is an exciting world first and builds on the Ingenium Conference theme of Creating more from less. Central and Local Government and their consultants for the first time can have available a fully featured alignment planning tool on their desktop."
The Quantm Desktop software is also available in a configuration for civil engineers and contractors. This version allows users to refine the vertical geometry to reduce earthwork and other construction costs, based on an analysis of the material flow along the road alignment, after introducing the project constraints to material flow.
The Quantm Desktop software is currently available and supported in North America, Australia and New Zealand.
GeoSystems - GeoSystems is the country's leading supplier of global positioning systems (GPS), measuring instruments and design software solutions. Proud to provide Complete Solutions crossing a wide variety of industries, GeoSystems offers the latest equipment to assist its customers to increase their revenue through improved business practices using world leading geospatial technology. Since its establishment in 1985, GeoSystems has been dedicated to supplying and supporting innovative products and technologies to New Zealand professionals and currently has offices located in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Trimble - Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location-including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
Trimble MEP - Layout for Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Contractors
Accuracy and Productivity for Tight Construction Schedules
With the Trimble MEP layout solution, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing contractors can increase productivity and simplify the lay out of sleeves and hangers. One person can accurately lay out hundreds of points in a single day... even when the design is complex.
Trimble MEP utilizes the Trimble SPS610 Robotic Total Station, a Trimble handheld controller, and Trimble MEP layout software to provide precise location of pipe; duct and cable tray hangers; pipe and electrical conduit sleeves for floor and wall penetrations.
With specific language and workflows inherent to trade applications, Trimble MEP maximizes the existing skill sets of field personnel. It also offers additional benefits, including:
Cost savings through accurate, one person layout
Trimble MEP enables one person to handle layout faster and more accurately than two people using traditional methods. This efficiency results in both a reduction in labor costs and elimination of mistakes that can result in costly re-work.
Better control with digital information in the field
Trimble MEP enables mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors to take 3D positional data to the field digitally, increasing productivity and accuracy by improving layout processes.
Timely reporting and updating
As-built point data is collected as points are laid out in the field and can be imported back into office CAD/MEP software applications for progress reports or to communicate design updates and as-builts.
Reduced delays through better communication between field and office
Trimble MEP also introduces the Trimble Connected Site™ to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades. Wireless capability in the controller enables transfer of design data and daily progress updates between the office and field, reducing delay associated with traveling to and from the job.
Trimble® SPS351 DGPS/Beacon Receiver
The Trimble® SPS351 DGPS/Beacon Receiver is a high-value answer to the many demands of marine construction. Combined with Trimble HYDROpro™ software, it provides flexibility and sub-meter precision for a wide range of marine construction applications, including:
* Positioning (tugs / anchors)
* Rock and material placement
* Bathymetric survey
ACCURACY AT ALL TIMES AND ALL PLACES
The Trimble SPS351 receiver uses RTCM DGPS corrections either broadcast free by IALA Beacon stations, from SBAS (Satellite Based Augmentation Systems) or via an external radio or Internet connection from a DGPS reference station.
TRIMBLE TOUGH. TRIMBLE SECURE.
The robust construction and modularity of the Trimble SPS351 receiver delivers installation flexibility via external GPS antenna options, as required on marine vessel installations. The receiver can be mounted in a secure environment protected from the weather and theft, leaving only the antenna outside. Trimble EVEREST™ technology improves results in high multi-path environments such as those encountered on construction vessels and port construction sites.
Click HERE for Trimble SPS351 Data Sheet
Highly versatile receiver for basic and advanced leveling and aligning applications
HL700 The Spectra Precision® Laser HL700 Laserometer, a highly versatile laser receiver for basic and advanced leveling and aligning applications, is designed for general, concrete and site preparation contractors. The HL700 is an easy-to-use tool that accurately measures elevations across the site, and is ideal for use with any rotating transmitter.
The HL700 features a digital readout of elevation that provides a numeric display of +/- 5 cm. The readout is displayed on the large front and rear LCD's and shows exactly how far the elevation is from on-grade.
Accurate measurements can be made without moving the rod clamp, saving time and increasing productivity. Selectable units of measure can be displayed meeting your application - mm, cm, ft, in or fractional inches.
A 12.7 cm reception height, more than double the industry standard, allows quick acquisition of the laser beam. An anti-strobe sensor prevents false readings from site strobe lights.
The Laserometer is designed to survive the tough construction site conditions; it is totally waterproof and can withstand a drop of 3 meters onto concrete. The HL700 offers a 3-year "No Excuses" warranty.
The HL700 can be used as either a hand-held or rod mounted receiver for a wide range of applications.
Features and Benefits:
* Digital readout of elevation - not only will high or low arrows be displayed, but the exact distance from grade will be numerically displayed, which eliminates the need to get "on-grade" to make measurements.
* Large 12.7 cm reception height acquires the beam quickly and makes it easy to stay in the beam.
* Anti-strobe sensor stops construction strobe lights from setting off the receiver, and makes it easier to identify true laser beam signals.
* Simultaneous elevation LED's signal in low light levels and over a longer range for easier reading in poor light conditions.
* New CAPTURE function remotely captures and retains a measurement when the display is difficult to see.
* Multiple deadband setting allows adaptation to meet all your jobsite requirements.
* Dust and weatherproof housing withstands a drop of up to 3 m onto concrete for reduced downtime.
* Two clamp positions for cut/fill or excavation. Excavation mode puts more reception height and elevation information above grade for higher utilization in digging and staking applications.
Setting and checking jobsite elevation and depth for:
* Cut and fills
* General grading
* Foundations, forms, and footings
The Winner of Contrax 2008 GeoSystems Prize Draw is…
Greg Lumsden of Tai Poutini Polytechnic, West Coast
A professional tool with an economical price tag
The automatic, self-leveling Spectra Precision® Laser HV101 Laser is a professional tool with an economical price tag. The HV101 laser is capable of handling a wide variety of horizontal, vertical and plumb applications. It is rugged enough for the toughest jobsite and designed to survive a 1 m drop onto concrete. The HV101 is backed by the industry’s only 3-year instant over the counter exchange warranty.
HV101 Features & Benefits
- Automatic self-leveling increases productivity with fast setups and minimal training
- Beam is easily visible even in brightly lit conditions
- Durable construction can withstand tough jobsite conditions
- Split beam enables plumb point transfer and 90-degree layout
- Remote control offers scanning, speed control, slope setting, and alignment control for fast one person setups
- 3-year instant over the counter exchange warranty eliminates downtime
- Acoustical ceiling installation
- Drywall installation
- Interior squaring/layout/vertical alignment
- Interior finishing work
- Outdoor short range general construction leveling and aligning
- Outdoor elevation transfer work such as septic tank installation
- Residential construction
- Small commercial construction
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Senors are placed on the linkage, on the boom and on the stick. They calculate the angles between the boom, stick and bucket to accurately determine how deep and how far the cutting edge is and the operator no longer has to guess when moving earth.
By applying an extra sensor you can also display the angle of tilting buckets and vertical articulated booms are also equipped with an extra sensor.
With the aid of the LED display in the cab and audible signals the operator can accurately determine wether the bucket is in the correct position.
KEY FEATURES OF THE TRIMBLE GCS600 GRADE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR EXCAVATORS INCLUDE:
• Depth to Target and Working Slope Display
• Dynamic benching
• Verticulated Boom and Tilt Bucket Support
• Upgradeable to a Trimble GCS900 3D excavator system
• Underwater and blind operation in deep trenches
• Measuring mode to determine real values
• Touch-Point function to transfer benchpoint height
• Laser reference support to open the working area
The Trimble® MT900 Machine Target offers superior tracking and millimeter grade control accuracy on motor graders and dozers. A rugged 360-degree active target, it was designed specifically for fine grading application with Trimble GCS900 Grade Control Systems and the new
Trimble SPS730 and SPS930 Universal Total Stations.
Designed Tough for the Rugged Machine Environment
The on-machine environment is characterized by extremes of temperature, vibration, moisture and dust. The solid aluminum end caps and rugged, sealed network connector of the Trimble MT900 are designed to withstand these conditions and keep on working.
The high-strength acrylic lens is designed to resist scratching and cracking and operate in a wide range of severe temperatures (–40°C to +80°C).
Steep Angle Tracking with 16 Tracking ID’s
The Trimble MT900 Machine Target uses a 360° ring of infrared LED’s to enable reliable tracking from any horizontal direction. The LED’s emit one of 16 programmable ID’s that allow the instrument to lock-on and track the correct target every time.
Features and Benefits:
• 360-degree ring of infrared tracking LED’s allow the Trimble SPS730 or SPS930 Universal Total
Station to track the Trimble MT900 from any horizontal location and up to 1:1 or 100% slope.
There is no need to reposition the total station to accommodate limited angles.
• 4 visible status LED’s allow the operator to easily confirm the target state.
• 16 programmable target ID’s means the associated total station will always track the correct
machine target, without risk of false target lock. It will not lose productivity by straying to other
• Rugged design endures vibration and temperature extremes to guarantee long-life usage in even
the toughest conditions.
• Communication over the industry standard Controller Area Network (CAN) for use with the
Trimble Grade Control Systems, so the target can be easily moved from machine to machine, as
Rugged, integrated GPS or GPS+GLONASS antenna and receiver for the GCS900 system
The Trimble® MS980 Smart GPS Antenna and MS990 Smart GPS+GLONASS Antenna combine the receiver and antenna into one rugged, externally mounted unit. This allows for installation as close as possible to the cutting edge for greater accuracy in machine guidance. The MS9x0 series is the first truly modular GPS positioning sensor for sensor-independent machine control.
Portable, Flexible, Versatile – The MS9x0 is light and quick to remove making it easy to move between machines or daily removal. Just disconnect one cable and use the inbuilt mount bracket with quick release ratchet to remove the MS9x0 from the mast. Now you can now quickly swap from one sensor to another as work demands.
Built to Last – Extremes of temperature, vibration, moisture and dust characterize the on-machine environment. The MS9x0 are designed to the toughest industry standards and has been field proven in extensive and extreme testing.
Designed for today and the future -
MS980 sensor is built with Trimble’s latest core technology to provide tracking of GPS L1/L2 as well as the new L2C signal for more robust operation.
MS990 sensor is built with Trimble’s latest core technology to provide tracking of GPS L1/L2/L2C as well as the L5 GPS modernization signal. It also tracks GLONASS signal for more robust operation.
• Single, rugged unit (GPS antenna, receiver and isolation system) in 100% sealed housing
• Centimeter accurate 3D GPS positioning capable of utilizing the new L2C GPS signals (MS980)
• Centimeter accurate 3D GPS+GLONASS positioning capable of utilizing the new L2C and L5 GPS signals and GLONASS signals (MS990)
• On-machine connection by one data cable connection (J1939 CAN industry standard interface)
• 3 LED indicators provide instant operational feedback – DC power, GPS correction signal status, GPS signal status