Trimble Ventures, Trimble’s corporate venture capital fund, is investing in Civ Robotics, a San Francisco-based construction tech startup focusing on transforming surveying layout for civil engineering and infrastructure projects.
This investment supports the fund’s mission to invest in early and growth-stage companies that are accelerating innovation, digital transformation and sustainability in the industries Trimble serves—such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation, according to the company.
The construction industry faces a variety of challenges including shortage of skilled workers, safety, and productivity, according to the company. Civ Robotics addresses these challenges with CivDot, a new autonomous surveying solution that empowers efficiency, productivity, and safety on the job.
CivDot is an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed for civil engineering and infrastructure projects such as solar farms, roadways, data centers, and power plants. Augmenting the surveyors work, CivDot precisely and efficiently marks thousands of coordinates per day, while delivering layouts faster than traditional methods, according to the company.
“We are focused on investing in companies that are seeking to address important challenges in markets that align with Trimble's mission of transforming the way the world works,” said Aviad Almagor, VP, technology innovation at Trimble and technology advisor for Trimble Ventures, in a prepared statement. “Civ Robotics technology supports surveyors and field workers and helps remove the burden of repetitive and risky work. Civ Robotics uses Trimble’s high-precision GNSS positioning technology and surveying software to improve productivity and increase safety. This is an exciting opportunity to help accelerate innovation in autonomy, surveying, and construction.”
Said Tom Yeshurun, co-founder and CEO, Civ Robotics, in a statement:
“Trimble and our vision are in lockstep towards construction automation with a sharp focus on the highest standards of safety and quality. Through Trimble’s latest GNSS technology in our autonomous surveying products, our customers can benefit from an end-to-end workflow.”
Source: Trimble Ventures