Trimble Construction Boot Camp

Story by Tom Hale | September 28, 2010

Several hundred people attended Trimble Construction Boot Camp 2007, a field-based, hands-on training event for the construction industry, held recently at the Ohio Operating Engineers' training facility in Dayton, Ohio. Trimble, a provider of advanced positioning solutions, unveiled many new products at the Boot Camp.

The event focused on providing training on Trimble's heavy/highway and building construction portfolios, and featured a number of training stations. Each station focused on a specific Trimble Construction solution feature or capability.

Robotic Total Stations

The large contingent of dealer representatives and others attending the Boot Camp learned about productivity-enhancing products, such as the Trimble SPS710 and SPS610 Robotic Total Stations for construction layout applications. Used with the Trimble LM80 Layout Manager, the SPS710 and SPS610 Robotic Total Stations allow concrete and general contractors to take control of their construction layout requirements for commercial and residential building construction.

Trimble says these high-accuracy total stations offer very fast, one-person layout capabilities for all layout applications to dramatically reduce layout time and operations costs.

Universal Total Stations

At the Boot Camp, Trimble announced the introduction of the SPS730 and SPS930 Universal Total Stations for heavy and highway construction. The new Universal Total Stations feature Servo, Autolock, Robotic, DR Reflectorless, and ATS modes of operations. Exclusive Trimble MultiTrack technology locks on and tracks passive prisms for applications such as monitoring or control measurements, and active prism targets for dynamic measurements required for grade control applications.

The SPS730 provides three arc second accuracy in the horizontal plane and two arc second accuracy in the vertical. And the SPS930 is accurate to one arc second in the vertical and horizontal angles.

Compaction Control System

Trimble highlighted its new CCS900 Compaction Control System — the first compaction control solution that combines finished grade quality control and analysis with advanced compaction control and documentation. With the CCS900, an earthwork contractor can now compact subsurface material to a target density, analyze subsurface grade post-compaction for deficiencies in the surface (whether certain locations are high, low or on grade), and catch grade control mistakes in real time, prior to the start of the final road-building process.

Grade Control System

During the Boot Camp, Trimble also announced the next generation of its GCS900 Grade Control System. GCS900 version 10.7 includes new, high accuracy configurations for dozers and graders using the Trimble SPS730 and SPS930 Universal Total Stations. According to the company, system versatility is broadened using Satellite-based Augmentation System support, such as the U.S. Wide Area Augmentation System, European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System, and Japan's MTSAT Satellite-based Augmentation System. Also, supporting on-machine software now logs a new productivity data file to assist the contractor for better project tracking and management.

Productivity Module

In addition, Trimble spotlighted its Productivity Module as part of its Connected Construction Site solutions. The Productivity Module is a new component of Trimble SiteVision Office version 7.0 and delivers new functionalities for monitoring and analyzing earthmoving machine productivity. With this new capability, Trimble says heavy and highway contractors can assess project status, optimize earthwork machine usage, and drive increased productivity from their equipment fleet.

The Productivity Module compiles and indexes data collected on machines using the GCS900 Grade Control System and the CCS900 Compaction Control System. Collected data includes information about machine productivity — system utilization, mapping of graded areas, and terrain logging of all excavated data — in addition to last pass information and machine-specific productivity statistics.

Trimble says the collected data can then be queried for productivity statistics and progress volume information based on time, particular machine or operating area in the Productivity Module. With this information, the contractor can make better informed decisions on fleet usage, machine configuration and project scheduling.

GPS Receivers

Trimble introduced five modular GPS receivers — SPS551, SPS551H, SPS651, SPS751 and SPS851— and two Smart GPS antennas — SPS781 and SPS881. The new GPS receivers utilize Trimble's RTK Engine for faster initialization and less downtime on the job site. The receivers also track and use the L2C GPS signals as a standard configuration, and some models can be upgraded to include GLONASS and L5 signals to facilitate performance on job sites with obstructed visibility.