Trimble (News - Alert), a provider of connected construction solutions for heavy, civil and building contractors, released new hardware and software offerings to match its “Trimble Field Link for MEP” and “Trimble Field Link for Structures” construction layout solutions.
The new Trimble RTS873 Robotic Total Station features an auto-focus green laser instead of the eye piece. This lets building construction contractors leverage robotic capabilities to collect and lay out field points.
Trimble has also showcased the new Trimble Field Tablet, featuring multi-touch gesture control capability, which delivers a fluid, touch-based interface to 3D models. Common layout routines within the Trimble Field Link version 2.0.0 software have been announced as well.
The offerings allow contractors to remotely view and measure field points using the Trimble VISION live video feed on the Trimble Field Tablet, and within the Trimble Field Link software. Contractors can move away from the total station, as manual sighting of points to be measured is not required.
Accurate positioning is also available, owing to better visibility provided by the auto-focus green laser pointer. Contractors can issue overhead hangers or collect as-built locations easily using the near-daylight conditions.
As the RTS873 precisely focuses the green laser at the defined measurement distance, “laser spread” and other inaccuracies are eliminated.
The Trimble Field Link version 2.0.0 software, running on Trimble tablets, lets contractors view their design files in 3D in all map views to create, select and lay out points from a 3D perspective.
The new Collect Floor Plan feature automatically collects a virtual footprint of a room using the total station for measuring walls or interior facades. This can be used in adaptive reuse and renovation projects, and in conceptual design applications like SketchUp to easily create a 3D design model.
Architects, engineers and building contractors will find this very useful, officials said.
Bentley Systems, specializing in comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure announced a strategic alliance with Trimble to enhance the link between the virtual and physical environments for infrastructure projects. Working smarter, together, and employing advanced information mobility innovations, the exchange of physical and virtual data can now be used by engineers and contractors to reduce project risk and increase productivity.