Trimble has introduced three new solutions for heavy civil construction professionals, 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 at every stage, virtually eliminating steps in the plan, design, construct and operation process. Trimble’s Connected Site can improve the efficiency of construction projects, resulting in the earlier completion of higher quality projects at a lower cost.
“The Trimble Connected Site uses construction technology to improve efficiency and productivity, while minimizing waste and expense,” says Roz Buick, vice president and general manager for Trimble’s Civil Construction Division. “Trimble solutions empower contractors with site-wide information integration, and transform the way a contractor gets the job done.”
The announcement was made at INTERMAT 2012, the international exhibition of equipment, machinery and techniques for the construction and materials industries.
The Connected Office
The Trimble Connected Office solution uses software and hosted services to create 3D construction models, perform data preparation and takeoff, wirelessly sync data, monitor site productivity, and manage fleets and assets. The 3D design model created in the office can be sent wirelessly to the field, increasing efficiency, reducing rework and saving money. Additionally, a complete view of site productivity, including materials quantity and movement, volume and compaction data, and fleet and asset management information, can be shared across the organization to enable rapid decision-making and better communication.
The Connected Controller
The Trimble Connected Controller solution wirelessly syncs a Trimble Site Positioning System in the field with the office and allows the Trimble Controller to receive GNSS corrections via the Internet. A grade checker can receive the design model, create new measurements and then send the measurement and stakeout results back to the office for review. Design changes originating in the office can also be sent to the controller so field crews are rapidly updated with current information. All of this is accomplished without personnel ever leaving the site or their desk, increasing productivity and reducing costs.
The Connected Machine
The Trimble Connected Machine solution uses hardware included in all Trimble Grade Control Systems to help contractors connect their assets and see what machines are doing. Machines can collect as-built measurement data for office delivery, and receive GNSS corrections using the Internet. A 3D design created in the office can be sent to the machine operator for faster, more precise grading and earthmoving. Additionally, the machine can be used for volume measurements, so expensive measurements by grade checkers occur less frequently. Drive time and rework are also minimized, as both the office and machines in the field are kept up-to-date with the latest information.