Trimble Introduces New Hardware and Software Version for its Trimble Field Link Construction Layout Solutions

  Trimble Introduces New Hardware and Software Version for its Trimble Field
                      Link Construction Layout Solutions

New Trimble Robotic Total Station with Green Laser Technology and Trimble
Field Tablet Featuring Trimble Field Link Version 2.0.0 Field Software Gives
MEP and Structures Contractors a Productivity Edge

PR Newswire

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 5, 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today
the latest hardware and software for its Trimble® Field Link for MEP and
Trimble Field Link for Structures construction layout solutions. Incorporating
an auto-focus green laser that replaces the eyepiece, the new Trimble RTS873
Robotic Total Station allows building construction contractors the ability to
more easily collect and layout field points using robotic interaction. In
addition to the new total station, the solutions include the new Trimble Field
Tablet with multi-touch gesture control that provides a fluid, touch-based
interface to 3D models and common layout routines within the Trimble Field
Link version 2.0.0 software.

The announcement was made at Trimble Dimensions 2012.

By interacting directly with the Trimble VISION™live video feed on the
Trimble Field Tablet, contractors can remotely view and measure field points
within the Trimble Field Link software. This allows contractors to move away
from the total station, eliminating the need for manual sighting of points to
be measured. The auto-focus green laser pointer provides enhanced visibility
and more accurate positioning when using Visual Layout with Trimble Field Link
for MEP to lay out overhead hangers or collecting as-built locations in bright
daylight conditions. The unique ability of the RTS873 to focus the green laser
at the defined measurement distance minimizes the "laser spread" commonly seen
with current total station designs.

A complement to the new hardware, the Trimble Field Link version 2.0.0
software running on Trimble tablets includes the ability for contractors to
view their design files in 3D in all map views that were previously only
displayed in 2D. This allows contractors to create, select, and lay out points
from a 3D view. Another new feature in the software, Collect Floor Plan,
offers the ability to automatically collect a virtual footprint of a room
using the total station to measure walls or interior facades. Perfect for
adaptive re-use and renovation projects, the collected floor plan data can be
used in conceptual design applications such as SketchUp to easily create a 3D
design model for use by architects, engineers and building contractors.

While the base features of Trimble Field Link software are the same for MEP,
concrete, steel trades and general contractors, Trimble has developed a new
module specifically for structures contractors. Ideal for concrete and general
contractors, the new Surface module allows the user to define a surface
boundary and points by grid spacing or total number of points to be collected.
The surface can then be collected manually with a prism or automatically using
Direct Reflex. Once collected, Trimble Field Link can generate a report that
will produce a color-coded topographical map of the surface showing enclosed
high and low areas based on user defined reference elevation and tolerance. A
PDF report can be generated including the topographic representation as well
as areas and volumes of enclosed high and low areas and percentage of surface
defined as high, low, or in tolerance. 

The new Trimble RTS873 and Trimble Field Tablet are expected to be available
in November 2012 through Trimble's Authorized Distributors of layout solutions
for MEP and Structures contractors. Trimble Field Link version 2.0.0 and the
Surface module are available now to new and current software license holders.

About Trimble Buildings Group

Trimble Buildings, a part of Trimble's Engineering and Construction segment,
is a world leader in construction project optimization across the
design-build-operate (DBO) lifecycle. By providing intuitive software and
field solutions that span the brands of Accubid, Meridian Systems, Plancal,
QuickPen, SketchUp, Tekla, Vico Software and WinEst, Trimble is dedicated to
helping building owners and AEC service providers improve productivity,
increase efficiencies and maximize profitability of construction projects
across the entire workflow from simulation to renovation. Used in over 141
countries around the world and supported by a global dealer and distribution
partner network, precision Trimble technology is a mainstay of the building
industry. Trimble Buildings' leading technology platform, Trimble DBO, draws
on unparalleled expertise from across the entire continuum to provide building
professionals with a comprehensive solution that responds to their specialized
needs while benefiting from an understanding of the total workflow at every

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and
government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on
applications requiring positioning 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 in the field and to ensure communication between the field and the
office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

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