SITECH puts Trimble experience in operators’ hands

Technology that is changing the face of construction went on show and customers got their feet dirty at a special open day near Adelaide.

SITECH Construction Systems, the official distributor for Trimble products, teamed with earthmoving ‘giants’ Kobelco, Komatsu and Hitachi to demonstrate the next generation of machine control at the Trimble Experience open day, which was held at Waterloo Corner on September 12.

The open day included demonstrations and the opportunity get hands-on with the latest Trimble technology.

On the machines, operators were able to experience Earthworks, a software and hardware combination that is revolutionising earthmoving with cutting-edge technology providing semi-automation of excavator controls.

Still on machines, live demonstrations were held showcasing how an operator can create their own infield designs and use payload to improve efficiency.

Off the machines, everyone got hands on with Trimble SiteWorks, the next progression in 3D visualisation for site set-out and measurement.

Throughout out the day, workshops demonstrated how drone technology coupled with Trimble Stratus can easily provide volumetric measurements for earthworks progress and claims.

Experts were also on hand to demonstrate Trimble WorksManager, a new data management tool taking care of design revisions, remote support and IBSS networks.

The day was capped off with Trimble SiteVision – the new augmented reality tool coming soon that can be run on a mobile phone so you can visualise works before you even start.

Thanks to our OEM partners, we were able to fit a Hitachi ZX360LC-5B excavator with the works -  Trimble Earthworks Autos, Payload Scales and a Blaxtair Pedestrian Detection Camera.

Also at the day was a Komatsu PC360 Excavator from T&J Construction, a Kobelco SK260LC-10 Excavator and a John Deere GP622 Motor Grader, all equipped with Trimble Earthworks Auto.

Big Chief Hire provided the site for the event and also supplied a grader, water cart, loader, electronic signs and three operators. It was the perfect site with plenty of room to spread out and no objection to digging plenty of holes!

UPG and BuildingPoint were also on hand to show the latest in scanning technology and building layout tools including Trimble’s SX10 Robotic Total Station and RPT600 Layout Station.

Over 120 customers attended the day, including operators, business owners, foremen, surveyors and local government representatives, as well as 15 staff on site.

The reaction from those who took part was very positive, with many commenting on how good it was to spend real quality time in a machine with the latest technology.

Among the most popular features on show were the automatics on the diggers, which really showed how this breakthrough translates into supreme accuracy and big savings in time and money.

While this was the first such day staged – specifically for operators – it won’t be the last thanks to the interest and response it generated.

“Our industry continues to excite - there’s always a new solution that’s helping our clients in the way they tender, win and deliver their projects,” SITECH’s Brent Daniel said.

“To put the entire Trimble construction system on show for a day was a great achievement and a reflection of SITECH’s capability.

“Our success is measured by our customers’ success.”



SketchUp for Visualisation

SketchUp-dam-250x150If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a 3D model must be worth at least a million. It is one of the easiest and fastest ways to clearly and persuasively share your ideas with your customers, or potential customers, and it’s pretty darn impressive too! There’s even a way to get started in 3D modelling that is inexpensive and with a large supportive community of users that provide help, and that’s with Trimble SketchUp.

Trimble SketchUp is a 3D modelling program that is used in a wide range of industries, from toy modelling for 3D printing to product design to architecture and construction. It is provided free, as SketchUp Make, or for a cost and with added functionality including plotting (LayOut), as SketchUp Pro. It even has desktop, iOS and Android viewers that make it easy to share models and a 3D Warehouse where you can find a 3D model of practically anything.

Rob Davidson from our Brisbane office has recently been involved in a few projects where Trimble SketchUp was used for visualisation, including modelling alterations to a dam, a BMX track project and subdivisions.

“Trimble SketchUp has a lot of applications, and didn’t require a great deal of time and training to become proficient. The Extension Warehouse provides access to a huge range of add-on tools to make the job even easier.”

Plus, Trimble SketchUp integrates with other programs to make it even easier to give a realistic representation of your project. It integrates with Google Earth imagery and terrain, for including your model in the ‘real world’, and Trimble Realworks to help bring laser scanned surfaces (terrain, buildings, etc) into SketchUp.

Learn more about SketchUp or download a free trial.  SketchUp is distributed by our partner company, BuildingPoint Australia. BuildingPoint is the distribution partner for Trimble Buildings in Australia and is at the forefront of technology and software for everyone from architects, building owners, general contractors and construction managers to MEP trades and structural engineers.