Trimble GCS900 version 13.1

Recently Trimble announced Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System, version 13.1 and Caterpillar announced the Cat AccuGrade, version 13.1. This is a major release that adds new functionality to all machine types, making this the most feature-rich version to date.

Some of the new features include customer colour mapping, navigate to point, and excavator centreline marker.

Custom Color Mapping

The new version enables users to customise the colour scheme for a variety of options, including pass count. This is available for all mapping machine types. Asphalt compactors have the additional functionality to customise the alarm logic for temperature mapping.


Navigate to Point

Navigate to Point allows you to enter a pre-loaded point manually. This can be done from a locally stored .CSV file or a previously recorded Northern, Easting and Elevation point. You can then enable specific text items from the text items menu, for example navigation direction, distance and cut/fill.


Excavator Centerline Marker

GCS900 version 13.1 brings back the centerline marker for excavators. It is shown as a green line on the counterweight of the excavator icon. This gives a visual indication of the machine centreline. The centreline marker can be especially useful when trenching or tracking backwards along an alignment as it helps keep the back of the machine inline.


You are eligible to upgrade if you have a current Trimble Protected Firmware plan.

If you would like further information on this upgrades, or Trimble Protected, please contact your local SITECH office or call head office on 07 3851 8370.

Collaboration is the key of day 3 at Dimensions

It’s been another busy day at Trimble Dimensions with the key focus being on collaboration. Earlier at Dimensions Trimble and Caterpillar announced that they were expanding their 20 year collaboration.

The collaboration will leverage Caterpillar Global Mining’s industry expertise and combine its in-pit operational execution system, Cat® MineStar™, with the Trimble portfolio of technology-enabled mining information solutions. This expanded collaboration in mining will include product integration and development, marketing, distribution and support of Trimble® Connected Mine™ solutions. (See the full press release.)

Here’s the overview from day 3.


Connectivity at bauma 2016

bauma 2016, the 31st edition of the world’s leading trade fair for construction machinery, was held in Munich in April. This year’s show attracted 3 423 exhibitors and over half a million visitors from more than 200 countries.

One of those exhibitors impressing visitors was Trimble, showing their connected site. They also showed how UAVs and mobile mapping systems can be used to boost safety and efficiency on construction sites.

Caterpillar and its German dealer, Zeppelin Baumaschinen GMbH also had a strong presence and showcased safety, productivity and equipment management solutions. As well as more than 60 products.

The three main themes of the show were connectivity, efficiency and productivity, which fit nicely with Trimble’s connected site and recent announcements on integrations and partnerships with major OEMs.

While Caterpillar chose this opportunity to feature the Age of Smart Iron and to highlight how jobsites can be connected and the industry can evolve.

Held every three years, the next bauma is to take place in April 2019 in Munich. It will be exciting to see how far the industry advances with connectivity, efficiency and productivity in that time.

Launching the new Cat machines with a show

catday-6The Official Opening of the Caterpillar Distribution Centre at Yatala went ahead last Friday (20th May). The 80 plus customers that attended the invite only event were treated to a tour of the new facility. They also watched a demonstration featuring several new machines, some of which were shown for the first time in Australia that exhibited the connected site.

SITECH played a huge part in the careful planning of the project including mapping and generating an electronic, constructible model prior to any planning and fleet selection.

catday-3First SITECH flew a senseFly eBee over the proposed site, and from here were able to create a 3 dimensional plan showing all roads, buildings and services to an accuracy of 50mm. The SITECH Data services team took this data and designed the roads, drain and spoil areas, as well as planning the positioning of the stand where all the customers watched the demonstration from.

Work on creating the site got underway a couple of weeks prior to the event, with the SITECH team and the operators for the Cat machines working over several days to get the design mapped out and the Cat logo dug out by an Excavator. Another fly-over by a UAV captured the construction site in full swing as you can see below.

Hastings Deering Product Manager General Construction Industries, Shane Lennon said “We saw 85 customers attend the event, from medium sized contractors to large national accounts, and to date the feedback has been very positive, exceeding their expectations in many cases.”


The Caterpillar Distribution Centre is a $130 million dollar investment, big enough to store two jumbo jets, and the equivalent of 14 football fields at 56,000m2 has been cited as a vote of confidence in the Construction market after the mining industry slump a few years ago.

The centre, which has a capacity to hold up to 22,000 parts, employs 150 people responsible for shipping everything from a small rubber washer to an 18 tonne engine. The main destination for the parts will be throughout the Hastings Deering Cat dealership throughout Australia, PNG and Pacific Islands.

AccuGrade for Motor Graders

CAT_Accugrade_GPS_Grader-250x150The new firmware version for AccuGrade, version 12.8, adds more improvements to the motor grader cross slope accuracy and blade guidance. These accuracy improvements come from an improved interpretation of the blade rotation angle giving you even better results in the field.

These improvements only apply to Caterpillar motor graders.

If your software support date is on or after 1st October 2015, you are eligible for the upgrade. Contact our support team to organise your upgrade.

If your software support date falls before the 1st October 2015 and you are interested in these feature improvements, contact our office to discuss your options.