New offerings and what they can do for you

Trimble has recently announced a range of new products and updates. There’s a suite of products that allow skid steers, compact track loads and mini-excavators to do many of the same things as big equipment. There is also upgrades to software that will allow you to take a model and use it on the jobsite without any control points. Plus a digital antennae and software service that will turn any Android mobile device into a centimetre-level locating device.

Equipment World have looked into the new products and identified how they could be helping you do your job. See how in their blog article.

Are you ready for undertime?

80% of construction jobs run into overtime. That’s why Trimble has designed the Earthworks Grade Control Platform to help operators do more in less time.

Trimble Earthworks introduces the industry’s first integrated 3D aftermarket excavator automatics capability. In addition, a new dozer configuration moves the receivers from the blade to the roof of the cab.

Reengineered from the ground up, this innovative, next generation grade control platform features intuitive, easy-to-learn software that runs on the Android operating system. State-of-the-art software and hardware gives operators of all skill levels the ability to work faster and more productively than ever before.

Colourful graphics, natural interactions and gestures, and self-discovery features make the software intuitive and easy to learn. Each operator can personalise the interface to match their workflow and a variety of configurable views make it easier to see the right perspective for maximum productivity.

Plus, Earthworks allows data files to be transferred to or from the office wirelessly and automatically so that the operator is always using the latest design. The Earthworks application can be run on either the new Trimble TD520 display or a third-party Android device.

Trimble Earthworks is available for excavators and with a mastless dozer configuration.

Check back for further updates, including availability, or see the Trimble minisite, or contact your local SITECH office to find out more.

GDA94 has updated to GDA2020

The Geocentric Datum of Australia was adjusted on 1 January 2017.

This is to combat the movement of the tectonic plate on which Australia sits, more than 1.5m north-east since 1994. This movement creates discrepancies between local and global coordinates that are derived from GNSS.

Make sure that you are aware of the sources of your data, including the datum, to ensure you maintain your degree of precision.

The video below from Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping’s (ICSM) explains the datum upgrade in more detail.

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Be prepared for the leap second

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A leap second has been added to 2016. It will occur at midnight on the 31st December (UTC). The last occurred on the 30th June. Chances are, if you didn’t notice the first one, and you’ve kept your firmware and software up to date, you won’t notice this one. Trimble has made every effort to ensure their receivers will work seamlessly through the leap second.

What is a leap second?
A leap second is an adjustment to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to account for the slowing rotation of the earth. Leap seconds were introduced in 1972 to simplify adjustments to UTC (one of the successors to Greenwich Mean Time) and the primary regulator of world time. Leap seconds are only applied as needed and since their inception we have had 26 leap seconds.

Not only does that mean that 2016 will be another second longer, but also that the GLONASS time scale will be adjusted, as it uses UTC in its time systems.

Be prepared for the leap second
To make certain that you have no problems with the leap second in 2017 ensure that your Trimble hardware has the latest firmware and that your software is upgraded to the latest updates and patches.

GNSS receivers operate at their best performance if they are on the latest firmware. It’s easy to stay up to date when you are Trimble Protected. If you are under maintenance or have a receiver less than 12 months old please check the software version and update it if necessary.

If you do experience difficulties after the leap second, best practice would be to reset your receiver. On most models this is done by turning the receiver off, then holding down the ‘on button’ for just over 30 seconds on start-up. The receiver may then take a few minutes to reacquire satellites.

Trimble recommend being vigilant with any continuously operating receivers for monitoring, real time networks, etc. Trimble suggest monitoring all receivers during this period.

If you have any questions, or need assistance in updating your software get in contact.

Do a better job faster using technology

“Even the skilled [operators] know they can do a better job faster using technology,” says Alan Sharp, business area director of strategic software solutions at Trimble.

“[GPS technology] captures information on the machine while it’s working so you can provide feedback to the operator and the back office so they know what’s happening on site. You can see budget rollups and schedule breaks more quickly so you can make critical decisions faster.”

See how others taking advantage of technology-rich equipment in this article from Construction Executive.