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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Technology helps a small contractor overcome a big problem

Heartland-Concrete-ConstructionThere stood Beau Wissing, staring at a mess someone else had created — and now was his to fix. “It was a disaster,” Wissing says of the parking lot being built for a new grocery store.

Heartland Concrete Construction, based in Nebraska, had been hired to finish grade and concrete pave the 100,000-sq-ft lot. The job had turned out to be much more difficult than advertised – and then some.

“This was without a doubt the most complex parking lot we’ve ever done,” says Wissing, who owns Heartland with his father, Jeff. “There were valleys and ridges and crazy stuff all over. The elevations were off. Nothing matched. The engineer had been fired. The plans made no sense.”

That was the good news. “The entry was unworkable,” Wissing says. “It was the worst part of the whole project. There was an approach that had a ridiculous elevation change.” The general contractor told Wissing to take whatever steps necessary to move forward. Yet Heartland is a small firm with limited resources. So what do you do when a job is falling apart — and fixing it is up to you?

See what Heartland Concrete Construction did to turn this project around and are using what they’ve learnt to save time on other projects.

GCS900 / AccuGrade for Four-Drum Compactors

The new firmware version for AccuGrade, version 12.8, makes it possible to enable Cat Compaction Algorithm (CCA) mapping without communication to the machine ECM or CAN bus. This enables Non-K series Four-Drum Compactors to access the use the CCA mapping to measure effective compaction value and deliver real-time 3D pass mapping guidance to the cab, indicating where to work and when layers are compacted to optimum density.
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 in these feature improvements, contact our office to discuss your options.

See what other enhancements are available in this release.

Your screen your way

The new firmware version for Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System, version 12.8, allows for customisable split screen views. This gives you a greater degree of freedom to configure the control box to show the right information, how you want to see it. This includes an insert view and a split screen view.
Using the Split view option in the Main Screen View dialog, you can now select the view for each part of a split screen.

Main screen views are:
Main and inset
The screen has an inset in the top right hand corner. Both the main and inset parts of the screen are configured for either: Profile, Plain views, or Cross section view.

Left and Right
The screen is split horizontally, with each side configured for with either: Profile, Plain views, or Cross section view.

Top and Bottom

The screen is split horizontally, with each side configured for either: Profile, Plan views, or Cross section view.

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 customising your screen views, contact our office to discuss your options.

See what other enhancements are available in this release.

Managing Trimble Field Data

Managing data in the field is important to keep you efficient and productive. To help we have created a playlist on our YouTube channel with a library of videos to demonstrate how to upload and manage files for GSC900 and SCS900.

Check out the videos to learn:

    • How to add and remove designs via USB
    • Using SCS Data Manager (SDM) to upload SCS900 design files.
    • Learn how to assign and manage designs on Trimble SCS900 and GCS900 systems with Business Centre – Heavy Construction Edition

Watch the videos.