All in a days work for R10

For more than 30 years, Trimble has been developing GNSS that advance the capabilities of the surveyor, enabling efficient and accurate data capture in the field. The Trimble R10 is no exception.

With powerful technologies that go beyond comprehensive GNSS support, the Trimble R10 enables the surveyor to collect more reliable data no matter what the job … and sometimes in the face of adversity.

For Trimble R10 GNSS 5614XXXXXX (serial number withheld to protect its real identity) life has not been easy. Supplied to a survey company in Australia by UPG (Ultimate Positioning Group) in mid-2016, ‘she’ was immediately put to work, performing feature surveys, helping with control networks on several large energy infrastructure projects and saving its owners plenty of time in the field.

In mid-2017 though, things took a tragic turn when 5614XXXXXX, or Kit 4 as she was affectionately known around the office, went missing, stolen from a company vehicle under the cover of darkness. Search parties were sent out and tears were shed. UPG was contacted and a loaner immediately supplied. But things were not quite the same. Kit 4 was a valued member of the team and was sorely missed.

But a miracle came! Soon after her disappearance there was a buzz about the office when a call came in that one of the surveyors had spotted a yellow Pelican case bobbing about in a nearby lake. Kit 4 had been found.

Her case had some water inside it, but otherwise she was in perfect working condition. A little wipe down to remove some lake sediment and slime and a quick benchmark test to prove her accuracy and then Kit 4 was sent to UPG for a once over.

After passing with flying colours, Kit 4 was back in the field. Some more engineering work was on the cards and it was a busy winter and spring for her with many surveys to complete.

But an R10’s life is not that easy sometimes. In November Kit 4 was deployed to a construction site and entrusted into the care of a contractor. In what can only be described as a catastrophe for positional avoidance, Kit 4 was again in the thick of things when a grader caught Kit 4 unaware and she was mowed down.

But the show must go on. The day’s work had to be done and thankfully, despite her near-death experience, Kit 4 was still in operational condition and a quick benchmark check gave everyone the confidence required for her to carry on.

At the time of writing, Trimble R10 GNSS Kit 4 is still working hard in field. She will be sent to UPG soon for some minor cosmetic work to repair the damage caused by the grader. The service technicians reckon it will buff right out and she’ll be back in the field in no time at all.

From all of us at UPG, we wish Kit 4 well … but after all, this is the level of service that our customers have come to expect from Trimble and UPG over the years.

Precision on Demand

Australian company provides precise surveys in difficult, remote locations.

Australia’s rugged landscape can pose challenges to even the best surveyors. But for the nation’s energy industry, there is no room for compromise—accuracy is essential regardless of the terrain or location. A team of surveyors met the challenge using innovative solutions built around proven GNSS technology.

In eastern Queensland, the Brisbane office of Fyfe Pty, Ltd., was charged with providing surveying and related services for a proposed project to develop natural gas resources. As part of the planning, producers and landowners collaborated with specialists in environmental protection, cultural heritage, surveying and construction to identify well sites, routes for pipelines, service roads and other facilities.

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Software GNSS. Seriously

Yesterday your phone could tell you where you were within a few meters. Today, with Trimble Catalyst, your phone can tell you where you are within just a few centimeters.

Catalyst features a lightweight antenna that plugs directly into your Android phone or tablet’s USB port. Once it’s connected to any Catalyst-ready or third party location-enabled app, you can use measure, locate, and share the things you map with the world. The little blue dot on your phone just got a whole lot smaller and more accurate.

Catalyst features a lightweight antenna that plugs directly into your Android phone or tablet’s USB port. Once it’s connected to any Catalyst-ready or third party location-enabled app, you can use measure, locate, and share the things you map with the world. The little blue dot on your phone just got a whole lot smaller and more accurate.

 

And, since Catalyst’s revolutionary technology features a software GNSS receiver that delivers high accuracy positioning with an on-demand subscription service, you only pay for it when you need it.

So get ready to get insanely close to your world. Whenever, wherever you want to.

Traverse Workflow in Trimble RealWorks

Trimble RealWorks allows you to perform a traverse type registration workflow even if your laser scanner may not have the capability in the field software.

In the video below Jason Hayes, product manager for Trimble RealWorks, gives us a 25 minute tutorial to show us how.

Behind the Big Eye of the SX10

Behind the distinctive “bug eye” of the SX10 is the spinning prism for scanning, a tracking laser, EDM laser, a tele-camera, and tracking camera. Flanking the lens is the overview camera (left) and primary camera (right), and a plummet camera underneath.

Gavin Schrock, land surveyor, technology writer, and xyHt editor, was lucky enough to visit the Danderyd, Sweden, facility of Trimble to share the story of the SX10 and its development.

See the story of the SX10 on the xyHt blog.