Estimating Earthwork Volumes
Estimating earthwork volumes is essential information when planning a project.
Alan Sharp from Trimble spoke with Grading & Excavation to provide expert tips on how to resolve accuracy and completeness issues when estimating earthwork volumes. Read the entire article here
Loader Scales Improve Site Management
Trimble’s next generation loader scale features smarter weighing, improved data management and an intelligent interface.
Manufactured with the latest electronic components, Trimble’s Loadrite L3180 SmartScale uses solid sensors for more accurate, precise and faster loading.
Features include the ability to adjust for rough terrain, operator technique and machine movement.
With built-in Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities, the L3180 also consolidates live, operational information to provide real time productivity and performance reports for quarry operators.
Komatsu and Trimble Partner on new API
Software will allow mixed fleet compatibility when using 3D data
Trimble and Komatsu have announced they are working together to develop an Application Program Interface (API) to enable compatibility between their software platforms to improve users ability to exchange 3D construction site data. The companies said the effort will make managing mixed earthworks fleets easier and allowing for a more holistic view of site operations.
Do you have the latest Software/Firmware Versions?
Having the latest software/firmware version means you have the latest features and advances and your products can be functioning at the optimum level. That’s why we’re bringing you Trimble’s software/firmware latest updates.
- Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for Excavators Version 1.2.0
The Trimble Civil Engineering and Construction division is pleased to announce the release of Trimble® Earthworks Grade Control Platform for Excavators version 1.2.0. Most notably, this release of Trimble Earthworks features support for aftermarket excavator automatics on more machine models.
- Cat® GRADE Aftermarket Grade Control Platform for Excavators Version 1.2.0
Caterpillar announces Cat® GRADE for Excavators version 1.2.0.
Now you can find a list of the current Trimble Civil Engineering and Construction Software and Firmware Versions on our website.
Call the SITECH Solutions support team on 02 9860 0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the latest versions and assistance with the latest upgrades.
Trimble® Installation Manager (TIM)
TIM is used to install and update supported Trimble® software to a field controller connected to an office computer or tablet, or an office computer or tablet running TIM.
Find out more about TIM and download your Free Version
Trimble Earthworks Grade Control System for Excavators
80% of construction jobs run into overtime…Introducing Undertime
The new Trimble® Earthworks for Excavators Grade Control Platform is designed to help you do more in less time. Reengineered from the ground up, our innovative, next generation grade control platform features intuitive, easy- to-learn software that runs on an Android operating system. And state-of-the-art software and hardware give operators of all skill levels the ability to work faster and more productively than ever before.
Find out more about Trimble Earthworks at http://construction.trimble.com/earthworks
The evolution of machine control
A lot has changed in 20 years – operators are faster and more accurate than ever
Jeff Drake, business area manager for earth moving machine control systems at Trimble spoke with On-Site Magazine about how he has seen an expansion of machine control technology onto additional machine types in their recent article about the evolution of machine control. Read the article here – http://bit.ly/2sqKGCb
Download the #TrimbleCECCalendar for the month of July – Download Calendar
Transform 2017 at the ICC in Sydney showcased the advancement in Trimble technology to key target audiences within the Building, Civil, Mining and Geospatial Industries.
The event provided a unique opportunity to speak with Trimble experts, for attendees to see how their peers are using the latest Trimble technology to get ahead, and network with industry personnel.
Here’s what some of the attendees had to say about the day
- I do not think you could make the event any better – venue was great, speakers and displays were excellent – good pace and durations.
- Amazing – opened my mind. I enjoyed the day.
- Excellent effort really impressed by this day – the economic outlook presentation was extremely helpful and insightful.
- This was excellent, plenty of equipment and operators, good to hear from customers also.
If you were unable to attend, we hope you consider joining us in 2019. Be sure to visit this website in the coming months for updated announcements on locations and dates for Transform 2019 or you can join our mailing list.
Diesel, Dirt and Turf 2017 Recap
Thank you to everyone who came out to visit us at the Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo and made it a great success.
Day 2 at Diesel, Dirt and Turf 2017. Come and speak to the team about Trimble machine controlDiesel Dirt and Turf Expo#sitechsolutions #Trimble #construction #machinecontrol #DDTExpo2017
Posted by SITECH Solutions on Friday, April 21, 2017
We're live at Diesel Dirt and Turf Expo! Come and chat to our team at stand 1Diesel Dirt and Turf Expo#sitechsolutions #trimble #ddtexpo2017 #penrithpanthers #construction #heavymachinery
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Machine Control for Excavators
If you’re in the construction industry, chances are you’ve given at least a little thought to whether or not investing in machine control is right for you. From there, knowledge and adoption of the technology varies greatly across the industry. While early adopters and super-users are finding ways to grow their businesses and expand their service offerings using machine control and related technologies that connect construction jobsites, much of the industry is still inching slowly toward adoption.
Although machine control has a longer history on dozers and motor graders, one of the more recent uses for machine control is on excavators, where the system puts the job’s design in the cab, at the operator’s fingertips, and then guides the bucket or attachment to a precise location. Using machine control on excavators allows contractors to complete jobs more efficiently and with greater precision. But for many, questions still remain about the options, cost and learning curve of making the move to machine control.
SITECH Solutions at DIESEL, DIRT AND TURF EXPO 2017
Not long to go now! Come see us at site 1 – free entry and a family friendly event with great entertainment from April 21 – April 23 2017 at Penrith Panthers.
Learn more about the Next Generation of Grade Control for Excavators and Dozers.
You can find more details about the event at http://www.dieseldirtandturf.com.au/ #SITECHSolutions #Trimble #TrimbleEarthworks #DDTExpo2017 #PenrithPanthers
SITECH Solutions at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017
Introducing Trimble Earthworks, an entirely new grade control software application that runs on Android and helps your crew be more efficient and productive. Learn more at http://construction.trimble.com/earthworks
Introducing the new Trimble TD520 display for Trimble Earthworks. It combines the best in technology and design, taking usability to the next level. Learn more at http://construction.trimble.com/earthworks
Trimble Dual GNSS
Trimble, a leader in precision measurement technology, pioneered the Dual GNSS solution to meet the needs of the construction industry. Just one of ways Trimble is transforming the way the world works. Learn more at http://construction.trimble.com/earthworks
Trimble Earthworks: Automatic Excavator Control
With Trimble Earthworks, your excavator can now work semi-automatically to help operators create smooth flat or sloped surfaces with ease. Learn more at http://construction.trimble.com/earthworks
Trimble Introduces the Next Generation of Grade Control for Excavators and Dozers
Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform Transforms Machine Control with Integrated 3D Aftermarket Excavator Automatics
Trimble announced today Trimble® Earthworks for Excavators and Trimble Earthworks for Dozers. Trimble Earthworks is transforming machine control with 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, Trimble’s innovative, next generation grade control platform features intuitive, easy-to-learn software that runs on an 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.
“Trimble pioneered machine control,” said Scott Crozier, director of marketing for Trimble Civil Engineering and Construction. “Now, Trimble Earthworks takes machine control to the next level, with a platform that reinvents machine control technology, making it easy to use and learn, and more accessible for many different types of contractors.”
Live demonstrations of Trimble Earthworks for Excavators and Trimble Earthworks for Dozers will be showcased at ConExpo 2017, one of the world’s largest international exhibitions for the construction industry. Trimble will be located in the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall #N-12067.
Learn more at http://construction.trimble.com/earthworks
Changing the world from a garage shop: Charlie Trimble: Geospatial Hall of Fame
Charles R. Trimble was the principal founder of Trimble Navigation Limited in 1978 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from 1981 until 1998. The company originally focused on developing navigation product using the Long Range Aid to Navigation system. In 1982, Mr. Trimble began developing receivers using GPS signals.
Grading Systems Give Excavator Operators A Helping Hand
Excavator operators no longer have an excuse if they can’t make the grade. Machine-control systems now offer them several solutions to the problems of digging below grade or carving an uneven slope. The electronic solutions either take over delicate phases of an excavation or give an operator valuable, real-time indicators about where to place and move the bucket. Yet, please note: Skilled hands-on operators still are needed.
“Maybe in a dozer system, or a grader” can operators sit back for screen time with their phones, acknowledges Scott Crozier, director of marketing and product management for construction at Trimble Navigation. “On excavators, the operator still has to physically move the machine.” The point is, operators now have help.
Trimble Guides Roto on Bucket to go 360 Degrees
Brian E. Girouard from Trimble tells how this technology allows an operator to see the cutting edge of the bucket for grading no matter how it’s rotated. Plotting both the height and rotation line makes the attachment more effective in construction jobs such as precision grading, excavation in confined areas or moving large volumes of earth.
GPS Control for Excavators: How it works and how it can make an operator’s life much easier
A new and surprisingly useful evolution of this technology
When GPS/GNSS made its first debut in the construction world, dozers and motor graders were the machines of choice to use this earthmoving technology. With precise satellite data and 3D topo plans, operators could skim the last few centimeters of a site with full confidence that their blades were right on target.
In the past couple of years, though, some manufacturers also began to outfit their excavators with GPS/GNSS technology. And contractors are finding a wide range of uses for excavator machine control in addition to great safety benefits.
Read more at Equipment World
The Construction Business Goes Digital
Builders up their game with data-driven design, drone mapping, 3-D printing and more innovations
The dirt-under-the-fingernails world of construction is breaking digital ground.
In an industry where practices have barely changed for decades, the building site of the future promises comprehensive online modeling, drones as surveyors and virtual-reality images of everything from building sites to commercial real estate.
Led by some big builders and a clutch of startups stretching from Australia to Silicon Valley, the industry is seeking to eliminate the delays and cost overruns that have plagued it in the past.
Read more at The Wall Street Journal
A Leap Second has been added to 2016
A leap second is being added to UTC time to bring time back into relation with a slowing of the earth’s rotation at 00:00.00 31st December 2016 UTC.
The leap second is being added to GLONASS system only as GPS is based on a different time system. GLONASS satellite system will be updated at 11:00am Sunday 1st January 2017 Local Time.
This change will a have minimal effects on Trimble equipment. Effects of this update to UTC time will only affect GLONASS satellite tracking and is Firmware dependant. GPS Tracking will not be affected.
Firmware V4.81 and above should have no effect as the leap second has been accounted for in the system.
Firmware v4.40 to v4.80 will lose lock on GLONASS satellites at the leap second introduction and will automatically retrack when the satellites become visible again. A power cycle after the time update may speed this process up.
Firmware v3 and up will lose lock on GLONASS satellites and may also experience general GPS tracking issues as well and will need resetting after the leap second introduction.
Receiver firmware versions can be checked by using different methods depending on receiver models.
- SPS85x can be checked on the front LCD panel
- SPS985 and SPS88x from a work order report in SCS900 or WEBUI control system
- Machine receivers MS99x from the diagnostics screen of the control box
Any questions or concerns relating to the above information can be directed to our technical support team on 02 9860 0000 or email us email@example.com
THE 400 MHz Band has changed
Frequencies that used to be allocated to Differential GPS (DGPS) are now being used by government services like law enforcement and emergency services.
If you operate your DGPS equipment on these frequencies, you could disrupt or prevent these critical public safety services from doing their job.
Not sure if you’re operating your DGPS legally? You can:
- Call the ACMA on 1300 850 115
- Speak to SITECH Solutions on 02 9860 0000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get the facts at acma.gov.au/400MHz
- Download a printable version of the checklist (PDF)
- Download a printable version of the factsheet (PDF)
Christmas and New Year Trading Hours
Our Sydney and Canberra offices will be closed for the holidays on Friday, 23rd December 2016 and will re-open at 8am on Monday, 9th January 2017. We will be operating on a limited basis from the 3rd-6th of January.
SITECH Solutions would like to wish you a Happy Christmas and a Wonderful New Year and we look forward to working with you in 2017.
SITECH Solutions at Trimble Dimensions 2016 Highlights
Trimble concluded its 8th International User Conference with more than 4,400 registered attendees representing over 80 countries. Dimensions 2016 provided insight into how information technology can transform the way professionals work to achieve success. The conference featured innovative solutions in Agriculture, Construction, Civil Infrastructure, Engineering, Government, Mapping, Natural Resources, Surveying, Telecommunications, Transportation & Logistics and Utilities.
SITECH Solutions along with our customers were at Trimble Dimensions 2016 User Conference. A three-day action-packed event designed for Trimble users to learn, collaborate and network with their peers. Contact us if you would like to know about the latest product launched at Trimble Dimensions.
SITECH Solutions and Trimble presenting at the CCF NSW Technology Conference on Nov 14 & 15
Trimble Introduces xFill Technology for Machine Control to Sustain RTK Positioning During Radio or Internet Outages
Trimble Introduces xFill Technology for Machine Control to Sustain RTK Positioning During Radio or Internet Outages
Trimble® GCS900 Grade Control System is now available with xFill™ technology to sustain Real Time Kinematic (RTK) positions during correction outages. xFill uses Trimble RTX™ technology, delivered via satellite, to “fill in” for RTK corrections in the event of temporary radio or Internet connection outages. As a result, users can experience fewer interruptions and less machine downtime.
The Trimble xFill technology maintains RTK-level accuracy during periods of radio or cellular interruption and will continue to extend RTK fixed positions with a gradual decrease in accuracy for a period of up to 5 minutes in construction applications. The technology provides seamless transitions between RTK and xFill. It functions by using the last known RTK position in conjunction with satellite-delivered RTX technology to sustain high-accuracy positions. The service is available throughout most of the world, in areas where Trimble RTX-based services are delivered via satellite.
“Contractors can now take advantage of improved RTK performance and reliability with the addition of xFill technology to the GCS900 Grade Control System,” said Scott Crozier, director of marketing for Trimble’s Civil Engineering and Construction Division. “Trimble xFill gives users who require uninterrupted connectivity and accuracy a more reliable solution, resulting in more machine uptime and fewer work stoppages.”
The Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System version 13.10 with Trimble xFill technology is available now call us on 02 9860 0000 or email email@example.com for more information.
Trimble Dimensions 2016
A video preview of some of the great things happening at Trimble Dimensions 2016 today!
Trimble Bootcamp 2016
DJI and Datumate Partner to Deliver Site Survey Solution
Firms partner to provide software, app ease & automate surveying, infrastructure-mapping and inspection
The Chinese drone powerhouse DJI and Datumate, a developer of geomatics software, are offering a drone, software and app package that automates and expedites site surveys. http://bit.ly/2dm6Yxj
Aspects of Space and Time
BIM is quickly becoming the digital standard operating procedure in construction. bit.ly/2dNwVV6
Three views of the past, present and rapidly evolving future of GPS in heavy equipment.
Ed Shappell Director of Technology Services and Solutions for Trimble Civil Division, shares his expertise with Equipment World – http://bit.ly/2dJhNfP
Trimble Site Contractor SketchUp Extension
The Trimble Site Contractor extension allows users to export a 3D design in the format required by Trimble® SCS900 Site Controller Software to position the design in the field and then place it in the cab of a machine with GCS900 Grade Control Systems. Find out how…. http://bit.ly/2dTVYq3 or go to https://lnkd.in/b55DAUy
Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System for Bobcat Grader Attachments
The Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System for Bobcat Grader Attachments allows small contractors to work faster and more effectively on projects that require digital designs and 3D machine control, watch the video: https://lnkd.in/bwWAxmu