Trimble Catalyst Wins Awards

Catalyst has taken top honors at the 2017 NZ Spatial Excellence Awards, securing the Supreme Excellence Award and the  award for Innovation & Commercialisation. Bringing together innovators from the NZ spatial industries, the awards recognise products or projects that made a significant contribution to the industry through the introduction of a new idea, method, technology, process or application resulting in social, environmental and/or economic benefits.

“Trimble’s innovation, called Catalyst, allows positioning measurements to be more cost-effective and accessible to a much wider audience without compromising accuracy” says Hadyn Smith, NZSEA chair.

“Out of all the entries, this promises to have the most impact.  It stood out for its immense potential for delivering survey accurate measurement solutions using widely available mobile means – its professional and public reach, therefore, cannot be underestimated” commented the award judges.

Trimble Catalyst

With increasing processing power, high resolution graphics and the connectivity to deliver spatial data to their users, smartphones and tablets have become a low cost data collection tool.
With these increased capabilities a broad range of mobile apps have become available, however their use in the spatial industry has been limited by the accuracy of the internal GNSS receiver in the mobile devices, and the relative cost of high accuracy GNSS receivers.  While high accuracy GNSS has been adopted by the members of the spatial industry whose roles are dedicated to measurement, the cost/benefit ratio has been a barrier to the broader use of high accuracy GNSS by casual users of positioning – people who are primarily performing a work task from maintenance and inspection through communication and collaboration who in the course of their work periodically need high accuracy positioning.
In the past, either compromises have been made on accuracy or the need has been serviced by bringing in measurement professionals. This innovation has been the development of an Android based soft GNSS receiver (a GNSS receiver that is purely in software) and low cost multi frequency GNSS antenna allowing smartphones to achieve accuracies of up to a centimeter using a globally available subscription service.
Delivered using a positioning as a service business model the innovation changes the cost/benefit ratio to make the use and availability of high accuracy GNSS now affordable for the casual users where accurate positioning is required to support their primary job/task, opening up the use of high accuracy spatial information to a far more extensive range of users through a growing range of smartphone/tablet based applications.
Visit the Catalyst website for more information.

Trade-in and save on the latest Trimble Geo 7X

Now is a great time to upgrade to the latest Trimble Geo 7X and change the way you collect data forever. For a limited time, Trade-in any Trimble GeoExplorer Geo6000 series handheld and upgrade to the latest Trimble hardware and software.

The Trimble Geo 7X is ready for anything and is stacked full of new features to help you improve how you collect data in the field. Here are only some of the reasons why you should upgrade to the Trimble Geo 7X:

  • Multiple GNSS constellation tracking: The Trimble Geo 7X’s Maxwell 6 chipset gives you access to the GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou and QZSS constellations – so gone are the days where you have to wait for satellites. The Trimble Geo 7X works where you work.
  • Trimble Floodlight: Use Trimble ‘s latest satellite shadow reduction technology to keep you working in heavy overhead cover, such as trees and buildings that obstruct GNSS satellite reception. Now you can work with fewer disruptions and obtain high quality data faster whilst improving your field workers productivity.
  • Trimble Flightwave: When capturing data is too dangerous or time consuming use the Trimble Geo 7X’s laser rangefinder to capture remote features quickly and safely. Simply log a position and then point and shoot to capture any feature up to 120m away. Alternatively, use Trimble Flightwave to measure the height of a pole or the distance between to two points and let the Trimble TerraSync software do the rest!

To learn more about the Trimble Geo 7X, visit the Trimble website.

Trade-in any GeoExplorer Geo6000 device between now and June 30th and receive up to $2,000 (NZ) towards a new Trimble Geo 7X.

There is no better time than now to upgrade to the latest Trimble technology and I’m confident that you’ll be amazed at the results.

Contact Chris Blazkow if you have any questions regarding the Trimble Geo 7X or if you would like a proposal.

Enabling High Productivity for Indoor Mapping

The Trimble Indoor Mobile Mapping Solution (TIMMS) is the optimal fusion of technologies for capturing spatial data of indoor and other GNSS denied areas of all sizes and locations.

It provides both LiDAR and spherical imagery of a facility, enabling the creation of accurate, real-life representations (maps, models) of interior spaces and all of its contents, every object in the interior space all at speeds not possible with traditional laser scanning techniques.

TIMMS truly revolutionises indoor 3D mapping, enabling high-end productivity to give your business the winning edge in indoor mapping.

New version of Trimble Pivot available

Trimble has released a new version of the Trimble® Pivot™ Platform software, a modular solution for real-time GNSS infrastructure management, ranging from a single-base GNSS Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) to a full Real-Time Network (RTN), serving thousands of end-users worldwide.

Version 3.10 provides improvements to network performance and office and field productivity. The new features and capabilities include:

    • Galileo support: provides access to five GNSS constellations—GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS and now Galileo—allowing end-users to expect improved positioning accuracy and fix performance due to the 50 percent increase of accessible satellites;
    • GPS L5 support: utilises all available L5 third-frequency GPS observations to enable end users to further improve field productivity;
    • Code Bias Calibration client and server improvements: provides a higher availability of network-modeled RTK corrections to allow field users to reduce dependency on station biases;
    • Sparse Network: supports Galileo and BeiDou. Sparse Network, a Trimble technology, enables RTN operators to achieve the benefits of a full network-processed GNSS constellation even if the network is not fully covered with multi-constellation CORS.
    • Dynamic Station Coordinates (DSC) module improvements: minimises the impact of erroneous reference station coordinates to improve system performance.

“Accessibility to the Galileo constellation and the addition of the L5 third-frequency observations in particular, makes the Pivot Platform significantly more versatile to improve functionality and performance for end users in the field,” said Mark Richter, director of marketing for Advanced Positioning Division at Trimble.

The Trimble Pivot Platform version 3.10 is now available. Customers with a valid software maintenance agreement receive the new version at no additional cost. For more information, visit http://www.trimble.com/rtn or contact your local office.

Country-wide update to iBASE reference station coordinates

Recent earthquakes have prompted an update to the iBASE network and you must complete a GNSS Calibration to ensure it is accurate. On November 14th the Upper South Island experienced a 7.8 magnitude Earthquake which is now widely known as the Kaikoura Earthquake. The resultant movement has impacted stations as far north as Hawkes Bay and as far south as Waitaki. The Kaikoura earthquake also appears to have triggered a slow slip event (SSE) on the east coast of the North Island.  This is affecting the Hawkes Bay PositioNZ and iBASE network coordinates. Given the significance of this seismic event, we have updated the coordinates nationwide to bring all reference stations in the iBASE network to a new epoch as of January 1st, 2017.

This is an update to the current iBASE service, the IP address used to connect to the service does not change.

However please note that there are important steps you must take to ensure you experience an optimal performance of the iBASE network, primarily that when you first connect to the iBASE service after the coordinates have been updated, you MUST complete a GNSS Calibration before doing any field work using the iBASE service. This applies to users of Survey equipment as well as machine control systems.

In keeping with standard naming conventions each correction stream will have Y16 replaced with Y17 as that is the new epoch date.

Key points:

    • Full Nationwide iBASE coordinate adjustment.
    • Implemented on December 9th.
    • New EPOCH date for all stations is based on a January 1st epoch.
    • New Calibration will be required as of December 12th.

 

For technical support please contact:

Mark Peters, Senior Sales Technical Support

021 524 425 or mark.peters@allterra.co.nz

A New Data Stream with the Trimble R1

R1Based in West Palm Beach, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) covers 16 counties stretching from Orlando to the Florida Keys. One of their most ambitious natural resource initiatives is the Kissimmee River Restoration Project (KRRP). which has its own dedicated team the lakes and river ecosystems section (LRES).

The LRES efficiently uses both airboats and helicopters to survey and map the large expanse of vegetation. However, their previous dated paper-based systems for data collection proved inefficient and prone to errors.

LRES staff needed technology that could acquire sub-meter spatial accuracy and allow them to seamlessly integrate that data with their iPads and the Collector app. After testing a number of advanced GPS technologies, the department chose the Trimble R1 GNSS receiver for their location-data component.

Previously, field teams used GPS technology just for navigation, leaving them to make best guesses when mapping the locations of vegetation. The new system enables them to collect sub-meter accurate GPS points that feed directly into the iPad and Collector software in real time.

With the R1 and IPad, the flight time has been reduced my nearly 50 percent, with one person now acquiring all the data.

 

See their full story in this Trimble Case Study.