Trimble's tablet enhances construction workflow
By Becca Wilkins12 March 2009
Trimble's new Tablet handheld computer with built-in cellular and WiFi connections allows construction workers to quickly receive design changes or updates in the field and to deliver measurement or stakeout results to the office for on-the-spot approval.
The tablet is part of Trimble's Connected Site portfolio, which aims to streamline construction workflows between the office, field crews, site supervisors and earthmoving machines.
The company said with instant data access to and from the construction site via the Trimble Connected Community, a web-based set of networking tools, there is no more delay, cost or loss of production associated with driving data updates from the office to multiple field crews or machines.
The computer is a part of the vehicle-mounted Trimble Site Supervisor System. "When combined with Trimble SCS900 Site Controller Software - Tablet Edition, it empowers site supervisors to better manage decision-making with portable site plans and designs, precise cut/fill information, and real-time GPS positioning accuracy with precise vertical measurement," a spokesman for Trimble said.
In the office the Tablet can be used with Trimble Business Centre - Heavy Construction Edition software - for preparing 3D models for site positioning and grade control from imported digital design data, and for managing imported work orders from field crews.
For construction asset management, the tablet can also be equipped with the Trimble Construction Manager software for the tracking, management and monitoring of machines. It also generates reports that help improve operational performance and utilisation of assets as well as the management of dispatch, delivery and maintenance schedules.
The Tablet can be used in the hand, on a rod, in a supervisor's truck or on a desk in the office and can be moved quickly from one location to another.