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Finding new ways of working

By [email protected] - 26th June 2015 - 08:48

Grab a scannerâ©

These new handhelds can also supplement the work carried out by existing tripod scanners simply because of their small size. Capable of being used in tight spots that traditional scanners canât reach, handhelds can âfill inâ any gaps in the scan data and cut down on additional set ups or even the need to buy a second tripod scanner. The data from the two systems can be easily combined and processed in Trimble RealWorks software that can handle all scan data. â©

Give your smartphone a boostâ©

While a dedicated GPS device designed specifically for data collection will always be the best choice, those with limited budgets or even those who just wish to boost the accuracy of their smartphone can now have the best of both worlds thanks to the arrival of compact GNSS receivers capable of delivering sub-metre accuracy to any device when linked by Bluetooth. Trimbleâs R1 GNSS receiver has been designed exactly for this purpose and UK tests have shown it to consistently deliver sub-metre positions, even under tree canopy, when teamed with a smart device. If you wish to optimise your existing technology by adding sub-metre accuracy, whether it be a smartphone, tablet or an existing GPS enabled PDA, then a compact GNSS âboosterâ is a great choice.â©


We are now seeing the next step in this technology with automated jobsite-management systems that help contractors better manage personnel on construction sites. Workplace safety is a major concern for contractors, and solutions such as Trimble CrewSight - a system based on RFID name badges, a VIS box for monitoring entry and exit and data tracking software - lets you track and account for each site team member in the event of an emergency situation. This type of system also provides accurate reporting on the actual number of hours that contractors and subs work as well as analysing labour-related data - useful information when you consider that labour can account for up to 40% of total project costs. â©

While these new technologies and services may not have the glitz of capturing your own aerial imagery with the latest UAV or carrying out long range scans with a time-of-flight scanner, they do offer significant benefits without hefty investment and, for that reason alone, are worthy of our attention.

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