Today’s building contractors have niche needs. Layout systems, in response, are increasingly designed to work with required precision and reduce the need for rework. Additionally, these systems do not call on specialized knowledge required to operate a solution designed for geospatial applications. As a result, contractors are provided more flexibility in staffing layout and as-built data collection tasks.

As one example, Trimble,, Sunnyvale, Calif., recently launched the Trimble Rapid Positioning System, a new simplified layout solution that includes the Trimble RPT600 Layout Station and Trimble Field Link 2D software to measure distances and track interior and exterior positions on the construction jobsite. With specific design and engineering to cater to the demands of interior and exterior building construction projects, this solution improves performance and reduces rework.

Key features include: autostationing lets the system self-locate (no leveling required); 300° vertical field of view simplifies overhead work; highly visible green laser lets contractors mark the spot easily; Trimble VISION technology enables contractors to control instrument remotely; and Trimble Field Link 2D provides guided workflows. The system runs on a standard tablet computer.

Running on the tablet, Trimble Field Link 2D software provides contractors the ability to view their 2D design files and layout points via Trimble VISION technology that allows users to remotely see and measure through a live video feed from the instrument on their data controller. And this enables the contractor to set-up the tool in the most convenient location.

With these types of new intuitive interface and easy workflow set-up, contractors can quickly take full advantage of a positioning system, while leveraging advanced positioning technology to ensure accuracy and complete layout projects more efficiently.

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