Field technologies remain the lifeblood for many construction projects. The ability to capture information from the jobsite and incorporate it in an effortless manner makes the value of data much higher for construction. Looking at the way in which office and field software is advancing, it is only natural that the hardware tools in the field follow suit.

This week Trimble, www.trimble.com, Sunnyvale, Calif., introduced the Spectra Precision QM55 and QM95 Quick Measure distance meters. Trimble brings to market two handheld laser distance meters to join its existing portfolio of Quick Measure distance measurement tools. For contractors out in the field, these tools could provide an easy method for capturing project-specific information in a quick manner.

The set of functions contained within the Spectra Precision QM55 Quick Measure include such things as area, volume, continuous measure, indirect (Pythagorean) measure, and stake out. In addition, measurements can be quickly added and subtracted, and multiple units of measure are selectable and include metric, feet, or inches. Trimble says this device is designed for indoor use with a range of 50 meters (165 feet).

As for the Spectra Precision QM95 Quick Measure, this device can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications. The device features an extra-large LCD screen for showing measurement information and also includes an illuminated display for easy reading in low light and bright light conditions. Trimble says the QM95 features the longest range of its QM portfolio of products, as measurement distances run up to 200 meters (650 feet).

As technology continues to remain prevalent out in the field, contractors can expect the innovations to continue advancing. Data captured at the jobsite needs to be quickly incorporated into mission-critical processes across the board. Given the rate at which software is changing and network infrastructure is progressing it is not out of the question to envision a day when data is shared seamlessly throughout each phase of the job cycle.