Building contractors have specialized requirements in collecting and locating layout points, often needing to locate points directly above where their layout tool is positioned. To help, Trimble, www.trimble.com, Sunnyvale, Calif., has introduced what it describes as a simplified layout solution for building construction professionals.

The Trimble Rapid Positioning System includes the Trimble RPT600 Layout Station to layout points and capture as-built measurements and Trimble Field Link 2D software running on a performance tablet to control the layout station.

The solution enables contractors to record and find positions for layout points including foundation layout, anchor bolts, walls, ceilings and hangers on the construction jobsite, and is, according to the company, the first layout solution specifically designed to meet the demands of interior and exterior building construction applications.

The Trimble RPT600 Layout Station features a single-button set-up workflow – Trimble Autostationing – that enables the system to self-locate to automatically determine its position relative to the jobsite with no leveling required.

“Building construction has unique needs and unique users,” says Bryn Fosburgh, vice president responsible for Trimble’s Construction Technology Divisions. “The system was designed from the start to enable the construction community to work with precision and reduce the need for rework, but without the specialized knowledge required to operate a solution designed for geospatial applications. This can give contractors more flexibility in staffing layout and as-built data collection tasks.”

Running on the tablet, Trimble Field Link 2D software enables contractors 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. This, explains Trimble, enables the contractor to set-up the tool in the most convenient location.

The round-trip workflow from office to field is seamless for contractors when combining Trimble Field Link 2D and Trimble Connect, a cloud-based construction collaboration platform. Up-to-date files are said to be easily downloaded and uploaded through Trimble Connect enabling collaboration throughout the project – from model coordination meeting to delivering final design files for the owner.

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