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April 17, 2013

Trimble's new software speeds up 3D data processing


RealWorks version 8.0 ready for surveyors, contractors, engineers and geospatial professionals this June

Trimble Navigation Ltd. said Tuesday it plans to release this June its RealWorks version 8.0 software to surveyors, contractors, engineers and geospatial professionals, allowing rapid processing of 3D laser scanning data and expediting the creation of deliverables.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based, publicly traded (Nasdaq: TRMB) company, with $2 billion in 2012 revenue, said the software, which will be available through its worldwide survey and building distribution networks, includes:

  • a new 3D database engine
  • automated targetless registration
  • web viewing capability incorporating the RealWorks Scan Explorer interface

The new 3D database engine allows up to five times more data to be visualized and managed, compared to the 7.2 version.

The ability to handle larger data sets greatly increases usability and productivity for customers capturing data with 3D laser scanners such as the Trimble TX5 and Trimble FX.

The automated targetless registration function automatically identifies planar objects in each scan and matches the planes from multiple stations, creating a combined data set.

The function enhances productivity in the field by eliminating target placement prior to data capture in applicable environments. Office processing time is also reduced by the fully automated function, Trimble said.

Sharing of data with clients has been enhanced by the addition of a Publisher function within the Trimble RealWorks software that allows projects to be custom packaged for viewing via Microsoft Internet Explorer. 

The Scan Explorer interface, embedded inside an HTML web page, allows clients to navigate and explore the scan data as well as take measurements and add notes.

“Software is an integral part of Trimble’s 3D laser scanning solutions and is essential to extract information from 3D data captured in the field,” said Tim Lemmon, marketing director. “The new version of Trimble RealWorks software significantly improves our customers’ productivity in processing field data, extracting information and preparing deliverables for their clients.”

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