Trimble: new generation of intelligent grading
Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System at work.
Trimble announced the next generation of the Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System, designed to provide contractors with unparalleled speed, performance and flexibility for grade control.
Trimble GCS900 version 10.7 includes new, high accuracy configurations for dozers and graders using the new Trimble SPS730 and SPS930 Universal Total Stations. System versatility is broadened using Satellite-based Augmentation System (SBAS) support, such as the U.S. Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS), and Japan’s MTSAT Satellite-based Augmentation System (MSAS). In addition, supporting on-machine software now logs a new productivity data file to assist the contractor for better project tracking and management.
The system is designed to provide an unprecedented level of high accuracy 3D and conventional elevation and slope grade control capability on a single on-machine control box.
The new Trimble SPS730 and SPS930 Universal Total Stations, with exclusive Trimble MagDrive servo technology is designed to provide fast, responsive, and accurate tracking for high performance automatic machine guidance. Unique Trimble MultiTrack technology is designed to provide the ability to track and lock to a range of targets, including both active targets such as the Trimble MT900 Machine Target and passive targets such as a normal prism. This technology is intended to enable unparalleled tracking performance in areas of high vibration or where obstructions exist and reliably lock onto the right reflective surface. It is designed to prevent costly locking errors and subsequent rework, providing faster results to grade and increased productivity.
The new Trimble MT900 Machine Target is designed to provide advanced target recognition and tracking capability, specifically designed for high accuracy grade control applications. The Trimble MT900 is designed to be reliably tracked by the total stations at a range of plus or minus 45 degrees in the vertical- up to 100 percent slopes, providing superior tracking at steep angles in close range to the instrument.
The Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System, using the new Trimble Universal Total Stations and MT900 Machine Target, is designed to be capable of providing advanced high speed, steep angle tracking for millimeter accuracy grade control. This is expected to allow operators to grade faster in higher gear with maximum machine uptime with the new GCS900 Grade Control System.