Trimble introduces handheld augmented reality solution

Trimble has launched an outdoor augmented reality (AR) solution which allows users to visualise 2D and 3D data on project site with cellular or internet connectivity.

Trimble says the SiteVision system allows users to view 3D models and assets in a real-world environment at a 1:1 scale from any angle or position.

SiteVision is expected to help construction supervisors assess the progress of heavy equipment by visualising actual work performed against the site.

Mark Nichols, general manager at Trimble, says: “It’s easier to understand complex ideas when we can see them in a real-world context. SiteVision improves our understanding of projects and worksites with a handheld device that is accessible to a wide range of users.”

The system consists of:

  • Hardware: The Trimble SiteVision Integrated Positioning System integrates the Trimble Catalyst DA1 Antenna, Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM) rangefinder and power management into a lightweight, handheld device that connects to a user-supplied Android mobile phone.
  • Software Subscription:  Available to single users on a monthly or yearly basis. The SiteVision software subscription combines Trimble’s positioning services and cloud-based processing technology to create a centimetre-accurate AR system. The system leverages Trimble cloud-based processing to manage and deliver data and design models.

SiteVision enables users to visualise digital models from a wide range of data collection, design and constructible modelling tools in open industry-standard formats including IFC and LandXML, the company adds.

For civil projects, SiteVision visualises data from its Quantm, Business Centre and Novapoint; design data from Civil 3D and Bentley OpenRoads and GIS data from Esri ArcGIS software. For utility companies, PLS-CADD power line design, Distribution Design Studio and other design data are also supported.

Using Trimble Connect cloud-based hosting, SiteVision can access models from all stages of the lifecycle of infrastructure and buildings to help improve work accuracy and operations.

The solution is available to order now through Trimble’s authorised distribution channels for Civil Engineering and Construction, Geospatial and Buildings. For more information, visit:  https://sitevision.trimble.com.

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