Trimble launches new AR system, laser scanner at INTERGEO

By on 17 September, 2019

The SiteVision augmented reality system. Image supplied.

Trimble has announced a new handheld augmented reality system and a new terrestrial laser scanner ahead of the monolithic INTERGEO conference, opening today in Stuttgart.

The firm said that its new SiteVision AR system can be deployed on virtually any site, letting its users interact with 3D assets and models at full scale in a real world environment.

“It’s easier to understand complex ideas when we can see them in a real-world context,” said Mark Nichols, general manager at Trimble.

“SiteVision improves our understanding of projects and worksites with a handheld device that is accessible to a wide range of users. Augmented reality is now ready for everyday use in a wide range of applications.”

The system’s hardware comprises the Catalyst DA1 Antenna, Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM) rangefinder and power management that connects to a user’s Android smartphone.

The software component is a subscription-based access to SiteVision software, featuring high accuracy positioning and cloud-based processing services.

Trimble said that the tool supports open industry-standard formats IFC and Land XML, and can visualise data from a vast range of software suites for civil projects.

Trimble’s X7 laser scanner. Image supplied.

Also announced for INTERGEO is the firm’s new laser scanning system, made up of the X7 scanner and the T10 tablet, with a tripod and backpack.

Touting the new scanner’s ease of use and speed, Trimble said the X7 features survey-grade self-levelling, automatic registration with streamlined workflows, and no need for annual calibration thanks to ‘X-Drive’ technology.

Gregory Lepere, marketing director, optical and imaging for Trimble Geospatial said that the X7 was well suited to construction and forensics applications, as well as traditional survey purposes.

“The Trimble X7 delivers high-speed 3D laser scanning with intuitive workflows and unique technologies automating critical steps, which improves efficiency and productivity,” he said.

“It is a useful, everyday tool because it doesn’t require scanning expertise to operate. It opens the door for more construction, surveying, industrial and forensics professionals to confidently capture and deliver scan data and realize a faster return on investment.”

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