If you are reading this, you are probably a high-end user doing surveys and machine control. The focus for this article is show how Modernization of the GNSS system is affecting your job site. Frist we define what the differences between GPS and GNSS are and how they can benefit you.
Technology has transformed the construction industry over the last few decades, bringing modern capabilities to the job site. From remote equipment controls to comprehensive budgeting and designing platforms, the options are vast — and can seem intimidating.
Because technology moves quickly, it can be difficult to tell if your chosen solution is still being developed or if it’s a reliable, well-established solution. Fortunately, SITECH Southwest specializes in integrated construction technology and can help you sort through the noise.
Let’s look more closely at the process for choosing construction technology solutions.
Contractors are always on the lookout for ways to save costs, yet McKinsey tells us that time and cost overruns are the norm in the construction industry. From materials to labor and equipment costs, overruns can occur in many parts of a project. Fortunately, there are ways to prepare and understand your costs from the start. Modern technology offers plenty of efficient tools, like paving control, to help bring accuracy, speed and other benefits to the project.
Loading and moving materials on your construction site requires precision. You need to follow specific payload weight and distribution guidelines based on your equipment and the materials you transport to ensure safe, productive project completion.
The R750 is not only a direct replacement for the SPS85x series of receivers, but also comes with useful upgrades making it a versatile tool. As typical with a new product, out with the old; the SPS855 has been discontinued and is no longer available. The good news is the R750 uses the same antennas and data cables besides offering many new enhancements.
Trimble Navigation, founded in 1978 by Charles Trimble, was developed to provide technology to the survey and GIS industries. Sometime in the late 90’s, Trimble started bolting survey hardware onto heavy machines, like bulldozers and excavators, forcing operators to understand surveying principles.
Several methods are available for construction surveying, from photogrammetry to traditional surveying to LiDAR, the latter of which has been increasing in popularity in recent years. Invented in the 1960s, LiDAR has quickly become a prominent technology in many industries, including construction, city planning and scientific research. But what is LiDAR, and how can you use it on your construction site? Read on to find out. Read more
Trimble’s Real Time eXtended (RTX) correction service is a global GNSS correction source used to attain precise GNSS positioning. It operates the same as using a local base station, or Virtual Reference Station (VRS), to reduce the errors in GNSS positioning. Without corrections, a GNSS rover is only accurate to about 16 feet +/-. With corrections, GNSS rover positions are accurate to 0.02 to 0.06 feet.
GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) works by satellites, that send out signals to receivers on Earth. GPS (Global Positioning System) is one component of the Global Navigation Satellite System and refers to the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System. GNSS is used in collaboration with GPS systems that carry atomic clocks for accurate time to show when satellites send signals, allowing the receivers to compute their position. Trimble GNSS receivers utilize the five current satellite constellations, GPS (US) QZSS (Japan), BEIDOU (China), GALILEO (EU), and GLONASS (Russia). Using all five constellations results in faster more accurate positioning, even in hostile environments. Read more
Two things have happened recently that will dramatically change the way your GPS rover works.
First, there are completely new GNSS capabilities from new satellites, new GPS systems, and new types of radio signals coming from space. Second, Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) was added to the Trimble SPS survey Rover.