Trimble introduced its Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System version 11.2, which improves data collection and makes it more flexible and easier to operate. There are a series of improvements in this latest version.
Trimble’s GCS900 version 11.2 includes a new user interface, new hardware to improve point collection and safety, and new functionality that make it easier to switch between machine configurations, ultimately providing a more flexible solution.
Single Point Mapping Allows the Operator to Collect Accurate Point Data Without Stopping the Machine
The Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System version 11.2 supports new single point mapping function that allows the operator to record very accurate point information from the blade, bucket, or drum focus position. Using this new capability as a dialog on the Trimble CB430 Control Box, the operator can add the point name and attribute information to a series of collected points, such as a trench center line.
Single point mapping increases the ability to collect as-built information from the machine and complements the work being done by grade checkers. It is particularly well suited for applications where it is dangerous or impossible to place a grade checker in the area of excavation.
The as-built information can then be transferred back to the office over the wireless two-way data synchronization link using Trimble Connected Site solutions in the Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System. By allowing for fast and easy on-machine data collection and real-time transfer to the back office decisions based on as-built data and site conditions can be made more rapidly.
Point and Shoot Remote Switch Data Collection for Excavators
To further support the new single point mapping capability, Trimble has also introduced a new remote switch hardware add-on that can be attached to the excavator joystick for point and shoot collection of data points. This new remote switch includes a point collection button that, when pressed, allows the operator to collect, record, and map individual bucket positions.
One Button to Switch Between Sensor Configurations
Trimble GCS900 version 11.2 also offers an easy solution for dozer, grader, and excavator operators to switch between machine configurations when conditions or requirements on site change. This flexibility allows users to switch between sensor configurations without the delay of configuring each machine for each sensor combination. What used to require multiple machine configurations can now be accomplished with one press of a button in the cab, allowing the machine to be utilized more continuously, which can lead to contractors realizing a higher return on their technology investment.
Operators can experience less downtime setting up machines, as the streamlined GCS900 version 11.2 now allows the flexibility to swap between:
- different 3D configurations (for example between total station-based and GPS-based configuration)
- 3D and 2D configurations (for example between a GPS configuration and a cross slope only configuration)
- different 2D configurations (for example between a laser catcher and a cross slope configuration)
Modernized User Interface
Finally, the CB430 Control Box and on-machine user interface has also been updated. More text items provide the operator with better information in the cab, while newer icons represent machine types more accurately.
The Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System version 11.2 is available now through Trimble’s worldwide Heavy and Highway Construction Distribution Channel.