Software GNSS. Seriously

Yesterday your phone could tell you where you were within a few meters. Today, with Trimble Catalyst, your phone can tell you where you are within just a few centimeters.

Catalyst features a lightweight antenna that plugs directly into your Android phone or tablet’s USB port. Once it’s connected to any Catalyst-ready or third party location-enabled app, you can use measure, locate, and share the things you map with the world. The little blue dot on your phone just got a whole lot smaller and more accurate.

Catalyst features a lightweight antenna that plugs directly into your Android phone or tablet’s USB port. Once it’s connected to any Catalyst-ready or third party location-enabled app, you can use measure, locate, and share the things you map with the world. The little blue dot on your phone just got a whole lot smaller and more accurate.

And, since Catalyst’s revolutionary technology features a software GNSS receiver that delivers high accuracy positioning with an on-demand subscription service, you only pay for it when you need it.

So get ready to get insanely close to your world. Whenever, wherever you want to.

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A Trimble S9, lost…..and found in just 30 minutes!

When an opportunistic theft by moped resulted in Central Alliance losing a Trimble s9 they notified the police and KOREC, the local Trimble dealer.

All new Trimble S-Series Total Stations come with L2P (Locate2Protect) built-in, so the KOREC Technical Support was able to locate the instrument and track it live. When the instrument position remained static, KOREC sent the latitude and longitude of the missing instrument. It was retrieved from the bush where it had been dumped, unharmed and needing nothing more than a check.

Principal Land Surveyor Milen Charov said, “KOREC’s response couldn’t have been faster. The down-time caused by the loss of an instrument along with the hassle of dealing with insurance claims is extremely inconvenient. L2P is a great service and it’s saved us trouble, time and money. After an incident like this we have realised how important the locator functionality is. It’s absolutely worth it and I strongly recommend it.”

L2P finds an asset’s location by receiving a GPS signal from a clear line of sight with satellites in the sky. If your equipment and goes indoors (in a garage or storage facility), the L2P A-GPS technology takes over the tracking. This gives it the ability to find an asset’s location both indoors and outdoors down to the city street level address.

L2P comes standard with the later version total stations and can also be retrofitted into your S3, S6 or S8 total stations.

See the original story about Central Alliance on the KOREC website, or learn more about L2P on the Trimble website.

Harrison Grierson takes the lead on the Trimble SX10

Harrison Grierson is an award-winning engineering and design consultancy in New Zealand. The company embraces new technologies and was the first in the Pacific region to take ownership of the Trimble SX10.

Josh Mason and Daryl Murray receive HG’s new SX10.


Why the SX10?

“The SX10 is ground-breaking technology and as well as providing our clients with a new level of service, it keeps us at the forefront of survey equipment advances.  Securing the only SX10 available in Australasia gave us a major competitive advantage and transformed the service and value we deliver to our clients.  It means we can now combine two separate workflows into one seamless operation, providing more and faster information than before.

Our existing TX8 enables us to produce extremely accurate 3D models of existing buildings or structures, and removes the need to interpret 2D plans. However, our TX8 and the new SX10, mean we can capture all the data we need in just one site visit, saving time and money by reducing rework.  The SX10 is super-accurate for construction setout.  We use its scanning capabilities for asbuilt steel and concrete structures while on site for the purpose of quilt checks and design assistance.  We’re also using the SX10 for volume checks where health and safety has been an issue.  The SX10 removes the need to physically enter some hazardous spaces and vastly increases the accuracy of the results obtained during the survey.”

Harrison Grierson


Check out HG’s 3D scanning page here.

To learn more about the SX10, click here.

Trade-in and save on the latest Trimble Geo 7X

Now is a great time to upgrade to the latest Trimble Geo 7X and change the way you collect data forever. For a limited time, Trade-in any Trimble GeoExplorer Geo6000 series handheld and upgrade to the latest Trimble hardware and software.

The Trimble Geo 7X is ready for anything and is stacked full of new features to help you improve how you collect data in the field. Here are only some of the reasons why you should upgrade to the Trimble Geo 7X:

  • Multiple GNSS constellation tracking: The Trimble Geo 7X’s Maxwell 6 chipset gives you access to the GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou and QZSS constellations – so gone are the days where you have to wait for satellites. The Trimble Geo 7X works where you work.
  • Trimble Floodlight: Use Trimble ‘s latest satellite shadow reduction technology to keep you working in heavy overhead cover, such as trees and buildings that obstruct GNSS satellite reception. Now you can work with fewer disruptions and obtain high quality data faster whilst improving your field workers productivity.
  • Trimble Flightwave: When capturing data is too dangerous or time consuming use the Trimble Geo 7X’s laser rangefinder to capture remote features quickly and safely. Simply log a position and then point and shoot to capture any feature up to 120m away. Alternatively, use Trimble Flightwave to measure the height of a pole or the distance between to two points and let the Trimble TerraSync software do the rest!

To learn more about the Trimble Geo 7X, visit the Trimble website.

Trade-in any GeoExplorer Geo6000 device between now and June 30th and receive up to $2,000 (NZ) towards a new Trimble Geo 7X.

There is no better time than now to upgrade to the latest Trimble technology and I’m confident that you’ll be amazed at the results.

Contact Chris Blazkow if you have any questions regarding the Trimble Geo 7X or if you would like a proposal.

Trimble Access version 2017.00 now available

Trimble has released a new version of Trimble Access. Version 2017.00 includes support for even more total stations and receivers and a number of customers requested enhancements.

Trimble Access now supports the Spectra Precision® FOCUS 30 and FOCUS 35 total stations, and the Spectra Precision SP60 and SP80 GNSS receivers. Please note that the TSC2 controller is no longer supported.

New features and enhancements

Based on customer feedback, Trimble has made it easier to work with jobs in Access with the following enhancements.

  • Enhancements to copy job files to a different location
  • Longer job names supported
  • Keyboard shortcut for selecting job or folder

Plus, you can now measure your position relative to an alignment and configure the behaviour of the General Survey software when exiting from a stakeout alignment.

Trimble Access 2017.00 also has improved Trimble SX10 scanning total station support.

If you would like to learn more about what the new version of Trimble Access can do, see the release notes on the Trimble website.

Geospatial technologies are changing the world

tandm5See how with some summer reading of Trimble T&M

Got a bit of time on your hands with the Christmas break? Sit back and relax with the latest version of Trimble T&M, the magazine for surveying and mapping professionals.

In the cover story, researchers travel to Pakistan to study the region’s enormous glaciers. The data collected will help protect nearby villages from sudden, potentially devastating flooding. Then, in Florida learn how environmental specialists use geospatial technologies to manage vulnerable wetlands and water supplies. Their skills support work to restore damaged areas and create a thriving ecosystem.

In Sweden, take a glimpse into the nation’s massive forestry industry, which relies on healthy, sustainable forests. Geospatial solutions enable foresters to develop efficient planning and management strategies. And in Italy, a small business uses a modern approach to support cost-effective inspection and maintenance of the nation’s railway system.

Got even more time? Scroll back through previous editions for even more interesting reads.

A New Data Stream with the Trimble R1

R1Based in West Palm Beach, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) covers 16 counties stretching from Orlando to the Florida Keys. One of their most ambitious natural resource initiatives is the Kissimmee River Restoration Project (KRRP). which has its own dedicated team the lakes and river ecosystems section (LRES).

The LRES efficiently uses both airboats and helicopters to survey and map the large expanse of vegetation. However, their previous dated paper-based systems for data collection proved inefficient and prone to errors.

LRES staff needed technology that could acquire sub-meter spatial accuracy and allow them to seamlessly integrate that data with their iPads and the Collector app. After testing a number of advanced GPS technologies, the department chose the Trimble R1 GNSS receiver for their location-data component.

Previously, field teams used GPS technology just for navigation, leaving them to make best guesses when mapping the locations of vegetation. The new system enables them to collect sub-meter accurate GPS points that feed directly into the iPad and Collector software in real time.

With the R1 and IPad, the flight time has been reduced my nearly 50 percent, with one person now acquiring all the data.


See their full story in this Trimble Case Study.


Building Resilient Cities in New Zealand

The Christchurch earthquake in 2010 taught us anything, it’s that we need to be prepared for the worst. Shocks, like hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and floods; and stresses, like unemployment, homelessness and water shortages, can happen anywhere at any time. We need to be prepared in order to survive and thrive, regardless of the challenge.

100rc-logo-250x150100 Resilient Cities is working to “help cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.”

Platform Partners provide the necessary tools, and Trimble is one of them, bringing Trimble eCognition Essentials to the platform.

Cities use Trimble eCognition Essentials software to leverage readily available satellite and aerial imagery from manned or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The result is timely and accurate land-use and mapping information accessed with a Geographic Information System (GIS).

This information is used to help design and implement the cities’ long-term resilience strategy. This allows them to better plan for and respond to stresses such as earthquakes and shocks like a recession. Trimble eCognition Essentials also enables city staff to import, fuse, interpret and analyse data. This then provides the staff with a greater understanding of their environments while expending minimal resources or time.

As of May 2016, the 100 Resilient Cities network has reached 100 members. The diverse and vast range of cities includes both Christchurch and Wellington.

Christchurch and Wellington City


On September 13, 2016, the city of Christchurch released its Resilience Strategy to help better withstand catastrophic events. Explore the strategy here.


Wellington is currently developing its own Resilience Strategy. With the City Council choosing between 30 proposed initiatives. These are aimed at reducing the impact of natural, social and economic threats.

“The city’s development of a Resilience Strategy has generated further momentum; there is a real appetite for risk reduction instead of just responding to stresses and shocks.  This strategy will provide a focus so that this generation can ensure that Wellington will be a better and safer place for our children and grandchildren, no matter what shocks or stresses they may face.” – Wellington’s Mayor Wade-Brown.

To learn more about Wellington City’s resilience challenge, click here.


You can learn more about 100 Resilient Cities on their website.




Ready to upgrade your Total Station?

Trade in and save on a new Trimble S5 or S7 total station

Transform the way you work with proven Trimble technologies – including Trimble SurePoint and Mag Drive™ by upgrading to a Trimble S5. Or go a step further and get the S7 for scanning, imaging and surveying in one powerful solution.

For a limited time Trimble is offering up to $10 000 when you trade in your old S-Series-equivalent robotic total station.

Save on the Trimble quality solution you’ve always wanted by trading in your old gear – contact us today! 

Terms and Conditions

  • Offer ends 16th December 2016.
  • Any brand of survey grade competitor robotic total station will be accepted.
  • The trade in competitor robotic total station must be in working order.
  • Trade in discount applies to the total station only, all other accessories and parts included in the sale are at normal pricing.
  • This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  • AllTerra and Trimble reserve the right to cancel or modify this program at any time.