Heavy construction equipment operators are a prime market for technology improvements to increase safety. Dozer engineers, for example, can devote less time to watching their line. Horizontal Steering Control for dozers, from Trimble, automatically controls the machine to follow any horizontal alignment such as the back of a curb, break-line, roadway centerline, or bottom of slope without operator assistance. It enables the machine to follow the horizontal guidance from the 3D model, providing operators increased awareness of their surroundings, better accuracy and improved productivity with decreased overlap and fewer passes.

Link-Belt Precision Grade 2D/MG system uses technology from Trimble to provide the operator with visual and audible indication when they are above, below or at their desired target grade. The 2D/MC system adds autonomous control of the boom and bucket while the operator controls the speed of the stick to maintain a consistently smooth flat or sloping surface.

Trimble’s AR (augmented reality) for excavators enables users to easily understand 3D models, cut/fill information, slope data and other bench points and reference points on the in-cab display in context, without the need to interpret complex 2D plans or stakes. Another technology, Trimble LOADRITE Payload Management displays grade control and accurate payload data on one screen, increasing mass haul productivity and efficiency by preventing underloading, and improving safety by avoiding overloading. Contractors can maximize their investment in Trimble Earthworks by leveraging the versatility of these added options.

Trimble Earthworks for motor graders mastless configuration mounts one GNSS (global navigation satellite system) receiver on the cab and one on the gooseneck of the machine to eliminate masts and cables traditionally located on the blade. Mastless GNSS receivers are ideal for the blade’s maximum range of motion, which is needed for steep slope work and complex designs with tight tolerances. The new configuration enables contractors to decrease risk of damage to the machine, keep valuable receivers safer as well as reduce the time needed to remove and reinstall them each day.

Trimble has an easy way to access critical Earthworks learning material and documentation, allowing for a shorter learning curve and less downtime for operators. A stand-alone app consolidates and simplifies access to training guides and videos inside and outside of the cab. The Earthworks Assistant App makes it easy to learn and troubleshoot using an Android cell phone, even from remote sites.

Site supervisors and project managers often jump between multiple systems to keep track of daily production quantities, labor/equipment hours and equipment maintenance schedules. Even using all of these systems, they still do not have real-time visibility into progress on the jobsite and its impact on schedule/cost. With Trimble’s WorksOS, users can log into a single application for real-time visibility.

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