Trimble Australia have introduced Trimble Access software, a new field and office solution for surveyors that expedite data collection, processing, analysis and project information delivery through improved workflows, collaboration and control, which is enabled by constant wireless connectivity between the project team members.
The Trimble Access software speeds both typical and specialised surveying tasks and enables fast and secure two-way information sharing between the field survey crew and the office.
Surveys can be completed faster with less time spent travelling back and forth to the office. Management and field crews can collaborate by viewing the same information in real-time. With Trimble Access software, productivity and efficiency can be improved on projects.
According to Trimble Australia, minimising rework and improving productivity are the basis for their focus on connected site solutions. The principles of connectivity and total workflow integration provide surveyors with the day-to-day flexibility to adapt to a variety of situations in the field and office in real time.
The ability to seamlessly share survey information between the field and the office while streamlining survey operations in the field, make Trimble Access software an appropriate tool to take organisations to the next level of productivity and help keep project costs on target and under budget.
The four components of the Trimble Access software include Trimble Access services, base software for typical survey applications, specialised application modules and the Trimble connected community.
The Trimble Access software brings the field and office closer by enabling data sharing and collaboration in a secure environment wirelessly connected through the Internet.
The Trimble AccessSync capability automatically and transparently synchronises field and office files, without delaying or disrupting standard computing processes. This capability is integrated into the complete workflow and reduces manual e-mail setup, slow, problematic uploads to FTP sites and error-prone dictation over the phone.
The ability to securely move and share information reduces or eliminates downtime driving back to the office. Any changes made to the files in the field are automatically updated by the Trimble Access software. For changes made in the office, a project manager can easily post new instructions and new files for the field crew to access.
If a question arises on-site, digital images can be sent to the office to enable the office staff to “see” the true situation and confer with the survey crew to arrive at a solution. In addition, field data can be sent to the office to begin immediate quality assurance.
The office staff can start processing in parallel, identify potential mistakes or provide problem resolutions while the crew is still on site. The job can be finished faster, keeping project costs on target.
For typical survey tasks such as topographic, staking or control, the Trimble Access software offers general survey tools that enable surveyors to work through an interface familiar to users of Trimble Survey Controller software.
In addition, Trimble Access software provides streamlined workflows for specialised applications such as tunnel and road surveys. These add-on modules organise tasks in a logical, application-focused, step-by-step approach. This enables survey crews to obtain rapid results by eliminating unnecessary steps in the process.
These streamlined workflows minimise the learning curve, allowing users to be productive in the field immediately. The surveyors can focus on the deliverables they are creating, not on the software commands for each task along the way.
Head-office management, site-office teams and field crews can securely share information and collaborate on appropriate aspects of the project through the Trimble Connected Community portal. This on-line service integrates advanced information technologies (IT) to address the customers’ fundamental IT infrastructure, collaboration, and data management needs. The collaboration and connectivity are provided in a secure, hosted environment without extensive IT investments.
By connecting the field crew to the Trimble Connected Community, the Trimble Access software can improve surveying workflows in the field and office throughout all phases of the surveying project life-cycle from data collection to final deliverables.