Trimble introduced Trimble Penmap for Android, a cloud-connected application for field surveying and high-accuracy GIS data collection that works on mobile handhelds, smartphones, and tablets. Trimble Penmap for Android focuses on core survey and mapping tasks such as cadastral and boundary surveys, establishing local control, stake-outs, quality checks, and asset management for utilities. It provides both professional surveyors and field workers with a map-based interface to manage features and attributes for high-accuracy GIS and complete survey documentation.

For example, the application is ideal for use in the energy distribution industry for locating infrastructure and recording critical information on encroachments, clearways, and existing monuments, the company said. The application runs on a variety of Android devices, including the rugged Trimble TDC100 handheld, and supports full-featured Trimble Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers such as the Trimble R10, R8s, and R2 receivers.

Trimble Penmap for Android is optimized to integrate with the new Trimble Catalyst service, a software-defined GNSS receiver that connects to the small, inexpensive plug-and-play DA1 antenna, and allows surveyors to choose an accuracy level from meter to centimeters to suit their application needs. Together, Penmap and Trimble Catalyst — both purchased through a fixed monthly subscription — offer an on-demand, lightweight, and low-cost professional surveying system, Trimble said.

Trimble Penmap for Android is a cloud-connected application for field surveying and high-accuracy GIS data collection that works on mobile devices.

“Surveyors using the Penmap application with Trimble Catalyst can easily manage seasonal shifts in survey activity by scaling up or down without a capital investment,” said Matt Delano, general manager of Trimble’s Land Administration solutions. “Survey managers will find it an efficient way to carry out field checks without tying up expensive equipment used by their field crews. They can simply use a phone, the Penmap application, a Catalyst subscription, and the DA1 antenna.”

Trimble Penmap for Android includes the Penmap Project Manager, which is used to set up projects, create templates, and add team members. Penmap Project Manager works with the Trimble Connect platform for storing and transferring data between the field and office. Trimble Connect, which is also included in the Penmap subscription, is a collaborative cloud-based platform that enables organizations to set up and deploy projects to their field users. Information collected in the field is synced back to the office in real-time where it is stored, managed, and communicated to team members. Data can also be exported from Penmap Project Manager into back-office systems in a variety of file formats for viewing and sharing.

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UAS analytics platform

Also in July, Trimble announced that it is collaborating with Propeller Aero to distribute its unmanned aircraft system (UAS) analytics platform. Propeller, based in Sydney and Denver, provides collection, visualization, and analysis of data from UAS. Propeller’s automated ground control targets, cloud-based visualization, and rapid analysis platform will also be integrated with Trimble Connected Site solutions to bring an end-to-end cloud-based UAS solution to civil engineering and construction contractors.

Pairing Propeller’s web-based interface with Trimble Connected Site solutions gives users access to simple tools to measure surface geometry, track trends and changes across time, and perform visual inspections. Both technical and non-technical professionals are now able to gather insights remotely and collaborate, driving significant improvements in safety, efficiency, and reducing environmental impact across a construction worksite, Trimble said.

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