Trimble’s new FieldLink MR app is being rolled out in the first half of 2022.
Trimble claims the app, which will be downloadable through the Microsoft store, offers a “completely new way to perform construction layout, enabling professionals to quickly navigate to tasks on the jobsite – getting more done in less time”. The app is built on its Connect collaboration platform and runs on the Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2, a hardhat-integrated mixed-reality device.
Field crews can easily visualise construction data without relying on a handheld controller for step-by-step navigation to locate each point. Visual cues presented through the mixed-reality hardhat naturally lead workers directly to each point for them to physically lay out pertinent information on the construction site.
"Trimble's FieldLink solution enables users to precisely position digital construction information in the physical world. FieldLink MR is an extension of this application, which seamlessly integrates cutting edge mixed-reality technology to help construction professionals be more effective on site,” said Martin Holmgren, general manager for Trimble's Building Construction Field Solutions Division. “This integration offers more efficient and intuitive workflows by making the layout process more natural and contextual.”
Contractors from different trades and in all phases of the construction lifecycle can work together to enable more automated layout and fabrication. Field productivity solutions are driven directly by constructible data, reducing the need for data conversions and the potential for error. Using constructible data and real-time collaboration, project stakeholders can work together seamlessly, optimising the design, build and operate lifecycle.
Attracting and retaining skilled workers remains a key challenge for many contractors, reducing the complexity of layout in the field will be essential to enable less experienced staff to deliver quality work the first time.
Trimble has also released Horizontal Steering Control functionality on the Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for Soil Compactors, the industry's first automatic steering control solution for soil compactors—and the next step towards Trimble's autonomous vision (click here).
Horizontal Steering Control helps operators achieve higher quality surfaces and consistent compaction. Compatibility with all soil compactor makes and models enables contractors with mixed fleets to achieve a faster return on investment.
Trimble will release its Q4 and full year 2021 results on February 9.