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Trimble opened its 7th international users conference last Monday with more than 4,200 registered attendees from 83 countries around the world. Dimensions 2014 provided insight into how information technologies are redefining the way professionals work to achieve success. This year the conference addressed innovations in Agriculture, Construction, Civil Infrastructure, Engineering, Government, Mapping, Natural Resources, Surveying, Telecommunications, Transportation & Logistics and Utilities. Trimble Dimensions was held November 3-5 at the Mirage and Treasure Island Hotels in Las Vegas.

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“We are extremely pleased that this year’s conference set a new record for attendance. Trimble Dimensions has earned the reputation of being one of the most educational and exciting industry events,” said Peter Large, Trimble vice president. “It is truly a unique conference focused on how advanced technology solutions are transforming the way the world’s work is done.”

At Dimensions 2014, attendees gained insight into how information technology is transforming the way professionals work, by using integrated workflows to increase productivity. Participants heard how industry colleagues use Trimble’s end-to-end technology to easily transform data into intelligent, usable information. Attendees saw first-hand how new tools, processes and ideas can help make a positive impact on their businesses.

Throughout the conference, attendees had a variety of opportunities to network with key industry players, nurture business relationships and discover how to overcome challenges in today’s competitive business environment.

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Highlights included 584 educational sessions including both on-site and off-site immersive training, more than 40 specialized tracks to advance career objectives with many sessions qualifying for Professional Development Hour (PDH) hours, and on-site product demonstrations.

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Frontier Precision was also well represented with eleven employees in attendance, and close to two dozen customers from a dozen different companies also joining us for the conference. We also saw two of our customers present at this year’s conference.

The first presentation was done by Chad Qualley and Chuck Rebsch from Houston Engineering, which highlighted their innovative way to publish and store all of their firm’s survey information in a cloud-based database. By doing this, their employees have access to all of their survey files in the field via LTE connected iPads, and are able to pull what they need to get the job done.

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The second presentation was a joint venture by Scott Marlin with Stearns County, and Jay Haskamp with Frontier Precision. This presentation discussed the final link between the Wobegon Trail and St. Cloud’s trail system. The different aspects of the project were discussed, as well as all of the challenges, such as working within an active rail corridor, alignment planning, a river crossing and the need for a bridge. The presentation also offered a bit of detail into the Lake Wobegon story, how the trail came to be, and the vision for the trail moving forward.

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As always, there were some new product and software releases that are worth noting.

Trimble Business Center 3.40:

  • Ability to collect and process panoramas with the V10 Imaging Rover without the need for a positioning sensor, such as a GNSS Receiver or Total Station

  • V10 panorama image export directly to SketchUp Pro 2015

  • Dynamic contour labeling and editing

  • Enhancements to the Advanced Drafting Module deliverables

  • Ability to create vertical planes in the V10 panorama images for easy extraction of linework, such as building facades

Trimble RealWorks 9.0:

  •  “Free-hand” segmentation

  • Elevation-based point cloud rendering

  • Catenary line drawing tool

  • Enhancement to the inspection tools

  • Support for Reigl and Z&F scanners

  • Scan Explorer polyline and modeling tools

  • Advanced Tank tools

Trimble Active Track 360 Prism:

  • Lightweight & Rugged, Active Track LED’s protected with acrylic sleeve

  • Increased horizontal & vertical accuracy over the MT 1000

  • Easy to operate Target ID/Power Panel

  • Powered by small, black GNSS receiver batteries

  • Same height and dimensions as the MT 1000

Trimble M7v Mobile Imaging System:

  • Vehicle mounted photogrammetric system

  • Quickly and completely capture road and site infrastructure information

  • Operated at traffic speed via touch screen tablet

  • 360°, 30 megapixel, geo-referenced images

  • Trimble Trident software used to extract and analyze the data

  • Entry into the world of mobile imaging with a smaller investment

This year’s Trimble Dimensions was a huge success. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who participated. We hope to see you all at Dimensions 2016 at it’s new location, The Venetian.

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