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Trimble Takes Real-time Deformation Monitoring to the Next Level

September 21, 2010
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Trimble Monitoring Solutions now include geotechnical sensor support and a Web Module for scalable, real-time deformation monitoring.

Trimble introduced  two new advanced features for its Trimble 4D Control software solution for monitoring systems. The new features include support for geotechnical sensors and a user-friendly Web Module. The solution is ideal for monitoring dams, bridges, buildings, pipeline support piers, large-scale construction and excavation sites, underground and open pit mines, landslides, tunnels and other structures.

The announcement was made at the XIV International Congress of the International Society for Mine Surveying in South Africa.

Trimble 4D Control software is a comprehensive solution for both real-time and postprocessed monitoring. The fully scalable and versatile approach of the system makes it easy for surveying organizations to get started in monitoring. By leveraging geotechnical sensors, surveying instruments and tools they already have, Trimble enables surveyors to customize a monitoring solution to meet the needs of even the most demanding applications.

Leveraging Geotechnical Sensors for Monitoring

Organizations can now integrate geotechnical sensors used to measure non-georeferenced movements and pressures in a monitored structure or rock face. Geotechnical sensors, such as tilt meters, piezometers and others, can be combined with Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and optical total stations as a fully integrated part of the Trimble 4D Control solution, each with user defined tolerances and alert levels.

Accessing the Internet for Control

The Trimble 4D Control solution also features a new, secure Web Module providing remote and distributed access to Trimble 4D Control from virtually any location worldwide with Internet access. The Web Interface module can serve as a backup station, centralize multiple monitoring sites into one dedicated control room or simply enable distributed access to the system within an organization. In addition, the Web Module can connect up to four user-defined internal or external links (URLs), enabling direct access to on-site Webcams or weather station results.

“The integration of multiple sensors types-from highly accurate optical total stations, state-of-the-art GPS/GNSS systems and geotechnical sensors-provides mine operators, construction site managers and governments with a complete, secure and reliable monitoring solution,” said Anders Rhodin, business area director of Trimble’s Survey Division. “In addition, the new Trimble 4D Control Web Module delivers a breakthrough in the way decision makers, analysts and operators can efficiently monitor sites. With the module, Trimble 4D Control is accessible in real-time, on-site, online and around the clock, from virtually any location with an Internet connection. The reliable and innovative monitoring solution can provide organizations with improved productivity, reliability and safety levels wherever it is implemented.”


Trimble 4D Control solution is available in variety of configurations and can be tailored to the needs and condition of each site. Visit for more details.

The new Trimble 4D Control Desktop software version 3.0, featuring add-on geotechnical sensor support and the new Web Module, is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2010 from Trimble’s worldwide survey and infrastructure distribution network.

Trimble's Connected Site Solutions

Trimble’s Connected Site solutions for surveyors create seamless working relationships among Trimble products, technologies and services. Through the Connected Site, Trimble is focused on providing solutions that address the customer’s full work process. By carefully combining technology innovation with a deep understanding of the users’ workflows, data integration and maintenance needs across the lifecycle of the project, Trimble helps surveyors reach new levels of productivity for their businesses.

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