Trimble has introduced the Trimble Rapid Positioning System, a simplified layout solution for building construction professionals. The Trimble Rapid Positioning System includes the Trimble RPT600 Layout Station to layout points and capture as-built measurements, as well as the Trimble Field Link 2D software running on a performance tablet to control the layout station. The solution enables contractors to record and find positions for layout points on the construction site, including foundation layout, anchor bolts, walls, ceilings and hangers. 

The new system was announced at BAU2015, one of the world’s leading trade fairs dedicated to building design and construction. The event draws more than 200,000 attendees. 

The Trimble Rapid Positioning System is, says Trimble, the first layout solution specifically designed to meet the demands of interior and exterior building construction applications. The Trimble RPT600 Layout Station features an easy single-button set-up workflow — Trimble Autostationing — that enables the system to self-locate to automatically determine its position relative to the jobsite with no leveling required. This feature allows contractors to get started faster and with less technical expertise.

Building contractors have specialized requirements in collecting and locating layout points, often needing to locate points directly above where their layout tool is positioned. With a unique twin handled design, ceiling layout for contractors can be completed quickly with unobstructed vertical views. “Building construction has unique needs and unique users,” concurs Bryn Fosburgh, vice president responsible for Trimble’s Construction Technology Divisions. “The system was designed from the start to enable the construction community to work with precision and reduce the need for rework, but without the specialized knowledge required to operate a solution designed for geospatial applications. This can give contractors more flexibility in staffing layout and as-built data collection tasks.”

Running on the tablet, Trimble Field Link 2D software enables contractors to view their 2D design files and layout points via the Trimble VISION technology that allows users to remotely see and measure through a live video feed from the instrument on their data controller. This enables the contractor to set up the tool in the most convenient location. Trimble Field Link 2D introduces a new, simplified user interface and workflows designed for the building contractor. This new system provides increased flexibility to the layout team to use layout points created in the office or easily create points in the field.

The round-trip workflow from office to field is seamless for contractors when combining Trimble Field Link 2D and Trimble Connect, a powerful cloud-based construction collaboration platform. Up-to-date files are easily downloaded and uploaded through Trimble Connect enabling collaboration throughout the project from model coordination meeting to delivering final design files for the owner. With an intuitive interface and easy workflow set-up, contractors can quickly take full advantage of the Trimble Rapid Positioning System, while leveraging Trimble’s advanced positioning technology to ensure accuracy and complete layout projects more efficiently. The Trimble RPT600 Layout Station and Trimble Field Link 2D software is available now.

About Trimble Buildings

Trimble Buildings, a part of Trimble's Engineering and Construction segment, is a world leader in solutions that optimize the complete Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of buildings. Incorporating the Trimble Connect collaboration platform and spanning top brands such as SketchUp, Tekla, Gehry Technologies, Proliance, Vico Office, WinEst, Accubid and Manhattan Software, among others, Trimble’s product and professional service offerings improve productivity, visibility and data interoperability, from simulation to renovation. Used in over 150 countries around the world and supported by a global dealer and distribution partner network, Trimble technology is a mainstay of the building industry. Information on Trimble Buildings' DBO portfolio is available at:

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location, including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.