When Trimble announced its new Trimble R10 GNSS surveying solution at INTERGEO 2012 in Hannover, Germany, earlier this month, it might have been difficult to hear all the details above the general din of INTERGEO product launches. To make sure surveyors around the world would take note, Trimble held an official unveiling of the technology in a virtual broadcast on October 23.

The broadcast opened with a video of Anders Rhodin, general manager, who walked through some of Trimble’s GPS innovation history. Rhodin was followed by Martin Holmgren, director of research and engineering, who highlighted six key features of the Trimble R10 GNSS receiver. These included:

  • Trimble xFill, which extends RTK positioning for several minutes when the RTK correction stream is not available
  • Trimble SurePoint, an attitude-sensing technology designed to reduce the occupation time required to collect accurate survey measurements and to make the survey workflow more intuitive
  • HD-GNSS, which is designed to provide a more accurate assessment of error estimates than traditional GNSS technology, especially in challenging environments
  • Trimble 360, which supports signals from all existing and planned GNSS constellations and augmentation systems
  • Integrated wireless communications, which facilitates sending and receiving corrections and documents from the field
  • A compact, lightweight design, which provides easier handling and operation.

Jack Rector, engineer, explained how every decision in the design of the Trimble R10 was driven by the goal of making the receiver as small and as light as possible. The breakthrough that enabled the receiver to be so small, Rector said, was the design of the GNSS antenna. This is encased in a rugged housing of Thixomolded magnesium, which is extremely durable and 1/3 the weight of aluminum.

Of all the features included in the new GNSS system, xFill appears to be generating the most interest. In the live Q&A session held during the broadcast, attendees asked whether xFill is available in Europe (it isn’t yet), whether it’s available in the U.S. (it is, as well as all of South America), whether xFill causes any changes in datum transformation (it doesn’t), whether xFill is a real-time solution (it is), and whether there are any additional costs to use it (there aren’t). In POB’s interactive INTERGEO 2012 Innovations quick poll, one reader commented, “Awesome! xFill is a game changer.”

Trimble’s virtual broadcast on the new R10, which includes videos, resources, application information and engineering notes, can still be accessed at www.trimble.com/r10showcase.

What do you think? Is the Trimble R10 a game-changer? Share your thoughts below. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite INTERGEO Innovation at www.pobonline.com! Voting will close Nov. 20.