Trimble Introduces Digital Pen Solutions Designed Specifically for the Construction Contractor

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 24, 2009 Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) today introduced a family of Digital Pen Solutions for the construction industry. Designed specifically for the construction contractor, the Trimble Digital Pen Solutions provide the simplicity of working with pen and paper with easy conversion to digital data by using a dockable digital pen. Once digitized, the documents can be shared with project teams and designers to improve change documentation, track construction progress and reduce project risk. With immediate access to jobsite data, teams can keep projects on-track and minimize risks from poor documentation without the costs and delays of scanning and transcribing data from paper.


The announcement was made today at the Trimble Building Construction Boot Camp 2009, a field-based, hands-on training event for the building construction industry.


Ideal for superintendents, supervisors, engineers, foremen, safety inspectors, crew chiefs, detailers, construction managers and project managers, the Trimble Digital Pen Solutions allow project team members to simultaneously collect form and markup data using individual pens and print outs. Digital notes, sketches, data and markups can be aggregated into the original file, tracking data by user, pen and time. The digitized data can be pasted into emails or stored on centralized networks to consolidate and share information among teams. 


The Trimble Digital Pen Solutions leverage the Capturx technology”a jobsite proven technology used by hundreds of organizations to automate paper-based data collection. A broad range of industries and agencies use Capturx products as natural interfaces into Microsoft Office and CAD systems through digital pens.


The Trimble family of Digital Pen Solutions for the contractor includes:


  • Trimble DPS200 Forms for Microsoft Office Excel Users can create forms in Microsoft Excel, such as site inspection punch lists or percentage-of-completion reports, and print them on ordinary paper. The handwritten data is immediately digitized and formatted back into the original Microsoft Excel fields for automated reporting and issue tracking.


  • Trimble DPS200 Markup for PDF Users can print digitally-enabled designs, such as CAD documents and blueprints, on normal paper in small or large formats. Printed designs and as-builts can be marked-up and redlined in the field with a digital pen, which digitizes and uploads the data into the original Adobe PDF files.  Teams can immediately track and share changes digitally without waiting or paying for data on paper to be sent or transcribed.


  • Trimble DPS100 for Microsoft Office OneNote Users can automatically digitize handwritten notes and sketches captured in the all-weather notebook for easy sharing, storing, and searching through Microsoft Office OneNote.


The Trimble Digital Pen Solutions further our commitment to provide construction customers with innovations to increase productivity, said Pat Bohle, general manager of Trimble”s Building Construction Division. These simple solutions work the way our customers work. They also seamlessly integrate changes and ensure more efficient collaboration so that design and building project teams can reach decisions faster.


Trimble Digital Pen Solutions are expected to be available during the third quarter of 2009 through Trimble”s worldwide Building Construction Distribution Channel.


About Trimble”s Building Construction Business


Trimble”s Building Construction Division is a leading innovator of productivity solutions for the building construction contractor. Trimble™s solutions target site prep, general, concrete, mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors on large and small commercial, industrial and residential jobsites. Trimble is focused on delivering solutions that tightly link office based process and information with the field crew”including taking Building Information Models (BIM) and other design data to the field for highly accurate positioning and layout of foundations and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Trimble solutions provide a high-level of process and workflow integration from the design phase through to the finished project”delivering significant improvements in productivity throughout the building construction lifecycle.


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.


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