On-Site Magazine

Trimble smart antenna

By Adam Freill   

Construction Equipment

(Photo courtesy of Trimble)

Trimble has introduced a new version of its R780 GNSS Smart Antenna for construction site positioning. Now standard with the R780 is a dual-band radio (450/900 MHz) that connects to diverse base stations and job sites without the expense of additional external radios.

Also included is the dual Trimble Maxwell 7 GNSS ASIC chip that the company says enables greater performance in challenging GNSS environments, such as with a blocked sky, multi-path, or degraded signal, while providing more channels for future constellation changes.

Using the R780 with Trimble Siteworks software for civil construction projects allows workers to capture accurate points while standing, walking or driving the site without leveling the pole. With GNSS tilt compensation, Trimble says Siteworks is easier to learn for beginners and saves significant time for more experienced surveyors.

For building construction, using the R780 with Trimble FieldLink software simplifies underground and long-distance layout projects as well as QA/QC and field positioning tasks, while streamlining office to field workflows.

The R780 can serve as a GNSS rover or as a base station for other GNSS operations including machine control.




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