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  NEWS RELEASE

 
Trimble's New Total Stations Allow Contractors to Take Control of Layout

The New Spectra Precision Optical TS305 and TS315 by Trimble
Offer Direct Reflex to Simplify Construction Site Layout

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 9, 2002 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced the new TS305 and TS315 from its Spectra Precision Optical line of products. The construction total stations provide a complete layout solution that eliminates the need for using measuring tapes, plumb bobs, theodolites or separate distance measuring equipment to give the general contractor more control and better accuracy on the job site.
 
The announcement was made today at the World of Concrete, the industry's largest annual commercial construction show.
 
The TS305 and TS315 offer Direct Reflex (DR), a unique measuring capability which provides contractors the ability to measure without the need for a prism. By allowing general contractors to layout an entire job with one setup, the construction total stations eliminate the need to perform multiple theodolite setups or other more time consuming methods.
 
With the ability to do layout from the building axis by using control hubs, aligning along a building line and completing a 90 degree layout from anywhere on the job site, contractors no longer have to depend solely on other professionals to provide effective and accurate measurement and positioning. These construction total stations can also be used for as-built checks once work has been completed.
 
"Trimble is leveraging Spectra Precision's construction expertise with its surveying technology to create products that are intuitive to a general contractor's needs," said Pat Bohle, division vice president for Construction Instruments for Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division. "We work to combine rugged construction tools with some of today's most advanced measuring technology to bring our customers solutions that work for them on the job site, day in and day out."
 
The DR measurement technique provides greater versatility of measurement than a traditional total station instrument by allowing general contractors to measure directly to any surface with high accuracy and without the need for a prism and a second person. This capability saves the contractor valuable time and creates greater efficiencies. The DR also allows the operator to measure objects up to 100 meters away that were previously impossible or difficult to measure without special accessories and measurement techniques.
 
With software developed specifically for the construction-focused user, the instruments are easy to learn and simple to use. The self-explanatory menu allows for the operator to adjust the equipment to different levels of usage, making execution easy for those who want to perform simple procedures to more detailed or advanced operations.
 
The TS305 and TS315 feature a water-resistant and rugged body and are capable of working all day on a single internal battery. The instruments come in a practical carrying case, which also holds the charger, mini-prism and pole.
 
The TS315 construction total station features internal memory, which provide general contractors with added functionality. The instrument comes complete with Trimble's Field Data Module software for a personal computer and allows the contractor to import building design data as well as prepare and transfer the stakeout data directly to the TS315.
 
The Spectra Precision Optical TS305 and TS315 from Trimble will be available in the first quarter through the Engineering and Construction Division dealer network.
 
About Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division
 
The combination of Trimble and Spectra Precision, the world leaders in GPS, construction lasers, robotic total stations and machine control solutions, is creating a broad range of innovative solutions that will change the way construction work is done. The Engineering and Construction Division of Trimble is focusing on the development of technology and solutions in the core areas of machine control, surveying, and construction instruments. From concept to completion, Trimble's integrated systems streamline jobs and improve productivity.
 
About Trimble
 
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
 

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