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Trimble Announces Field Layout Solution for the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Trades

Powerful New Layout Solution Simplifies the Daily Layout of MEP Building Installations


NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2008 —Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today announced the new Trimble® MEP layout solution for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades. The solution allows mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors to take even more control of their construction layout.

This announcement was made today at the AHR Expo 2008, the largest Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC&R) event in the U.S.

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors are dealing with increasingly complex designs and more demanding schedules. Trimble MEP is a new software solution designed specifically for mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors. Using Trimble MEP, contractors can take a digital CAD design file or 3D Building Information Model (BIM) into the field to simplify the layout of conduit, pipe, duct and cable trays. The Trimble MEP solution increases the contractor's productivity by reducing rework by facilitating faster, easier and more accurate layout.

The Trimble MEP layout solution is used with the Trimble SPS610 Robotic Total Station to provide precise positioning on the job site. Trimble MEP enables one person to handle layout whether on the floor, the wall, the top of the deck or directly on the underside of the deck. Conventional layout methods using tapes are no longer needed.

"Mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors are working with the installation of conduit, pipe, duct and cable trays on more complex job sites," said Pat Bohle, Trimble's Building Construction Business Area Manager. "Trimble MEP with the SPS610 allows the contractor to use the digital design data in the field for the accurate placement of materials. Using Trimble MEP, contractors can increase productivity and accuracy to improve their layout processes."

Bringing Trimble's Connected Site™ construction solutions to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades, the Trimble MEP features real-time transfer of design data and daily progress updates using wireless communications between the office and field, minimizing the time spent traveling to and from the job site.

The Trimble MEP layout solution is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2008 through channels serving the mechanical and HVAC markets.

About Trimble's Construction Business

Trimble's Construction Division is a leading innovator of productivity solutions for both the heavy and highway contractor and the building construction contractor. Trimble's solutions leverage a variety of technologies, including Global Positioning System (GPS), construction lasers, total stations, wireless data communications, the Internet, and application software. As part of the Trimble Connected Site strategy, these 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 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 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has a worldwide presence with more than 3,600 employees in over 18 countries.


Investor Relations Contact:   Willa McManmon of Trimble: 408-481-7838
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LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808



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