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  NEWS RELEASE

 
Trimble Enhances BladePro 3D System for Heavy and Highway
Construction Professionals



LAS VEGAS, Feb. 27, 2001- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today several upgrades to its advanced construction solution, BladePro® 3D system. The improvements are designed to offer contractors additional options for positioning on the job site, as well as improved visibility, accuracy, and greater ease of use.
 
The announcement was made today at the World of Concrete Exposition.
 
Trimble's BladePro 3D system allows motorgrader operators to grade complex designs such as vertical curves, transitions and super-elevated curves without stakes or stringlines, which dramatically reduces engineering costs. BladePro 3D provides the user with a complete system for accurate, automated elevation and slope control.
 
The most significant upgrades to the system include the addition of a new Automatic Tracking System (ATS) Robotic Total Station, the inclusion of a Global Positioning System (GPS) control option, a new color operator interface and improvements to system software
 
Geodimeter ATS 3D
 
The first major improvement to the BladePro 3D system is the introduction of the Geodimeter® ATS 3D. As the industry's fastest total station, the ATS 3D provides increased control and accuracy for the BladePro 3D system by ensuring that positioning data is calculated and communicated in real-time, regardless of how quickly the contractor maneuvers on the job site.
 
GPS Control
 
The second major improvement is the addition of a GPS control option. This option uses a Trimble GPS receiver capable of outputting positions accurately at very quick intervals. By incorporating a GPS option into the system, BladePro 3D users can now choose the positioning tool best suited for the application. With GPS, contractors have the greatest flexibility and productivity for all tasks except where the tightest of finishing tolerances apply. By using the total station option, contractors are assured of the highest accuracy possible on jobs where variances of millimeters can make a major difference.
 
New Color Monitor
 
The most visible improvement to BladePro 3D is the upgrade to a color operator interface. The color interface allows for increased visibility in bright light and displays greater detail for the operator. The new operator interface also offers unmatched intensity with real time, color images that show the precise position, profile cross-sectional and plan views of the machine moving across the job site.
 
Operator Interface Software
 
The software powering the interface also incorporates new functionality. The operator interface software can now use and calculate data from GPS receivers in order to support GPS elevation control, as well as work with the traditional one-dimensional BladePro system, meaning laser transmitters and sonic tracers can be used as positioning sensors, if needed. The software also recognizes additional languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Swedish and Finnish.
 
"Trimble is dedicated to offering customers solutions that can be tailored to the specific requirements of the job, which ultimately provides the most benefit," said Mark Forrest, machine control marketing manager for Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division. "By developing a system that provides multiple options for accurate positioning, road contractors can decide on a case-by-case basis how they want to use their equipment. BladePro 3D provides unmatched flexibility in the machine control market."
 
The BladePro 3D system is available now through Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division dealer network. For product information, contact the Trimble Customer Support Group at 800-538-7800 or 937-233-8921 or via FAX at 937-233-9441.
 
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 2,200 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
 

Media Contact:    LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808



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