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  NEWS RELEASE

 
Trimble Unveils Three-Dimensional LaserStation System at
World of Concrete


3D Version Offers Contractors Powerful, Laser-Based Tool for Simplified Layout

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 27, 2001- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced its LaserStationTM 3D, a new product in a series of innovative Construction Positioning SystemsTM (CPS). The easy-to-use system, showcased for the first time at World of Concrete, is the only 3D positioning solution in the industry that allows contractors to perform a variety of layout tasks with only one tool. It is a revolutionary step in changing the way work is done on the construction jobsite.
 
The two-dimensional LaserStation system, introduced in early 2001, made it possible for contractors to complete layout and positioning tasks with only one person, helping to reduce error, improve efficiency, streamline labor and save money on the jobsite. LaserStation completes tasks that traditionally require a theodolite or laser system, as well as two to three people to complete. With the addition of a second laser transmitter, LaserStation 3D provides even greater functionality for contractors working on projects where complex architectural designs or detailed foundation work is involved.
 
Trimble's LaserStation 3D allows parallel and perpendicular distance measurements and angle measurement (90 turnoffs), as well as traditional laser functions, such as level and single or dual slopes. Applications such as anchor bolt layout, formwork and footer placements can be carried out simply, and with only one-person operation.
 
"LaserStation 3D provides even greater functionality than the original LaserStation system," said Jon Jackson, product manager, Trimble Engineering and Construction Division. "Contractors can now choose the system that better suits the particular needs of the layout tasks they typically perform. This new solution is designed to simplify the most complex layout projects and provides measurable benefits in one system that can be easily integrated onto the jobsite."
 
Trimble's new LaserStation 3D comes with a self-leveling, laser transmitter and a second, non-self-leveling transmitter with a receiver that measures horizontal and vertical planes and angles in three dimensions. The addition of the second transmitter allows the system to also calculate distance, radial distance and layout with elevation, giving contractors the ability to determine any exact location on the jobsite, making it the most powerful, easy-to-use layout tool available today. The user can also identify single or dual slopes up to 50 percent, as well as any horizontal, vertical or plumb angles.
 
"When we first talked with our customers about their jobsite challenges, it became apparent that today's building designs are more intricate than in the past. Contractors did not have one tool to account for all the factors they currently consider on the jobsite. LaserStation and LaserStation 3D are those tools," added Jackson. "This series of products should revolutionize the way layout work is completed on the jobsite."
 
Trimble's LaserStation 3D system uses proven laser technology to ensure reliability and repetitive accuracy; the receiver's exclusive 3D-Intelligence® technology provides both one-person operation and a format for a multi-user environment, meaning that independent tasks can be completed with one system.
 
3D-Intelligence triangulates points and objects in space with pinpoint accuracy and is used within the LaserStation 3D system to navigate contractors to desired positions on the jobsite.
 
The LaserStation 3D system is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2001 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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