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Trimble Introduces Real-time Material Density Information for Earthworks Compaction

New Functionality Provides Consistent Material Compaction Over the Entire Construction Project

LAS VEGAS, March 11, 2008 — Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced the new Trimble CM310 Compaction Sensor that enables the display of real-time material density to the earthworks compactor operator. This new capability can increase machine productivity while providing complete, consistent material compaction over the entire construction project. Material surfaces can be compacted faster with better in-place densities—improving the efficiency of other earthworks operations, such as optimization of haul truck times and improved water drainage and management.

The announcement was made today at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008, one of the world's largest international exhibitions for construction and the construction materials industries. Trimble will be located in the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall #S-17411 and in the Silver Lot #S-890.

Using the Trimble® CCS900 Compaction Control System with the new sensor, the contractor can better control the compaction process, making operations more efficient and productive. Now, the contractor can compact sub-surface material to a target density and number of machine passes, analyze sub-surface grade post-compaction for deficiencies in the surface (whether certain locations are high, low or on grade), and catch grade control mistakes in real-time, prior to the start of the final road building process.

Early detection of sub-surface material anomalies means that soft spots and hidden obstructions can be excavated and re-graded or compacted prior to the more costly phases of the construction process. Improved efficiency is accomplished by reducing unnecessary passes that might result in over compaction. Under compacted areas can be detected in the field, avoiding the need to return later and compact the area again.  

The new real-time data feedback in the Trimble CCS900 Compaction Control System reinforces Trimble's leadership in providing the broadest portfolio of solutions for the heavy and highway contractor. The CCS900 system offers the same rugged durability and reliability standards that are customary of Trimble heavy construction positioning equipment. It can be installed on any single drum soil compactor with open or enclosed cab without fear of component failure or damage.

The Trimble CM310 Compaction Sensor for the Trimble CCS900 Compaction Control System is expected to be available in April 2008 through the Trimble worldwide distributor network.

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—elivering 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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