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Sunnyvale, CA 94085
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  NEWS RELEASE

 
Trimble's New Construction Software Puts More Power in the
Hands of Earthworks Contractors

SCS900 Site Controller System Gives Construction Contractors
Capability to Perform Site Measurement Tasks

 
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 27, 2003 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced its groundbreaking new SCS900 Site Controller System -- a GPS-based field software solution designed for use in earthworks, landfill, mining, quarrying, utilities, site preparation, fine grading, surface finishing and many other construction-related applications. The software system enables contractors-even those with no experience in surveying-to complete site measurement and staking tasks instead of having to call in surveyors or keep machines standing while waiting on stakeout. As a result, contractors enjoy increased productivity, greater versatility on the job site, and significant time-savings.
 
The Trimble SCS900 Site Controller can be used on a rod or mounted on an ATV. The task-orientated, work-order-driven system complements traditional and 3D machine control operations, while delivering greater ease of use and increased site measurement capabilities to the earthwork contractor. By supplying real-time coverage maps, the system dramatically simplifies workflow and provides in-the-field feedback to speed up decision-making and validate 3D machine control operations.
 
"The SCS900 Site Controller System can change the way earthworks and construction work is done," said Mark Forrest, division vice president of Construction for Trimble's Geomatics and Engineering business area. "Not only does it give earthworks contractors the ability to perform tasks normally performed by surveyors, it also provides data in the field previously only available in an office environment."
 
The SCS900 Site Controller system allows contractors to use 3D surface models from a range of industry-standard engineering design packages for stakeout and grade checking. Designed to give the earthwork contractor greater control, the SCS900 provides the ability to quickly measure cut and fill progress, stockpile material volumes, and check grading operations. And with field reports the contractor is able to make more informed decisions on the job to keep earthmoving machinery moving and avoid costly downtime.
 
The new SCS900 Site Controller System is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2003 through Trimble's Geomatics and Engineering dealer network.
 
About Trimble's Geomatics and Engineering Business
 
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 Geomatics and Engineering business area 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.
 
 
Media Contact:   Mary Carmody of Chisano Marketing: 937-866-4914
 
Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808



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