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935 Stewart Drive
Post Office Box 3642
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
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  NEWS RELEASE

 
Trimble's New 3300 DR Total Station Offers Affordable Option For
High Performance Measurement

Company Makes Major Industry Move to Offer Direct Reflex


COLOGNE, Germany, Sept. 19, 2001 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced its new 3300 Total Station with DR (Direct Reflex) technology for improved productivity in surveying and engineering applications. The new 3300 DR is a high-performance option that is ideal as a stand-alone measuring and stakeout instrument for data capture and field computations.
 
The announcement was made today at Intergeo 2001, the world's largest international event for geodesy and geoinformatics.
 
The DR measurement technique provides greater versatility of measurement than a traditional Total Station instrument by allowing surveyors to measure directly to any surface with high accuracy and without the need for a prism. This saves the surveyor valuable time and creates greater efficiencies. The DR also allows the operator to measure objects up to 100 meters away that were previously impossible or difficult to measure without special accessories and measurement techniques.
 
"Trimble has made a major move in the industry to provide the customer with a family of reflectorless products," said Bryn Fosburgh, division vice president of survey for Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division. "DR opens new opportunities in measurement for the customer, and allows them to be more effective in their daily work."
 
DR allows survey work to be carried out with increased productivity, and more information can be collected with a single total station using only one operator. Key applications include boundary surveys, stockpile measurement or precise engineering measurement of tunnel profiles, bridges and other structures. The 3300 can also take accurate measurements in dangerous environments such as in mines and quarries and on rockfaces. The product is very well suited to work with overhead cables and utilities, highway carriageways and railway lines, even in live traffic situations.
 
With an advanced internal memory, Trimble's 3300 DR is a self-contained system with a data collector, operating cable-free from the same built-in battery. All models are shipped as standard with the Terramodel® Field Data Module, which is capable of downloading observation data from 3300 DR, automatically coordinating points in 3D, displaying data graphically and drafting using feature code attributes as well as providing the interface to CAD and design packages.
 
In addition, the 3300 DR is ideal for filling in detail and to capture information that is impossible to measure with GPS Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) survey systems. It is small and light enough to be mounted on a bipod supported rod, facilitating rapid set-up and high portability, ideal for surveys with lower accuracy requirements. Adding DR to the 3300 Series also increases the distance measuring range to a single prism to 3,000 meters.
 
The 3300 DR is the latest addition to the Trimble Toolbox of integrated surveying instruments and is now available through the Company's Engineering and Construction Division dealer network.
 
About Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division
 
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 Engineering and Construction Division 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.

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