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Trimble Inc.
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Sunnyvale, CA 94085
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Trimble Revolutionizes Construction Industry with
New LaserStation Layout Technologies

LaserStation is the First in a New Series of Construction Positioning Systems Offering One-Person Positioning

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 20, 2001 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced the first in a series of new products that is expected to change the way contractors perform layout and positioning tasks on construction jobsites.
The LaserStationTM system, the first in a series of new Construction Positioning SystemsTM (CPS), offers real-time positioning in a cost-effective solution. New laser technology developed by Trimble now makes it possible for contractors to perform complete layout and positioning tasks with only one person, both reducing errors and increasing productivity.
"In today's competitive construction market, contractors are demanding tools that meet their needs and allow them to be more profitable," said Jon Jackson, Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division product manager. "Trimble is committed to providing easy-to-use solutions that meet both complex job parameters and simple layout requirements. With the LaserStation, we have developed an entire new class of technology that will change and enhance the way a contractor approaches each job."
Trimble's LaserStation system uses proven laser technology to ensure reliability and repetitive accuracy. In combination with the receiver's exclusive 3D-Intelligence® technology it accomplishes the same work as the traditional theodolite with only one person, as opposed to the traditional two or three people. It also allows the creation of a format for a multi-user environment, allowing independent tasks to be completed with one system. 3D-Intelligence locates points and objects in space with pinpoint accuracy and is used within LaserStation system to navigate contractors to desired positions on a jobsite.
Well-suited for commercial building and complex residential designs, LaserStation can take a blueprint and make it a reality on the jobsite. Specific applications for LaserStation include site layout, footing and foundation layout, anchor bolts and columns installation, elevation control, spreading sub-base, slopes and grade determination, curved wall layout, tilt-up wall layout, steel erection, and contract inspections.
LaserStation is easy to set-up, flexible, and can be seamlessly passed from one crew to the next. Typically best suited for jobs around the size of a football field, the LaserStation system performs well in rugged and harsh environments.
"LaserStation should revolutionize the industry because it combines the accuracy of a laser with the versatility of a theodolite," said Jackson. "This is the first in a complete line of new technologies that will allow contractors to work more productively and accurately. The investment they make today in this cutting edge technology will set a new industry standard."
The LaserStation system is now available 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.

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