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Trimble Releases New Version of AutoBid SheetMetal

Estimating Solution for Contractors


Trimble�s QuickPen AutoBid SheetMetal Estimating Solution Enables HVAC Sheet Metal Contractors to Save Production Time and Increase Bid Accuracy



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Sept. 27, 2011—Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced the release of its QuickPen® AutoBid® SheetMetal 2011 v2 estimating solution for contractors. The release includes a number of time saving enhancements such as the ability to convert a rectangular duct to an equivalent round duct, the ability to compare on-screen drawings complete with Sticky Notes, as well as the ability to change item elevations in a single click. 


The announcement was made at the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) Annual Convention.


The new version introduces the unique ability to automatically convert rectangular duct to equivalent round duct—a scenario contractors often explore for cost saving opportunities. Since fittings are automatically converted, customers benefit from greater time savings in their value engineering exercises while creating a bid. This version also provides contractors with the ability to compare the differences between two On-Screen View (OSV) drawings. Users can then modify their takeoff as necessary without having to manually determine what changed between two similar drawings. In addition, drawings can also accept "Sticky Notes," which now puts the user's comments and notes directly onto the OSV drawing.


The current capabilities of AutoBid SheetMetal are expanded by offering increased functionality in its patented automatic fitting generation. The new time-saving Elevation Change feature also allows users to change the item elevation up or down 1 foot, generating up to 3 items with a single mouse click. 


"With today's economic conditions, contractors are looking for a competitive edge," said Pat Bohle, general manager of Trimble's Building Construction Division. "AutoBid helps them more quickly and accurately find it. The shape conversion tool will save users from having to manually redline drawings to convert rectangular ductwork to round duct and then re-takeoff the drawing, ultimately resulting in time and money savings."

AutoBid SheetMetal is available through Trimble's QuickPen Division. AutoBid SheetMetal 2011 v2 is expected to be available in November 2011. Existing AutoBid Sheet Metal users who are current on their annual support agreement will receive the version at no charge. For more information, visit: or call 866-799-6673.

About Trimble's QuickPen Division

Trimble's QuickPen Division is a leading provider of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), mechanical construction and plumbing industry. QuickPen solutions include estimating, Computer Aided Design (CAD), fabrication and asset tracking software. The state-of-the-art 3D CAD software produces detailed HVAC ductwork and piping models that can be rapidly fabricated. In addition, QuickPen's asset management program allows contractors to manage their significant investment in tools and equipment. For more information, visit:

About Trimble's Building Construction Business

Trimble's Building Construction Division is a leading innovator of productivity solutions for the building construction contractor. Trimble's solutions target general, concrete, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing contractors on large and small commercial, industrial and residential jobsites. Trimble is focused on delivering solutions that tightly link office based process and information with the field crew—including taking Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other design data to the field for highly accurate positioning and layout of foundations and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Trimble solutions provide a high-level of process and workflow integration from the design phase through to the finished project—delivering significant improvements in productivity throughout the building 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 positioning 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 in the field and to ensure communication between the field and the office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

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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