Trimble introduces simplified Siteworks software
The newly launched Trimble Siteworks SE Starter Edition is billed as an entry-level, easy-to-use construction surveying software "at an affordable price point".
Using a construction GNSS receiver, a supervisor, foreman, grade checker or site engineer can easily check a grade, slope or alignment and navigate the project more accurately and in less time than with traditional survey methods.
Trimble claims budget-conscious contractors can realize a quick return on investment by giving more personnel on the jobsite access to survey technology, enabling more productive and efficient field crews.
Low-Cost, Scalable Construction Surveying
Trimble Siteworks SE Software is a simplified version of Trimble Siteworks Software, and intended for users who do not require a full feature set and are interested in a lower-cost version to connect to GNSS only. The same colorful graphics, natural interactions and gestures, and self-discovery features found in Trimble Siteworks make the software easy to learn, so both experienced and new users can get up-to-speed quickly.
Using the same data folder structure, file formats and workflows, Trimble Siteworks SE Software is fully compatible with Trimble Siteworks Software. Contractors can easily upgrade to the full version.
"The Trimble Siteworks SE Starter Edition is an important addition to our site positioning portfolio," said Scott Crozier, vice president of Trimble Civil Construction, "With a lower cost-of-entry, the software is scalable and makes it easy for contractors to upgrade to more advanced Trimble Siteworks Positioning Systems as soon as their needs change."
Trimble Siteworks SE Software is ideal for contractors who want to determine their location on a project, see cut/fill values to a design surface or alignment, or visualize constructible models in 3D. Users can easily measure feature (non-surface) points, lines and areas, or navigate to points, lines and alignments, and create PDF reports. In vehicle mode, users can capture high-accuracy measurements on steep slopes from a moving vehicle. Trimble Siteworks SE is compatible with a wide range of GNSS hardware configurations to meet the contractor's business needs and budget requirements.
By connecting the field and the office, contractors can improve efficiency and productivity, while minimizing wasted time and expense. Trimble Siteworks SE can share up-to-date information wirelessly between the field and the office to increase operational efficiency and reduce downtime.
Trimble Siteworks SE Starter Edition Software is now available globally through the worldwide SITECH® distribution channel. For more information, visit: heavyindustry.trimble.com/siteworks
XCMG launches crane simulator for wind turbine training
Leading Chinese manufacturer of construction machinery, XCMG, has launched a virtual crane simulator to help train operatives in the installation of wind turbines. The new simulator, based on the company’s XC A1600 all-terrain crane, aims to help prepare 500 drivers for the role.
Wang Min, Chairman and CEO of XCMG, said: "In the actual scale 3D scene, the system enables operators to easily master essential skills, quickly and accurately through truly simulated visual, auditory and tactile senses. The fully immersive experience makes operator training more professional, precise, convenient, and efficient by integrating video presentations, VR helmets, digital gloves, and more.”
How does the simulator help train crane operators and what features enable it to achieve this?
As the first large crane simulator of its kind, XCMG’s XC A1600 trainer features realistic representations of the crane’s cabin, control unit, display, and control panel. The system also realises the virtual integration and operation of six major working conditions, breaking several technical barriers of super lift and luffing jib simulators.
Updating the simulator for 2020, XCMG’s crane trainer now also features computer programs for the telescopic system, dual cylinder head display, and controls. The upgrade also includes switching off different products and programs to allow training on lifting weights between 800 and 1,600 tonnes.
The construction of onshore and offshore wind turbines in China
According to national power industry statistics issued by China’s National Energy Administration last year, construction of both onshore and offshore wind power projects nearly tripped over the 12-month period.
Figures hit a new record of 71.67GW with China’s wind power expected to increase by a further 30-50mn kilowatts over the next three years., according to the China Energy Development report 2020 published by China Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute. The findings of the report highlighted the demand for labour in the installation of wind turbines.
A total of 1,520 classes of large and super-tonnage crane operators have been trained by XCMG, as they look to take the lead in major construction projects across China.