Keystone Precision Instruments, a construction and survey equipment sales company located in Allentown, Pa., recently held a full-day training session for local contractors.
The Trimble Construction LIVE — The Power of Software event was held in Scarborough, Maine, on Oct. 12, 2011. The event featured a team of Trimble software experts who gave Keystone Precision Instruments’ customers an opportunity to see and experience new construction office software, Business Center — HCE.
Business Center — HCE powered by Trimble is desktop software used by contractors to prepare job site data and designs, and perform materials quantity takeoff and bid preparation for heavy and highway construction projects. In addition, Business Center — HCE manages data for machines and site positioning instruments, routes data to and from controllers and field crews, and tracks and analyzes site activity and productivity.
The morning session of Trimble Construction LIVE covered field data and data preparation and focused on:
• Business Center — HCE Data Prep module
• Trimble SCS900 site controller software data collection with the Advanced Measurement module
• Reading data back into Business Center — HCE
• Working with CAD data
In the afternoon, there was an overview of the takeoff functionality found in Business Center — HCE, and file management and synchronization in Trimble Connected Community:
• Business Center — HCE Takeoff module and Construction Pack
• Performing plan view takeoff from PDF and CAD files
• Takeoff from cross sections
• Importing different types of data
• Connected Community powered by Trimble
“We were excited to visit Pennsylvania and New York to help Keystone Precision Instruments demonstrate the benefits and functionality of Business Center — HCE. It’s always interesting to talk to our customers about Trimble software and gain a better understanding of how our software is used in their operations. It helps us develop a better product and gives the customer the best solution for their business,” said Alan Sharp, business manager of Trimble Heavy and Highway Software Solutions.
“The opportunity to have Trimble’s software team speak to customers and present the software is invaluable, and can really make a difference if you’re thinking of adopting the technology, or transitioning from Trimble Paydirt or Trimble Terramodel. We had a great turnout and the customers learned a lot about the positive impact Business Center — HCE can have on their business,” said Corey Freed, heavy construction operations manager of Keystone Precision Instruments.
Trimble Construction LIVE: The Power of Software program will continue throughout 2011, traveling to locations in the United States and Canada, and showcasing other software products such as Trimble VisionLink asset management and site productivity solution.
About Trimble’s Heavy and Highway Division
Trimble’s Heavy and Highway Division offers productivity solutions for the heavy and highway contractor. Trimble’s solutions leverage a variety of technologies, including global positioning system (GPS), construction lasers, total stations, wireless data communications, the Internet and application software. As part of the Trimble Connected Site strategy, these 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 construction lifecycle, according to the company.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position 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 and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Keystone Precision Instruments was founded in 1989. The company employs more than 50 people and targets customers from Maine to northern Virginia. The home office is located in Allentown, Pa., in a 28,000-sq.-ft. building. Branch offices are located in Crofton, Md., Milford, Mass., and Syracuse, N.Y. The staff includes six licensed land surveyors, two civil engineers, plus machine control specialists, installers and a full complement of in-house personnel featuring trained repair and service departments.
Keystone features Trimble products, first and foremost. Product lines include machine control, building positioning instrumentation, survey products-GPS, robotics, GIS, data collection, data prep, scanner technologies and a full complement of supply items.
Keystone is a part of the worldwide Trimble distribution network, which offers consultative advice on construction technology solutions, customized training, data services, installation, service and technical support.
For more information, visit www.keypre.com.