Trimble Australia recently introduced version Vision Link 2.3 of its web-based construction software, combining earthmoving, grading, finishing, compaction and asset and fleet management operations into one easy-to-use application.

The new version of VisionLink transcends traditional telematics applications by integrating asset and fleet management services with new 3D Project Monitoring functionality and production output tools.

With VisionLink construction software, contractors can easily track earthworks and compaction progress remotely. All the information required is in one place, allowing users to make faster decisions, reduce operating costs, lower project risk and increase productivity.

The Trimble SNM940 Connected Site Gateway is used to transmit information between the office and the hardware. Accurate location and production data from the earthworks machine or compactor are sent from the machine to VisionLink in the office, and design data and machine configuration files are sent from the office to the machine.

The SNM940 can also receive GPS correction information for precise positioning with Trimble’s GPS-based machine control systems. This minimizes the need for additional GPS and radio communications infrastructure on the construction site, which in turn increases the operating range and flexibility.

VisionLink 3D Project Monitoring gives contractors insight into the overall project progress and machine productivity. Through consistent monitoring and recording of machine blade or bucket position, VisionLink creates a production model showing progress over an allocated period of time. The comprehensive production model includes:

  • Position
  • Elevation and time
  • Surface elevations
  • Cut and fill maps
  • Earthworks volumes
During soil and asphalt compaction operations in particular, the compactor’s position is recorded and tracked to produce a 3D surface model with accurate compaction pass count mapping, compaction consistency mapping and material lift thicknesses. This consistent monitoring will help ensure uniformity in surface construction and rapid identification of problematic areas.