Trimble launches Indoor Mobile Mapping Solution

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Trimble TIMMS The ‘TIMMS’ cart from Trimble allows fast and easy indoor mapping Trimble TIMMS

Trimble today showcased its latest products at the company’s Transform 2017 roadshow event in Melbourne, including the new Trimble Indoor Mobile Mapping Solution (TIMMS), a hand-wheeled geospatial scanner cart for capturing data in areas GNSS can’t reach.

The TIMMS system was designed and produced by Trimble subsidiary Applanix and is made up of four core components: a spherical camera located at the top of the device, an integrated LiDAR unit engineered to work indoors, computer hardware for data acquisition and processing, and an advanced positioning system.

The idea behind TIMMS is to give users the ability to do a quick walkthrough of an interior space and get a full 360 degree map of the area. As mentioned, TIMMS can reach areas that are out of reach for GNSS-based systems. The indoor data can then be ‘georeferenced’ against GPS data to ensure everything is on track.

Trimble says TIMMS allows users to map hundreds of square metres in minutes, or entire buildings in a day. The system is particularly suited to creating 3D geospatial models for plant and factory facilities, high-rise buildings, airports, train stations, concert halls, theatres and other indoor areas that require geospatial planning.

"It combines a number of technologies to work within GNSS-deficient areas," says Garry Essex, director of Trimble companies SITECH, UPG and Building Point Australia.

"If someone were to ask you to do an ‘as constructed’ survey of this building [the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre] with a conventional scanner, you’re looking at hundreds of scans which then have to be put together."


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