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Bringing Data to Life One Point at a Time

Capture 3D data more efficiently by combining scanning and precision workflows in a mobile solution.

Imagine if you could see things that don’t exist yet. That’s what the Trimble® SiteVision® augmented reality system does—it brings data to life by letting you see and explore 3D models of complex information and designs that are accurately overlaid in the real world and viewed on your mobile device. Accomplish this with Trimble SiteVision software (that combines Trimble’s high-accuracy positioning services and cloud-based processing technology) running on your phone or tablet mounted on a pole, together with the Trimble Catalyst™ DA2 GNSS receiver. In addition to visualization, data can also be captured in the field and shared back to the office via Trimble Connect, a common data environment.

Point cloud collection in the hand

The latest release of Trimble SiteVision (Version 5) takes data collection a step further. Combining a LiDAR equipped iPhone Pro or an iPad Pro* with the Trimble DA2 GNSS receiver you can now utilize the LIDAR scanning capabilities built into these Apple devices to capture point clouds efficiently and accurately with a single easy-to-use handheld solution. Field workers simply walk around the jobsite and as they scan, the captured points are previewed in SiteVision’s augmented reality view. This ensures all the data you need is captured in the field the first time. And, because the phone’s LIDAR scanner is connected to the DA2 GNSS receiver, users can be confident in the quality of the data collected. Every point in the point cloud is automatically georeferenced while connected to the DA2 meaning no extra work to register it manually back in the office when the data is downloaded for processing in software such as Trimble Business Center or Trimble RealWorks™ office software. 

Using Trimble SiteVision software, a manhole is scanned and the point cloud pulled into Trimble Business Center for processing.

A manhole is scanned and the point cloud pulled into Trimble Business Center for processing.

Efficient, fast workflow

The SiteVision LiDAR scanning workflow enables you to:

  • Capture photorealistic 3D scans, such as open trenches to document buried services, or recording existing conditions.
  • Expand your capabilities. Sometimes it might be too time-consuming to send up a drone or set up a terrestrial scanner. SiteVision provides an easy-to-use and fast reality capture solution with high positional accuracy that is accessible to more people in the field. When you’re finished, data is immediately synced to the cloud in seconds at the click of a button. There is no need to export data to and from a USB stick.
  • Supplement data captured by traditional scanning processes. Fill in blind spots caused by terrain or equipment that may have been obscured. Or provide coverage in areas inaccessible to drones. 

Video showing a field user using Trimble SiteVision to collect a point cloud on a LiDAR equipped iPad Pro device.

The SiteVision LiDAR workflow provides users with an accessible and cost-effective way to capture 3D scans quickly and productively.

Trimble SiteVision Version 5 is available now. Contact your local Trimble Distributor for more information, or visit the Trimble SiteVision webpage


*Android devices do not support LIDAR scanning capabilities.