Trimble Positions Desktop Overview
Trimble Positions Desktop Add-in
Trimble Positions Session Processor
Trimble Positions Mobile Project Center

Trimble® Positions™ Desktop is the solution for deep integration between a back-office GIS system-of-record and Trimble-enabled GIS field data collection workflows. Delivered as an add-in for Esri’s ArcGIS® Desktop, it allows users to leverage their investment in ArcGIS infrastructure by extending schema and features into Trimble TerraSync™ and Trimble TerraFlex™ office-field-office workflows. Users can also integrate high accuracy GNSS into Esri field data collection workflows with extensions to Esri ArcPad® and ArcGIS® for Windows Mobile.

Trimble Positions enables customers to achieve better productivity and higher data quality by:

  • Enabling Trimble high accuracy GNSS in their field data collection workflows
  • Supporting both real-time and post-processed workflows with the ability to set accuracy requirements
  • Eliminating the import and export steps that are often required to get data to the field and back
  • Storing collected features and associated metadata to the GIS with just one click

The Trimble Positions Desktop add-in extends ArcGIS Desktop for managing high-accuracy GNSS data collection workflows using Trimble and Esri field software.

  • Integrates field data collection project management into ArcGIS Desktop
  • Allows for both data collection and data maintenance workflows
  • Supports file, personal, and enterprise geodatabases
  • Enforces geodatabase constraints in the data collection schema for the field
  • Establish data accuracy requirements and feature attributes to be used for GNSS metadata (per layer)
  • Collected data flows directly back into the geodatabase
  • Includes post-processing using configurable profiles (for TerraSync, ArcPad, and ArcGIS for Windows Mobile workflows)
  • Allows for detailed QA/QC of collected feature geometries
  • Supports accurate feature heights through the use of geoid grid (GGF) files for calculating orthometric heights from ellipsoidal heights

The Trimble Positions Session Processor is a stand-alone application for automated processing of data collected in Trimble Positions workflow projects.

  • Automates key data processing steps - session check-in, post-processing, GIS feature updating, session cleanup
  • Steps are configured per project
  • Configurable processing interval and notifications
  • Can be run as a server process with minimal UI (ArcGIS Desktop license required for full functionality)

The Trimble Positions Mobile Project Center extension extends the functionality of Esri ArcGIS Mobile Project Center, a required provisioning tool for ArcGIS for Windows Mobile workflows.

  • Integrates core Trimble Positions project management functionality into Esri ArcGIS Mobile Project Center environment for ArcGIS for Windows Mobile workflows
  • Supports mobile cache and mobile service workflows
  • Establish data accuracy requirements and feature attributes to be used for GNSS metadata (per layer)
  • Select real-time correction profiles to be available for the field user (per project)
Devices, Software, and Accessories
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TerraSync
Field Software GIS Workflows
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TerraFlex
TerraFlex
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Trimble Positions Field Extensions
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Trimble Positions Workflows

Trimble Positions Desktop supports a wide range of Trimble and Esri office-field-office data collection and maintenance workflows. Check out the sections below to learn how Trimble Positions provides an end-to-end solution for seamless integration of high accuracy GNSS data.

Trimble Positions with TerraSync

Trimble Positions streamlines the process of getting field data collected with TerraSync back into your GIS. It all starts with Trimble Positions Desktop which enables you to set up and manage your TerraSync data collection projects.

  • Create TerraSync Data Dictionary Files (DDF) directly from the layers in your GIS (including domains and subtypes) for new data collection
  • Check-out existing features to SSF files for updating in TerraSync
  • Setup metadata fields and accuracy requirements to track the quality of the data going into your GIS
  • Check-in SSF files from the field
  • Post-process the collected data for higher positional accuracy
  • Perform data QA/QC to review collected feature geometries and accuracies
  • Collected features and their metadata will be stored straight into the GIS
  • Supports real-time corrected and post-processed workflows

 

Trimble Positions with TerraSync Workflow

Trimble Positions with TerraFlex

With functionality also available in the single workflow TerraFlex Desktop add-in for ArcGIS Desktop, Trimble Positions Desktop provides functionality for extending geodatabase schema and features into TerraFlex templates and forms.

  • Publish templates directly from layers in your GIS (including domains and subtypes) for new data collection
  • Define auto-collected fields for data to be automatically collected in the field forms
  • Setup metadata fields and accuracy requirements to track the quality of the data going into your GIS
  • Select existing features to send to TerraFlex (optionally as part of a task)
  • Download collected forms back into the GIS with filters for task, date, layer, extents, etc.
  • Supports real-time corrected workflows

 

Trimble Positions with TerraFlex Workflow

Trimble Positions with ArcPad

Trimble Positions extends Esri’s ArcPad data collection software to support Trimble high accuracy GNSS receivers and handhelds like the Trimble R2 and Geo7X. Use Trimble Positions Desktop to setup and manage your ArcPad data collection projects, and the Trimble Positions ArcPad extension in the field to collect high accuracy GNSS positions

  • Setup metadata fields and accuracy requirements to track the quality of the data going into your GIS
  • Check-out existing features to AXF files for updating in ArcPad
  • Setup metadata fields and accuracy requirements to track the quality of the data going into your GIS
  • Check-in AXF and SSF files from the field; also supports SHP files from ArcPad QuickProjects
  • Post-process the collected data for higher positional accuracy
  • Perform data QA/QC to review collected feature geometries and accuracies
  • Collected features and their metadata will be stored straight into the GIS
  • Supports real-time corrected and post-processed workflows

 

 

Trimble Positions with ArcPad Workflow

Trimble Positions with ArcGIS for Windows Mobile

Trimble Positions extends Esri’s ArcGIS for Windows Mobile data collection software to support Trimble high accuracy GNSS receivers and handhelds like the Trimble R2 and Geo7X. Use the Trimble Positions Mobile Project Center extension to setup and manage your ArcGIS for Windows Mobile data collection projects, and the Trimble Positions Mobile extension in the field to collect high accuracy GNSS positions.

  • Create mobile caches or mobile services to enable your GIS data for field data collection
  • Define real-time correction profiles in the office to minimize manual configuration in the field
  • Create mobile projects and define operational and background map layers
  • Setup metadata fields and accuracy requirements to track the quality of the data going into your GIS
  • Synchronize new and changed back to the geodatabase
  • Post-process the collected data for higher positional accuracy
  • Perform data QA/QC to review collected feature geometries and accuracies
  • Collected features and their metadata will be stored straight into the GIS
  • Supports real-time corrected and post-processed workflows

Trimble Positions with ArcGIS Desktop Workflow

 

Trimble Positions for ArcGIS Server Workflow

Latest Releases

v10.5.0.2

  • Create waypoint files: You can generate waypoint files for TerraSync from features in your GIS.
  • Create SSF background files: You can generate SSF background files for TerraSync from layers in your GIS.
  • Support for multiple images per feature: You can set up multiple image fields per feature in their TerraSync DDF, and all captured images will be stored using Attachments in the GIS.

v10.5.0.1

  • Performance improvements when downloading large numbers of forms collected with the Trimble TerraFlex software.
  • Support for collecting and editing features in geometric networks. Trimble Positions Desktop add-in can now check in newly collected features (for example pipes or valves) into a geometric network. It also enables updating features which participate in a geometric network without breaking network connectivity.
  • Support for Esri ArcGIS Desktop 10.5.
  • Feature type library. The feature type library will speed up project creation for users who create multiple projects from the same feature classes in their GIS. Users can store their metadata fields, accuracy requirements and TerraSync data dictionary settings in the library, then automatically load them during new project creation.
  • Support for handhelds and GNSS receivers with centimeter accuracy. Trimble Positions Desktop add-in can now postprocess data collected in the Trimble TerraSync software, the Trimble Positions ArcPad extension and Positions Mobile extension with centimeter configurations of the Trimble Geo7X handheld and Trimble R2 GNSS receiver.
  • Additional per-position GNSS metadata available. An extended set of per-position GNSS metadata is now available, including horizontal and vertical accuracies, position solution information and DOP values.Access to an expanded set of metadata. Additional metadata options for the TerraSync software and Esri ArcPad workflows are now available