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Trimble Siteworks Hydrographic extensions
Users of Trimble Construction Siteworks software are now able to easily measure water depth and execute accurate small-scale hydrographic surveys. Ohmex Ltd has made use of the Siteworks Software Developers Kit (SDK) to produce a software utility that runs on the controller and supplies depth data to Siteworks. This increment in functionality further enhances the use of the Siteworks system on marine construction sites where dams or waterways are present.
The concept of the Sonar extension to Siteworks is to enable the construction user to execute simple Hydrographic surveys using their Siteworks software together with existing positioning equipment, no need to learn another package or convert to new reporting facilities, the sonar effectively behaves as an extension to the existing survey detail pole for measuring water depth. The software is an inter-application package with both the Siteworks and SonarMite applications running concurrently on a Windows 10 Tablet or PC platform. For evaluation purposes the SonarMite application has a 'Simulator' mode that generates sine wave data without the need for a SonarLite echo sounder to be connected ...
Trimble Siteworks Site Controller Software calculates position data in conjunction with a Total Station or GPS Receivers. Developed by Trimble the Siteworks Extension SDK (software developers kit) enables software engineers to link third party sensors to the existing position data. The first system integrator to apply this link was Ohmex Instruments, a manufacturer of portable shallow water echo sounders for water depth measurement.
The SonarMite complements Siteworks by providing easy-to-use functionality for measuring water depth. Users no longer need to be a trained hydrographic surveyor to carry out this type of work, as the operator would be familiar with Siteworks and would simply add the echo sounder into the process. Users can leverage their existing Trimble Siteworks software and positioning equipment, with no need to learn another software package or convert to new reporting facilities. Since the Siteworks supports both Precision GPS and Robotic Total Stations, this system can be used in both open areas and in GPS-limited areas such as under bridges.
A new feature of the SonarMite software is extension module interface drivers to the popular Siteworks construction software from Trimble. These drivers enable the user to interface a water depth measurement to the position measurements within a machine control environments. Uses include many applications within the areas of marine and civil engineering.
The SonarMite software makes use of TCP/IP datagram sockets to pass data between the SonarMite (SMwrks) application and the Siteworks application. Refered to as IPC (Inter Process Communication)this feature enables the data collection process to run on a single PC or across a network with the SonarMite positioned at a remote location.