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Trimble SCS900 Hydrographic extensions

Users of Trimble Construction SCS900 software are now able to easily measure water depth and execute accurate small-scale hydrographic surveys. Ohmex Ltd has made use of the SCS900 Software Developers Kit (SDK) to produce a software utility that runs on the controller and supplies depth data to SCS900. This increment in functionality further enhances the use of the SCS900 system on marine construction sites where dams or waterways are present.

The concept of the Sonar extension to SCS900 is to enable the construction user to execute simple Hydrographic surveys using their SCS900 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 SCS900 and SonarMite applications running concurrently on a TSC2, 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 SCS900 Site Controller Software calculates position data in conjunction with the ATS Total Station, 5605 DR200+ Total Station, SPS700 Total Station, SPS780 and SPS880 Smart GPS Antennas, SPS750 and SPS850 Modular GPS Receivers, and SPS770 GPS Receiver. Developed by Trimble the SCS900 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 SCS900 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 SCS900 and would simply add the echo sounder into the process. Users can leverage their existing Trimble SCS900 software and positioning equipment, with no need to learn another software package or convert to new reporting facilities. Since the SCS900 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.

SCS900 Extension Module Drivers

A new feature of the SonarMite XP, Vista and Mobile software are extension module interface drivers to the popular SCS900 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.