Trimble’s new GuidEx system helps operators navigate their equipment
By Riley SimpsonMay 19, 2021
Trimble, a leading software designer and manufacturer, has released the GuidEx Machine Guidance System, a machine navigation solution that can run on heavy construction equipment, on or off road, to increase efficiency and mobility on job sites.
GuidEx guides machines along route corridors or to specific target areas while providing local awareness using customer-provided mapping or engineering data to create exclusion or inclusion zones.
“Trimble GuidEx was built to meet the needs of natural resource exploration activities but can be used for many other applications,” said Scott Crozier, vice president of Trimble Civil Construction. “This system improves productivity and awareness with easy, efficient, task-specific navigation.”
Operators can navigate to an exact point without stakes or surveyors thanks to GuidEx’s streamlined design-stakeout navigation, according to Trimble, and the software is ideal for natural resource exploration, snow plowing, clearing paths for access routes and many more applications.
Contractors can also track different data sets such as positioning, time, speed and more.
The GuidEx system comes with proximity and zone breach alarms, which can be set to custom exclusion and inclusion zones, and it uses an integrated GNSS and Inertial Navigation System (INS) to evaluate a virtual reference point for precise heading, pitch and roll.
Safety is a key component, as the software uses customer-provided data to keep operators aware of prohibited or dangerous areas – as well as to promote efficiency by eliminating unnecessary work.
Trimble said GuidEx is compatible with virtually any machine type, as the system connects equipment to the office to keep everyone on a job site aligned so that operators and supervisors can send mapping data to and from the machine and office to avoid rework.
GuidEx can also use Real Time Kinematic (RTK) and CenterPoint RTX correction services for enhanced high-accuracy positioning.
According to Trimble, the GuidEx Machine Guidance System is now available globally through SITECH distributors.