Patents Assigned to Trimble Jena GmbH
  • Patent number: 10788322
    Abstract: Assigning measuring points to fixed points includes calculating fixed point distances between fixed points in a fixed point coordinate system; determining coordinates of measuring points in a measuring point coordinate system; calculating measuring point distances between the measuring points; comparing at least two measuring point distances with the fixed point distances and identifying at least two pairs each consisting of a measuring point distance and a fixed point distance; determining a reference point in the measuring point coordinate system or in the fixed point coordinate system; determining first and second reference point parameters of the measuring points or fixed points corresponding to the pairs; determining second reference point parameters of the fixed points corresponding to the pairs in the fixed point coordinate system; identifying correspondences between the first reference point parameters and the second reference point parameters and assigning the corresponding measuring points to the co
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: TRIMBLE Jena GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Vogel, Thomas Korn
  • Patent number: 10088569
    Abstract: Optical system for tracking and visually examining a target, comprising an image sensor and a lens arrangement having a variable position relative to the image sensor to project an image of the target onto the image sensor, a light source for emitting light in a predetermined wavelength range in the direction of the target and a filter switch for switching an optical filter for selectively allowing the light in the predetermined wavelength range to pass through to the image sensor into and out of the optical path to optionally perform a visual examination and monitoring of the tracking. A tracking device is provided to perform the tracking of the target using the reflected light in the predetermined wavelength range in a sequence of images held by the image sensor when the first optical filter is switched into the optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Jena GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Vogel, Thomas Metz, Torsten Kludas, Ute Natura
  • Patent number: 9709117
    Abstract: The dampening device comprises a first member, preferably a tubular member, which is to be positioned at the end of the surveying rod which is to be directed to the ground, a second member, preferably a post, being at least partially slidable directly or indirectly along the first member in a longitudinal direction and for being directly or indirectly connected to a tip which is to be placed on the ground, wherein the first and second members overlap at least in one position at least partially along the longitudinal direction, and at least one elastic dampening member which is directly or indirectly housed by the first and/or second member and disposed such that it is compressed by a movement of the first member and the second member relative to each other in the longitudinal direction, so that mechanical shock exerted to the surveying rod and/or the tip can be dampened by elastic deformation of the dampening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Jena GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Nowak, Michael Koetzing
  • Patent number: 9664823
    Abstract: Reflective target for surveying instruments having a plurality of planar reflective sections arranged to form a shape having a target axis. Each reflective section includes a plurality of prisms, each prism constituted by a corner cube having three surfaces oriented perpendicular to one another and forming a base for receiving incident light, and each of the prisms is oriented such that a common edge formed by two of the three surfaces of the prism is oriented such that the common edge and the target axis or a line parallel to the target axis lie in a common plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Jena GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Winter, Ute Natura
  • Patent number: 9563952
    Abstract: For swift and secure determination of a measurement error a first digital image is obtained using an image sensor, wherein a line of sight of an optical arrangement is oriented in a first face direction. A characteristic image area in the first digital image on an image sensor is determined. A second digital image is then taken with a line of sight of the image sensor oriented in a second face and the characteristic image area defined in the first image is searched in the second digital image, the first or the second digital image is rotated in the image plane by 180° . Then in the second digital image the position of the characteristic image area is determined. And offset between the characteristic image area in the first digital image and the characteristic image area in the second digital image is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Jena GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Glimm, Michael Vogel
  • Patent number: 9557521
    Abstract: An optical guide system is provided for guiding an optical lens along an optical axis of the guide system. The optical guide system has a guide housing for accommodating a guide carriage, wherein an inner guide surface thereof extends along the optical axis. The guide carriage is arranged within the guide housing, movably between a start position and an end position and suitably to secure the at least one optical lens. The guide carriage also has a sliding element which is in contact with the inner guide surface of the guide housing and which enables sliding of the guide carriage. The optical guide system also has a suspension element which is connected to the guide carriage and by means of which the guide carriage is mechanically coupled to a drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Jena GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Nowak, Wolfgang Hahn
  • Patent number: 9423536
    Abstract: A device for measurement by means of a light ray is equipped with a covering device for reducing stray light. The device comprises an array of lenses along an optical axis; a prism attached to one of the lenses with a slanted surface for coupling of the light ray incident from a light source placed lateral to the optical axis, onto the optical axis, so that the light ray can pass through the array of lenses along the optical axis; a receiver for receipt of a share of the light ray reflected by an object; and a covering device for at least one area of the prism that scatters a share of the light ray as stray light to the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Jena GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann Göring, Michael Vogel
  • Patent number: 9229217
    Abstract: An optical measurement system comprises a first housing body and a second housing body which can be rotated relative to the first housing body about a second axis of rotation, wherein the second housing body contains a measurement telescope, an inner roller bearing support fixed to the second housing body and protruding into the first housing body; an outer roller bearing support fixed to the first housing body; a drive disc fixed to the inner roller bearing support; wherein a motor having a motor shaft is attached to the first housing body in such a way that the motor shaft or a wheel fixed to the motor shaft is positioned on the drive disc and is pressed against said disc by a spring force orientated transversely to the second axis of rotation, and wherein the motor shaft or the wheel is coupled to the drive disc in a frictional fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Jena GmbH
    Inventors: Steffen Laabs, Michael Vogel, Wolfgang Hahn, Thomas Korn, Mario Fischer, Michael Kötzing
  • Patent number: 9194698
    Abstract: A geodetic device comprises three device components, two axes of rotation, and two angle sensors such that the device components are rotatable with respect to each other and their rotational positions are determinable, and an inclination sensor system. A method for determining a characteristic of the device comprises an alignment of the second device component with respect to the first device component into a plurality of different rotational positions, whereby in each rotational position of the plurality of rotational positions a measurement value is determined from the first angle sensor, a measurement value is determined from the second angle sensor, and a measurement value is determined for the orientation of the inclination sensor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Jena GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Vogel, Andreas Glimm
  • Patent number: 9110153
    Abstract: A device for measurement by means of a light ray is equipped with a covering device for reducing stray light. The device comprises an array of lenses along an optical axis; a prism attached to one of the lenses with a slanted surface for coupling of the light ray incident from a light source placed lateral to the optical axis, onto the optical axis, so that the light ray can pass through the array of lenses along the optical axis; a receiver for receipt of a share of the light ray reflected by an object; and a covering device for at least one area of the prism that scatters a share of the light ray as stray light to the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Jena GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann Göring, Michael Vogel
  • Patent number: 9091540
    Abstract: A geodetic surveying system, comprising: a first measurement unit and a second measurement unit. Each of the first and the second measurement unit is configured to perform a measurement for acquiring positioning data of the respective measurement unit. The system further comprises a first inclinometer for acquiring inclination data of the first inclinometer which represent a vertical inclination measured at the first measurement unit; and a second inclinometer for acquiring inclination data of the second inclinometer, which represent a vertical inclination measured at the second measuring unit. The geodetic surveying system is configured to determine a relative orientation angle between the first inclinometer and the second inclinometer in a horizontal plane relative to a vertical adjustment of the geodetic surveying system, depending on the inclination data of the first inclinometer and the second inclinometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Jena GmbH
    Inventors: Steffen Laabs, Michael Vogel
  • Patent number: 8925380
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for determining the quality of a gearing system is described. The method includes the steps of setting a sequence of target angles of rotation of a first gear wheel, measuring for each of the target angles of rotation an output angle of rotation of a second gear wheel, and calculating a plurality of theoretical output angles of rotation. The method also includes obtaining angle of rotation differences between the plurality of output angles of rotation and the plurality of theoretical output angles of rotation, forming a sequence of cumulative values, and determining, based on the sequence, a first amplitude value, a second amplitude value or a third amplitude value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: TRIMBLE Jena GmbH
    Inventor: Mario Fischer
  • Publication number: 20140375795
    Abstract: For swift and secure determination of a measurement error a first digital image is obtained using an image sensor unit, wherein a line of sight of an optical arrangement is oriented in a first face direction. A characteristic image area in the first digital image and the position thereof on an image sensor unit is determined. A second digital image is then taken with a line of sight of the image sensor unit oriented in a second face and is the characteristic image area are defined in the first image is searched in the second digital image, wherein preceding late be first or the second digital image is rotated in the image plane by 180°. Then in the second digital image the position of the characteristic image area is determined on the image sensor unit. And offset between the characteristic image area in the first digital image and the characteristic image area in the second digital image is a quantity of the measurement error.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Trimble Jena GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Glimm, Michael Vogel
  • Patent number: 8830452
    Abstract: A geodetic target 1 for use in geodesy comprises an orienting device 10 with a bearing direction P, a first inclinometer 20 with a first axis of inclination 20A, a reflector 30 reflecting incident measurement beams S, an imaging optics 40 that focuses the incident measurement beams S, a matrix sensor 50, whose receiving surface 51 is situated in an image plane of the imaging optics 40, and an interface 60, which is connected to the first inclinometer 20 and the matrix sensor 50. The spatial arrangement and orientation of the optical axis and/or axis of symmetry 30A of the reflector 30 relative to the bearing direction P of the orienting device 10 is predetermined here. The first axis of inclination 20A makes an angle ? other than zero with an optical axis 40A of the imaging optics 40. The optical axis 40A of the imaging optics 40 coincides with an optical axis 30A and/or axis of symmetry of the reflector 30 or is parallel to it or make an angle with it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: TRIMBLE Jena GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Vogel
  • Patent number: 8792088
    Abstract: A distance-measuring system includes a light source, a light detector, and measuring optics for projecting light emitted by the light source to a target and for guiding light reflected from said target towards the light detector. The distance-measuring system also includes reference optics for guiding light emitted by the light source within the system towards the light detector as internal reference light and a variable attenuator for adjusting intensity of light incident on the light detector. The variable attenuator includes an attenuating filter arranged in a beam path between the measuring optics and the light detector and an actuator coupled to the attenuating filter for moving the attenuating filter. The distance-measuring system further includes an optical selector coupled to at least one of the actuator or the attenuating filter and moved by the actuator together with the attenuating filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: TRIMBLE Jena GmbH
    Inventor: Hermann Goering
  • Publication number: 20140202012
    Abstract: A geodetic device comprises three device components, two axes of rotation, and two angle sensors such that the device components are rotatable with respect to each other and their rotational positions are determinable, and an inclination sensor system. A method for determining a characteristic of the device comprises an alignment of the second device component with respect to the first device component into a plurality of different rotational positions, whereby in each rotational position of the plurality of rotational positions a measurement value is determined from the first angle sensor, a measurement value is determined from the second angle sensor, and a measurement value is determined for the orientation of the inclination sensor system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: TRIMBLE JENA GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Vogel, Andreas Glimm
  • Publication number: 20140088915
    Abstract: Assigning measuring points to fixed points includes calculating fixed point distances between fixed points in a fixed point coordinate system; determining coordinates of measuring points in a measuring point coordinate system; calculating measuring point distances between the measuring points; comparing at least two measuring point distances with the fixed point distances and identifying at least two pairs each consisting of a measuring point distance and a fixed point distance; determining a reference point in the measuring point coordinate system or in the fixed point coordinate system; determining first and second reference point parameters of the measuring points or fixed points corresponding to the pairs; determining second reference point parameters of the fixed points corresponding to the pairs in the fixed point coordinate system; identifying correspondences between the first reference point parameters and the second reference point parameters and assigning the corresponding measuring points to the co
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: TRIMBLE Jena GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Vogel, Thomas Korn
  • Publication number: 20140043597
    Abstract: A distance measuring system comprises a radiation source, a radiation detector, a measuring lens system, a first damping filter, a second damping filter and an actuator. The radiation source is constructed to emit optical radiation and the radiation detector is constructed to detect optical radiation. The measuring lens system is designed to project optical radiation to a target and to conduct optical radiation reflected by the target to the radiation detector. The first damping filter has a constant damping and can be arranged in a beam path between the radiation source and the measuring lens system. The second damping filter has an adjustable damping and can be arranged in a beam path between the measuring lens system and the radiation detector. The actuator is mechanically coupled to the first and also to the second damping filter and is constructed to move the first and the second damping filter in common.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: TRIMBLE Jena GmbH
    Inventor: Hermann Goering
  • Patent number: 8634135
    Abstract: An optical plummet for use in geodesy includes an eyepiece, a target mark, and an objective. The target mark is positioned in the beam path between the eyepiece and the objective and the target mark and the eyepiece are supported by a first body and the objective is supported by a second body. Either the first body or second body has two annular recesses spaced apart from each other along the beam path and disposed coaxially with respect to the beam path. Each of the annular recesses accommodates a ring. The other body has at least sectionally a cylindrical outer surface extending coaxially through the two annular recesses and rings along the beam path and is guided by the ring such that the distance between the eyepiece and the objective is adjustable by moving the first body and the second body relative to one other along the beam path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Trimble Jena GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Hahn
  • Patent number: 8633983
    Abstract: A feature detection apparatus and method for obtaining in a defined area of interest a parametric shape based on a selected combination of parameter values, constituting an approximation to an object feature. The feature detection apparatus includes an input unit for receiving at least two area indicator lines for defining in a digital image an area of interest, a parameter range defining unit for defining ranges of at least two parameters of a parametric shape, for which the parametric shape intersects at least one of the area indicator lines; a parameter selection unit for selecting a combination of parameter values from the parameter ranges, for which the parametric shape constitutes an approximation to an object feature of the object in the area of interest; and an output unit for providing the parametric shape based on said combination of parameter values for a display in the digital image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Trimble Jena GmbH
    Inventors: Torsten Kludas, Nick Mein, Brendon Swann