Patents Assigned to Trimble Navigation Limited
  • Patent number: 9438754
    Abstract: Information is collected by acquiring imaging data of a plurality of objects using an imaging tool; creating a three-dimensional representation of the plurality of objects based on the imaging data; and extracting RFID data stored in an RFID tag using an RFID reader. The RFID tag has a reference to a three-dimensional model. The three-dimensional model is created before acquiring the imaging data of the plurality of objects. And the three-dimensional model is a representation of at least one object of the plurality of objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Bernd Schoner, Brian Ahern
  • Patent number: 9435782
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems, devices, and method for monitoring gas emissions within a geographic area. A method for monitoring gas emissions may include providing a gas-monitoring device configured to be moved within the geographic area. The method may also include determining geographic locations of the device as the device is moved within the geographic area, determining a quantity of one or more gases in the air as the device is moved within the geographic area, and associating the geographic locations with the quantity of gases to provide gas emissions data for the geographic area. The gas emissions data may be communicated to one or more external devices, sources, and/or systems for analysis, documentation, and/or compliance reporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Elmar H. Lenz, Ken W. Fossey
  • Patent number: 9428885
    Abstract: Disclosed is a guidance system that helps an earthmoving machine operator to control exactly to what elevation to dig. The system includes an electronic sensing device and a display monitor. In one embodiment, the electronic sensing device includes a distance measuring sensor (LDM), an elevation detecting sensor, an orientation sensor, and a steering mechanism for the LDM. The sensing device is mounted to an earthmoving machine, and sends signals to the display showing the machine operator where to move the digging tool for digging to the desired elevation. The various sensors in the sensing device are calibrated at the factory, so the sensing device can be mounted to an earthmoving machine and then be immediately used by that machine without needing any calibration that involves the machine itself, which is a huge advantage for the equipment operator. The measurements are made via non-contact sensors, thereby preserving the jobsite surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Kevin Ray Nau
  • Patent number: 9429640
    Abstract: The cellular device accesses a GPS/GNSS chipset embedded within the cellular device. The GPS/GNSS chipset calculates pseudorange information for use by the GPS/GNSS chipset. The cellular device extracts the pseudorange information from the GPS/GNSS chipset for use elsewhere in the cellular device outside of the GPS/GNSS chipset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Richard Rudow, Venkateswaran Kasirajan, Robert Wold, James M. Janky
  • Patent number: 9420737
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for creating and implementing three-dimensional guidance paths for use in conjunction with more or one agricultural vehicles operating in an area of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Stephanie Anne Spiller, Jeffrey Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9417154
    Abstract: A method for performing a dynamic load test on a bridge includes providing a vehicle with an imaging device coupled to the vehicle and moving the vehicle across the bridge. While moving the vehicle across the bridge, a series of images is obtained using the imaging device. A position of the vehicle on the bridge is determined as a function of time using the series of images, and a response of the bridge is determined as a function of time as the vehicle crosses the bridge. The position of the vehicle on the bridge is associated with the response of the bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Darin Muncy, Curt Conquest
  • Patent number: 9417328
    Abstract: A method for reducing multipath when determining a location of a stationary or near stationary position, includes receiving a signal from an antenna moving continuously with respect to the stationary or near stationary position, the signal including a multipath component, processing the received signal including the multipath component, wherein multipath error in the received signal is reduced during the processing and determining a location of the stationary or near stationary position based on the processed received signal with the multipath error reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Ulrich Vollath
  • Patent number: 9417632
    Abstract: A path planning autopilot guides vehicles efficiently even when they are far from a desired path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: John W Peake, Stephan Pleines
  • Patent number: 9415976
    Abstract: A crane collision avoidance system is disclosed. One example includes a load locator to determine a location of a load of a crane and provide the location information to a mapping module. In addition, a map receiver module procures a map of a site and provides the map to the mapping module. A tag scanner scans the site for one or more tags defining an obstacle and provides the obstacle information to a mapping module. The mapping module combines the location information, the map and the obstacle information into a user accessible information package that is displayed on a graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Dale Hermann, Curt Conquest
  • Patent number: 9418628
    Abstract: A method for displaying image data from a plurality of images on a display monitor, where at least some of the images are acquired from different locations, includes displaying the image data from the images on the display monitor. The image data may be displayed from a perspective center associated with the different locations from which the images are acquired. A primary image is determined based on a portion of the image data from the primary image that is displayed on the display monitor compared to portions of the image data from other images that are displayed on the display monitor. Thereafter, the image data on the display monitor is displayed from a perspective center of the primary image. A stacking order of the plurality of images is arranged so that the primary image is on top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Troy Brown
  • Patent number: 9411901
    Abstract: A method in a computing device for generating a composite document includes receiving drawing data from a user interface, where the drawing data includes a plurality of two-dimensional shapes, and generating a first data structure that includes the received drawing data. The method further includes receiving a reference to a geographic location from the user interface and, in response to receiving the reference to the geographic location, retrieving photograph data corresponding to the received reference, where the photograph data includes at least one of satellite image data and aerial image data for the geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: John M. Bacus, Paul McLean, Jeff Hauswirth, Preston Jackson, Brian G. Brown
  • Patent number: 9408342
    Abstract: In a method of ensuring crop treatment compatibility crop treatment information is received at a computer system. The crop treatment information comprises a real-time location of a crop treatment applicator and a description of a crop treatment resident in the crop treatment applicator. Planted crop treatment information is accessed for a planted field which encompasses the real-time location. The planted crop information comprises a description of a planted crop in the planted field. It is determined whether the crop treatment is compatible with application to the planted crop. In response to determining the crop treatment is not compatible with application to the planted crop, a crop treatment incompatibility action is initiated in real-time from the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Robert J. Lindores
  • Patent number: 9405012
    Abstract: A method is provided for estimating parameters useful to determine the position of a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver or a change in the position thereof. The method includes the steps of: obtaining at least one GNSS signal received at the GNSS receiver from each of a plurality of GNSS satellites; obtaining, from at least one network node, precise satellite information on: (i) the orbit or position of at least one of the plurality of GNSS satellites, and (ii) a clock offset of at least one of the plurality of GNSS satellites; identifying, among the obtained GNSS signals, a subset of at least one GNSS signal possibly affected by a cycle slip, the identified subset being hereinafter referred to as cycle-slip affected subset; and estimating parameters useful to determine the position of the GNSS receiver or a change in the position of the GNSS receiver using at least some of the obtained GNSS signals which are not in the cycle-slip affected subset, and the precise satellite information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Kenneth Donald Doucet, Herbert Landau
  • Patent number: 9405433
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for editing element attributes of a design within a user interface view are described herein. Embodiments of the present invention relate to reducing or eliminating the effort a user must put forth in editing attributes of a user specified element in moving from the user specified element in a main document window of the user interface to the far end of the main document window and then combing within a dense menu displaying every attribute for every element supported by the user interface. Further embodiments allow a user to easily filter through the dense menu displaying every attribute for every element to find the attributes that are specific to the element selected and do so without having to go to the dense menu displayed on the far side of the main document window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Preston Jackson, John Bacus, Brian Brown, Patrick Lacz, Paul McLean, Jeffrey Hauswirth
  • Publication number: 20160217562
    Abstract: Active imaging systems for plant growth monitoring acquire images in which each pixel represents an absolute NDVI value obtained with active illumination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Applicant: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Morrison Ulman
  • Patent number: 9400902
    Abstract: A multi-modal entity tracking and display system is disclosed. In one embodiment, a tracking infrastructure comprising at least one data receiver is configured to detect a tracked entity comprising a first asset class using a first sensing technology and a second sensing technology. The at least one tracking data receiver is further configured to generate a tracking data report conveying a location of the tracked entity. A multi-modal entity tracker is configured to receive and store the tracking data report. The multi-modal entity tracker is further configured to receive and store a second tracking data report of a second tracked entity comprising a second asset class which is conveyed via the tracking infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Bernd Schoner, Ravikanth Pappu, Satyan Shah, Brian Fiegel, John Biondo
  • Patent number: 9384460
    Abstract: A shelf code in a machine readable format, such as on a QR code on a printed card, is provided where bulk merchandise displayed in a bin. When the bin is stocked from a case bearing a case code, the case code is associated with the shelf code. Lot-specific and lot-independent information previously associated with the case code is then linked to the shelf code. Consumers scan the shelf code with a mobile device to establish a communication channel to access the linked information. Retailers and producers use the channel to reach the consumer, and to solicit feedback from the consumer at a known time and location. A mobile device can also be used to associate quality assessments of merchandise to the shelf code. Analysis of consumer ratings and quality inspection assessments that are tied to time and location can provide valuable insights to both producers and retailers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Elliott Grant, J. Scott Carr
  • Publication number: 20160189089
    Abstract: An apparatus for tracking a plurality of built components is provided. The apparatus comprises a reading gate configured to identify at least one fabricated building component arrived at the point of entry of the building site by reading an ID tag of each fabricated building component arrived at the point of entry of the building site and by associating the ID tag with a number imprinted on each fabricated building component. The reading gate is configured to record the timing of arrival of the identified fabricated building component at the point of entry of the building site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2014
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Applicant: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Prakash IYER
  • Publication number: 20160189348
    Abstract: A method for post-processing georeferenced mapping data includes providing positioning data indicating a position of a data acquisition system in a defined space at specific moments in time, providing ranging data indicating relative position of objects in the defined space with respect to the data acquisition system at the specific moments in time, performing a smoothing process on the positioning data to determine smoothed best estimate of trajectory (SBET) data for trajectory of the data acquisition system, performing a scan matching process on the SBET data and the ranging data to identify objects and/or object features in the defined space, performing a process to revise the SBET data so that the SBET data aligns with the identified objects and/or object features and storing the revised SBET data with the range data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Applicant: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Peter CANTER
  • Patent number: 9369843
    Abstract: Pseudorange information is extracted by a cellular device from a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chipset of the cellular device. The cellular device accesses the GNSS chipset embedded within the cellular device where the GNSS chipset calculates pseudorange information for use by the GNSS chipset. The cellular device extracts the pseudorange information from the GNSS chipset for use elsewhere in the cellular device outside of the GNSS chipset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Richard Rudow, Robert Wold, Venkateswaran Kasirajan, Nicholas C. Talbot, Peter Van Wyck Loomis, James M. Janky