Patents Assigned to Trimble Navigation Limited
  • Patent number: 9238570
    Abstract: A system for tracking movable crane components to assist maneuvering the crane within a jobsite includes a computing device having a processor which calculates a 3D geospatial location and orientation of a 3D coordinate system for an upperworks that has an origin chosen along an axis of rotation between the upperworks and a lowerworks. The processor calculates a 3D position of the origin of the upperworks based on local coordinates and transforms the 3D position of the origin of the upperworks from the local coordinates to global 3D coordinates using absolute position sensing data from first and second positioning sensors attached to the crane (for instance on the upperworks and the hook, respectively) and using global 3D coordinates specific to the jobsite where the crane is located. The upperworks 3D coordinate system is useable to determine line segments in the upperworks 3D coordinate system for various movable components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Stephen J. Schoonmaker, Kurtis L. Maynard, Eric Fidler
  • Publication number: 20160012590
    Abstract: A surveying system comprising a station and rover is used to make field measurements of a job site. The station at a first location has one or more cameras and one or more targets. The rover has one or more cameras and one or more targets. The rover is moved to a plurality of locations and images are acquired of the one or more targets of the station and/or the rover. The images are used to determine a spatial relationship between the first location and the plurality of locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Applicant: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Chad McFadden, Geoffrey Kirk, John Cameron
  • Patent number: 9235763
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for generating survey data about a survey site. Aerial photography of at least part of the survey site can be analyzed using photogrammetric techniques. In some cases, an unmanned aerial system can be used to collect site imagery. The use of a UAS can reduce the fiscal and chronological cost of a survey, compared to the use of other types aerial imagery and/or conventional terrestrial surveying techniques used alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Joyce, Troy L. Brown
  • Patent number: 9227821
    Abstract: A method for method for simulating a lift plan including: accessing a set of crane capability parameters for a crane at a worksite; accessing data relating to a set of factors, if any, occurring external to the crane, wherein the set of factors affects an operation of the crane at the worksite; based on the set of crane capability parameters, the data relating to the set of factors, if any, occurring external to the crane and affecting the operation of the crane and a movement plan for moving a set of objects at the worksite, generating a lift plan for the set of objects at the worksite; and generating a 3-D simulation of the lift plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Jean-Charles Delplace
  • Patent number: 9227820
    Abstract: A mobile construction device sensor unit comprises a point-to-point radio ranging system and a position determining component. The point-to-point radio ranging system is configured to couple with a mobile construction device. The position determining component is coupled with the point-to-point radio ranging system and is configured for determining a position of the sensor unit in at least two dimensions based on communications between the point-to-point radio ranging system and a plurality of tags respectively located at a plurality of knowable locations within an operating environment of the mobile construction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Gregory C. Best, Kurtis L. Maynard, John F. Cameron
  • Publication number: 20150379702
    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: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Applicant: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Morrison Ulman
  • Patent number: 9223593
    Abstract: Functional extensions are provided for use with a modeling software. The functional extensions provide functionality not otherwise provided by the modeling software. The functional extensions are received from a client device by a server and stored in a database. Thereafter, the server transmits the functional extensions to a second client device, sometimes in response to receiving a request for the functional extension from the second client device. The server may update a user profile to indicate that a functional extension was received from a user operating the client device and, additionally, may transmit the functional extension to the second client device when the server receives an indication that the user is operating the second client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Tyler Miller, John M. Bacus
  • Patent number: 9224208
    Abstract: A method of image-tracking by using an image capturing device (12). The method comprises: performing an image-capture of a scene (54) by using an image capturing device; and tracking movement (62) of the image capturing device (12) by analyzing a set of images by using an image processing algorithm (64).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Hongbo Teng, Gregory C. Best, Sy Bor Wang
  • Patent number: 9223026
    Abstract: This application discloses a GNSS reference apparatus having a vector error generator and a reference data server. The vector error generator generates one or more sequences of keyed intentional errors made confidential with confidential error keys, and then combines the sequences to generate a sequence of reference erroneous positions. The reference data server issues GNSS position-determination reference data based on the reference erroneous positions where the keyed intentional errors for at least one of the confidential sequences are reversible with confidential access to the corresponding confidential error key for determining a GNSS-based position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: David G. Bird
  • Publication number: 20150371185
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for managing a cargo transaction are disclosed. By transmitting and integrating consignment data and real-time cargo status data including data collected from a GPS-enabled monitoring device to a visual cargo server, a visual cargo data is produced. The visual cargo data is contextualized by integrating with contextual data obtained from one or more contextual servers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Applicant: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: SANJEEV TELANG, RUPENDRA KOTA, HUZEFA POONAWALA, TUSHAR JOSHI, NIKITA TAHILRAMANI
  • Patent number: 9218692
    Abstract: A first user having a certain set of privileges with respect to an initial three-dimensional (3D) model associates a watermark with the initial 3D model, so that the watermark is displayed whenever the initial 3D model is viewed or edited. A second user having a smaller set of privileges with respect to the initial 3D model is permitted to view, copy and/or modify the initial 3D model, but is not permitted to remove or alter the content of the watermark. The watermark is continuously displayed as the second user works with the initial 3D model. When the second user applies a change to the initial 3D model, an indication of the modifications applied by the second user is generated and stored with the model data corresponding to the updated 3D model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Tyler Miller, John M. Bacus
  • Patent number: 9213905
    Abstract: A method of automatic obstacle location mapping comprises receiving an indication of a feature to be identified in a defined area. An instance of the feature is found within an image. A report is then generated conveying the location of said feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Arthur F. Lange, Michael Cash, Martin C. Bringuel, Robert J. Lindores, Shawn D. Weisenburger, Peter G. France, James M. Janky
  • Patent number: 9208382
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are described for identifying objects and/or persons. In one aspect, a method might comprise obtaining a digital image of an object(s) with a digital image recording device. The digital image may be transmitted to a remote computer system, and compared to multiple preexisting digital images using an image comparison software application running thereon. A set of preexisting digital images matching the digital image of the object(s) may be identified, and a (best match) keyphrase associated with the preexisting digital images may be determined. The keyphrase may be returned to a user computer for user confirmation or rejection. In some embodiments, a point cloud may be generated for each object in the image, and fitted with available 3D models, so as to confirm the keyphrase. In some embodiments, the confirmed keyphrase may be sent to a user computer for implementation in a cadastral survey application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Omar Soubra
  • Publication number: 20150346728
    Abstract: Efficient towed implement guidance to a desired path is achieved by guiding a towing vehicle toward a path on the opposite side of a desired path, then guiding the vehicle back to the desired path. Efficient forward implement guidance to a desired path is achieved by guiding a pushing vehicle along a tractrix. A vehicle leaves a straight line along a tractrix to keep a rear implement on the line as long as possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Applicant: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventors: John W. Peake, Stephan Pleines
  • Publication number: 20150342110
    Abstract: Efficient towed implement guidance to a desired path is achieved by guiding a towing vehicle toward a path on the opposite side of a desired path, then guiding the vehicle back to the desired path. Efficient forward implement guidance to a desired path is achieved by guiding a pushing vehicle along a tractrix. A vehicle leaves a straight line along a tractrix to keep a rear implement on the line as long as possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Applicant: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventors: John W Peake, Stephan Pleines
  • Patent number: 9201147
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for processing of GNSS data derived from multi-frequency code and carrier observations are presented which make available correction data for use by a rover located within the region, the correction data comprising: the ionospheric delay over the region, the tropospheric delay over the region, the phase-leveled geometric correction per satellite, and the at least one code bias per satellite. In some embodiments the correction data includes an ionospheric phase bias per satellite. Methods and apparatus for determining a precise position of a rover located within a region are presented in which a GNSS receiver is operated to obtain multi-frequency code and carrier observations and correction data, to create rover corrections from the correction data, and to determine a precise rover position using the rover observations and the rover corrections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Xiaoming Chen, Ulrich Vollath, Kendall Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20150338520
    Abstract: A multiple content message (MCM) base apparatus configured to generate a composite base data stream is proposed. A multiple content message (MCM) rover apparatus configured to generate a set of fast frequency baseline data is proposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2014
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Applicant: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Alexey D. Boriskin, Dmitry V. Ivanov, Dmitry G. Kozlov, Gleb A. Zyryanov
  • Publication number: 20150339322
    Abstract: The invention provides the ability to count symbols within drawings in an automated fashion using a computer processor. This may be accomplished by identifying a particular symbol (representing a drawing part) and then permitting the computer to search for the identified symbol in the drawing. Following the initial search, a secondary search may be performed to increase the accuracy of an initial automated count, and obtaining refined searches results representing similar parts (represented by the same symbol) but being a part type as indicated by an identifier associated with the initial symbol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Applicant: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Douglas M. Elliott, Mark Mandarelli, John Ritzenthaler
  • Publication number: 20150338305
    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: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Applicant: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Darin Muncy, Curt Conquest
  • Publication number: 20150332500
    Abstract: Target augmentation makes GIS data collection devices more intuitive and useful for GIS workers, and reduces GIS data collection errors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Applicant: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Peter G. France