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How often has a job been delayed because you have to wait for someone else to provide information or position?

By the end of this session on SCS900 Basics you will understand how Trimble SCS900 systems for a Site Supervisor, Foreman or Leading hand can be used on your job site to increase efficiency and productivity by putting information in the hands of those who need it when they need it.

what we will cover
What we will cover
  • Who are SCS900 users?
  • Basics of the Trimble Connected Site workflow
    • Parts of the system
    • Folder structures
    • Data flows
  • Basics of operation
  • Examples of field use
  • Advanced Modules
  • The bottom line
the big connected picture
The BIG connected picture

Online Applications

Project Managers

Equipment Managers

Site Managers


Dealers & OEMs

Off Site

SCS900 Users


Field Systems

Asset Operators

Machine Operators

Grade Checkers






Partner Applications






Online Data Storage





Office Software


Bid Teams

Data Managers


Cable or Media

On Site

scs900 roles include
SCS900 roles include
  • Site Positioning
    • Site Reconnaissance
    • Control and Base setup
    • Progress Monitoring
    • As-built survey
  • Inspection
    • Sampling and testing (eg. Soil testing)
    • Requests for Information (RFI)
  • QA/QC
    • Grade checking
    • Progress volumes
  • Site Management
    • Asset tracking
    • Control of materials
    • Scheduling
who are scs900 users
Who are SCS900 users?
  • Supervisors
  • Foremen
  • Grade Checkers
  • Site Surveyors
  • Site Engineers
site supervisor
Site Supervisor

A stake less site leaves the Supervisor “in the dark”

SCS900 empowers them with:

Access to up-to-date cut/fill levels

Latest design info, long and cross sections

Measure/check as you drive

Mobile Office

Regain job satisfaction

Supervisor takes pride and ownership because he has the tools

  • Site Inspectors
    • Record as-builts and compare work completed against design
  • Project Managers
    • Leverage tools to streamline site management
  • Geotechnical Engineers
    • Navigate to soil measurement locations and remotely send data back to the office
  • SCS700 on TCA1 Controller
    • Integrated GPS
    • Camera
    • 3G phone for voice and data

Inspection tasks

Request for Information (RFI)

As-built position

Soil sample

Position data attributes add value



Mobile tasks

Send and receive emails

Make phone calls

Synchronize data with TCC

No need to take phone/PDA and SPS controller into the field. Just take the TCA1 and pay for only one cell phone and data subscription

the basics
The Basics

The System Components

The Data Structure

The Workflow

Basic Operation and Features

the system
The System

Trimble Business Centre

Data prep and office software

Manage design files and work orders

SCS900 Tablet Edition

The heart of the Supervisor and field crew systems, can be run on..

Trimble Tablet

Laptop or tablet running Windows


GNSS Receiver

Location RTK 0.3ft (10cm) H

Precision RTK Vertical

the project
The Project

The SCS900 Data folder

Each device running SCS900 has a data folder

The data folder contains Sites

Each Site contains:

Site calibration, Control points, Background map, Designs and Work orders


Multiple designs per site

Design data for earthworks, roads, services etc

Work Orders

A job or task to be completed on the site

Refers to a specific design

Includes settings, tolerances and instructions

Includes a record of all measurements made, points staked, and reports generated.

the office workflow
The Office Workflow

New Project

Import files

New Job Site

Site Calibration and Control points

Background files

Work Order



Visualize and check

Send to field crew directly


Data Card

Synchronize with TCC

  • Business Centre (BC):
the field workflow
The Field Workflow

SCS900 system:

Synchronize with TCC

New Work Order

Updated Design

Measure, check and navigate

Synchronize with TCC

New pick ups

Completed Work Order

Synchronize locally

Email to anyone

Cable connection with office PC

Data card for Machine

intelligent data
Intelligent data

Design and measured data can be synchronized so everyone has the latest information

New designs from office to field

Pick ups and reports from field to office

Synchronize files between

Controller, machine, office and TCC


Cable, bluetooth, WiFi, cellular or media

data synchronization
Data synchronization


Trimble Synchronizer

Data Folder



data flow
Data Flow

Online Apps and Services

Fleet Management

Location / Tracking

Maintenance & Health

Hours & Fuel

Production / Productivity

Dashboards / Indicators


SCS900 Data


Field Systems

Fleet Management

Machine Control

Site Positioning




Progress Monitoring

3rd Party Input/Output



Maintain & Operate

Public Awareness / PR

Online Data Storage

File Storage / Archiving

Database Management


Data Mining & Visualization

Data Flow


Office Software

Takeoff / Estimating

Site / Project Planning

Data Preparation

Data Management

QA/QC & As Built

Reporting & Progress

Wired or Media Comms

scs900 operation
SCS900 Operation

SCS900 has 2 levels of operation

Basic features

Use an existing site and calibration

Measure, check and navigate work modes

Designed for the less skilled operator

Each operator is assigned their own login type

Simple interface

Easy to use with 3 icons to control software

Starts with main screen

Limited to GPS support

Advanced functions

Manage control points and Site Calibration

Setup a Base

Internet connection

Full features

No limitations

basic features
Basic features

The 3 Icons

Setup Menu

Work Modes Menu

Measure surface

Check Plane


Settings Menu

Dependent on Work Mode

what can scs900 do
What can SCS900 do?


Topo Surface – As builts

progress and stockpile volumes


Elevation / grade and laid material thickness


To a point or line


Interrogate the design

  • SCS900 has 4 basic functions
typical tasks measure
Typical Tasks - Measure

How much concrete in this pad?

Use Review Design features to Calculate volume by area and thickness.

How much pipe for this run?

How much silt fence in this location?

Use Review Design features to measure a distance

How much material is needed to finish the current lift?

Use Measure Surface to record points when standing/walking/driving

typical tasks check
Typical Tasks - Check

What slope is this batter/embankment?

Displayed on the X-Section view of Tablet

What's the Elevation here and what Cut / Fill do I have?

Always displayed in Basic mode

What construction details on this trench?

Where (roughly) is the existing electrical cable in this area?

What type of manhole at this location

What type of pipe in this trench

Check on DXF design drawing loaded as background file

How much longer are we going to need this excavator / grader / compactor / trucks / etc?

May be resolved by driving along design and getting a rough idea of volumes

typical tasks navigation stakeout
Typical Tasks – Navigation/Stakeout

Stakeout site features


grading limits



Structures and Manholes.

Stake writer

SCS900 will always display a useful stake writer report that shows the operator exactly what needs to be written on the stake

The Side Slope & Catch Point stakeout function

allows you to control the stakeout of complex side slopes in the field, without having to compute them first in the office.  It adjusts automatically to live ground elevations enabling you to find the exact catch point location.

scs900 road module
SCS900 Road Module
  • SCS900 Road Module is targeted at all heavy and highway contractors involved in the development of major highways
  • Also addresses the needs of DOT Highway inspectors
  • Applications for grade checking, materials thickness checking, staking road features, catch points and side slopes with or without subgrades
features of the road module
Features of the road module
  • Supports a complex road model that is accurate everywhere. Road model can comprise multiple road jobs.
  • Very efficient data flow from Office to field and through to finished reports
  • Allows the user to select where and what they want to stake out
  • Supports all international methods of stakeout, with comprehensive reporting of results
  • Simplifies the stakeout and checking process
  • Automates the QA / QC and reporting of highways measurement and stakeout
advanced measurement module
Advanced Measurement Module
  • Improvement to measurement functions
  • Improves productivity by automating functions
  • Add intelligence to data being recorded
  • For any user that utilizes the Measurements menu
    • Targets those frequently performing As-Builts
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Advanced Measurement Module
  • Advanced Feature Coding
    • Codes allow automation when interfacing with BC
  • New Intuitive User Interface
    • Quick pick list improves speed in filed
  • Attribute Support
    • Store more information on the measured data
  • Intelligent Feature Codes
    • Code knows if it is a point or line, part of surface or not
  • Code Management
    • Group, sort, and create quick pick list for codes
  • Media Points
    • Photos associated with points
  • Cross-section Pickup
    • Allows cross sectional pickup along roads
  • Offset Point
    • Record offset location when unable to get to it
  • Offset Line
    • Record more than one line simultaneously
the bottom line
The Bottom Line

Productivity gains

Cost savings

productivity gains
Productivity Gains

On the same page

Surveyors, grade checkers, supervisors and machine operators – are all working with the same up-to-date information.

Forward planning

Plant and materials requirements can be regularly checked and scheduled

No waiting

Topsoil striping and cut/fill can begin without waiting for stakeout or machine control

Adding value to your workforce

Supervisors take over basic survey operations and volume calcs

Leading hands and foremen can plan ahead

Surveyors can focus on high level tasks

Improved communications between field and office personnel

improved productivity
Improved Productivity
  • Collective data management
    • Everyone working on the same data
    • Everyone has access to the data
    • Everyone can collect new data
  • Empower site operatives (DIY)
    • No waiting for data from engineers
    • No waiting for set-out or check from surveyor
    • No waiting for someone else's report
cost savings
Cost savings
  • No hard copy drawings
  • Travel time, down time, fuel costs and rework can be avoided
  • No staking and re-staking
    • Machines require GCS system
    • Cost of Survey crew
    • Cost of materials
    • Cost of delays waiting for re-staking
  • Quote: “To purchase survey equipment for 4 survey crews (required for staking) and pay wages over the 3 year life of the project would cost approximately $AU4 million dollars”
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Cost Savings
  • Its Monday and you need to check grade on an area you think you’re finished with
  • The surveyor can’t make it until next week…
    • How much money does down time cost you?
    • How much money do idle machines cost you?
  • SCS900 gives you the ability to do the work yourself!
closing statement
Closing statement

SCS900 empowers your team with the information and tools to:

Plan ahead

Resolve issues quickly

Take ownership of the job

The benefits can be measured in:

Increased efficiency from a higher value workforce

Reduced survey costs

Reduction of delays and rework

Better forward planning



Thank You