Trimble announces machine control system for drilling and piling

Trimble introduced the Trimble Groundworks Machine Control System, a reliable and streamlined machine control solution for drilling and piling operations. The next-generation system enables contractors to perform drilling and piling operations quickly, safely and accurately.

“Engineered for ease of use, Trimble Groundworks features an updated, intuitive user interface designed for construction environments,” said Scott Crozier, general manager for Trimble’s Civil Engineering and Construction Division. “Contractors can achieve centimetre-level accuracy with stakeless navigation, which reduces rework and decreases the need for personnel working near the machine during operation.”

Intuitive interface

Colorful graphics, natural interactions and gestures make Trimble Groundworks Software intuitive and easy-to-learn. Using the large, easy-to-read touchscreen display, operators can personalize the interface to match their workflow. In addition, a variety of configurable views make it easier for users to achieve maximum productivity. The software aligns with other solutions in the Trimble Civil Engineering and Construction portfolio to make company-wide training faster and easier.


Trimble Groundworks Machine Control System for Drilling gives contractors the ability to easily and precisely drill to the specified location, depth, orientation and inclination angle. Better rock fragmentation and lower hauling costs can be achieved by optimizing drill hole spacing, angles, and the location of the machine for a more even blasting pattern. The auto stop feature automatically stops drilling at target elevation to reduce overdrilling, leading to flatter benches and reduced wear and tear on machines, which can result in significant cost savings.

Minimizing the need for stakes and construction surveying, Trimble Groundworks can help promote jobsite safety by reducing the number of people working near the machine while drilling. Also, avoidance zones can be set to keep operators from entering hazardous areas. With Trimble Groundworks, machines can operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in almost any conditions, decreasing the chance of delays due to darkness or inclement weather.


The accuracy of the Trimble Groundworks Machine Control System for Piling enables contractors to increase operational efficiency and reduce surveying costs associated with staking and as-built checks. Accurate positioning in Trimble Groundworks can ensure that navigation time between piles is reduced. Less time moving the machine and more time piling maximizes daily production, which can result in increased revenue.

Built-in, automated quality assurance and quality control reporting includes the capture of start and end positions, time and elevation as well as actual embedment depth, blow count reporting, and inclination and orientation control. In addition, unique system logins allow managers to filter reports by operator for better accountability, production optimization and forecasting.

An integrated solution

Trimble Groundworks is part of the Trimble Connected Site portfolio of solutions that provide a high-level of workflow and process integration from the design phase through to the finished project. The integration of Trimble software in the office and Trimble Groundworks in the field can increase the efficiency and productivity of drilling and piling operations, wirelessly syncing data to reduce site visits and provide a single source of truth.