GPS/GNSS for Layout

Trimble R8s GNSS Receiver app Panorama_lores

Whether your team is performing initial layout, Quality Assurance (QA) on completed work, or a range of other field positioning tasks, GPS/GNSS technology is a viable option in many situations. All it takes is a clear view of the sky, and you’re in business. The system is lightweight and let’s your team move fast. Because GNSS signals come from the sky, there’s no need to maintain line-of-sight between the work and a tripod.

Trimble’s R8s GNSS system is controlled by the same software that controls our total stations, Trimble Field Link.  Even novice users can be up and running in minutes with guided workflows that make short-work of layout and data collection tasks.


• Footings
• Retaining walls
• Formwork
• Rough grading
• Deck layout

We use GNSS for initial site layout and everything up to 50 feet from the building and some specialty tasks, but need a simple solution for use by less experienced guys that we now use for layout tasks
Saunders Construction

Introducing the Trimble Kenai Rugged Tablet Computer.

The Kenai tablet features a full-color, 10.1 inch multi-touch capacitive screen under a Corning® Gorilla® Glass panel that is designed for tough outdoor use. Type with fingers, stylus or capacitive gloves and can control the size of the keyboard on the display for ease of use. Using the Microsoft® Windows® 10 Professional operating system, 8 GB of DDR3 DRAM and 128GB solid state drive, the Kenai allows users to efficiently run Trimble Field Link connected to the RTS-series Robotic Total Stations, the RPT600 Layout Station or R8S GNSS. The Kenai tablet is now available with RTS, RPT and GNSS kits as well as standalone with radio or no radio.

Thanks to BuildingPoint Florida for providing this two-minute video: FirstLook Trimble Kenai:


Thanks to BuildingPoint Florida for producing this 90-second overview of GNSS for Layout: