Trimble has been granted a patent for a geodetic assembly designed for land surveying. The assembly includes magnetic units that interact to lock or unlock elements, with magnetic shields for protection. The innovative design enhances precision and efficiency in surveying operations. GlobalData’s report on Trimble gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Trimble, GNSS-based positioning was a key innovation area identified from patents. Trimble's grant share as of January 2024 was 74%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Geodetic assembly with magnetic units for land surveying

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Trimble Inc

A geodetic assembly for land surveying has been granted a patent, as per Publication Number US11885617B2. The assembly comprises a first element with a first magnetic unit attached to a geodetic device and a support structure with a second element that interacts with the first element to support the geodetic device. The second element includes a second magnetic unit that can lock or unlock the first element on the support structure by interacting with the first magnetic unit, which is rotatable relative to the second magnetic unit. Additionally, the geodetic assembly includes at least one magnetic shield to protect the geodetic device from the magnetic units.

Furthermore, the patent includes various claims related to the configuration and placement of the magnetic shield within the geodetic assembly. These claims specify the inclusion of a ferromagnetic cap at different locations to shield the geodetic device from the magnetic units. The patent also details the division of the magnetic units into regions with opposite polarities and the interaction between the first and second elements for locking or unlocking the geodetic device on the support structure. The geodetic device can include a prism, reflector, compass, surveying control unit, or a GNSS receiver, while the support structure can be a surveying stand, tripod, or pole, with the second magnetic unit mounted in a fixed position relative to the support structure.

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