Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started

What is Trimble SiteVision?

Trimble SiteVision is a high accuracy augmented reality system that is ideal for use outdoors. It enables you to interact with your spatial data in the context of the real world. You can visualize your data, and measure points, grades, areas, and cut/fill values using GNSS, Electronic Distance Measurement and Augmented Reality technology, as you explore the project site.

The Trimble SiteVision Integrated Positioning System is a lightweight handheld integrated positioning solution that works with the Google® Play Services for AR technology and is comprised of:

  • The SiteVision hardware including GNSS, distance measurement and power management
  • The SiteVision App running on a user-supplied device, powered by the Android™ operating system version 9.0 and above.
  • Trimble positioning and correction services (Trimble Catalyst™ GNSS technology)
  • Trimble Cloud Services (Trimble Connect)

Trimble SiteVision also runs on Trimble’s rugged field computers, the Trimble TSC7 controller and the Trimble T7 tablet, paired with an AR ready receiver. With SiteVision running on the standard survey equipment, surveyors and site engineers benefit from high accuracy AR capabilities without the need for any additional equipment.

Overall SiteVision is a productive tool, allowing users to collaborate with clients, design teams and construction teams, plan and visualize the progress on site, complete quality management, and identify issues early reducing costs and time.

What do I need to get started with Trimble SiteVision?

Before you start with Trimble SiteVision Integrated Positioning System you will need:

  • The Trimble SiteVision Integrated Positioning System kit
  • A compatible Android Mobile Phone
  • The SiteVision Application downloaded from Google Play
  • A Trimble Identity (TID) to be able to log into the SiteVision App
  • A current SiteVision subscription
  • A model to view

Before you start with Trimble SiteVision for Trimble Rugged hardware you will need:

  • AR ready GNSS receiver – Trimble R12i or Trimble SPS986
  • A Trimble device powered by the Windows 10 operating system – the TSC7 controller or the T7 tablet
  • The SiteVision Application installed via the Trimble Installation Manager
  • A Trimble Identity (TID) to be able to log into SiteVision
  • A current SiteVision subscription
  • A model to view

How do I set up my SiteVision software?

To install the SiteVision app on your Android mobile phone:

  • Go to the Google Play Store and search for Trimble SiteVision
  • Download and install the software from Google Play Store

Note: You will also be prompted to download and install Google Play services for AR (formerly known as ARCore), Trimble SiteVision Firmware Updater, and Trimble Catalyst Service if not previously installed on your mobile device. These must be installed on your device for SiteVision to function correctly. Trimble recommends that you configure your device to allow automatic updates of these applications.

To install the SiteVision software on your Trimble device powered by the Windows 10 operating system:

  • Open Trimble Installation Manager on your Trimble Rugged Windows device.
  • On the left of the screen, select Controller.
  • The products that you have access to are listed. If SiteVision is not listed, select Show all (bottom left of the screen).
  • Select the Enable Install tab, ensure the SiteVision application box is selected, and then tap Enable (bottom right of the screen).
  • Once enabled, the Install updates tab is shown. Tap Install (bottom right of the screen).
  • Trimble Installation Manager downloads and installs SiteVision. Once done, tap Finish

Note: Once SiteVision has been enabled, you can deselect Show all and SiteVision will remain visible in the list of products. A shortcut to SiteVision is created on the Desktop.

Do I need any special hardware to use SiteVision?

Yes. In addition to purchasing the Trimble SiteVision Integrated Positioning System, you must have an Android Mobile phone that meets the minimum requirements.

Trimble SiteVision runs on mobile devices, smaller than 8”, supporting Google Play Services for AR and minimum Android™ Operating System Version 9.0. There are over 400 Google AR Services compatible phones to choose from.  Google maintains a complete list here so you can check if your specific device is supported. Trimble has tested a range of compatible phones, and recommends the following devices based on this testing:

Samsung S20+

Samsung S10+

Samsung S10 5G

Samsung S9+

Samsung Note8

Google Pixel 4 XL


Trimble SiteVision for Trimble Rugged hardware is designed to work with your existing Trimble Rugged field computer and supports the following devices:

Trimble TSC7

Trimble Ranger 7

Spectra Ranger 7

Trimble T7

Trimble Yuma 7


Additionally a Trimble AR ready receiver is also required:

Trimble R12i GNSS receiver

Trimble SPS986 GNSS Smart Antenna

What is the Trimble SiteVision Integrated Positioning System?

The Trimble SiteVision Integrated Positioning system is the Trimble handheld device that integrates the Trimble Catalyst DA1 Antenna (high precision GNSS), with Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM) Laser Rangefinder, and power management.

The power management system provides power to the Trimble Catalyst DA1, the EDM, and your Android mobile phone running the SiteVision application.

How do I set up my SiteVision hardware?

Using a smartphone as your display: You can follow the instructions in the Getting Started section of the User Guide for Trimble SiteVision Integrated Positioning System.

Using Trimble rugged hardware: You can follow the instructions in the User Guide for Windows. User guides are available via the Resources tab of the website. Note that Trimble SiteVision for Trimble Rugged hardware requires specific hardware configuration for the AR positioning and orientation to work properly.

What is Trimble Catalyst?

Trimble Catalyst is a GNSS receiver completely implemented in software (softGNSS receiver). Trimble Catalyst technology is used by SiteVision to obtain high accuracy GNSS positions on your mobile device.

A Trimble SiteVision Universal subscription includes a Trimble Catalyst for SiteVision Subscription, which includes the precision accuracy level for use with the SiteVision application, access to Trimble Corrections Hub, including Trimble VRS Now™ networks and Trimble RTX™ technology globally, and also supports GNSS corrections from other third party sources. To learn more about Trimble Catalyst, go to the Trimble Catalyst website.

Note: Your Trimble SiteVision subscription will only provide services to the SiteVision application. If you want to use other applications with the Trimble SiteVision Integrated Positioning System or with a Trimble Catalyst DA1 antenna standalone, you will require a Catalyst subscription that supports the other applications.

What is GNSS?

GNSS stands for “Global Navigation Satellite System”, which consists of a network of orbiting satellites, ground control stations, and user receivers that allow you to know your location in the world with the push of a button. GPS is the most commonly referenced GNSS constellation; others include GLONASS and Galileo. Trimble Catalyst currently supports GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS constellations while the AR ready receivers R12i and SPS986 support GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, and QZSS constellations.

What is Trimble Connect?

Trimble Connect is a cloud-based data management and collaboration platform that allows you to view, share, and access project information over the Internet from anywhere at any time. Trimble Connect stores, processes and optimises your 2D and 3D models, prepared in your office software, for viewing in SiteVision.

The subscription for Trimble Connect is included with your SiteVision subscription. If you have separate users who will only be doing data preparation you can purchase separate Trimble Connect subscriptions for them. To get started with Trimble Connect go to the Trimble Connect website.