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, lines and cut/fill values using GNSS, Electronic Distance Measurement, and Augmented Reality technology, as you explore the project site.

The SiteVision 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.
  • Trimble positioning and correction services (Trimble Catalyst GNSS technology)
  • Trimble Cloud Services (Trimble Connect)

Overall SiteVision is a productive construction tool, allowing users to 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 you will need:

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

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. Validated phones are listed here.

Trimble SiteVision runs on mobile devices, smaller than 8″, supporting Google Play Services for AR and Android Operating System Version 9.0.

The Trimble tested and recommended devices for SiteVision are:
Samsung S10+
Samsung S9+
Samsung Note9
Samsung Note8

Other supported devices for SiteVision are:
Samsung S8+
Google Pixel 3 XL
Google Pixel 2 XL

Note: Your Trimble SiteVision subscription will not work with other receivers. It will only work with the Trimble SiteVision Integrated Positioning System

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?

Follow the Quick Start Guide in your Trimble SiteVision kit to get started! You can also follow the instructions via our User Guide – Getting Started.

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 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.

Note: Your Trimble SiteVision subscription will not work with a Trimble Catalyst DA1 antenna standalone. It will only work with the Trimble SiteVision Integrated Positioning System.

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, Beidou, and Galileo. Trimble Catalyst currently supports GPS, GLONASS, Galileo 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.