Komatsu and Trimble partner to improve exchange of 3D site data

Trimble and Komatsu collaborate on application program interface (API) to act as bridge between mixed fleet customers using 3D site data to support earthmoving operations

Komatsu's D155AXi is the largest dozer in Komatsu's intelligent machine control line-up.
Komatsu's D155AXi is the largest dozer in Komatsu's intelligent machine control line-up.

Komatsu and Trimble are collaborating to develop an application program interface (API) to allow their software to exchange 3D site data

The partnership will see Trimble Connect software will be developed to support Komatsu’s KomConnect platform — particularly with a view to earthwork activities on site, where semi-autonomous functions and 3D site data can be used to grade and level surfaces.

The collaboration is a response to customer demand for mixed fleet interoperability as well as Japan’s i-Construction initiative, which aims to drive innovation and productivity on site through the use of advanced information and communications systems.

Trimble’s Connected Site solutions already provide contractors a complete view of site productivity including materials quantity and movement, volume and compaction data, and fleet and asset management information, regardless of machine make or model.

But while Trimble Connect is currently set up to allow customers to combine and share data from multiple sources, including those outside of the Trimble ecosystem, the software relies on access to the data from third party systems and softwares, such as KomConnect.

Like Trimble Connect, Komatsu’s in-house site-wide data solution — the KomConnect-based ‘Smart Construction’ system — similarly seeks to integrate different data functions, and has already been introduced on 3,300 jobsites.

“Through Smart Construction, Komatsu will continue its efforts to create safe and high-productivity jobsites,” said Chikashi Shike, president for Smart Construction at Komatsu.

“Our collaboration with Trimble is an important step in supporting our customers who operate mixed machine fleets, and addressing the requirements that will enable construction contractors to support Japan’s i-Construction initiative.”

For both companies, the end goal is to provide “a holistic view of site operations”, and combine GPS, telematics and other data inputs, including 3D site mapping, to take the guesswork out of earthmoving and other activities.

“Trimble is committed to providing a complete construction ecosystem for all customers. We believe that the optimal solution is one that is open and supports all manufacturers’ machines,” said Bryn Fosburgh, senior VP at Trimble.

“We are therefore excited to work with Komatsu to improve the interoperability between our respective solutions. This will broaden our support for mixed fleet customers so we can ultimately share in the creation of an intelligent jobsite for the future.”

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