Trimble to hold sixth annual international user conference

If you would like to learn more about GPS and optical laser technology, plan to attend Trimble’s sixth-annual International User Conference Oct. 23 to 26 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.

Trimble has organized more than 100 sessions for the “Move Your Business Forward” themed conference with a focus on applying technology to the needs professionals in the surveying, construction and civil engineering fields face daily. Speakers will include Trimble users and technical experts.

“You don’t have to be a computer programmer today to use the Internet,” said Jeff Winke, who handles public relations for Trimble. “It’s the same thing with construction. We want to help them get beyond that.”

Everyone from dealers to government agencies, construction managers, site supervisors and owner operators are invited to attend the conference.

Programs will include presentations on underlying technologies, sessions on applying technology to real-world problems, introductory and advanced product training and practical tips and techniques to help attendees grow their businesses and maximize return on investment.

“We want to target products that help facilitate the GPS approach,” Winke said.

Attendees also do not need to be proficient or even use GPS. “That’s part of the reason for the conference,” Winke said.

The conference will cover not only GPS technology, but also conventional lasers and sonic-based grade control systems.

Trimble product users are invited to present papers and give project updates at the conference. All authors should be users of Trimble products in the fields of surveying, construction or civil engineering, and must submit a short abstract on the topic or theme by April 29. Papers presented at the conference can be published on the Web and in the conference proceedings on CD-ROM.

“It’s interesting to see what contractors are using on-site,” Winke said. “They all talk with a sense of amazement at what they’re using and how well it works.”

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