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Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Compact Trimble X7 3D Laser Scanner Provides Integrated Solution for GIS and Survey Applications

September 20th, 2019 by Susan Smith

Among numerous announcements made this week at Intergeo in Stuttgart, Germany, by Trimble, the new Trimble X7 3D Laser Scanning System was introduced, a scanning system that enables professionals with little or no scanning expertise to capture precise 3D scanning data to produce high-quality deliverables.

The compact laser scanner includes a Microsoft® Windows®-based Trimble T10 ruggedized tablet for control and project visibility, along with portable backpack and lightweight tripod.

Designed for GIS, surveying, construction, industrial and forensic applications, the Trimble X7 3D laser scanner is an integrated solution with specialized field software included, featuring:

  • Simple and streamlined workflows to provide automatic registration of point cloud data in the field with Trimble Registration Assist
  • Smart Trimble X-Drive technology to eliminate the need for annual calibration
  • Survey-grade self-leveling to ensure consistent data quality
  • Professional quality and sturdy IP55 rating backed by an industry leading two-year warranty

Gregory Lepere is marketing director of optical and imaging for Trimble Geospatial, spoke with GISCafe Voice about the qualities of the Trimble X7.

“The Trimble X7 delivers high-speed 3D laser scanning with intuitive workflows and unique technologies automating critical steps, which improves efficiency and productivity,” said Lepere. “The X7 is a useful, everyday tool because it doesn’t require scanning expertise to operate. It opens the door for more construction, surveying, industrial and forensics professionals to confidently capture and deliver scan data and realize a faster return on investment.”

What are the parts of the scanning system, in addition to the 3D laser scanner, such as the Smart Trimble X-Drive technology?

There are several breakthrough technologies incorporated into the Trimble X7 to ensure reliable data collection for surveying, including survey grade self-leveling, auto-calibration, and auto-registration capabilities. The Trimble X-Drive deflection system enables automatic calibration to ensure accuracy on every scan with no downtime for calibration service, while Trimble Vision technology enables fast image capture. The system also includes an automated survey grade self-leveling system that reduces setup time at each station, a reliable IP55 rating, and an industry leading 2-year standard warranty. With intuitive Trimble Perspective software, users benefit from capabilities including automated infield registration, annotations and measurements. In addition, it comes with a Trimble T10 ruggedized tablet for control and project visibility, along with a backpack and lightweight tripod for portability.

How does this 3D scanner system compare with Trimble’s past 3D scanning offerings?

The Trimble X7 is a mid-range 3D laser scanner for a broad range of audiences looking to get into scanning with a system they can easily deploy, day in and day out. The main difference is in its simplicity with both hardware and software optimized for fast results. It is a great compliment to the S-Series total station. By comparison, the Trimble TX-series scanners are Trimble’s most advanced and powerful scanners, designed for dedicated professionals looking to get the fastest and most accurate scan possible.

What is a sample workflow for Surveying?

Surveyors and geospatial professionals can use the Trimble X7 to capture features for land title surveys, including property boundaries, buildings, easements, site improvements, right-of-ways, encroaching elements, and complex structures. System features enable them to assign labels to create scan groups and simplify the display of specific areas and add annotations with pictures to document items of interest. The Trimble X7’s compact, lightweight design makes it easy to transport and set up, no matter what the environment. Users can capture millions of data points in a fraction of the time it would take using traditional topographic survey methods. Using Trimble Perspective software specifically designed for in-field control and complete registration, users can refine and export to a variety of established data formats for Trimble and non-Trimble software suites.

What is a sample workflow for Forensics?

For law enforcement officers, who must be prepared to handle tragic events anywhere and anytime, the X7 works with Trimble Forensics Capture software for a complete solution that performs in demanding conditions such as cold and rain, day or night. The X7’s easy field setup and automatic registrations ensure investigators remain focused on gathering evidence and building solid cases.

Describe “Survey-grade self-leveling”?

The Trimble X7 is the industry’s first scanner to automatically level each scan with survey grade accuracy of <3” = 0.3 mm @ 20 m, range of ± 5° (survey grade), ± 45° (coarse), and upside down of ± 5° (survey grade).

How does the X7 work with surveying software?

The Trimble X7 comes with a tablet field software (Perspective) that provides scans that are automatically registered in the field and don’t need targets. The software also enables users to add annotations, and review scans in 3D and panoramic images. In addition, data from the X7 can be processed using Trimble Business Center, Trimble RealWorks, and other third-party software packages—applications widely known by surveyors.

What are the main benefits of the X7 for surveying professionals?

The Trimble X7 with Perspective software is a simple, smart and professional solution for 3D captures and surveying workflows. It is a perfect scanner for surveyors or engineers looking to add a new scanner into their toolset and benefit from the Trimble Perspective software, which enables them to review, register and photo-colorize their scans in the field.



The Trimble X7 is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2020 through Trimble’s authorized Distribution Networks. For more information about the X7, visit:  Trimble Buildings and Geospatial.

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