Trimble R8s GNSS System

Whether your team is performing initial concrete layout, QA/QC on completed work, or a range of other field positioning tasks, GNSS technology is a viable option in many situations. On busy construction sites, contractors find that work can be interrupted when an obstruction lies between the point of measurement and the total station, requiring a new station setup and lost time. With GNSS technology, there is no need to maintain line of sight with the total station. Instead, the contractor only needs a clear view of the sky to capture measurements fast.

​Built for Building Construction

GPS and other Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technologies have played a role in construction for years. Originally developed for land surveyors, workflows were often complex and overwhelming for non-specialists in the building industry. So when Trimble set out to design a GNSS system specifically for general contractors, it had to be simple. The system is controlled by the same software that controls our total stations, Trimble Field Link. So even novice users can be up and running in minutes with guided-workflows designed for building construction.


One Field Software for all Layout and Data Collection

Many contractors already rely on the powerful simplicity of Trimble Field Link software. With task-based workflows that guide field workers step-by-step through common field tasks, Trimble Field Link flattens the learning curve to get your teams up and running fast.

Today, Trimble Field Link is the one field software to use no matter what layout equipment your team needs to use for any situation. Whether it’s a robotic total station, Trimble’s innovative Rapid Positioning System or GNSS, your team can trust Trimble Field Link.


For a range of positioning tasks on the jobsite

Whenever you’ve got an unobstructed view of the sky, satellite positioning is a viable option to help you complete work faster. The Trimble R8s lets your team move fast with proven technology and proven workflows:

  • Footings
  • Retaining walls
  • Formwork
  • QA/QC
  • Rough grading
  • Deck layout

Advanced GNSS Technology

The Trimble R8s delivers sub-centimeter horizontal positioning accuracy in a lightweight, rugged design.

Trimble 360, our powerful GNSS tracking technology supports signals from all existing and planned satellite constellations. It expands the utility of your GNSS rover in sites that were previously inaccessible due to moderate obstructions by taking advantage of the availability of additional satellite signals.

The system is available in three configurations. Base Station plus Rover, Rover-only or Base Station-only. All systems come complete with all accessories necessary to be productive immediately.


Easy Set Up for Trimble Rapid Positioning System

Advanced satellite tracking with Trimble 360 receiver technology


Easy Set Up for Trimble Rapid Positioning System

Removable battery pack for all day productivity

Easy Set Up for Trimble Rapid Positioning System

Rugged Trimble Field Tablet

Easy Set Up for Trimble Rapid Positioning System

Rover and Base station configurations

Easy Set Up for Trimble Rapid Positioning System

Convenient Carry Case

Easy Set Up for Trimble Rapid Positioning System

Sub-centimeter Horizontal Accuracy








The concept is simple: Take the field-proven Trimble R8s receiver, pair it with Trimble Field Link Controller software and watch productivity soar on the work site. Designed specifically to meet the needs of building construction, the Trimble R8s system for General Contractors streamlines workflows to help contractors perform common field positioning tasks fast.

Trimble Field Link
No matter whether designs are delivered via 3D models or 2D drawings, Trimble Field Link takes control to direct robotic total stations on site and identify the precise location of each point in your project.