Trimble Navigation

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Trimble Navigation, Ltd.
Industry Geospatial, Construction, Agriculture, Transportation and Logistics, Telecommunications, Asset tracking, Mapping, Utilities, Mobile Resource Management, Government, RFID
Founded November 1978; 37 years ago (1978-11)
Founder Charles Trimble, et al.
Headquarters Sunnyvale, California, United States
Key people
Steven Berglund (CEO)
Revenue $2.4 Billion for FY 2014[1]
Number of employees
6,561 (as of 2012)

Trimble Navigation, Ltd., headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, makes Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, laser rangefinders, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), inertial navigation systems and a variety of software processing tools. As of 2012, the company has 6561 employees who are located in about 30 countries. Since 1999, Trimble's revenues have grown from approximately $270 million to over $2.0 billion in 2012.[2]

Trimble sells products and services into the following major industries: Land Survey, Construction, Agriculture, Transportation, Telecommunications, Asset tracking, Mapping, Utilities, Mobile Resource Management and Government.


Trimble Navigation was founded in November 1978[3] by Charles Trimble and two partners from Hewlett Packard, initially operating from Los Altos, California.[citation needed]

The company's acquisitions include Datacom Software Research, Spectra Precision Group, Tripod Data Systems, Advanced Public Safety, Inc., Apache Technologies, Acutest Engineering Solutions Ltd, Applanix, Géo-3D, INPHO, Gatewing, Meridian Systems, NTech Industries, Pacific Crest, Quantm, Accubid Systems, SketchUp, QuickPen International, SECO Mfg. Co., Inc., Visual Statement, XYZ Solutions, Inc, Tekla, ThingMagic,[4] Spime Inc., Punch Telematix NV,[5] and TMW Systems.[6]

Their role in building information modeling, architecture and construction has been growing. Most publicised was their 2012 acquisition of the 3D modeling software package SketchUp from Google.[7] As of 2014 they also own Tekla (BIM modelling), Vico Office (BIM data handling) and Gehry Technologies' GTeam (project coordination).[8]


In 2009, Trimble was recognized on Forbes’ list of the top 400 best big companies. This was the first time Trimble made the list.[9] In prior years, the company was also featured on Forbes’ 100 Best Mid-Caps in America (2005, 2006, and 2008) and Forbes’ 200 Best Small Companies (2005) lists.[10]


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