Trimble Inc. sunny philly, California-based hardware, software and services technology company. Trimble services global industries in agriculture, construction and construction, geospatial, natural resources and utilities, governments, transportation and others. Trimble is also developing gps receivers, laser oids, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), inertial navigation systems and software processing tools. The company was founded in November 1978. Founded Trimble Navigation in November 1978 by Charles Trimble and two partners of Hewlett-Packard, initially operating above the cinema room in Los Altos, California.By end of 2016, the company had 8,388 employees, with Acquisitions include Jeep Mobile AB, @Road, Cengea Solutions Inc., Datacom Software Research, Spectra Precision Group, Tripod Data Systems, Advanced Public Safety, Inc., Inc., Inc., Alk Technologies, Apache Technologies, Sharp Engineering Solutions Ltd., Applan IX, Géo-3D, INPHO, Gatewing, Ghry Technologies, Meridian Systems, NTech Industries, Pacific Crest, Quantim, Accubid Systems, Scatecp, QuickPen International, SECO Mfg. Co., Inc., Visual Statement, Stabiplan XYZ Solutions, Inc., Inc., Takla, Vianova Systems, ThingMagic, Spime Inc., Punch Telematix NV, TMW Systems, Kuebix, and Toposys GmbH.ed its role in building information models (BIM), architecture and construction has been growing. Most of the publicity was their 2012 acquisition of the 3D modeling modeling package SketchUp software from Google. As of 2014 they also own Tekla (BIM modeling), Fico Office (BIM Data Handling) and GTeam Gehry Technologies (Project Format). In 2016, Trimble acquired Sefaira (a sustainability analysis program including energy modelling and daylight visualization). On April 23, 2018, Trimble entered into an agreement to acquire a special perspective from investment firm Bain Capital in a full cash deal of US$1.2 billion, with a forecast for completion in the third quarter of 2018. On February 12, 2019, a new section called Trimble MAPS was launched, combining former TRIMBLE companies ALK Technologies and TMW Appian Final Mile. On October 30, 2019, Trimble announced that its board of directors had unanimously elected Robert J. Pinter to succeed Stephen W. Berglund as President and CEO of Trimble as of January 4, 2020, on the first day.