In 2012, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) completed their National Adjustment to the NGS Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) network to continue to improve the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). The NSRS is the official U.S. reference system for latitude, longitude, height, scale, gravity, and orientation. To maintain an accurate tie between the Trimble VRS Now network in the U.S. and the NSRS, the NGS CORS network, and other modern reference frames, Trimble Positioning Services applied a network adjustment on February 21, 2015. The shifts observed between the current and future coordinates of the network stations range from millimeters up to several centimeters.
Trimble VRS Now Network Adjustment The VRS Now US network reference frame has been changed from NAD83(CORS96) Epoch 2002.00 to NAD83(2011) Epoch 2010.00. In addition to the network adjustment, NGS has developed a hybrid geoid model, GEOID12A, for use with NAD83(2011) Epoch 2010.00 ellipsoid heights. The VRS Now US network adjustment was performed by Geodesists at Trimble and independently verified by a third-party. After extensive verification and testing, the network adjustment was deployed in early 2015.
Managing the Transition For projects containing positions or control established in NAD83(CORS96), either a transformation or site calibration will need to be performed. For site calibrations, site managers should make sure that existing control is available and accurate prior to the change on February 21.
To help ease the transition for customers who have ongoing projects and need to continue working in NAD83(CORS96) Epoch 2002.00, a temporary solution is available: corrections will continue to be broadcasted in NAD83(CORS96), but on new mountpoints. The new mountpoints were available prior to the network transition date to help minimize downtime while reconfiguring mountpoints. This temporary overlap of corrections in NAD83(CORS96) will be available from February 11, 2015 until May 20, 2015; please contact the VRS Now Customer Care team for more information about using the temporary NAD83(CORS96) mountpoints.