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Hey TBC’ers! Happy belated American Thanksgiving! Have you ever wanted to create a surface from a reference file ? Utilizing the new Create Surface from Reference File command, you can create a new reference surface based on the linked reference surface that is selectable and can be used to create surface-related CAD objects (e.g., surface contour lines). The resulting CAD objects display and are editable in your project even if the reference data is hidden or removed. This great, new feature was introduced in Trimble Business Center v5.60 . Follow the steps below to learn how to create a surface from a reference file . To create ...
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Hey TBC’ers! Have you ever wanted to link a reference file to a project ? Utilizing the new Reference File Manager , you can select a VCE project whose data you want to display in your current project for referencing purposes (aptly called a reference file). Due to dynamic linking , any changes made to the selected reference project will be reflected in your current ( referencing ) project any time you reopen it, or when you select to manually perform a reference update. This great, new feature was introduced in Trimble Business Center v5.60 . Follow the steps below to learn how to link a reference file . With your ...
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Mechanical Grab EC520 Standard driver Create the attachment in the EC520 Tech UI using the normal bucket measure-up and calibration. EC520 Measure-up Point J is the tip if the ‘Moving Shell’ G-J is used by the EC520 driver to populate the ‘Moving Shell’ Y Offset Width is used by the EC520 driver to populate the Effective Width NOTE: These values can be edited in TMC but will be overwritten by the EC520 driver so should only be edited in the EC520 Tech UI. TMC Measure-up parameters #TMC #hex #grab #measure-up #mechanical_grab #mechanical
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Hey TBC’ers! Have you ever wanted to change the transparency of a background image (e.g., an imported PDF) and change the point color to better view your data? For instance, you have an imported PDF of a survey plat that you have already georeferenced, scaled, and rotated to match with your Point layer in TBC, and want to be able to view the points easier. Follow the steps below to learn how to change these project settings . In the Project Explorer, right click your imported PDF under Imported Files and select Properties to open the background image Properties pane. Click in the field to the right of Transparency (%) . ...
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Hey TBC’ers! Have you ever wanted to re-establish a corner or point you could not find in the field? For instance, you could not find a corner in the field but found two other points in line with it and shot those. You can use the Single Proportioning command to compute the point in proportion to the distances that are from your actual point to the recorded distance on the map. Follow the steps below to learn how to re-establish a lost corner . Drag and drop your VCE file from File Explorer into the Plan View or open it by selecting File > Open. Select the Survey tab in the Ribbon and navigate to COGO . ...
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Trimble Catalyst subscriptions have been updated! This Support Note gives an overview of updates to the naming and performance of subscription offerings for the Trimble® Catalyst™ positioning service, effective today . What is Changing? The following changes have been introduced: Naming: Updated naming of all Catalyst subscription levels. Performance: Improved performance of Catalyst “1 Meter” (now called Catalyst 60). Purchasing: A new Annual purchase option and new bulk plans for Catalyst On Demand These changes are being rolled out automatically by Trimble and will appear on the License Manager tool used to manage ...
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Hey TBC’ers! Have you ever wanted to assign a media file to a point collected in the field? For instance, you shot a property corner and took a picture with your phone that you want to link to that point in TBC. Follow the steps below to learn how to assign a media file to a point to keep track of your survey work. Drag and drop your VCE file from File Explorer into the Plan View or open it by selecting File > Open. Open the Project Explorer pane. In the Project Explorer pane, click on the arrow next to Points to expand and view the list of points. Find the point you would ...
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The following questions relate to the Trimble Catalyst subscription service. If you have a question that is not answered below, ask us here... General Questions What is Trimble Catalyst? Trimble Catalyst is a revolutionary offering from Trimble that delivers precise GNSS positioning as a service. Catalyst uses advanced GNSS receiver technology with a small yet powerful custom-designed GNSS antenna - and enables these with a subscription service that also bundles Trimble’s premium GNSS corrections services. The end result is "Simply Precise" positioning-as-a-service for location-enabled apps. Customers simply purchase a very low-cost Catalyst ...
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Hey TBC’ers! A few weeks ago, I did a tip on how to display an alternate distance unit -- you can check it out here if you missed it. That got me thinking...have you ever wanted to display an alternate velocity or area unit to easily convert units for reporting calculations? For instance, the units for your project are set to US Survey Foot but you are more familiar with the Metric system and want to see those units displayed. Follow the steps in the video to learn how to display alternate units for velocity and area to make unit conversion easier. Trimble Business Center Help is always available at the press of ...
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Hey TBC’ers! Have you ever been uncertain about which mouse controls to use to navigate the view in TBC? For instance, you want to learn how to pan the view, zoom in and out, and rotate the view. This week’s tip will give an overview of the basic controls you can use to suit your needs. Function TBC Pan Click-and-drag the mouse wheel (2D) Click-and-drag the right mouse button (2D + 3D) Zoom in/out Rotate the mouse wheel Zoom in to a certain area Press Ctrl + Alt + click-and-drag around an area Zoom to the extents of your data ...
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We are making necessary security updates for the Connect for Browser application (including the Web 3D Viewer). Hence we request users to have the latest version of Web Browser . The recommended minimum Web Browser versions will be v89 for Chrome v89 for Edge v13.1 for Safari v78 for Firefox If older versions of Web browsers are used , you may experience issues accessing Connect for Browser after 13-Sep-2021 .
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TMC v4.4.5.9 on an EC520 based HEX system with a free hanging variable grab. There are 2 suggested solutions: Configure the EC520 with a tilting bucket and use the 'Bucket angle' and 'Bucket Tilt' from the EC520 as the Grab Riser Pitch and Roll. Use a stand alone GS520 on CAN2 for the Grab Riser Pitch and Roll NOTE: Until EC520 supports a 'No Attachment' configuration the dogbone sensor will be required for attachment calibration and CAN API operation. Option #1 using TMC v4.4.5.9 is: Configure the EC520 with a tilting bucket Install both sensors on the Grab Riser. EC520 attachment calibration is important since this will affect the bucket ...
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Hey TBC’ers! Have you ever wanted to display an alternate distance unit in a project to easily convert units? For instance, the units for your project are set to US Survey Foot but you are more familiar with using M eters and want to see this unit conversion displayed. Follow the steps below to learn how to display an alternate unit to make unit conversion easier. Drag and drop your VCE file from File Explorer into the Plan View or open it by selecting File > Open. In the Quick Access Toolbar, click Project Settings . If not already selected and displayed in the Project Settings window, click Units > ...
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Hey TBC’ers! Have you ever wanted to rotate your data in Plan View to make it easier to view and navigate? This cool, new feature was added in the TBC v5.51 release. Follow the steps below to learn how to utilize keyboard and mouse controls to rotate your data in the Plan View. Drag and drop your VCE file from File Explorer into the Plan View or open it by selecting File > Open. In the Plan View, press Ctrl + Shift and your mouse wheel , and then drag a "rubber band" line indicating the direction you want to specify as "up". The view will rotate accordingly. For example, to rotate the view 90° clockwise, press ...
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The attached zip file ( MacroCommands.zip ) contains a collection of python files that demonstrate creating TML macros for use by TrimbleBusinessCenter. There are 54 macros in the zip file. The python files are included here in source form to help others learn how to develop their own macros. If you just want access to the macro, all of the macros are available using Rockpile Solution's TMLStatus macro. In fact, the macros obtained using TmlStatus might have enhancements and bug fixes that these do not have.
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Hey TBC’ers! Have you ever wanted to extract multiple curb and gutter lines at the same time to speed up extraction workflow in your project? For instance, you’ve scanned several curb and gutter lines and you want to extract them all at once to make the process faster. Follow the steps below to learn how to utilize the Extract Line Feature command and the Add Node/Remove Node features within the Curb Pattern command to automatically detect and extract lines within a selected area. Drag and drop your VCE file from File Explorer into the Plan View or open it by selecting File > Open. Select 3D View to display ...
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Hey TBC’ers! Have you ever wanted to extract multiple power lines at the same time to speed up extraction workflow in your project? For instance, you’ve scanned several overhead power lines and you want to extract them all at once to make the process faster. Follow the steps below to learn how to utilize the Extract Line Feature command and the Search Box within the Overhead Lines extraction command to automatically detect and extract lines within a selected search area. Drag and drop your VCE file from File Explorer into the Plan View or open it by selecting File > Open. Select 3D View to display the ...
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DESkey have upgraded their Windows DK2 driver for any dongles with SN greater than 600000 If you are having issues with the TMC License dongle not being recognised then please download and install the driver from DESkey
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We have released a new Penmap for Android version. All customers working with Penmap for Android must upgrade to the latest version, in order to continue operation after August 31st 2021. In general the new sign in process will run via a Web Browser. New Feature New sign in process for Penmap for Android A freemium user has now to create a free Trimble ID (TID) to be able to use Penmap in freemium mode. In the near future Penmap will offer two-factor authentication for better user data and application security. Check the support bulletin looking at Trimble Penmap community for more details. Penmap for Android offers several new ...
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We have released a new Penmap Project Manager version 10.9.0.1606 All customers working with Penmap Project Manager must upgrade to the latest version, in order to continue operation after August 31st 2021. In general the new sign in process will run via a Web Browser. New Feature New sign in process for Trimble Connect Check the support buletin looking at Trimble Penmap community for more details. Penmap Project Manager | Templates | Database templates : It is possible now to create GIS tables with type “Non Spatial” and create relationships between tables Enhancements Penmap Project Manager | Templates | Database ...
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