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Hello TBC’ers! This week we’ll be running through TBC’s International Roughness Index (IRI) report workflow. An IRI report is used to evaluate road pavement roughness and its impact on vehicle ride quality. The report helps identify sections of the alignment that may require corrective action to improve smoothness. To begin this workflow, click on the “Point Clouds” tab on the top ribbon and then click “IRI Report” in the Measure group. This workflow may also be accessed by clicking on the “Mobile Mapping” tab on the top ribbon and then click “IRI Report” in the Analysis group.This will bring up the “IRI Report” pane where you can decide ...
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Hello TBC’ers! This week’s TBC tip is an announcement and celebration of the new TBC V.2024.00 release! With this new release we are pleased to announce a variety of new features and improvements that have been added to TBC. These new features What's New in TBC 2024.00 , What's New in TBC 2024.00 Power Hour , and 2024.00 Release Notes . Some of the exciting new features include: Embracing AI Technologies: Enhanced Data Processing with Advanced Point Cloud Classification Technological Integration: Streamlining Pavement Inspection Processes Connected Workflow Optimization: Seamlessly Integrating Data Across Platforms Advanced Aerial ...
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https://pianc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/PIANC-Aotearoa-NZ-April-2024-Wharf-Construction-Webinar-Presentations.pdf
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Hello TBC’ers! This week's tip is a series of tricks on view settings, controls, and verifying attributes for corridor data. Using these tools should make working with corridor data a much more efficient process! With some corridor data, it can be hard to see what is going on in the different view types (plan view, cross section, profile view). With the “Layer Manager” tool open, change the line weight (1A) to any value above 0 to thicken the line work in each view type. This is especially useful for making the data easier to see when presenting it or on a video call. This is also where users can individually color the lines. If you select a surface ...
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Hi, We had noticed an issue with Connect Sync v2.69.4.0 that was just freshly released. We have provided a hot fix with v2.69.5.0. In case you had used the v2.69.4.0 , please uninstall it and install the latest version. Regards Darshan Rajaram Kamat (on behalf of Trimble Connect Sync)
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We have provided a fix for the following issues for Trimble Connect for Browser - Blank screen , OR Issue with 3D Viewer measurements We request the users facing these issues to follow the steps below - Open https://web.connect.trimble.com Go to “Developer Tools” (Chrome : F12 ; Edge, Mozilla Firefox : Ctrl + Shift + I) Navigate to Application > Storage > “Clear site data” . Screenshots for each browser are given below - Google Chrome Browser Microsoft Edge Browser Mozilla Firefox (please clear individually for each line item) ...
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Hello TBC’ers! This week’s TBC tip is a guide to help users understand training of custom 3D deep learning models, specifically focusing on training the validation files. While TBC has offered classifications for many common objects, such as buildings and powerlines, there are countless other objects that users might want to create custom point cloud classification models for. Before getting started on this workflow, users are going to need to understand two things: training files and validation files. Training and validation files are point cloud files with a classified region that represents a new class that you want to train the model for. For example, ...
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Hello TBC’ers! With the release of Trimble Business Center v. 2023.1 loads of new features have been added to help improve user workflows and the capabilities of TBC. Check out this link here to learn more about these new features, but this tip is going to focus on just one new tool for manipulating point clouds. This new tool is the “Advanced Point Cloud Filtering” tool, which can be applied to any point cloud to create a new point cloud region using elevation as the defining parameter. This is especially helpful for creating a “ground” class from a point cloud that excludes all grasses and low lying vegetation. Here are the basic steps for this workflow. ...
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Hello TBC’ers! Feature extraction is one of my favorite tool sets within TBC, and there are so many ways to incorporate it into your workflow. This week’s tip is focused on one type of point feature extraction, specifically manhole, which was released in TBC version 5.80. Read the release notes here to learn more, or check out this video walkthrough! 1. To start this workflow, select the “Point Clouds” tab (1A) and click on the “Extract Point Feature” (1B) in the extraction section. 2. This will open up the “Extract Point Feature” pane where you can select which type of extraction you want (2A). There are two different ...
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Hello TBC’ers! This week’s TBC tip is an announcement and celebration of the new TBC V.2023.10 release! With this release, TBC has moved from the traditional versioning system (5.8, 5.9, 6.0) to the new year-based model (2023.10, 2024.0). There have also been quite a few new improvements added to TBC which can be checked out at the TBC 2023.10 Release Notes , TBC Power Hour , and the TBC 2023.10 Read Me . Many of these new features will have their own tip in the coming weeks, but for now I am going to highlight my new favorite features and important changes. One of the coolest new features is the pavement condition inspection, which allows users ...
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Hello TBC’ers! The “Drape Geometry on Point Cloud” command has been a popular command since its release in TBC v.5.90. Using this feature, users are able to elevate the vertices of CAD lines to points in a point cloud. We are happy to announce that with the release of TBC v.2023.10 the “Drape Geometry on Point Cloud'' feature is getting a set of enhancements! This update includes features such as: In addition to lines, you can now select to elevate one or more CAD points to the point cloud using all of the available search strategies. Apply a specified horizontal offset to CAD linear objects during the elevation process. Select to ...
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Hello TBC’ers! TBC is able to read and write to so many different types of files that it can sometimes be overwhelming. This week’s tip is a list of nearly all the different types of file that TBC can work with, and a brief explanation of what they are. Some files are only used by specific commands or from specific field software so be sure to double check the tools you are using! Importable Data Formats Exportable/Uploadable Data Formats File Format Description File Format Description .06o RINEX (GPS base files) .12dxml 12d files .12da, 12dxml ...
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Summary WorksManager and Trimble Earthworks 2.14 supports new enhanced communication channels. This new functionality uses bidirectional real time communication to deliver project settings and designs to devices, and enables the device to transmit the status back to the office. Having a bidirectional communication channel enables users of WorksManager to view the status of project settings and designs for supported devices, without having to contact the operator. Benefits Earthworks devices are now notified of relevant project settings and designs from WorksManager in real time rather than having to wait for timed check in. This allows for delivery ...
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Hello TBC’ers! Within TBC, there are loads of symbols and terms that, while useful, can be difficult to understand at first. This week’s tip is a collection of symbols, terms, acronyms, and abbreviations used within TBC and all of these can be found in the “Help” section Node Type Description This is the imported files node. This is a station node. The icon represents the survey instrument type. It is followed by the point ID and an "S" number in parenthesis that uniquely identifies the station. This is the station setup node. The icon is followed by the setup ...
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We request Android users of Connect for Mobile app to upgrade to Android version 10 and above. This is to ensure that there are no issues in the app usage due to older OS. versions. Steps to upgrade the Android version on devices are available here . We will be upgrading the minimum supported version to Android version 10 by the end of 2023 (31-Dec-2023) . Regards Darshan Kamat (on behalf of Trimble Connect)
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Functionality improvement: New Quest builder UI At the core of innovation lies simplicity. That's precisely what we had in mind when we reimagined our Quest Builder. We drew inspiration from popular City Builder games because we believe in the universal understanding of dragging and placing assets in a virtual world. The gaming industry has honed this art, and we're here to elevate it to new heights. But remember, this is just the beginning; there's more to come, so stay tuned! One question we've pondered for some time is how to distinguish between what we provide and what you, our creators, bring to life. In this latest release, we've chosen to ...
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Gaining a New Perspective: The Virtual World's Immersive Construction Site In the world of construction, perspective is everything. The way we see things, the angles we view them from, and the mental images we form are the foundation of every decision we make. Yet, there's a persistent challenge - putting ourselves into someone else's perspective. After years of navigating diverse worksites, I've become well aware of the frustrations and misunderstandings that can haunt even the most meticulously planned projects. These challenges aren't merely inconvenient; they can lead to mishaps, accidents, and lost time. As surveyors, our role spans ...
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Background - Today, there is no easy way to work with devices from a different account in your project. You have to either add the devices to your account, which would consume additional device licenses (or) create copies of the same project in different accounts, and manage each account devices separately, which would be very inefficient Introducing ‘shared devices’ feature - You can now invite devices from different accounts into a single project. Workflow - This workflow involves 3 basic steps Invite a partner account Share devices with the partner account Assign shared devices into project From here on, ...
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Hello TBC’ers! Contours are a staple in mapping, and are a useful way to visualize elevations in both plan and 3D view within TBC. A previous tip (Tip #114) covered creating contour lines over a surface using the “Create Contours” tool. This tip is a continuation of that and dives further into the contour tools available in TBC. The first tool is “Quick Contours” and can be found under the “Surfaces” tab and in the “Contours” section (1A). Clicking on it will open up a new “Create Quick Contours” pane. From this pane (2A) select the surface you want to create contours for, or create a new surface (2B). Name the contour layer, select the interval, frequency, ...
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Hello TBC’ers! When working with any type of spatial data, it can be incredibly useful to have a frame of reference or spatial context for your data. There are countless ways to get spatial context for your data, but fortunately TBC has several methods built in! With one click, your data will automatically be visualized with an accurate background map showing street, satellite, or terrain imagery in seconds. However, keep in mind that this will only work with data that has been georeferenced. Attempting this workflow on data that has not been georeferenced will result in an error. To start off, TBC has a default quick action button in the bottom right corner ...
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