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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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This is a useful set of macros added to help a machine operator to update the grid model by placing the bucket tip or closed grab on the placed material and a CI510 button push to update the surface for a single grid bin. In Acquisition customize a shortcut to associate 'Crane tool measure: log to file' with a CI510 switch button. (The Trimble CI510 device needs to be configured as a 'State' device first) Operator places the bucket tip (L,M,R) or closed grab on the placed material and push the button to update the current grid model by 1 grid square . Choose the appropriate grid bin size for your model to suit this type of measurement or take several measurements ...
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Hello TBC’ers! Have you ever been working on a point cloud and suddenly wanted to know the distance between two points in your dataset? Good news! TBC can resolve this curiosity with the “Measure Distance” tool. At a moment's notice, an assortment of spatial data can be collected to help the user generate more meaningful insight from their dataset. First, Click on the “Point Clouds” tab, and then click the “Measure Distance” button (1A) in the “Measure” section (1B). This will open up the “Measure Distance” pane (2A). From here, the user can select what type of distance measurement they want (between two points, sequential, or radial) (2B). Lastly, ...
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We request Connect’s 3d domain users ( https://3d.connect.trimble.com ) to start using the web domain ( https://web.connect.trimble.com ) before 31 Dec 2023 . This includes any of the following - bookmarks to the legacy domain for opening 3D files, views , any legacy URL links shared through individual emails or chat , or use of legacy 3d domain in any embedded applications. After the end of 2023 , the legacy 3d domain will be retired and all requests will fail . Background As it stands today, Connect for Browser, Mobile and Windows apps do not have the same features. One of the most common feedback ...
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Trimble Business Center: Utilities, License, and Installation Support Document Download Link Stand-Alone Utilities Coordinate System Manager 64-bit (October 2023) — Use this utility to manage, create, and edit coordinate systems, datums, projections, local sites, and geoids across TBC, Trimble Access, and Sync Manager. Version 3.9.14.0 64-bit. . Download here... Coordinate System Manager 32-bit (October 2023) — Use this utility to manage, create, and edit coordinate systems, datums, projections, local sites, and geoids across TBC, Trimble Access, and Sync Manager. Version 3.9.14.0 32-bit. Download here... Office ...
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Trimble Business Center: Recent Release Check out the features and enhancements now available in our most recent release. Recent Releases - PDF Download Link v2023.11 Warranty Date – February 1, 2024 Download the latest software version here . Contact your local Trimble Distributor for earlier versions. On behalf of the TBC Product and Engineering teams, we are pleased to share that TBC version 2023.11 is now available. This patch release was engineered in continuation of v2023.10. This TBC patch includes the latest ...
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Hello TBC’ers! When working with point clouds in TBC, there are a variety of useful settings available to change how your point cloud dataset is rendered. Each of these settings can be applied to a variety of workflows to make navigating the data more efficient and help generate deeper insights. This week’s tip will be a breakdown of all the settings in the “Rendering” section of the “Point Clouds” tab to help make these settings more accessible. The first setting here is the “Color by” tool (1A) which allows the user to visualize their data based on the chosen parameter. These options are: scan color, region color, gray-scale intensity, color-coded ...
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