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After the Drafting Webinar this week, I decided to capture the webinar as a series of shorter training videos and to provide you with a set of downloadable items that give you the building blocks to create your own Project Template and  Drafting Templates. This Blog Post covers the materials delivered in the Drafting Webinar.


As discussed in the Webinar, there are three main steps to successful use of the Advanced Drafting Capabilities


  1. Creation, continuous management and use of a good Project Template
  2. Creation, continuous management and use of a good Layer and Layer Group setup complete with view filters that combine the layers into views that you will typically use for drawing creation
  3. Creation, continuous management and use of a good Drafting Template (set of Templates) for the paper sizes that you typically use (for Paper or PDF output)


Project Templates

The Video below covers this in detail and incorporates a short PowerPoint overview as well as a more detailed walk through all of the setup elements you should manage in your Project Templates



The attachments to this post include the following


  • The Default Project Template (US Feet) that was shown in the video. 


The Project Template should be placed in your Templates folder for your TBC installation. You can determine the path to the Project Templates folder from the Support Menu Ribbon, the Options Command and look for File Locations and then Template Folder. The path will be something similar this


C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Trimble\Trimble Business Center Survey\30.0\



Copy the provided .vct Template file into the path shown using File Explorer.


View Filters and Selection Sets

In the following video I cover how to set up View Filters for the purposes of Advanced Drafting. Many of these can be preset and saved in your Project Template. The following should be understood when defining View Filters.


  1. In your Plan View you have a lot of objects placed on a large number of layers that represent many aspects of your project including Existing Conditions, Design Model, Demolition Model, Bridge Model, Cut Fill Maps etc. Each set of data may be something that you need to create drawings for. Creating a View Filter that captures the combinations of layers that you want to produce drawings for is the basis for the "Sheet - View Filters"
  2. A View Filter can be supplemented by a Selection Set. For example you have 10 layers of information that make up a drawing that you need to create. However, on one or more of the layers there is data that you want to exclude from the drawing you want to create, but there is also data on that same layer that you want in the drawing. You have two options on how to manage this
    1. Split the data onto two different layers. Have one of the layers in the view filter and one of the layers out of the view filter.
    2. Make a Selection Set of the data that you want to exclude from the drawing. Add that selection set to the View Filter that will be used to create the drawing. Set the Selection Set to "Hide members of selected"  so that those objects are excluded from the View Filter. (Note: There is a defect in TBC v5 that is prohibiting this from working today)
    3. When you create Sheet Content based on information in another view (Plan, Profile, Sheet, Superelevation, Station and Offset view etc.) you will use a Dynaview or Dynaview Collection to achieve that. The Dynaview utilizes a "Drawing Frame" to create a window on the data for the drawing sheet. The Dynaview has a set of properties, one of which is the View Filter to be used to create the selection of objects that will be drawn / seen in the Window / Drawing Frame on the Sheet Layout. The Dynaview frame will clip the reference data at the frame edges. 
    4. In the Sheet View, provided the Dynaview Layer is visible the content of the Dynaview will be visible, regardless of whether the source data layers are visible or not.
    5. However the Sheet View will require that all of the "Sheet / Drafting Template Layers" that you also want to plot are also visible.  This means the layers that are used for the Sheet Borders, Title Boxes and Content etc. Creation of a View Filter that can be applied to the Sheet View is an important step in drawing creation. 
    6. Remember - The Dynaviews placed on a drawing sheet each have their own View Filter, and the Sheet View itself has a different View Filter. You can use the "All" view Filter in the Sheet View in most cases since the bulk of the content will be in Dynaviews and those are controlled by the View Filter applied to the Dynaviews. 


The following Video reviews the use of View Filters and Selection Sets



Drafting Templates

The next step in the Drafting Process is the Creation, Management and Use of your Drafting Templates. Creating a good Drafting Template takes time and likely a number of iterations before you get it as you really need it. To that end we have created some rafting Templates that serve as a good starting point for you to evolve your own solutions. The provided Templates will at some point be rationalized so that they all have the same approach, I apologize that they are not all created in the same way at this point. The ANSI and AX (Metric) Sheet Size Templates where we had all Sheets of All Sizes in a single template are the oldest templates that we created and we have improved the Templates significantly in the AX (Metric) and ARCH size sheet templates where we have only one paper size per planset. We will recreate the ANSI size sheets in that same structure over the next few weeks.


The following video provides an overview of the ARCH Sheet setup, and shows you how you can modify the company logo that is used on the sheet, and provides recommendations as to how you can go about modifying these layouts to make them better suit your purposes.




If you can keep your Title Sheet Set and Other Sheet Sets with the same size of Titles area (Stamp) then you can place much of the Title Box information on the Planset Master and let it ripple down through all of the Sheet Sets. In the example shown, the customer request was that the Title Sheet had a different size Title Area and quite different content to the other sheet sets and as a result, the Template is a little harder to manage, as you now have to have all of the Sheet Sets with their own Title Area definitions.


Manage all of your Layers, Layer Groups, Text Styles etc centrally and be rigorous about setting those up once for all purposes. Refine these continuously to get the look and feel that you want for your Plansets. Be consistent with Text Fonts, Text Sizing and Text Justification etc. to create a uniformity to your Sheet Sets. 


Always create a backup of your Masters once created to protect against data corruption in use or inadvertent deletions of information.


Drafting Template Setup For Road Based Data (Profiles, Sections and Plan / Profile Sheets)


The following data has been provided for you as a tool to help you build your Road Based Drafting Templates. Both metric and example data has been provided.


  1. Metric Road project including utility reference lines (Use for Metric Drafting Template updates)
  2. US Feet Road project including utility reference lines (Use for US Feet Drafting Template updates)


The following Templates are already included with your TBC v5 Installation. They can be found in the Drafting templates Folder. 


Metric Templates

  1. Metric Sheet Template (All Sizes and Types).vcl (Uses the Your Logo Goes Here (V).png Logo)
  2. A0 Planset (Landscape) (ENG).vcl (Uses the Your Logo Goes Here.jpg Logo)
  3. A1 Planset (Landscape) (ENG).vcl (Uses the Your Logo Goes Here.jpg Logo)
  4. A2 Planset (Landscape) (ENG).vcl (Uses the Your Logo Goes Here.jpg Logo)
  5. A3 Planset (Landscape) (ENG).vcl (Uses the Your Logo Goes Here.jpg Logo)
  6. A4 Planset (Landscape) (ENG).vcl (Uses the Your Logo Goes Here.jpg Logo)
  7. A4 Planset (Portrait) (ENG).vcl (Uses the Your Logo Goes Here.jpg Logo)


US Feet Templates

  1. ANSI Sheet Template (All Sizes and Types).vcl (Uses the Your Logo Goes Here (V).png Logo)
  2. Feet - Arch A (9 x 12) Planset (Landscape).vcl (Uses the Your Logo Goes Here.jpg Logo)
  3. Feet - Arch B (12 x 18) Planset (Landscape).vcl (Uses the Your Logo Goes Here.jpg Logo)
  4. Feet - Arch C (18 x 24) Planset (Landscape).vcl (Uses the Your Logo Goes Here.jpg Logo)
  5. Feet - Arch D (24 x 36) Planset (Landscape).vcl (Uses the Your Logo Goes Here.jpg Logo)
  6. Feet - Arch E (36 x 48) Planset (Landscape).vcl (Uses the Your Logo Goes Here.jpg Logo)


In addition, to assist in the computation of the Sheet Layout parameters for Sections, Profiles and Plan and Profile Sheets, the Excel File named BC-HCE Sheet Layout Calculator.xls has been provided in the same location of your TBC v5 installation.


There are additional Sheet Layout Drafting Templates in this location, however the above have been set up in line with the videos captured in this Blog Post.


Drafting Templates and Road Based Data

When working with Profiles, Cross Sections and Plan / Profile Sheets, based on alignment and corridor model data, the setup of the Drafting Template requires that you have Road Data in the Project in order to create a Sheet of Road based data that allows you to establish the settings required to drive the creation of these types of drawings. In the video below, I review the setup and common edits that you may want to make to Road Based drawing Sheet templates. At the end of the video I show you how to "clean out" your project and export an updated Drafting Template.



Drafting Templates and Site Model Data

When working with Site Model data, you will be using Dynaviews and Dynaview Collections to create the framed areas that you will place on your drawing sheets. In the next video we will show you how to create those Dynaviews and Dynaview Collections, and how they are used to drive the Sheet Layout Process. In the examples we will show you how to create a single sheet plot at "whatever scale works" for e.g. a Cut Fill Map and also a multiple sheet layout at a specified scale that will create you multiple sheet outputs using your drafting template.


Mixed Sheet Layout For Site Projects

When working with Site Model data, I am often asked how I can use the Sheet layout tools to create a single sheet that contains for example a Cut Fill Map, a 3D View, a Cut Fill Map Legend and maybe some site photos or even a sample of cross sections or a specific ground profile through the project along a defined baseline etc. In the next video we will show you how to achieve that using the provided drafting templates.


Printing PDF Drawing Sheets

The final step of producing the final drawing output for a project is executed using the Print Plan Set command. This allows you to select any single sheet, an entire Sheet Set or an Entire Plan Set or any combination to a PDF File or a Plotter / Printer. The final video shows the entire process of creating Single or Multiple Sheets for a Plan Set, how to add other drawing elements to the drawing sheet, and then running the output to a PDF Planset that you can deliver to your client, project owner or other corporate department.



For those that may want to review some other areas of the Drafting Workflow, I have posted the Powerpoint Video that accompanies this webinar content in the attachments section below.


If you have any questions on the materials posted here, please don't hesitate to ask for more information or assistance.


Thanks and Happy Drafting!




For all of you that have become daily readers / posters on the TBC for Construction Forum, I would like to thank you for your enthusiasm and motivation about the product and for learning / absorbing through this forum.


When I was asked to help kick start this in June, I did not know where this would end up, we are seeing an incredible growth in participation and daily communication and both Q&A as well as Feature Enhancement Requests and Feedback. 


For me it is great interacting with you all and getting / gathering your input, there have been a few surprises along the way for sure, but we hope that this "2 way street" is helpful and informative for you and in 6 months we for sure have built up a lot of great information that has been useful to many users so far. I believe that collectively we have made this a success and I look forward to continuing this in the New Year. Thank you to all of those that are helping other users out there through your own responses - our goals for the Forum are that either all the questions have been asked and answered or that as a user community you will help each other more and more through the sharing of ideas, successes and hopefully not so many failures - someone once said if you never failed you can't have been trying that hard ! ....


I am heading out for Christmas PTO starting Thursday 20th Dec and will be back at work on Jan 4th. Others in the team may pick up on some requests over the Christmas Period, however I will for sure get back on this in the New Year. Apologies if the delay in responses causes any production issues for you, if it is causing issues, please contact your local SITECH dealer and have them work with Trimble Support to get you answers or assistance as needed.


I am looking forward to 2019, we are planning 2x PUG Conferences in Colorado - one in the Spring and one in the Autumn, and we are planning some regional activities also with the same type of theme. If you have ideas for things that you would like to learn, discuss etc at such an event, please let me know in response to this post and I will take all input into consideration as we put together the agenda and plans for the events.


On behalf of Trimble and the entire TBC Product Management, Development, and Sales Team i want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued business, support, enthusiasm and interest in TBC and other Trimble products, and we look forward to worming even closer with you all in 2019. Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Don't forget to ask Santa for that extra license of TBC and especially a Logitech G600 (or similar) Gaming Mouse - my favorite thing from 2018 (and I think the biggest addition to my personal TBC productivity)


Happy Modeling



Alan Sharp

Drafting Tools in TBC v5.0

Posted by Alan Sharp Dec 11, 2018

In this Blog I will start to capture "How Tos" for Drafting in TBC.


Point Labeling is a common request in TBC. There are two ways to Label Points in TBC. The first is a "Quick and Dirty" method, and is not designed for final drawing production. In the View Filter Manager you can turn on Point Id, Point Code / Description and Elevation values. This is designed to give you point data on screen that you can use before getting to your final drawing production. The size of the text here is defined in Support - Options and then the Object Labels font and size selection. It defaults to 10 point Font. You may want to make that e.g. 8 point Font. When placed, this text changes in size so that it is always 8 point font no matter what scale or zoom level you are at. The Text relative to your Drawing / Model will get Larger as you zoom out and smaller when you zoom in (but it is always the same size - but changes relative to your drawing). 


The second method is to use the Label Points command from the Drafting Menu. In this case you define Point Label Styles that utilize a Text Style to generate point labels on a selected set of points. The Label Style Manager - Point Labels tab is where you define what the Point Labels look like. I recommend that you define these in your Project Template so that you have them every time you create a New project. The video below shows how to create these and how to deploy them.



  1. Create Text Styles that are "For Purpose" i.e. in this case create a Text Style called Labels - Points and set the size of the text as you want it in Sheet Units. That way when you plot at different scales, the Text Height will change based on the scale selected.  Giving them a specific name like Labels - Points, makes it easy to find them in the list of Text Styles. I deleted all of the Text Styles in my Text Style List that are called Font Name - Font Size in preference to named styles that I use for different purposes - like Cut Fill Map - Labels, Cut Fill Map - Legend, Cut Fill Map - Legend Title etc. so that I know what they are all for.
  2. Create the Label Styles that you need and save them in your default Project Template(s) so that you always have them available - no matter which project you are working on.
  3. You can create Point Labels that refer to an alignment (that extracts the Station and Offset of the Point) or to a Surface (that extracts the Delta Elevation between the point and the target surface) or both Alignment and Surface. Before using these types of label in any project, you need to select the Alignment and or Surface model in the Label Style Editor (because the Alignment Name and or Target Surface names will typically change between projects and even between labeling processes in a single project.


Here is the Video



If you have specific Drafting Questions, please capture them in this Blog Post so that we have this as a great reference going forwards.





Alan Sharp

TBC v5.0 Issues

Posted by Alan Sharp Dec 11, 2018

If you are having issues with TBC v5.0 please de-install TBC v5 and run the Clean up utility before reinstalling TBC v5.0. While I had never really used the Cleanup tool prior to the v5.0 release, the Geospatial Team are recommending that to all users on all installations of new versions. If you have already done this then you don't need to do this again, but if you did not do this when you installed TBC v5 for the first time, you may want to try this in order to clean out any legacy settings that may be affecting your TBC v5 installation.


You can search for "Cleanup" and that will provide you the link to download the Cleanup Utility.