Alan Sharp

Drafting Tools in TBC v5.0

Blog Post created by Alan Sharp on 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.