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Trimble Business Center v5.10 Releases Today (May 31 2019)



The Trimble Business Center Version 5.10 releases to users today (May 31st 2019). The installation package will be available to all users by the end of the day. 


This release brings a host of new and improved capabilities that increase usability, productivity, capability, flexibilityand more in the following areas


  • Corridor Modeling including
    • New Improved Sideslope Instructions
      • Slope and Bench
      • Mine Slope, Bench and Haul Road
      • Variable Depth of Cut and Fill Side Slopes
      • Multi Element Sideslopes
      • Sloping Ditch Segments
      • Slope to Material Layer
      • Slope to Remote Surface
      • Model Subgrades with Side Slopes

New - Multi Element and Bench / Sideslope Capability



Mine Haul Road and Bench / Side Slope Computations


  • Improved Slope and Shareable Slope Tables (include vertical curves)
  • Copy and Paste Template Instructions
    • Inside a Template
    • Between Templates
    • Between Projects
    • You can now store your Master Templates or Master Template Elements in one project and copy them into you working Template
  • New Properties that constrain your model better
  • XLINES equivalent capability for model building
  • Improved Import of Station / Offset / Elevation and XSR / GEN Files (Cross Sections)
  • Improved CAD Cross Section Conversion
  • Snaps and Offset, Elevation and Slope Extraction in Template View
  • Accurate Measurements using Snaps in Template View 
  • Improved Earthwork Computations
  • Sideslope Modeling including
    • All of the above corridor features but linked to a linestring or alignment
    • Copy No Edit capability for rapid use of the same Template for multiple instances e.g. for Wall and Pier Footings, for Curb and Gutter Sections
    • Improved handling of steps, offsets, angular corners and cross slopes from angular alignments


New and Improved Sideslope Command Functionality


  • Plotting and Drafting
    • Dynaviews now support Grips and Snaps - easier placement and movement of the Dynaview on a sheet
    • Improved PDF output quality
    • New Smart Text capabilities
      • Alternate Units
      • Math Tools in the Smart Text (+ - / *)
      • Horizontal and Slope Lengths of Segments and Lines
      • Depth of Cover / Clearance Height Labeling and Querying


New - Smart Text Capability


  • Takeoff
    • New Custom Takeoff Reports - Fully Customizable Takeoff Reports
    • Includes screen shot of project
    • Easier to read and understand
    • More flexible content control


New - Custom Takeoff Report


  • Geospatial
    • Feature Code Library now embedded in Project Explorer
    • Attribute entry and Editing directly in Create Point command
    • MX9 Scanner Support Improvements
    • Crossing Geometry Report (Works without a Surface) (Clearances and Clashes between 3D Lines)
    • Update to UAS Master Software (that ships with TBC)


The New Crossing Geometry Function for Bust and Clash Analysis


New - Feature Code Library in Project Explorer




  • Import / Export
    • Support for Sketchup 2019
    • Improved IFC Import and Export (Reads more BIM Properties from IFC Objects)
      • Can now Georeference IFC Objects, Subset the Objects and Export IFC to Trimble Access
    • PDF Sheet Import and Automatic Placement and Vector Extract into Sheet View


Improved IFC Format Support and Trimble Access Interface




  • TML Macros
    • TML Status through Rockpile Solutions - Check availability, manage versioning, licenses capability
    • New TMLs from Rockpile Solutions
    • New TMLs from Trimble


TML Status Capability From Rockpile Solutions


We will be posting new Videos covering today's release webinar, product demos covering all of the new features and functions and also over the next week we will be releasing Video content of the detailed training materials covered at the recent PUG Conference.


A Very Happy Modeling Day!


Looking forward to hearing your feedback - I think you will like the new tools


Alan Sharp

Alan Sharp

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Posted by Alan Sharp May 22, 2019

I am checking out for a long weekend - apologies but I will get answers to your questions early next week after the break.


Just wanted to thank all of those people out there that are serving or have served in the US Military protecting us all and keeping us out of harms way - we really appreciate all that you do / have done for us! 


Don't forget the following important Events in the TBC Calendar


  1. Next Week we have the TBC v5.1 release Overview Webinar on Friday 31st May at 10:00 am MST (See Events)
  2. October 2019 - the Next PUG Event is now 60% full, please get your reservations in soon to avoid disappointment


Will catch up next week



Alan Sharp

Working With The Forum

Posted by Alan Sharp May 16, 2019

All of the TBC Users out there that are using the forum as a reference, I am going to ask you to help me in my quest to give you better support and help on the product by using the forum to a greater degree going forwards.


As you may see when you are in the Forum, the forum captures a lot of useful data, here are some examples


  1. About where people are logging in from - this helps us determine the Global Reach of this tool and how well it is supporting you globally rather than just locally in the USA - it also helps us to understand how important TBC is for Contractors in different regions of the world and that helps us to focus our efforts on better solving those regions problems etc.
  2. What Questions, Blogs, Discussions etc are most interesting or useful to you. We have some categories that we track for example like Corridors, Data Prep, Takeoff, Field Data, Plotting and Drafting, Mass Haul etc that help us to track the importance of those subjects to you as users and from that we can gauge where our focus should be in product development
  3. Sentiment - when you say you like something, that gives it a sentiment scoring - the more likes an article or post gets the higher the sentiment value it gets - that helps us determine where to spend our time - we want to give you more of what you like and less of what you don't like etc.


So all of the above depends heavily on the following


  1. We know that a huge number of people use the forum daily, however a large number of you don't log in so while you "hit a page / blog / question etc" and view its content, we only know that you hit it, we don't know who, where from or any sentiment about what you thought, because you cannot interact with the forum if you don't log in -  so my request here is that you get a Trimble ID (go To Connect.Trimble.Com and select Get Started and that will walk you through the process of getting a Trimble ID - note you can use that Trimble ID in TBC to set up a Profile (Options - External Profiles - Connect and enter your email address and Password (your Trimble ID) and now you have access to the Background Map Service and the ability to use Trimble Connect as a Web Repository and tools like Save Remote File, Open Remote File etc. Now you have a Trimble ID - please log in to the forum to help me better track its use and to drive increased funding for this initiative in Trimble.
  2. While using the Forum, now that you are logged in, if you read a Question / Answer or a Post on a Blog, let us know if you a) Liked the Post and b) found it helpful - those are simple one click switches at the base of the post that you tap once to register a Like or a helpful - that helps to get the statistics better for me to gauge what you are finding useful or interesting etc. and that will help drive my / our behavior on your behalf.
  3. Please also post comments - even if short if you have any as those really help me to gauge how bi a problem something is and I can then try to create more materials or videos etc to better clarify the problem and solution etc.


I will also take this opportunity to thank all of those that are now hitting the forum daily - I can see that some of you make it a part of your daily routine now to look at what is going on. We have fixed so many small bugs and defects and improved so many workflows already because of your collective feedback, it has been awesome so far. I ran some quick numbers the other day that you may find interesting as a reference to this


  1. In the last 10 months (we started in July 2018) we have
    1. Posted 33 Blogs - that have multiple entries and have had an estimated 39000 views
    2. Posted 168 Documents - that have had an estimated 9300 Downloads
    3. Had 39 Discussions that have had an estimated 10500 Views
    4. Answered 483 Questions that have had an estimated 283000 Views
    5. We have posted many videos in Posts and Blogs etc, but in addition we have posted 5 extra videos as uploads that have had an estimated 2000 views
    6. We have posted 7 Events so far and we don't know specifically how many views, but we do know that we have filled 3 PUG Events and had a massive increase in Webinar Attendance as a result of the Forum


When you consider the Snowball effect of this overtime, the hit rate and interaction rate is increasing rapidly today, but even if we look at the above over a 10 month period, this has generated over 380000 separate interactions which is an average of 38000 / month or ~10000 per week which is awesome as a start and we know we are only scratching the surface here.


Thank you for your continued support and encouragement, I see huge value in this dialog between Trimble - SITECH - User that has been generating a lot of internal momentum - we really appreciate your energy, enthusiasm and passion for what we are trying to do here and with the product, and I personally greatly appreciate the industry friendship that this has created for me




Alan Sharp

Alan Sharp

Customer Success Stories

Posted by Alan Sharp May 10, 2019

Attention all SITECHs out there ....


Every day I have discussions with SITECH staff about projects that we end up working together, where we are collectively solving customer project problems to get people up and running with models or takeoffs or reports or field data generation etc.


I would like to have you guys (or the end users that we are working with) to post Success Stories out here where we work together to solve real world problems. 


Please post your stories with Site Photos or videos, TBC Model Screen Grabs or Reports etc., A Project Summary (type of project, location, problem to be solved etc.) - you can be vague about end user company, specific project name or location if need's be to capture what we did to get the project going or make it more successful


I hope that through these we can really help our user base see what is possible with the product and with the backing of SITECH and Trimble personnel


Post away ... I will get the ball rolling here with a case study that I worked on for the UK team earlier this week to give you an example



Attention All TBC Construction Users Out There


On a daily basis I see great work being carried out using TBC by you all, covering a wide range of activities for Data Prep, Takeoff, Site Survey and As Builts etc. from Site Models to Corridors, to Retaining Walls to Building Footing Excavations and to Bridges and Structures etc. 


As a team we would like to see the work that you are doing showcased here, to allow us to better understand what you can / are achieving using the software in different aspects of your work. We are interested in your Project Models, Your Takeoffs, Your Reports and Outputs - anything that you are proud of we would like to see if you are prepared to share - especially cool or interesting workflows, corner cases or challenging projects (Size or scope etc.) 


Please post here short articles, pictures, example outputs with a description, and if you can / are prepared to share the projects, libraries, outputs all the better.


Where you can see improvements to the software that could game change your productivity, model quality or output quality please let us know (I am sure you will ....)


Show us what you are doing and what you are capable of !