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Our projects can sometimes end up having various types of data with different parameters for each of the data types. Using this week’s tip I will be showing you how to query your selection so you can select just the objects you need using these parameters. 


First we must open the command ‘Advanced Select’ by navigating to the GIS ribbon 



From here we are welcomed to the advanced select pane. In the ‘Apply This selection To’ section we can clarify what we want to apply the selection to. 


The ‘Select’ section is where all the magic happens. The ‘data type’ drop down list shows all the different types of data in your project that you are able to choose from. See below for a comparison of two projects with two varying types of data types : 







We can either select all of the objects that fall under that data type or we can specify which specific objects we would like to select. 


As an example, I have a data set with features attributes extracted and with point values assigned to each of these features. I would like to select just the points with the feature code of Broad leaf tree (BT). This is how I would set up my selection : 


and as we can see, the points with the feature code of BT has been selected ! 


Hope this tip comes in handy, the next time you are using TBC ! 

Presenting our data and work from the field can sometimes be a very tedious operation. Countless number of screenshots, videos and creating slide decks. Well, using today’s tip you can create a presentation of your data straight from TBC that can be used to present to various groups such as the general public, your co-workers or even your customers. 


To enter presentation mode, you must first have created defined views (Tip # 86 : Creating different viewpoint using the ‘Defined Views’ command) of the views you would like to present. After these views are created, you must enter the support ribbon and select ‘Presentation Mode’ 



Once you have selected presentation mode, the following window pane will welcome you to the presentation mode parameters 




Automatic advance time specifies the amount of time each view will be displayed until moving to the next view

Automatic Reset time specifies the amount of time after user interaction the presentation mode will cycle through the views 


and the Exit password specifies the password you may want to type to exit the presentation (not required as there is an exit button located in the presentation mode) 



The presentation will follow the order of your defined views (which you may rearrange to your liking) 


Hope this tip comes in handy the next time you are using TBC ! 

Break through into new laser scanning workflows and deliverables with the new Trimble X7 terrestrial laser scanning solution. Announced in September 2019, the Trimble X7 laser scanner with Trimble Perspective field software offers a new level of scanning productivity with automatic calibration, survey-grade self-leveling, and in-field automatic station registration. And Trimble Business Center (TBC) v5.20 seamlessly supports Trimble X7 data through image-based station views; CAD and drafting tools; point cloud registration, classification, and extraction routines; and more. Join this month’s Power Hour on October 30th to learn how the Trimble X7 with TBC v5.20 provides a market-leading solution for surveyors and scanning professionals alike.


For more information and for free registration, visit


The session will be offered twice to cover our global audience and will be recorded for free on-demand viewing afterwards.  See you there!

Looking for specific commands in TBC can be somewhat tedious due to its growing list of commands. With this weeks tip we can stop wasting time searching for the command we need using the command pane


The command pane is one of the most useful tools in TBC which allows us to access all of the commands in TBC just by pressing F12 on your keyboard. 


By pressing F12 on our keyboard we are welcomed to this window where we can simply type in the command we want and the command will appear as such : 

From here, we can select the command and the commands pane will open up ! 


Hope this tip comes in handy the next time you are using Trimble Business Center !

We have all had times when we have created surfaces but there are unnecessary surface triangles in our surface model. Yes, we can clean these triangles using the ‘Trim Surface Edge’ command but using today’s tip you can easily remove those unnecessary surface triangles using one simple trick ! 


Below we have a point cloud region of which we will be creating a surface from 

From this ground region we will create a surface, which is shown below : 




From this surface we see some surface triangles that we need to remove. So we can simply go to the project explorer and open up the properties panel for the surface. From here we can navigate to the maximum edge length option. This specifies what the maximum triangle edge length allowed on the edge of your surface. 




Here, we will enter a value which is an acceptable edge length for our project and the surface will recompute as shown below : 



And Viola ! The surface edges have been trimmed ! You are also able to set the maximum edge length prior to starting your project using the Project Settings as well ! 


Simply open your Project setting navigate to the computations folder and in the surface tab, simply change your edge length ! 



Hope this Tip comes in handy, the next time you are using Trimble Business Center ! 

September 25th at 8am Mountain time
As geospatial and construction deliverables continue to build more efficient and productive BIM workflows, an increasingly popular format for data exchange between all parties is the IFC (Industry Foundational Classes) format. Trimble enables surveyors to join BIM workflows with the recent enhancements to better support IFCs in Trimble Access field software and Trimble Business Center (TBC) office software. Attend this TBC Power Hour to learn how to take structural models from industry-leading software like Tekla or Revit, import into TBC for georeferencing and data prep computations, then send to Trimble Access for field staking and review. Guest host Kevin Kinahan, from Trimble’s United Kingdom Geospatial Partner KOREC, will showcase a real-world project and workflow with IFC files, starting with the completed engineering model in Tekla, through to TBC, and ultimately Trimble Access. 
Attendees will learn how to:
- Import + view IFC geometry + data within TBC
- Extract points + lines from IFC files
- Rotate + move IFC files to georeference on coordinates
- Export IFC files from TBC
- Import IFC files + use for active maps + stakeout in Trimble Access 
See you there!

Tired of always having to rotate your views to a specific spot to QA your data or want to share a specific perspective of your data to others ? Well using today’s tip, you can do exactly that ! 


The command ‘Defined Views’ can be used in both Plan view and 3D view to easily define views that we want to view later. 


To access this command, we must first go to the Support Ribbon and select ‘Defined Views’ and the ‘Defined views’ command will open as shown below 




Then we must simply have the view want to be defined in either 3D or Plan View and select the thumbnail in the command. Then we must name the view as shown below 






We can have multiple defined views in both 3D and Plan view and delete them by selecting the thumbnail of the view and clicking the garbage can icon on the far right. 


For each of the defined view TBC creates a view filter and we are able to select using the filter list : 



Hope this tip comes in handy, the next time you are using Trimble Business Center ! 

Ever export some point cloud data and you notice there is a scan that hasn't been properly registered ? But due to the large amount of data present you are unable to clearly identify which station and scan the point cloud belongs to ? With today’s tip I will show you how to identify scans and stations which each points belong to using the ‘Measure Point’ tool. 


Let's take a look at the project below, as you can see it has multiple scans an area(blue circle) which has not been properly registered. So we want to identify which station and scan these points belong to. 



To identify which station and scans this area belongs to, we must navigate to the quick access bar and select ‘Measure Point’ from ‘Measure’ drop-down pane as shown below 




Once the command pane has opened, we must simply select a point from the cloud and its information such as the position, regions, scan station and scan are displayed ! 



Hope this tip comes in handy the next time you are using Trimble Business Center ! 

Want to learn a little bit more about Trimble's powerful Coordinate System Manager utility for use in TBC and Trimble Access? Attend our free TBC Power Hour session tomorrow, Wednesday August 28th, at 8am Mountain Time - sign-up here -

In TBC, we are always looking for ways to make our workflows as fast as possible. Today I will show you another way to minimize your clicking and scrolling time. 


Let us look at the data set below, it is a digital design and I have been asked to perform data prep on this data set. I have been tasked to create an offset line to represent the back of the curb of this road



I enter the offset line command and here we fill in the necessary information needed to create our offset, but when selecting a layer, rather than clicking on the drop down list, we are able to simply select a member of the same layer from the plan view as such. 




We know the back of the curb will be in the same layer as the curb, hence we can simply select the curb in the plan view to give our offset line the same layer !



Special Thanks to Rui Wu for suggesting this Tip !


Hope this Tip comes in handy, the next time you are using TBC ! 

Whenever we use scan data, we want to make sure that the scans are properly registered to each other. There may be some cases where the imported data may look registered but it isn't quite so. Using today’s tip you can easily do QA on your point cloud registration using the cutting plane view. 


First to access the cutting plane view, we must go to the ‘Point Clouds’ ribbon and select ‘Cutting Plane View’  




You are welcomed to the cutting plane view and here we will need to create a plane which intersects with our point clouds. Under the ‘Plane’ drop down list select  <New>  and you will be welcomed to the Plane Manager. 







In the plane manager, select ‘New’ and create a plane using the choices shown under ‘Planes’ tab. For this current data set, I have chosen the ‘Two points normal definition’ and selected two points in the point clouds to create a plane that intersects my point cloud 


Once you are satisfied with your plane, you may close the plane manager and turn your scan rendering to “Scan Color” so we are able to better visualize different scans. Enter a value such as “1” for the cutting plane thickness (or any thickness you are satisfied with). 


Using the slider at the bottom, you are now able to go through our data and look for discrepancies in your registrations. 



As we can see, the scans are not aligned with each other and definitely needs to be registered once more. 


Hope this tip comes in handy the next time you are using Trimble Business Center. 

Ever been worried that TBC may not be holding the levelness of your scans and tilting them when it performs registration ? Well you can say goodbye to your worries because of TBC’s new functionality of holding leveled scan data locked in the Z-axis. 


Let's Imagine a scenario, you have some scan data and you are looking to register each of the scans but you do not want any tilted scans and want to hold the levelness of the original scans. Well, to do this you must simply go to the properties pane of the scan you are looking to hold the levelness and simply say ‘yes’ in the drop down menu. 



For this feature to be available, your scan stations must have 6 degrees of freedom that support level/tilt compensation. 


When the Level compensation is turned on, the registration and georeferencing of scans are only computed with a 3D position shift and a rotation in the Z-axis without computing computing X and Y axis rotations. 


When the Level compensation is turned off, the registration and georeferencing of scans are computed with a 3D position shift and a 3D rotation along with X-and Y- and Z-axis rotations. 


Note : By turning off level compensation prior to registration and/or georeferencing, one is able to achieve a better fit but at the expense of introducing level-related errors. 


Hope this tip will come in handy the next time you are using Trimble Business Center !  

Wednesday, August 28th - 8am MDT

Working with Coordinate System Manager (CSM)

If you are a beginner or a long-time user of TBC or Trimble Access, chances are you’ve used the Coordinate System Manager (CSM) utility, Trimble’s stand-alone utility to manage, customize, and export coordinate systems for use in field and office surveying work. Guest presenter Neil Robicheau from Frontier Precision will show you how to use CSM more efficiently to create custom systems, add local sites, datums, and geoids, and other best practices. Neil has 20 years of field experience with Trimble equipment and is a licensed PLS in Alaska and Washington.

Attendees will learn how to:

- Efficiently use CSM by grouping and defining coordinate systems
- Add local sites, datums, ellipsoids, and geoids to the CSM library
- Define custom coordinate systems, such as low-distortion projections (LDPs) and Modified State Plane systems
- Utilize custom coordinate systems in TBC and Trimble Access
- Work with multiple reference frames

Register here -…/2692601023029425933

See you then!

If you are new to TBC, welcome!  We are glad that you've chosen our product and hope you enjoy discovering the survey data processing, CAD capabilities, point cloud tools, deliverable creation options, and more featured in TBC.


Learning a new technical software can be difficult at times so we've created these two videos to help you get started.


Part 1 - Downloading, installing, and licensing - Getting Started with TBC - Part 1 - Downloading, Installing, and Licensing - YouTube 


Part 2 - Understanding the interface, menus, and navigating through survey data - Getting Started in TBC - Part 2 - Navigating the TBC Interface - YouTube 

TBC’s computation engine is always looking to compute grid coordinates (N,E,Elevation) and global coordinates (Lat, Long, Ellipsoidal Heights). But let’s imagine a scenario where you are measuring the coordinates of a point using both GNSS measurements and total station observations. Which method does TBC use to compute the points elevation and height ? 



We know that GNSS observations give us ellipsoidal heights measured from the reference ellipsoid. To be able to convert these heights into elevations (Orthometric Heights) we must subtract the geoid undulation (Geoid Height) from the elevation taken from GNSS observations. 




Let us look at the point quality hierarchy used in TBC : 


  1. Network adjusted 
  2. Control Quality 
  3. Survey Quality
  4. Survey Geoid Quality 
  5. Mapping Quality 
  6. Mapping Geoid Quality 
  7. Unknown Geoid 
  8. Unknown



In our example, our measurements are measured with survey quality. Hence, 

  • Total station observations produce:
    • Survey quality elevations
    • Survey geoid quality heights
  • GNSS observations produce:
    • Survey quality heights
    • Survey geoid quality elevations


Why? Because the geoid reduces the quality when converting from heights to elevations and vice versa. 



This means our GNSS observations has survey quality heights but the total station observations has survey geoid quality heights. 


So, to answer our original question, TBC uses the elevations from the Total Station observations and Heights from GNSS observation to keep the highest quality. 


For more information on TBC's computation engine, please check out our Power hour about Integrating multiple types of data here