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Good morning TBC’ers! Have you ever installed a new version of TBC and wished you could easily pinpoint new commands or enhancements? Well today I will be showing a quick shortcut in TBC to access Release Notes. Release Notes review information about new features, enhancements, system requirements, installation, licensing, and known issues when a new version of TBC is released.


1. From the Support Ribbon in your TBC window, navigate to Learning and select Release Notes


2. A new TBC Release Notes window opens in your designated web browser. New features are conveniently organized by their related ribbon tabs. The most recent TBC release is Version 5.31


I hope this tip comes in handy next time you install a new release of TBC!

Good afternoon TBC’ers! Have you ever wanted to quickly display a cross-section view of a surface? Well today I will be demonstrating the Surface Slicer View command. The Surface Slicer View command slices vertically through a surface to generate a cross-section on the fly. 


1. From the Surfaces Ribbon in your TBC window, navigate to Create and select Surface Slicer View:


The Surface Slicer View command is also accessible from the very top of the TBC window by clicking on this icon:


Alternatively, we can right click on our surface in the Project Explorer and select Surface Slicer View:


2. A new Surface Slicer window displays below your Plan View (the Surface Slicer View command works exclusively with the Plan View). Click in the From box to pick a starting point for the slice in the Plan View, or type in a coordinate (in the format X, Y) or point ID. Hit Apply if you have typed in coordinates rather than picking coordinates in the Plan View


After picking the From point, you can move the cursor across the surface to view the cross-section slice dynamically, without picking a To point. The Surface Slicer view automatically scales to fill the view as you move the cursor.


3. Pick an ending point for the slice, or type in a coordinate or point ID into the To box. Hit Apply if you have typed in coordinates rather than picking coordinates in the Plan View


Red tic marks denote where the slice crosses points or breaklines. At certain view magnifications, slope values appear above segments:


To hide cross-section slope values, right click on the cross-section, and select Properties from the context menu:


In the Properties pane, select Hide in the Label Slope list:


We can check the Show slicing line box to show or hide the line indicating where the surface was sliced:


4. To add additional surfaces to the view, click Surfaces to display the Select Surface dialog:


5. Check boxes for the surfaces to include in the view, and click OK


I hope this tip comes in handy next time you are working with surfaces in TBC!

Trimble’s suite of software for surveyors, including Trimble® RealWorks® and Trimble Business Center™, offers an array of functionality that saves time and produces high quality deliverables; however, very large data sets can prevent the user from maximizing the full potential of the software. With some pre-planning, the most advantageous configuration of computers and storage devices can be selected to facilitate the transfer and
processing of large data sets.

Hey US-based surveyors! NGS has extended the deadline for releasing the final publication on the deprecation of the US Survey Foot to September 28, 2020. Lot of historical implications (those old plats in USFT...or Int'l) and complications moving forward (corrections and conversions in field and office software).


Never too late to comment or digest how this is going to change your day-to-day!

Good morning TBC’ers! Have you ever worked with various versions of Trimble Access in the field and struggled with different versions of job files? Well, today I will be showing you a handy shortcut in TBC to quickly convert job versions with the Job Converter. The Job Converter is easily accessible from TBC and allows you to bring older jobs into newer versions of Trimble Access. It is a great tool to use when different versions of job files need to be exchanged between surveyors. 


1. From the Survey Ribbon in TBC, navigate to Processing Services under GNSS:


2. A new Survey Tools window opens in your web browser after selecting Processing Services. Next, select the Job Converter heading at the top of your Survey Tools window: 

3. Drag and drop one or multiple job files into the Job Converter window, or hit Choose a file to navigate to your files in your file explorer:


4. With your job file(s) uploaded to the Job Converter, we can hit Begin Conversion Process:


My job file was in a Trimble Access 2018 format, and I want to convert it to a Trimble Access 2020 format.


5. From the Status drop-down menu, select your conversion preference, then hit GO:


6. Your converted file will appear under the Output File heading when the conversion is complete. Click on your output file to download it to your computer. The file simply contains a zipped version of your new job file, whereas the Demo.job file is not zipped:


I hope this tip comes in handy next time you are working with mixed fleets in the field! 

Good morning TBC’ers! Have you ever created a surface and wished you were able to easily visualize the topography and elevation differences within it? Well today I will be demonstrating how to create surface contour lines that include elevation labels and colors. 


Once you have a surface created in your Plan View or 3D View, navigate to the Create Contours tool under the Surfaces Ribbon:

With the Create Contours command pane opened, select the surface you wish to add contours to from the Surface drop-down list. Enter a value for the vertical distance between contours in the Contour Interval field. The estimated number of contours appears under the Surface Information heading at the very bottom of the Create Contours command pane. Next, enter a value for the spacing of index contours in the Index Frequency box. Index contours are the major contours, while other contours are the minor contours.

To add elevation labels and colors, first choose a layer on which to place the contour object in the Layer list. You can then select a display color for the minor contours in the Color drop-down list, as well as a thickness for the minor contours in the Contour line weight drop-down list . Then you can select a color for the major contours in the Index contour color drop-down list, and set a thickness for the major contours in the Index contour line weight drop-down list. 

You  also have the option of checking the Color contours by elevation and Smooth contours check boxes. You can check the Color contours by elevation check box to override specified contour and index contour colors. You can check the Smooth contours check box box to round contours at each vertex. (For this demonstration, I chose to color my contours by elevation and to smooth my contours.) 

Lastly, confirm the style of your contour labels by designating your Text style and Distance between labels. To add additional elevation labels at the extents of the contours, check the Label ends of contours check box. 


With your input settings complete, you can click OK to display the contour lines and labels in the Plan View or 3D View. The following is my example of the resulting contour lines and labels from a top-down point of view in the Plane View:

Alternatively, here are the contour lines and labels displayed over the surface in the 3D View:


I hope this tip comes in handy next time you are working with surfaces in TBC!

The US National Geodetic Survey (NGS) has released an update on the NSRS Modernization program slated for a 2022 release.

Today TBC only ships with the official geoid model 18 published by National Geodetic Survey (NGS), but some users need to use the NGS experimental geoid models 2019 for certain applications. More information about these geoid models can be found here: Experimental Geoid Models 2019 (xGEOID19) | GEOID | Data & Imagery | National Geodetic Survey .

We have converted the NGS xGeoid19B bin file to the GGF format, so it can be consumed directly with Coordinate System Manager. 


Download the xGeoid19B.ggf


Product Disclaimer

The GGF was converted from an experimental geoid model using a legacy Trimble software, we do not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of this information. Please use it with caution.  

Good afternoon TBC’ers! Today I will be showing you a handy shortcut to access additional help and guidelines if you are unfamiliar with a certain TBC command. First, we can launch the Command Pane by hitting F12 on our keyboard. With the Command Pane launched, we see a list of “All Commands” that is directly under “Recent Commands”. Right clicking on any command under “All Commands” reveals a Help option. Simply hovering your mouse over the Help option directs you to where a command is located in the TBC ribbon:


Selecting Help by clicking with your mouse will open the Trimble Business Center Help window. The Trimble Business Center Help window can provide a description of the command you selected, prerequisites needed to launch the command, steps to execute the command in TBC, as well as different scenarios you may encounter when utilizing the command and other related topics:


I hope this tip comes in handy next time you open a TBC project!

Good afternoon TBC’ers! Today I will be showing you a simple, yet extremely handy tool, to use when working with point cloud data: the Keep In and Keep Out command. The Keep In/ Keep Out commands are great to clean up point cloud data or aid in temporary point cloud selections by improving visibility. Once you have point cloud data loaded into your plan or 3D view, we can use the rectangle select or polygon select tool to highlight a region of your point cloud:


Next, navigate to the Point Clouds ribbon under Regions where you will find the Keep In/ Keep Out tools:


The Keep Out command hides all points within your selection boundary or selected point cloud regions:


In comparison, the Keep In command hides all points outside your selection boundary or selected point cloud regions:


It is important to remember that these commands do not permanently alter your point cloud data - you can simply hit “Restore All” to view your point cloud in its original form again:


The Keep In/ Keep Out commands can also be used in conjunction with the “Create Region” or  “Add to Region” tools. This is great if you are only interested in analyzing a small portion of your point cloud, so you can put unwanted points into a “junk” region:


I hope this tip come in handy next time you are working with point cloud data in TBC!

Good afternoon TBC’ers! Today I will be demonstrating an alternative way to import GNSS and aerial image data into TBC through the import pane. The import pane allows us to access additional settings that do not appear with the drag & drop method. First, at the very top of your TBC window, click on the import icon:


We now see the import pane appear. We can click on the “...” to access our data folder that we want to import:

When selecting GNSS data to import, we see two settings on the very bottom of the import pane that are great for troubleshooting GNSS data: “Force Static” and “Force Kinematic”. Setting the “Force Static” setting to yes is useful when your intention was to survey a single point, but it was recognized as multiple points in the field. For instance, this could happen if you adjusted the tripod position while still collecting points and recording epochs. Forcing static will make your multiple points one observation. 


Additionally, setting “Force Kinematic” to yes is useful when you suspect bad measurements exist in static data. Forcing kinematic can expose field errors caused by tripod tilting. You can then disable the bad session segment, and improve the quality of the static survey.


If we are importing aerial survey data with the import pane, we have the additional option of selecting our coordinate system units. This is a quick way to designate if we want our coordinate units to be measured in degrees, feet, or meters:

I hope this tip comes in handy next time you are importing your data into a new TBC project!

Good morning TBC’ers! Today I will be demonstrating a new surface command in TBC v5.30: the create surface intersection lines command. The create surface intersection lines command is used to create linestrings at the intersection of two surfaces. To open the command, navigate to the surfaces ribbon, and hit “Surface Intersect Lines” under create:


In the create surface intersection lines command pane, make any changes in the line settings field as necessary. You can enter in a name, choose your layer, and adjust the line style, scale, and color. The name field is optional; if you do enter a name, all intersection lines will have the same name. Next, in the surfaces group, select two intersecting surfaces for which you want to create linestrings. Now we are ready to click apply:


We can see the resulting linestrings in black (or whatever color you chose in your input settings) by zooming into the plan view or 3D view:


Turning off our surfaces in the view filter manager can give us a clearer view of the resulting linestrings as well:


I hope this tip comes in handy next time you are working with surfaces in TBC!

“Trimble Business Center (TBC) or Trimble Realworks (TRW)? Which of these scanning solutions best suits our needs?” -  I'm sure if you work with point cloud applications, you may have wondered this same exact question. It can be difficult to distinguish between the advantages of using one solution over the other, and that's why the TBC team along with the TRW team has created a comparison document which goes over the functionality of the two software to help us better understand the strengths and differences between TBC and TRW. 


For those who are not familiar with Trimble Realworks, it is a scanning software specifically designed for point cloud data processing and analysis. The software provides a complete solution to efficiently register, analyze, model, and create deliverables using point cloud data from virtually any source. 


To find this document, lets navigate to the TRW webpage via this link :


Then lets navigate to the bottom of the page where we can find the “TBC-TRW Comparison for Scanning Workflows”: 




Then in the document we can see the comparison between 11 topics of : 





In each of the topics, we can compare which software supports which formats/workflows and more !





and if you prefer to listen to two experts of TBC and TRW compare the two software when it comes to different applications, checkout our YouTube channel for the following playlist !



If you have not done so already, this is the perfect time to get a free 30 day demo license to TRW (by contacting your nearest Trimble dealer) to check out these features for yourself ! 


Hope this tip comes in handy the next time you are wondering whether to use Trimble RealWorks or Trimble Business Center ! 

In case you missed our live webinar, we've broken out each of the eleven comparison topics between Trimble Business Center and Trimble RealWorks into a new playlist on YouTube.


Reference these short clips or review the entire comparison document to learn which software package is better suited for your survey scanning or production scanning workflows.

Check out TBC's new white paper - Understanding and Applying Scale Factors in Scanning Workflows in TBC - to learn more about scale factors, the need for scale factors across multiple survey sensors, and how TBC brings each together into a single project. This paper is an excellent resource for both beginners and experts to learn more about scale factors in theory and how TBC uses them to position and align data in practice!


Available in PDF here -


There's also a new YouTube video explaining the improved point cloud import menu for v5.30 posted -