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With Trimble Sitevision released, you are able to use Augmented Reality technology to bring your data to life and visualize your data in the real world. With this new release, TBC has introduced the ability to export CAD data straight into a format which is optimized for Sitevision. 


TBC 5.10 introduced the SiteVision AR exporter, which can be accessed from the ‘Construction Tab’ in the export command. 





This SiteVision AR exporter lets us export objects such as :

  • Points
  • Lines
  • Surfaces 
  • Utilities


When we use the sitevision exporter, three files are created : 

  1. VCL file : Contains most of the data our VCE project files contain, but more suitable for transfer with no loss of objects.
  2. TRB file : The model itself that will be shown in SiteVision that is optimized for high speed performance. 
  3. .JXL/.CAL : Depending if the project contains a Site Calibration, .CAL file for projects with .JXL file for projects without a coordinate system. 




In the export dialog, we have the options to either save our files locally, or straight into Trimble Connect. SiteVision can load models and straight from Trimble Connect, hence this method will be time saving. To Save directly to Connect, we must browse external services by selecting the cloud storage button circled in blue in the above image. 



and from the following page, choose our Trimble connect profile and navigate to the location in which you want to save our project and simply select ‘Save’. 


Note :  

  1. To export IFC models into SiteVision, we must use the dedicated IFC exported located in the CAD tab 


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

5.20 is out !  Along with this new release, we have some great new features that have enhanced the overall experience and usability of TBC. One of these features is a new method to easily pick scan stations for registration purposes. In a project with a large number of scans, it can be difficult to keep track of which scans in your graphical views corresponds to which scan station. Using this enhancement, you will be able to easily distinguish between your scans


Lets look at the following project below as an example, I have 59 scans. We can clearly see that the scans highlighted in blue have not been properly registered. Due to the number of scans it is extremely difficult to know which scan station these scans belong to…..until now. 



If you navigate to the ‘Register Scans’ command, regardless of which registration method you are using (Plane-Based or Pairwise) you will see this new tool. Using this scan picker you can select your scan in your graphical view and the scan station which the scan belongs to will be highlighted. 






And after your scan station has been highlighted, you may ‘Unlink’ and perform registration once more. 




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

Joe Blecha

TBC v5.20 Released

Posted by Joe Blecha Nov 18, 2019

TBC v5.20 is here!  Download this latest release for Trimble X7, Trimble SiteVision, and Trimble Clarity support, as well as new tools to parametrically elevate linework, an aerial photogrammetry engine update, improved workflows to digitalize cross-section plan sheets, and more.


For full information on the new features and enhancements (and to download your copy!), visit What's new in TBC v5.20 | Trimble Geospatial 

View, measure, and share your point cloud and survey data online in Trimble Clarity from the new publishing routine in TBC.  From Trimble SX10, TX8, MX9, X7, and any other sensor you can think of, bring it to TBC, publish to Clarity, then share with your clients!  Join us this month to learn more about the new Trimble Clarity.


TBC Power Hour - Publishing to Trimble Clarity from TBC - Wednesday, November 20th at 8am US Mountain.

Getting familiar with a new workflow in TBC can be daunting but we as we all know, we have the TBC tutorials that can help us get off the ground using the provided data sets. Now, after we are familiar with the tutorial data set and we want to use our own data sets, what do we do ? Well we could follow the workflow described in the tutorial or we can use the instructions for workflows in the Help document ! 


The major workflows instructions are an additional method of getting familiar with the workflows within TBC. These instructions walk you through some of the major workflows within TBC with the links to commands straight within the help document. Lets say, I finished the tutorial for ‘Performing a network adjustment’ and I would like to perform a network adjustment of my own survey data. 


First you would have to go to the ‘Support’ ribbon and select the ‘Help’ button or simply hit ‘F1’ on your keyboard to open the command. 



If you aren't already, navigate to the ‘Welcome to Trimble Business Center Help’ page and here you will see the workflows with the fast track instructions. I will go ahead and select the ‘Adjust Network’ workflow




and here, I am given the reason behind network adjustment along with the steps to reproduce this workflow. selecting the commands on the right side will also open that command in your TBC project. 


Along with the tutorials and these fast track workflows, hope you can get started on different workflows TBC has to offer ! 

Less than two days until Trimble webinar event of the year... the TBC Power Hour on integrating the new Trimble X7 laser scanner data into your survey workflows in TBC.  You don't want to miss this!  Register today!


Wednesday, October 30th - 8am or 4pm US Mountain time - both live sessions working through #trimbleX7 data integrated with #trimbleSX10 and #trimbleR10 in #tbc


See you there!


#trimblegeospatial #breakthrough 

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 -