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The introduction of Trimble’s SX10 made it possible to combine survey data with scan data. With the ability to capture point clouds and imagery using a total station with survey workflow, almost eliminating the need for the registration process back in the office. Unfortunately, mistakes can be made in the field and alter our data from the field. In today's tip we will see how we can convert stations to scan stations for registration purposes. 


We see below a .JXL imported from a survey done from an SX10 but unfortunately due to poor survey practices, the station locations are clearly not properly positioned. 






and if we look at our project explorer we can see that the scans are nested under ‘Stations’, noted by the total station symbol. In TBC, we are unable to perform registration between scans nested under stations. For this reason, we must create scan stations to be able to register our scans together. 




To create scan stations, we must navigate to the ‘Point Clouds’ ribbon and select ‘Create Scan Station’ command. 



We are welcomed to the command, where we can select our total stations that we want to create scan stations from. Along with how we want the name of the newly created scan stations to appear. 

  • ‘Move to Scan station’ option will move the scans and images associated with the original station to the newly created scan station.
  • ‘copy to scan station’ option will copy the scans and images associated with the original station to the new scan station. Hence, choosing this option will cause our project size to increase. 



After all the parameters are chosen we can go ahead select ‘Apply’ 







and in our project explorer, we can see that our scans are now nested under scan stations and we can register our scans with ease.





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

As we all know, TBC is home to an abundant amount of commands and functions that help our ease our workflows, but there may be times when we need something very specific that the current commands are not capable of doing. This is where the use of TML’s comes in, where we are able to create functions that are specific to different use case scenarios. 



Where do we find TML’s ? and How do we know what they do ? 


All these answers can be answered by visiting the Macros community page : 


In this page, we can download the TML status extension provided by Rockpile Solutions which allows us to easily access and add extensions into TBC straight within TBC. 


In this community page we can see all the TML’s created by Trimble and a description of what each TML offers. Here we see TML’s by our very own Gary Lantaff. 




Once we have the TML status extension added to TBC, we can navigate to the Macros tab and open the command. 




Here we can see all the TML’s created by either Trimble or Rockpile Solutions that can be added to your TBC by selecting the command and selecting ‘Update’. 

note : The TML’s by Rockpile Solutions are licensed. 


Here we have added the ‘Exploded Surface’ TML and once TBC restarts, it can be seen in the Macros tab under ‘Surfaces’ 








We highly recommend getting familiar with all the available TML’s as they may suit your project needs and make your workflows faster and more efficient. 


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

Welcome back to a brand new year of TBC ! We can kick off 2020’s collection of tips by learning how we can break apart any objects that contain multiple components for further modifications, moving or even exporting individual components. 


Let's take the following surface as an example, created using a corridor, but we want to be able to access the CAD objects used to create the corridor. 




To achieve this, we must navigate to the Explode command in the ‘Edit’ tab under the ‘CAD’ ribbon. Here we can select which objects we want to break apart. 



In the Explode command, we can go ahead and select our surface to be exploded.‘Delete blocks after exploding’ checkbox refers to situations where you do not want to retain the original block as well as the exploded components. 




and after exploding, we can see that the surface has exploded into 15 individual components which we can now modify, move or even export 





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


Have a great year !

TBC is home to all kinds of observations, such as total station observations and RTK vectors. With all of these observations and data types in one project, it can be somewhat difficult to find each point in your graphical view. This week's tip is all about different ways we can use TBC to find your points in your views for easy accessibility !  


Let's take the following data set as an example, using this data set we can use 


  1. Center command
  2. Pan Precise Command 
  3. Select Points by Vector command


to easily find our points. 





‘Center’ command 


This command allows you to center to a specific point. We must first zoom in generally close, so when we use the center command, we can clearly see the point. In your project explorer right click the point you want to view and select ‘Center’ 








‘Pan Precise’ command 


In the ‘Home’ ribbon, under the ‘View’ tab we can find the pan precise command. Using the pan precise command we can pan our 2D view from your current position to the point we are looking for. 


In the ‘From’ field, we can select the point ID of the point we want to pan to and in the ‘To’ field we can select the middle of our current view. In this example, we want to pan to point ID 988




and our view has panned over to where point 988 is located ! 



‘Select Points by Vector’ command 


There may be times when you may not know the point ID you are looking for, but you do know other information such as : Time it was collected, Target Height, Prism Type, Horizontal or Vertical precision and other information. 


for cases such as these, we can go to either the vector spreadsheet for RTK vectors or Optical spreadsheet for total station observations located in the ‘Home’ ribbon. 



We will be using the Optical spreadsheet and look for two points created around 9:25 AM. We can go ahead and select these observations in the optical spreadsheet. 




With our observations selected, we can navigate to the plan view and right click anywhere and select ‘Select Points by Vector’ 





After we select the ‘points points by vector’ command, the points created by these observations will be selected and we can use the ‘Center’ command once more to center our view to the points. 




This great tip was suggested by Joshua Cho, our TBC testing Intern, Thanks Josh !. If you have any cool tips and tricks that you want to share with the community, reach out to us ! 


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


Happy Holidays to everyone that is Celebrating and see you in the new year !

PDF drawings of plan sets contain copious amounts of useful information such as line works, structures, elevations, contours and other information. However, did you know that you can convert these PDF’s into CAD objects to be used for data prep, surface creation and other operations straight within Trimble Business Center ?


Before we get started two things are necessary for this to work 

  1. A Vectorized PDF.
  2. Two points in TBC that will be used for georeferencing the PDF. 



Let's take this PDF as an example, we want to bring this into TBC and convert them into CAD entities. 


To begin, open up your TBC project with your points that will be used to georeference your PDF and then drag and drop your PDF into the project. 


With your PDF loaded, the following dialog will open up. From this dialog we will select ‘Georeference Vector PDF’ shown in the red arrow 








In this window, if needed, we can apply a clipping boundary to our PDF if there are unnecessary information. With our desired PDF size chosen, we can go ahead georeference the  PDF by matching the pixels in the drawings to the corresponding points in your project. 


With our georeferencing, our PDF will be scaled and rotated accordingly to match the two points precisely. 




Now, we can navigate to the project explorer and right click our PDF under the imported files and select ‘Import Vector PDF data’ 



In the ‘Import Vector PDF data’ pane, we can specify which type of dashed line extraction method we prefer as well as the Layer extraction method. 




Once we are satisfied with the options, we can select ‘Import’ 



and our PDF line work has been converted into CAD objects. Using these lines, we can perform data prep, elevate our lines, create surfaces and much more ! 




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

Dear TBC users,



The GEOID18 grid files in the little endian and ASCII grid formats that were posted by NGS prior to November 26, 2019, contained errors in a small percentage of the grid cells (1 in 500). NGS has corrected the errors and replaced these files. Therefore, the TBC team has since incorporated these critical changes in the Coordinate System Database 88 (CSD88). Please see our ‘Check for Updates’ in TBC to install the latest changes.

Thank you!
ngs geoid csd88

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!