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Join us on November 29th for the November TBC Power Hour on Site Calibrations and Local Site Settings in TBC


Site calibrations, localizations, and ground coordinate computations are not just for survey field software. Let us show you the powerful tools in TBC to create and edit multi- and single point site calibrations, set a single point project location, and how to setup TBC to use ground coordinates in this month’s TBC Power Hour.


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Call your friends, call your neighbors, call your CAD office staff!
The wait is over!
TBC v4.00 new feature videos are complete and posted on our TBC Survey YouTube channel.
Videos include:
- What's New in TBC v4.00
- Integration with Trimble Clarity
- CAD Features + Enhancements
- History Log View
- New Export Point Cloud Options
- DigitalGlobe Background Maps
- Improved GNSS Baseline Processing
- Single Proportioning

How often do you receive data in a zip file?  Zipping a file folder is very useful for reducing the overall file size making for easier sharing and emailing.  This week’s TBC tip demonstrates importing a zip file containing multiple file types into TBC.



This zip file contains multiple static GNSS files (.t02) and one control point file (.csv).  Drag and drop the zip file into TBC or use the import command to bring the data into TBC.



Any files requiring specialized settings for import have dialog boxes displayed.  In this case, the control file is imported using the Custom Import Format and the static GNSS with Receiver Raw Data Check-In.



All files within the zip file are imported into TBC removing the need to create an unzipped folder and individually importing the files.



Utilize this great tip for time and computer space savings and stay tuned for next week’s TBC tip.

Until next time, have fun using TBC and happy surveying!  Don't forget to #TBC your latest survey projects.



TBC Team


Joe Blecha

TBC v4.00 Released Today!

Posted by Joe Blecha Sep 25, 2017


Notice anything new about our photo of supported editions and modules? No more TBC Complete edition in v4.00, released today! It's been renamed to Intermediate edition. Also pictured, but not explicit, is that the Advanced Drafting module functionality has been added to TBC Advanced edition!


Not to mention a new GNSS baseline processing engine, integration with Trimble Clarity, History Log View, CAD Enhancements like Divide Line and Single Proportioning, and too many more to mention!


Download or update to TBC 4.00 today and give it a try!


September's TBC Power Hour Announced!
Join us for an introduction to Trimble Clarity - Trimble's web-based geospatial data viewer and collaboration tool - to be released with TBC 4.00 at Intergeo!
We'll spend the hour discussing Trimble Clarity, the benefits and features of the online web viewer, how to share Trimble Clarity presentations, and its integration with TBC.
Note that there will be only one session - 8am US Mountain time.

Have you signed up for tomorrow's Power Hour? We'll be talking about Network and Traverse Adjustments in TBC, when and how to use each approach, and working through data sets to showcase each routine.


Check out more details here:


Geospatial Webinars 

Bet you didn’t know about this week’s TBC tip!  You can enter azimuths into any angle control box and automatically change them to the corresponding bearing value.  This is very useful for speeding up key-in of cadastral map data.  The image below shows a typical angle control, in this case, in the CreateCOGO command window.  You can find the angle control in various other commands throughout TBC.



To change an entered azimuth value to bearing simply enter a "1" followed by a space, and then the azimuth value.  See image below for an example of this.



Once the azimuth has been entered and you have moved to the next line the value automatically updates to the corresponding bearing.  In the CreateCOGO command, this also updates the line command box shown below with the same bearing value.




*The correct bearing will always be computed, if you type 1 and then a space for any azimuth entered.

his is another tool in your TBC toolbox for being more efficient and getting the job done faster!


Happy Surveying,




TBC Team

This week we are exploring the right-click mouse button in TBC.  There are many reasons why it is useful to know what this button can do for you especially the time you can save.  


The primary function of the right-click mouse button in TBC is to allow quick access to many of the commonly used commands.  By right-clicking in the plan, 3D, station, or cutting plane view will open the right-click Context Menu.  See the image below for a description of the Context Menu and it's functions.




The Context Menu can be used with any selection of objects or when no selection is made.  In this example, I have selected a point cloud region in TBC and opened the Context Menu.  


Users can change the amount of commands displayed in the Recent Commands group by accessing the Project Options.  See images below for location.





Several new groups are available when using the Context Menu during a command operation.  The image below shows the various shortcuts available while using the Create Linestring command.  The quick access run commands are available in this menu to remove the need to navigate back to the Command Pane window while running the command.  Now you can focus on the current object and workflow with ease.



Don't forget to send us your Tip of the Week recommendations and until next week, happy surveying!




TBC Team

Using TBC to troubleshoot your field surveys is like detective work. Wondering how a specific point location got computed? Looking at the point properties doesn’t tell you much about the point info? In that case the tip below will be very useful. Point Derivation Report will be your best friend.

In this example, there is traverse, static GNSS, and differential leveling observations for establishing a survey control network.  Point 1011’s coordinates are calculated by all three observation types followed by a network adjusted value.

To create the Point Derivation Report select and right-click to view the shortcut menu and press Point Derivation Report.  You can generate multiple reports by selecting several points before running the report command.

The Point Derivation Report created from TBC is in HTML format and will be opened in your selected browser.

There are several elements to this report:

  1. The first section details the survey data and comparison of the calculated position values for each observation and coordinate

  2. The second section shows the calculated GNSS vector length and precisions
  3. The next section shows the terrestrial observations (total station) and their components

  4. This section describes the leveling observations used to calculate the elevation value for the selected point

  5. Finally, this section describes any effice entered, imported, or adjusted coordinates used in the calculations


Here is an example where this report can be used to find errors in a survey.  The observation in red is outside of the computation tolerances set in the Project Settings.  This information can be used to fix blunders by enabling/disabling observations, changing point ID's, and other raw information.



The Point Derivation Report can help you find all those pesky survey errors and clean up survey data to make a error proof deliverable.  Until next time, happy surveying!




TBC Team

Hi TBC Community - next Power Hour is set!


Register today! Fresh off our highest-ever attended (more than 1300!) Power Hour session in July, let's keep the momentum going! Register today for August 30th's Power Hour - Network Adjustment vs. Traverse Adjustment. This power hour will discuss the differences between the two and when and how to utilize in TBC.

Joe Blecha

TBC Power Hour Vault

Posted by Joe Blecha Jul 27, 2017

Here you'll find links to recordings and tentative schedules for the TBC Power Hour sessions:



August - Volumetric Computation Workflows

September - Survey Feature Coding and Attribution

October - How to integrate total station, level, and GNSS data

November - How to seamlessly integrate Survey data with GIS data

December - Trimble V10 Point Clouds From Pictures: Data Capture and Processing Demonstration



January - Working with Level Data

February - Efficiently Create Survey Drafting Deliverables

March - Integrating RTK, Total Station, Level and User Entered Data

April - Working with Total Station Data

May - Network Adjustment Workflows and Best Practices

June - Advanced Drafting Workflows

July - Efficient As Staked Workflows using TBC and Trimble Access

August - Utilizing Trimble Access Pipelines Module and TBC to Streamline Pipeline Workflows

September - Baseline Processing Workflows

October - Topographic Map Creation Using Trimble SX10

November - Trimble SX10 Roading and Corridor Workflows using Trimble Access and TBC

December - UAS Processing using new TBC/UASMaster Workflows



January - New TBC Tools For Cadastral Survey Workflows

February - Data Traceability Using Customized Reporting

March - Streamlining Workflows Using Templates, Styles, and Libraries

April - TBC for Machine Control

May - Enhance Your Deliverables Using Trimble VISION and TBC

June - Field to Finish with Confidence

July - Defining + Working with Grid + Ground Coordinates

August - Traverse Adjustment vs. Network Adjustment

September - Introducing Trimble Clarity

October - Legal Description Writer and Map Closures in TBC


Coming Soon:


November 29 - Site Calibrations and Local Site Settings

December - 


Got a suggestion for a TBC Power Hour topic?  Want your favorite TBC personalities to break down a specific topic or workflow in TBC?  Comment below!


Have you signed up for our July Power Hour yet? We'll be talking about working with grid and ground coordinates with Mark White, Duncan-Parnell's training and support manager. Check out the session's topics and sign up today!


Geospatial Webinars 


If you are having troubles registering, please use this link to sign-up: 

We'll be talking about working with grid and ground coordinates with Mark White, Duncan-Parnell's training and support manager. Check out the session's topics and sign up today!

Managing data and planning for projects is complemented using the Google Earth viewing options available in TBC.  The first option is using the Google Earth command.  This  feature allows you to transfer survey data through a KML file into Google Earth.  

The offset fields allows you to apply necessary translations to the data to better match imagery in Google Earth as they may initially line up to a certain accuracy.  Offsets vary depending on the accuracy of the imagery in Google Earth. Rectifying and combining images taken from differing orientations and altitudes will cause the superimposed survey data to appear to be located incorrectly.

The Altitude mode allows you to export the data with two methods:

  • Clamp to Ground ensures all points are located at ground level.
  • Absolute ensures all points are displayed at their correct elevation based on the offset value you enter in the Elevation box.

The Google Earth command supports viewing these data types from TBC: HALs, baselines, contours, line and point features, observations (displayed as lines), photos, trajectories, and event markers.



Another option for visualizing data in Google Earth is using the KML/KMZ exporter.  How do you choose which export option to use for Google Earth?

  • Output kml file creates a KML (.kml) file that contains 3D geographic coordinates only. It does not include photo images.
  • Output kmz file creates a ZIP file that contains a KML file and all referenced photographic image files. The images can be viewed by selecting the image icons in the browser used to open the KML file.

The same offset and altitude options exist in the KML/KMZ exporter.


Now you can view your data in Google Earth for project planning and management and an added deliverable for clients.




Note: The difference between KML and KMZ files is that the KMZ file is a compressed version of the KML.  


Don’t forget to send us a message if you would like to see a certain feature highlighted in next week’s tip.

Have fun this week using TBC and as always, Happy Surveying!




TBC Team

This tip of the week is brought to you by one of our Application Engineers, Arnaud Lezennec.  Thanks for another great tip Arnaud! 
Application Engineer, Arnaud Lezennec. Thanks Arnaud

One of the many deliverables you can create in TBC using scan data is orthophotos.  Cleaning your scan data is necessary to produce orthophotos, but can be time consuming depending on the density and size of the point cloud.  This tip demonstrates a workflow to clean up your scene in seconds.

  1. Open the “Create Orthophoto” command and define the projection plane on the facade of the building.

  2. Next, clean up the data from within the Cutting Plane View
    1. Open the cutting plane view for the same plane

    2. In the cutting plane view side panel, check the box “Apply cutting plane” and set a thickness (2.0m here). This will filter out the data further than 2m from the plane

To refine the scan points used to create the orthophoto, you can:

  • Adjust the thickness in the cutting plane view. This will take more of less points around the plane
  • Use the standard “Keep In” and “Keep Out” workflow to clean up you scene further with a polygonal selection, now that the view is much easier to understand


Your scans are now clean to create an orthophoto for drafting, export, or final deliverable. 

This concludes another TBC tip of the week.  Happy Surveying!



TBC Team