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Finding the point creation and creation of linestring too slow? If you don’t need to change the elevation between two consecutive points then using Auto-Advance button next to the elevation field might help.

If you are in the e.g.  Create Point or Create Linestring command you will notice a tringle (“play”) looking button on the left of the elevation field as shown in the images below.



If you leave the elevation field blank and you press in the “Auto-Advance” button all the objects are going to be created at the elevation of 0 “zero”. If you provide any value in that field and have Auto-Advance activated all the subsequent objects will be created at the specified elevation. With Create Point you can then just continue clicking in the Plan View to pick a new location and hit “Enter”.



With Create Linestring, you can just hit "Enter" on the first dialog box in case you don't care about linestring name and changing the layer on creation. In the window for linestring editing, after checking the Auto-Advance you can just keep selecting the new location in the Plan View in case you want to use constant elevation.

If you want to close the line on the same point as the starting point you can also check the “Auto-close in the top of the Edit Linestring Window.

The great thing is that next time you launch the command the previous settings (Auto-Advance and Auto-Close) will be already highlighted.

We hope this tip helps you shave off a few minutes in your daily work.


Happy Surveying,

TBC Team


Your TBC screen is getting full of data, turning the data on and off in the View Filter is getting very repetitive? You have a different data types in the project as well as survey data from different days that you want to analyze separately. If so, this tip is going to be very valuable.


You can open as many Plan Views and 3D Views as you want. Just go to the View ribbon tab and launch another Plan View or 3D View. A new tab will show next to your existing Plan View.

In the View Filter Manager, you can select “Copy View Filter” in the upper right. It will create a copy of the View Filter and then you can turn off the layers or survey data you do not want to see.

In the image below you can see the resulting CAD work on the left and the survey data on the right as well as the point cloud data in another 3D view following the two steps described above. Notice that the name of the Filter will be displayed in the brackets next to the View Name.

Using View Filters and multiple views can make handling complex data and project review and deliverable generation much easier to manage.


Happy Surveying,

TBC Team

Hello Everyone,


TBC v3.82 is now out and available for download here: Trimble - Survey - Office Software - Trimble Business Center - Your Complete Office Solution 


This release includes two new features: Cutting Plane View and Plane Definition Manager.  Working together these two features allow you to efficiently extract CAD data using user defined planes.  They are especially useful in creating section views from non-horizontal objects like building facades and surfaces.


See the following video for a demonstration on these new features: TBC v3.82 - What's New - YouTube 


Happy Surveying,




TBC Team