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TBC can create highly-customizable plan sets as a CAD communication and deliverable tool.  The frame or “window” into the model space is the Dynaview object.  The Dynaview frame is defined by any closed figure geometry - like a rectangle, circle, or polygon.  This geometry is created separately from the Dynaview object and has its own set of properties - like color, line style, and… visibility.  By turning the visibility off, the Dynaview cleanly and seamlessly sits in your plan view sheet.  Here’s how to do it:

Find the area that you wish to include in your plan sheet.

Then, launch the CAD command to define the closed figure that you wish to use as your Dynaview boundary.  In this example, we’ll use the Create Polygon command.  In the Layer drop-down menu, select <<New Layer>>.

In the Layer Manager, create a No_Show (or any distinguishing name) layer and click OK.  The polygon is assigned to the No_Show layer.


Back in the Create Polygon command, click OK, then you’ll be prompted to draft the polygon.  Complete the polygon to encompass the area of interest to show in the plan view.

Then, launch the Create Dynaview command.  Name the Dynaview if you wish and assign a layer for the Dynaview.  Be sure to assign the Dynaview to a layer different from the No_Show layer.  Click in the Frame text window so the cursor is blinking in the box, then pick your polygon in plan view.  This defines the Dynaview.

Modify and note the Dynaview’s View Filter.  In this example, we’ll use the My Filter.  This will come into workflow later...

With a drafting template inserted into the project from the Drafting Template command or your own custom template, now it’s time to insert the Dynaview on the plan sheet.  In the Project Explorer, right-click on the Plan sheet set and select Create Custom Sheet.  

Name the plan sheet as you wish, Sheet 1 is used in this example, and click OK.  Then, right-click on the newly created plan sheet in Project Explorer and select New Sheet View.

This launches a new paper-space view of the sheet.  It is time to insert the Dynaview.  Click in the Location text box back in the Create Dynaview command so the cursor is blinking.  Then, move the cursor into the plan sheet and you’ll see a preview of the scale and size of the Dynaview.  Adjust the scale as needed.  For this example, 10 scale fits better than the default 50 scale.  Click in the plan sheet to insert the Dynaview.


Specify any desired rotation of the Dynaview and click the Create button.  Notice how the Dynaview frame shows.  

If you wish to turn the frame off, open the View Filter Manager and make sure the active View Filter is the same View Filter used by the Dynaview.  Find the No_Show layer in the Layer header and uncheck its visibility box.  

TBC automatically updates and the Dynaview polygon frame will not display leaving a clean Dynaview!

Tip of the Week #24 - Label Style Previews (Joe, published 1/19/2018)

Use the Label Style Manager to set-up labels for lines, arcs, points, and polygons with applicable properties like length, azimuth, slope, tangent chord length, elevation, area, and perimeter.  With all these options, the Label Style Manager has a Preview Window to show you how your label will look in Plan View.  But, did you know that the Preview Window in the Label Style Manager is interactive?        

With your cursor inside the Preview Window, scroll up to zoom in to text and press and hold the scroll wheel to pan.  You’ll be able to see the text label much better!

If you click on a line of the label text, for example the 787.400 ft, the Label Properties to the right changes label type settings.

In this example, 787.400 ft represents the Arc Radius of the arc.  Change the properties below and the Preview Window automatically updates, like setting the Precision to 0.1:

You could also enter a prefix in the Prefix text box, like R =, to delineate what the value represents.  The Preview Window automatically updates!  This interactivity helps you understand what label types are included in a setting and makes editing more efficient.  When you’re finished completing the style setup, click OK to save, and utilize the respective labelling command for your application - either Label Points, Label Lines, or Label Polylines.  TBC can also insert leader lines, but that’s a topic for another Tip of the Week...


TBC’s PC hardware requirements for working with point clouds suggests 2GB RAM minimum and 32GB RAM or more recommended for working with aerial photogrammetry or point cloud data.  To optimize your rendering capabilities when working with point clouds, change TBC’s Rendering memory cache size option to reflect your workstation’s RAM amount.  By default, TBC defaults to 2GB of RAM when rendering, displaying, and navigating throughout point cloud data.  This Tip of the Week shows you how to change this value.

First, launch TBC and open an existing or start a new project.

Then, from the Quick Access Toolbar, click the Options command:


In the Options menu, click the Point Clouds text along the left side, under the General tab:

Find the Rendering memory cache size in GB (limited to half of physical RAM size).  TBC can utilize up to half of your system’s RAM for point cloud operations.  So, if your workstation has 32GB of RAM, as suggested, enter 16 into the text box.  Or, if your workstation has 32GB of RAM and you enter 32, TBC will automatically reduce the number to half your workstation’s RAM:

Click OK and your change is retained in all new TBC instances and projects on your workstation.

With an increased amount of RAM dedicated to your point cloud rendering operations in TBC, you’ll notice faster load times and quicker navigation.


TBC - Field to Finish with Confidence

TBC's come a long way over the past few years. Don't take our word for it (we are a bit biased), so how about Jarrod Black's? Jarrod is Vice President at Rochester and Associates in Georgia. Check out his opinions on TBC here:

January 31st - 8am Mountain time zone session only


Point clouds offer unprecedented flexibility and capability for surveyors looking for robust geospatial data and client deliverables. From the Trimble SX10 and TX-series instruments to third-party hardware, TBC imports and supports all industry-standard point cloud formats. Leverage the point cloud functionality along with TBC’s powerful CAD and deliverable creation commands to complete your next project. Join us to learn how to use TBC’s point cloud tools to fulfill and leverage the power of the point cloud.


Geospatial Webinars 

Start your new year off in style with handy TBC knowledge.  This week?  What you need to know about the Transform Survey Points command.


Often times the surveyor is provided data in local or ground systems but works in a global (or GNSS) coordinate system.  What are some ways we can adjusted data from one system to another?  The answers lies in the Transform Survey Points command.  This powerful feature enables users to perform either a 3, 5, or 7 Helmert or Least Squares Adjustment on a selection of survey points.  To do this you will need several pairs of points with known or measured coordinates in the current and desired coordinate system.


The seven parameters available are for translations in the northing, easting, elevation coordinates, rotation in the X, Y, Z axes, and scale for horizontal and vertical data.


Transform Survey Points command in TBC


Happy 2018!