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Hello TBC'ers! This week we have a short but effective one for you.


It is very beneficial in cadastral workflows, and watch out for it used in the July 25, 2018 Power Hour! How’s that for a hook? You’re stuck reading now for sure!


Picture this, you’re tasked with carrying out a cadastral survey. (crazy!) You’re emailed a PDF copy of the subdivision plan, and you get to work.


First up, entering the boundaries of your parcel into TBC. Fortunately, we have a great tool to both streamline your workflow and maintain confidence your COGO values were entered correctly.


First off, drag the image into your project in TBC. TBC Supports .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .png, and .tif image files.



TBC recognizes the file you have dropped in is an image, and prompts you with the Place Image command pane. This pane serves the purpose of scaling and rotating the image to match the project.

I opted to use the Line with distance and bearing method. As part of this process I entered the distance I read off the plan, selected the beginning and end of that line in the “From pixel” and “To pixel” boxes. I entered the bearing from that line into the “Bearing” box. NOTE: It is important to match the bearing (or azimuth) to the “From” and “To” pixels selected.


Right click on the image under “Imported Files” on the Project Explorer, select properties.


Under Render Settings, the Transparency of the image can be adjusted. I find 40-60% is a good range for most workflows.


On the Home ribbon, under Images you will find Georeference. Using the Georeference command, an image can be matched to survey points collected in the field. This is a great way to visually inspect points to ensure they closely match the paper plan.


The georeferencing is performed by selecting “Add”, picking an image coordinate in the Plan View, then selecting a point or entering a coordinate. A minimum of 3 points is required to georeference.



After georeferencing, visual inspection can be performed to ensure close agreement between a drafted deliverable and the original plan.


Check out the power hour mentioned above for a run through of Single & Double Proportioning routines, Labelling, CreateCOGO and more!


TBC - Field to Finish with Confidence



A production issue was identified by the Trimble Clarity team on July 12, 2018 where the ‘Publish to Clarity’ upload functionality became unavailable for those users on Trimble Clarity Publisher version 1.1.119.   We now have a downloadable patch to resolve the issue. 


We highly encourage everyone to apply this patch to the current TBC Version 4.10 as soon as you can to resume publishing Clarity Presentations.


  • Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features and Uninstall your existing Trimble Clarity Publisher version (1.1.119) installed on your system

  • Download TrimbleClaritySetup.msi (Installer) file from

  • Once TrimbleClaritySetup.msi (Installer) is downloaded to your system, double click the file to install a new version (1.1.126) of the Trimble Clarity Publisher.


The patch will advance your Trimble Clarity Publisher from version 1.1.119 to 1.1.126 as seen in your Control Panel Add and Remove Programs list.


The patch will also be available via the TBC 'Check for Updates' mechanism soon.


Thank you,

The Trimble Clarity Team

Hope everyone is having an excellent July! I sure am, it hasn’t rained once this week so I’ve managed to enjoy my dinner outside. It’s the little things in life isn’t it?


A few weeks ago (Tip of the Week #46 to be exact!) we discussed Ortho Snaps. This week will be complementary to that, Object Snaps! After today's tip, you’ll be an expert on what each and every one of these snap modes do. To access Object Snap options, left click the Snap button on the bottom right side of the TBC window in the Status Bar.


The Running Snap Mode Options window appears.


The first thing of note, in the bottom right side of the window are the Snap Mode Priority commands. This allows you to change the priority with which each of these snaps occur. Have you ever had to zoom in to ensure your cursor is snapping to the point or line you intend and not something else? Adjusting priority allows you to ensure the snapping order closely matches your workflow to maximise efficiency.


Clicking on each of the Snap Modes gives a short description on the right side of the window, and additional information about each Snap Mode can be found in TBC Help by pressing F1 on your keyboard.



Point snap will snap the cursor to the nearby point. It is indicated by an circle around the point which will be snapped to. As you can see below, when the cursor hovers over the snap for ~2 seconds, the snap mode being used is shown. This removes all the guesswork, instilling confidence.



End Point

End Point will snap to the end point of a line which is not defined by a point. End Point Snaps are designated by a square.



Midpoint is shown by a triangle. They snap the cursor to the midpoint of an arc or line segment.


Intersection Point

Intersection Point snaps to the intersection of two lines. It is indicated by a circle.



Perpendicular Point

Perpendicular Point snaps to the point on an adjacent line where the line being drawn and the line being snapped on are perpendicular. It is indicated by a 90° angle symbol.



Center Point

Center Point snaps to the center of a curve. The point can first be displayed by moving the cursor to the curve.

The center point is displayed by a green circle. This circle turns orange when it is being snapped to with the cursor nearby.



Tangent Point

Tangent Point snaps a line to the point along the curve at which the line being drawn is tangent to that curve. It is shown by an open circle with a tangent line on it. Notice both points on the circle at which the line can be tangent are shown.



Circle Quadrant Point

Circle Quadrant Point snap will enable to user to quickly snap to the north, south, east, or westernmost point on a circle. These are indicated by diamonds.


Surface Vertex

Surface Vertex snaps the cursor to a, you guessed it, vertex on a surface! It is displayed by a circle.



Near Point

Near Point selects any point in particular along a given line or arc segment. It is indicated by a circle. Useful for ensuring lines connect to other lines!


Insertion Point

Insertion Point snaps to the point set as the insertion point for text or block objects. It is indicated by a +.



And finally, Free! This is by default selected, but with it unselected, lines will be unable to be snapped to anything they shouldn’t be, in other words, lines can only be snapped to points, lines, and other objects. I don’t think a screenshot is necessary on this one.


That was a long one folks, thanks for sticking with it right to the end! Hopefully this will make a good resource for you down the road, and maybe even save a few clicks and time!


TBC - From Field to Finish with Confidence.