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Hello folks and welcome here to yet another TBC Tip of the Week! Happy Friday, Happy Monday, or Happy whichever day you happen to stumble upon this tip!

 

Today we will be taking a look at two similar but different commands under the CAD Ribbon, Average Points and Merge Points. Each has distinct functionality that is useful in situations with different intended outcomes.

 

The Average Points command computes the simple mean of all points selected — the average horizontal and vertical positions — and creates a new point with lines drawn from each of the points involved in the average. Below, we have three total station observations to the same point, and we want to take the average of these points to use as our observed point.

 

In the drop down for each point under Status, points can be enabled or disabled to easily filter outliers.

When it is computed:

 

The resulting point 100 is an arithmetic 3D mean of points 16, 17, and 18.

 

Now onto the Merge Points command! This one has a little more to it and is more flexible than the Average Points command so long as the points are all sideshots (not station setups). In the image below, under Filter Points by ID, are two options. Given the points are the same coordinate quality, identical will merge all points with identical ID’s. For example, if there are 4 points with ID ‘A’, and 3 points with ID ‘B’, these will be merged into two separate points A and B. Ignored will merge all points regardless of ID.

 

Filter Points by Distance will, you guessed it, filter points based on the distance of each selected point to the position of the specified final point.

 

When points being merged have different qualities ie. Control vs Survey vs Mapping vs Unknown, points can be merged with points of different qualities, however only a point of the highest quality in the selection will be used for the final point. Below, I have added a point of unknown quality using the Create Point command. TBC will merge lower quality points with higher quality, but will not merge higher quality points with lower quality. Under Selected Points, you may select which point will be the final position, and which points will be merged by checking the Included boxes. The distance each point will be moved to be merged is dynamically updated under Distance. To change the point ID of the merged point, you can enter it under Point ID.

 

This will merge all 4 points with point 16, and will name the resulting point 16.

 

There you have it! Depending on the desired outcome of your survey and your knowledge of how it was conducted, you can merge or average points to best suit your needs.

 

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Hello fellow TBC’ers and here we go with another Tip of the Week! I hope you’re sitting down for this one, that’s the most comfortable way to read after all :)

 

Minimizing the number of clicks to perform common tasks is always a high priority here at Trimble, and we have efficiency in mind. The context menu is a great example of this. The size of the context menu can be adjusted to contain the right amount of commands to suit your common workflows, whether that’s 5, 7, or 20!

 

This can be adjusted in the Options, accessed either under File or in the Quick Access Toolbar.

 

Select Context Menu, and here we can adjust the number of the most recent commands which will be included in your right-click context menu.

 

I have opted to use 8 commands.

 

And here is what it looks like with 8 commands included!

 

And there you have it! Another TBC Tip of the Week, let me know in the comments if you found this helpful and share something you’ve found in TBC that should be a tip!

 

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Howdy folks! Happy Friday, and welcome to another TBC Tip of the Week!

 

Did you know a large portion of the work in TBC drafting routines can be done once and repeated in every project using templates and styles? Additionally, project specific text elements can be auto-filled with smart text. I love it when I only have to do something once!

 

In TBC, the first thing we do while setting up a project is ensure our company and user information is correct. All this information needs to be contained on our plans as well.

 

It would be pretty nifty if all these details could be automatically inserted and updated on our plan sets, wouldn’t it? Well fear not! This feature is called Smart Text. Below is a demonstration of the text inserted into my block.

 

And here is the text used to insert this from the project setting information.

 

An explanation of Smart Text controls is documented very well in the TBC help section. Which is accessed by pressing F1 and searching for ‘smart text’. Smart Text can be used to relay a wide variety of information, such as: your company name and contact information, the slope of a line, area of cut/fill, volume of cut/fill, easting, northing, elevation, and height just to scratch the surface.

 

Smart Text can greatly reduce the amount of manual data entry required on drafting projects, and can bring significant gains in productivity and significant reductions in frustration.

 

I hope you enjoyed this week’s TBC Tip of the Week, if you have suggestions for future tips, or inquiries about ways to streamline your workflow, let me know in the comments!

 

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P.S. TBC_OhYeah@trimble.com isn't a real email address, but it should be.

Good day folks! Happy Friday, we made it through another week of productivity in TBC!

 

Have you ever found yourself plugging away on a big project, and realize it’s been a few hours since you last saved? A power failure could have been disastrous! Sometimes all we need is a gentle reminder that saving is important.

 

In options, which can be accessed in two ways:

 

In the Quick Access Toolbar at the top of TBC.

And under File > Options.

 

 

Under General > Project Management, there is a setting for ‘Save Project’ Reminder.

 

This will prompt the user to save at a variety of time intervals. The prompt will look like this:

 

Utilizing this feature in your day to day workflows can help by giving you the gentle reminder that saving is important, and can help prevent the ever frustrating redoing of work! Have a great weekend!

 

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Happy September TBC’ers! This week we discuss a project setting which can greatly reduce the processing time required for volume calculations between large surfaces. Often the need for a fast rough volume arises. This is how you do that!

 

Here I have two (small) surfaces between which I wish to generate an Earthwork Report and calculate a volume. The green (Plan View & 3D View) surface is the Original Ground, and the purple (Plan View2 & 3D View2) surface is a gravel pile.

 

Go to Project Settings.

 

Computations > Surface. Under General,Volume computation: The default setting is Track All Triangles.

 

Using Track All Triangles will provide the most accurate volume for your surfaces, but is quite computationally intensive. For doing rough work, or rough volumes where time is of the essence, change this setting to Do Not Track Breaklines.

 

Using Do Not Track Breaklines will reduce the computation time by up to 95% in our tests. This large time savings was when two dense surfaces created from point clouds were being used for the volume computation, such as UAS or laser scanning data. For a detailed explanation of what these settings do differently, take a look at TBC Help (accessed by pressing F1 in TBC) and search for “do not track breaklines”, or “track all triangles”.

 

To perform a volume calculation, generate an Earthwork Report under the reports command in the Surfaces Ribbon.

 

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