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TBC December 2018 Power Hour - 
The TBC Team… Live! Part 2
Wednesday, December 19 - 8am MDT

 

For a return of a TBC holiday special, the December Power Hour will be a live session featuring a cross-section of team members as we answer TBC Community questions, ask some TBC trivia questions (with some cool swag giveaways), and showcase some of our favorite TBC features.

 

You’ll get to meet some of the people behind TBC and get to know their work and personalities.  And, we’ll show you all the updated resources and learning tools for you to implement TBC for your survey and construction project needs.

 

This session is for everyone, from the seasoned TBC veteran to the new surveyor looking for a single geospatial and construction survey office software.  Register here:

Hello and welcome to another TBC Tip of the Week! How do you like TBC v5.0 so far? Let us know!

 

In this tip we highlight one of the sample TML’s (Trimble Macro Language) available with any license of TBC advanced or higher. This macro is PointCloud by Boundary. This allows for repeatable selections of points using complex (or simple!) polygons.

 

Here we have a dataset collected by an SX10 of a road overpass in Germany. By using the PointCloud by Boundary macro we can repeatedly trim only the focus of the scan from point clouds throughout the life of a project. A surface boundary or any polyline/linestring can be used.

 

Here I have a surface boundary from a previous job.

 

On the Macros ribbon, select the macro (or what is usually a command) PointCloud by Boundary.

 

For this macro to work, the Polygon Select option must be used.

 

Select the Boundary: box to put the mouse focus there.

 

And select your polyline/linestring to get the point cloud selection.

 

And there you have it! This selected area can then be made into a new region using the Create Region command on the Point Clouds ribbon, added to an existing region, sampled to create a surface or many other things. Here that selection is with the ground extracted, spatially sampled, and a surface created.

 

Hope you enjoyed this week’s tip! If you have any suggestions for future tips, or have any questions leave us a comment!

 

TBC - From Field to Finish with Confidence

Hello fellow TBC’ers! Welcome back after a short hiatus. There’s a chill in the air in some parts of the world, others are warming up.

 

This week we take a look into a new feature in TBC v5.0, enabling directional arrows on GNSS baselines, level runs, and total station observation vectors. Sometimes it’s the small things that help most with useability, we on the TBC team hope these features help you out!

 

First, in the TBC Options, accessed from the Quick Access toolbar or under the File dropdown.

 

Check the box next to “Show direction arrows for observations”.

 

This shows an arrow just before each midpoint to indicate direction on each level run, RTK vector, GNSS baseline, and total station vector. In the image below, an example of GNSS baselines (dark blue), total station observations (light green), and level runs (lavender) are shown.

 

Here we have a different project, a loop traverse. Light green lines indicate that multiple measurements have been made and are used, dark green indicate a single observation.

 

When a traverse is adjusted using the Adjust Traverse command, the path of the traverse will be shown in pink to distinguish it from other observations, and mark it as adjusted. There are arrows near the end of each vector showing the direction of travel in the traverse, and upside down triangles indicate each position at which there was a station setup.

 

And that does it!

 

TBC - From Field to Finish With Confidence