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Welcome back to the seventy first TBC Tip of the Week!


Exterior scans are easy to view, simply view as-is in TBC! Though, what about interior scans? These can be a bit more challenging without going through extensive manual segmentation and mastering the limit box. Lucky for you, TBC has a clever rendering option to see into scans!


For a more natural viewing, I first set the Projection Type to Perspective. This command applies a more natural view to the point cloud, sometimes in Orthographic it can be confusing if the cloud is being viewed from above or below, not with perspective!

Point Clouds > View > Projection Type (Down arrow next to Orthographic)


Here I have an SX10 scan of a tunnel. Pretty challenging to see what’s going on inside the tunnel! 


Let’s try a rendering mode called "See Inside". It can be found at Point Clouds > Rendering > See Inside


This view allows us to easily see inside the tunnel, much easier to interpret the scene! Using the limit box to investigate scans is (nearly) a thing of the past with TBC! "See Inside" works with your TZF, FLS, and SX10 scans. It dynamically removes all the points sitting between you and the scanner and showing their back to you. It literally removes all the obstructing points from the scene, leaving a clean view inside the scan. 


This can be useful in many situations, particularly indoor scanning projects!


TBC - From Field to Finish (and back!) With Confidence

Good day, welcome back to another TBC Tip of the Week! In this weeks tip, we will look into how TBC handles the drag and drop importing of files. Do you use it already? Did you know you can often skip the import pane all together? Let’s look into how this works and how to tell that dragging and dropping is the way to go!

When a file is imported using the Drag and Drop method, the default import settings for that file type is always used. If you know which file types you want to use the default settings for, those types can always be dragged and dropped into TBC!

With a TBC project open, I want to import a .JOB file from Trimble Access. I will first check the import for .JOB files to see what settings exist for these files. Select Import from the Quick Access Toolbar.

In the Import command, select the ellipses and browse for the folder containing the files you wish to import.

Below I have examples of a .JOB Trimble Access file, a .T02 GNSS observation file, and a .JXL jobXML file from an SX10. Clicking on each one, I can see the available settings for importing these files, and what the defaults are for those imports.
.JOB file (left), the option to merge the data contained in the file on import with other project data. Ask me on import is the default.
.T02 (middle), what type of data is this? Static or Kinematic? If you always process one type, you can force TBC to read the .T02 as that data type. Both of these can be set later in TBC.
.JXL (right), the option to merge the data contained in the file on import with other project data. Ask me on import is the default.

So! You might say “I want to be asked on import”, or “I occasionally bring in Static and Kinematic GNSS data”. Then do we have a solution for you! Instead of navigating in the pesky import pane, you likely have a File Explorer window open with your data already. Simply Drag and Drop the data into the TBC Plan view window! You can select multiple files and drag them in at once.

The order in which data is selected to import can affect project computation results, typically when points have overlapping point numbers. In the GIF above, I am prompted for a scale factor because the .JOB file I am importing was created with either a Local Site or Scale Only coordinate system.

And there we go! What did you think of this one? Let me know in the comments below.


TBC - From Field to Finish (and back!) with Confidence

Leverage the details and data of dense point clouds like never before with the enhanced Cutting Plane Views in Trimble Business Center (TBC) v5.00. Join us for an in-depth demonstration of how Ben Brookman at BCZ Engineering in Galesburg, Iowa used the Trimble SX10 and TBC to help structural engineers and architects transform an old barn into a reception and banquet hall.


Session is free to all and if you are unable to attend live, register anyways and view the recording on-demand! Wednesday, March 27th at 8am US Mountain Daylight Time

If you’re anything like me, trying out new things is the most time consuming part of the day. TBC has long had guided workflows to ease this process and help accomplish common tasks quickly. In this weeks tip we will find and explore those guided workflows!

They can be found in two places.

   1. The Support ribbon, Learning section, Help. Support > Learning > Help

   2. Press F1 to open the TBC Help, scroll to the top, and select the top line: Trimble Business Center Help.


This brings us to the TBC Help home page, here we have a link to the TBC Tutorials, and—drum roll please!—the fast-track instructions for major workflows.

Each of these workflows contain instructions and links to the applicable commands to complete the task from start to finish. Let’s open Process Terrestrial Photo Stations under the heading Photogrammetry to take a look!


As you can see, we are provided two columns. Steps: provides instructions, and Commands: provides links the the desired commands. Having this open on the side of your screen or another window provides instructions and links to complete a new task in a reasonable amount of time, and provides instruction to aid in the learning process! Neat hey?


TBC - From Field to Finish (and back!) with Confidence