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Remember first opening up TBC and being overwhelmed with the amount of information presented ? Even now, when I am trying to perform minor workflows I get lost due to the amount of ribbons presented. With today’s tip, I will show you how to hide some unnecessary ribbons and hopefully you are able to save some time and increase efficiency. 



First we must enter the ‘Support’ ribbon (White Arrow) and click on ‘Set Ribbon Tabs’ and we will get the following window below










In this window we are able to choose which ribbons we want to be displayed in TBC. If we click the drop down list ‘Current Ribbon Tab Layout’ we can see there are preset choices available. ‘Construction’ would be more suitable for a construction workflow while ‘Survey’ for more surveying focused workflow. 


as an example, lets imagine I was given a data set of point clouds taken from a SX-10 scanner and I was ordered to register the scans and clean up the data and create surfaces using those point clouds. Instead of having all of these extra ribbon’s open, I will go ahead and only keep the essentials. 



As we can see only the required ribbons are visible and allows us to navigate through the workflow with much greater ease. 


Hope this tip helps you finish your workflow with ease and efficiency. Happy Friday !



I would like to introduce a job to jxl bulk converter


cmd script name: start.bat

powershell script name: J2J.ps1



@echo off

powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy ByPass -File J2J.ps1 -noexit
timeout 5



Write-Host ++++JOB2JXL++++

$myJobsPath = "C:\Users\***\Desktop\Job2JXL\Jobs"      <-- JOBS PATH
$myAsciiPath = "C:\Users\***\Desktop\Job2JXL\Ascii"      <---Ascii File Generator PATH

$files = Get-ChildItem $myJobsPath
for ($i=0; $i -lt $files.Count; $i++) {

   $infileVN = $files[$i].FullName
   $infile = $files[$i]
   $infile_ = $infile -split '[.]'
   $infile_ = $infile_[0]
   Write-Host $infileVN
   & $myAsciiPath\AsciiFileGenerator.exe "$infileVN" "Trimble JobXML" "$infile_"


The JXL files will be saved with the same JOB files name.


i hope this helps.

Smart Text !! what a handy little tool, it lets us create texts by referencing to object’s attributes. Whether you are familiar with this function or it is completely new to you, I will walk through the process of applying smart text to CAD objects. Along with this I will showcase the new v5.10 feature of applying simple math using smart text.  


Below I have opened a project which shows a small neighborhood plan. First, to access the Smart Text feature, we need to go on the ‘Drafting’ Ribbon and select the ‘Text’ feature shown below in figure 1 in the red box.  


Figure 1 : Plan view showing the insert text feature


Afterwards, the create text command pane opens up and we can see the ‘Insert Smart’ in the blue box. I am looking to add the area of the enclosed area, highlighted in white and I will go ahead and click the ‘Insert Smart’ box.











The Insert Smart Text window above will open up and in this window we can classify what kind of attributes we want to reference. Since the object I am referencing is a 2D enclosed space I have specified I want the Area in the ‘Property’ drop down list. Since I am extracting features from an object I have specified this in ‘Extract property at/from’ and decided to Use project settings for the units ( we can change this later on )  




After pressing OK on the Insert Smart Text window we see the setting we just chose appear as Smart Text Codes in the blue box. These keyboard shortcuts can be found using the Help function on TBC which you can access by pressing F1 and by searching up ‘Smart Text Codes’. Then we can proceed to select the object in the plan view and the attribute will automatically appear and you can choose where to insert the text. You may hit the ‘Close’ button to exit the Insert Text window.














 By right clicking the smart text in Plan view we can access its properties. In the green box we can note the smart text code that was applied in the previous text. We are able to edit the text straight from the properties panel by left clicking the browse button “...”








In the figure below I have gone ahead and changed some parameters using the Smart Text Codes which can be found by pressing F1 and typing ‘Smart Text Codes. (A) specifies that I want the Area, (O) specifies the selected object, (T) indicates that I intend to display units suffix, (2) indicates that I want a precision of 2 decimal places, and (m) indicates that I want the Area in square meters. We can see how the text has automatically changed from 3360.0 square feet (Project settings) to 312.16 square meters.







Now for the brand new feature implemented in TBC v.5.10 : Imagine a scenario your customer has told you the enclosed area will be split up into 6 equal parts to be developed into various projects and want to know what the area of each part will be. Well using this handy new trick we are able to compute basic math straight from the text editor. Shown in the figure below, in the red box we can see the mathematical computations following thevertical bar ‘|’. Since we want to divide the area into 6 equal parts, I have used the division symbol ‘/’ followed by the number of parts I want, which in this case is 6. We can see that the area has reduced to 52.03 square meters. This feature is not limited to the demonstration I showcased, for example, it can be handy when wanting to label the elevation of the top of the curb that is 10 cm above the ground or many other interesting ideas !





Don't forget, you can always look up these smart text codes and appropriate shortcut codes using a touch of a button, pressing ‘F1’ and typing in ‘Smart Text Codes’


So next time you have a big project and want to label your attributes, this feature will save the day and save you lots of time. Hope this tip comes in handy and have a safe weekend !

Ever look at your Station View after importing your scan data and see that two images aren't lined up? You think to yourself, “Oh, I probably forgot to check the ‘Remove Parallax’ box at the bottom of station view panel”


BUT the checkbox is checked and you think to yourself, “What should I do remove this pesky parallax?”


Well, I'm glad you asked because I have the answer!


We must first define what causes parallax, parallax is caused by the displacement of the position of the camera fixed to a specific subject. The graphic below shows a representation how the subject (the man) appears in different positions for the two cameras. Scanning takes multiple pictures of the same subjects in different positions as the scanner is rotating around. When merging these images together, the subject will appear unaligned to each other.










Looking at the Image above, we can see that in the blue box, I have checked the ‘Remove Parallax’ box but there is still parallax visible in the image seen in the red box. To fix this issue, we must divert our attention to the orange box where we can manually change the viewing distance. Depending on the subject you wish to see without any parallax, you must estimate the viewing distance to the subject and enter that value in the orange box. For this Image, I estimate that the road is approximately 20 meters away and I will change the viewing distance to 20 meters.





Viewing this image we can see that I changed the viewing distance to 20 m as stated above and my parallax between the subject (road) has been removed.


So, if you are experiencing parallax at a specific subject you may want to view in the station view, try changing the viewing distance ! Hope this helped !

Site Modeling in TBC


June 26th 8am MDT


Join this month’s power hour as we introduce new tools to complete site design models in TBC v5.10. Draft and prepare field models for retaining walls, curb and gutter, corridor geometries, detention ponds, structural footings, and more with greater ease and efficiency with the new Create Side Slope command. This session is essential for surveyors and contractors alike - anyone working on a construction site for that matter - as site modeling workflows can be made easy with TBC v5.10. See you then!

TBC v5.10 is here, released today!


v5.10 strengthen TBC's position as the single office software of choice for surveyors and construction professionals.

- Save time + clicks by creating + editing feature libraries + attributes directly in TBC

- Bring BIM data into geospatial workflows by exporting georeferenced IFC models for stakeout in Trimble Access field software

- Inspect your CAD linework with the new Detect Crossing Geometry command to deliver the highest quality results to clients

And much more!


Check out to learn more and the v5.10 Release Notes and ReadMe for all the new features.


TBC - Field to Finish with Confidence