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Have you ever wished for a more granular way to show and hide your data in a TBC view? The View Filter is definitely the right tool to turn to. Add a twist to it when combined with the Selection Sets!


Some of the objects can be individually toggled ON and OFF in the View Filter. That is the case for surfaces, geo-referenced images, scans, or point cloud regions for instance.


Others can be assigned to layers of your choice, which can in turn be turned ON or OFF in the View Filter. This allows you to control the visibility of subsets of your data. That is the case for points and CAD objects for instance.


This addresses the vast majority of our needs. But how to best proceed when your data does not support layers, or cannot be toggled individually? Use selection sets! Selection sets are an underused feature in TBC, and are well supported in the View Filter.


Take a UAV flight mission for instance. How can I hide one half of the images to let me focus on the other?


The View Filter lets me easily show/hide all Photo Stations, all Image Frames, or all Referenced Images, altogether.


All Photo Stations:

All Reference Images:

All Image Frames:

To only see a part of it, save a Selection Set and toggle it ON or OFF in the View Filter…


1) Select the data you want to hide (here a subset of the Photo Stations, Image Frames, and Referenced Images)


2) Open the Selection Explorer


3) Save the selected objects into a new Selection Set


4) Toggle the selection set OFF in the View Filter


5) And VOILA ! The A Selection Set is no longer visible...


Note that you can still toggle the rest of the data as usual in the View Filter.


This example shows how to hide a defined set of objects. Other options in the View Filter allow you to only see the set itself, hiding the rest of the objects. 


Hope this tip comes in handy, the next time you are using Trimble Business Center !


Do you ever create texts to nameboundaries in your project ? Do you ever wish that you could easily name these boundaries using the texts you just created ? 


If you do, I have some great news ! Because you can do exactly that using the ‘Name from Inside Text’ function.  


Below I have a line string starting from point 1032 to 1035 and as you are able to see, it has a closed line geometry. I have gone ahead and created some text in order to remember that this boundary was an ‘Enclosed Area’ in the field. 



Next, we will go to the Macros ribbon (Blue Arrow) and click the ‘Name from Inside Text’ function (Red Arrow) in the CAD tab. 


This will open the ‘Assign Names from Inside Text’ command and we can select the boundary along with the text in the plan view and click ‘OK’ to name the boundary. 


By opening the properties pane of the boundary we can see how the name of the line string has changed to ‘Enclosed Area’ 


Hope this Tip comes in handy the next time you are using Trimble Business Center ! 

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Ever look at your point clouds and how it is filtered with unwanted data ? Well Today I'm going to be showing you how to create new point cloud regions with only the needed data. 


Let's start with our scan data, as shown below. We can see that there are lots of unnecessary information presented in this scan and I am looking to optimize my view in order to maximize my work efficiency. 

We will start off by clicking the ‘Polygon Select’ shown in the red arrow and creating a boundary around the area you want. Then we can go to the ‘Point Clouds’ ribbon and hit ‘Create Region’ under ‘Regions Tab’





You are able to name your selection with any name you desire and we can head to the project explorer and right click our original point cloud and right click and select ‘Toggle Visibility’ to keep the whole point cloud from showing in our views.  




To go beyond this and remove more unwanted data from your selected region, we can select the unwanted region in your preferred viewing method and click ‘Keep out’  under the ‘Regions Tab’ to get rid of the selected area or ‘Keep in’ for vice versa



Now that your point cloud has been cleaned up, you are able to complete your workflow with ease ! 

Hope this Tip comes in handy the next time you are using point cloud data.  

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