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TBC is home to all kinds of observations, such as total station observations and RTK vectors. With all of these observations and data types in one project, it can be somewhat difficult to find each point in your graphical view. This week's tip is all about different ways we can use TBC to find your points in your views for easy accessibility !  


Let's take the following data set as an example, using this data set we can use 


  1. Center command
  2. Pan Precise Command 
  3. Select Points by Vector command


to easily find our points. 





‘Center’ command 


This command allows you to center to a specific point. We must first zoom in generally close, so when we use the center command, we can clearly see the point. In your project explorer right click the point you want to view and select ‘Center’ 








‘Pan Precise’ command 


In the ‘Home’ ribbon, under the ‘View’ tab we can find the pan precise command. Using the pan precise command we can pan our 2D view from your current position to the point we are looking for. 


In the ‘From’ field, we can select the point ID of the point we want to pan to and in the ‘To’ field we can select the middle of our current view. In this example, we want to pan to point ID 988




and our view has panned over to where point 988 is located ! 



‘Select Points by Vector’ command 


There may be times when you may not know the point ID you are looking for, but you do know other information such as : Time it was collected, Target Height, Prism Type, Horizontal or Vertical precision and other information. 


for cases such as these, we can go to either the vector spreadsheet for RTK vectors or Optical spreadsheet for total station observations located in the ‘Home’ ribbon. 



We will be using the Optical spreadsheet and look for two points created around 9:25 AM. We can go ahead and select these observations in the optical spreadsheet. 




With our observations selected, we can navigate to the plan view and right click anywhere and select ‘Select Points by Vector’ 





After we select the ‘points points by vector’ command, the points created by these observations will be selected and we can use the ‘Center’ command once more to center our view to the points. 




This great tip was suggested by Joshua Cho, our TBC testing Intern, Thanks Josh !. If you have any cool tips and tricks that you want to share with the community, reach out to us ! 


Hope this tip comes in handy, the next time you are using TBC ! 


Happy Holidays to everyone that is Celebrating and see you in the new year !

PDF drawings of plan sets contain copious amounts of useful information such as line works, structures, elevations, contours and other information. However, did you know that you can convert these PDF’s into CAD objects to be used for data prep, surface creation and other operations straight within Trimble Business Center ?


Before we get started two things are necessary for this to work 

  1. A Vectorized PDF.
  2. Two points in TBC that will be used for georeferencing the PDF. 



Let's take this PDF as an example, we want to bring this into TBC and convert them into CAD entities. 


To begin, open up your TBC project with your points that will be used to georeference your PDF and then drag and drop your PDF into the project. 


With your PDF loaded, the following dialog will open up. From this dialog we will select ‘Georeference Vector PDF’ shown in the red arrow 








In this window, if needed, we can apply a clipping boundary to our PDF if there are unnecessary information. With our desired PDF size chosen, we can go ahead georeference the  PDF by matching the pixels in the drawings to the corresponding points in your project. 


With our georeferencing, our PDF will be scaled and rotated accordingly to match the two points precisely. 




Now, we can navigate to the project explorer and right click our PDF under the imported files and select ‘Import Vector PDF data’ 



In the ‘Import Vector PDF data’ pane, we can specify which type of dashed line extraction method we prefer as well as the Layer extraction method. 




Once we are satisfied with the options, we can select ‘Import’ 



and our PDF line work has been converted into CAD objects. Using these lines, we can perform data prep, elevate our lines, create surfaces and much more ! 




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

Dear TBC users,



The GEOID18 grid files in the little endian and ASCII grid formats that were posted by NGS prior to November 26, 2019, contained errors in a small percentage of the grid cells (1 in 500). NGS has corrected the errors and replaced these files. Therefore, the TBC team has since incorporated these critical changes in the Coordinate System Database 88 (CSD88). Please see our ‘Check for Updates’ in TBC to install the latest changes.

Thank you!
ngs geoid csd88

With Trimble Sitevision released, you are able to use Augmented Reality technology to bring your data to life and visualize your data in the real world. With this new release, TBC has introduced the ability to export CAD data straight into a format which is optimized for Sitevision. 


TBC 5.10 introduced the SiteVision AR exporter, which can be accessed from the ‘Construction Tab’ in the export command. 





This SiteVision AR exporter lets us export objects such as :

  • Points
  • Lines
  • Surfaces 
  • Utilities


When we use the sitevision exporter, three files are created : 

  1. VCL file : Contains most of the data our VCE project files contain, but more suitable for transfer with no loss of objects.
  2. TRB file : The model itself that will be shown in SiteVision that is optimized for high speed performance. 
  3. .JXL/.CAL : Depending if the project contains a Site Calibration, .CAL file for projects with .JXL file for projects without a coordinate system. 




In the export dialog, we have the options to either save our files locally, or straight into Trimble Connect. SiteVision can load models and straight from Trimble Connect, hence this method will be time saving. To Save directly to Connect, we must browse external services by selecting the cloud storage button circled in blue in the above image. 



and from the following page, choose our Trimble connect profile and navigate to the location in which you want to save our project and simply select ‘Save’. 


Note :  

  1. To export IFC models into SiteVision, we must use the dedicated IFC exported located in the CAD tab 


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