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The introduction of Trimble’s SX10 made it possible to combine survey data with scan data. With the ability to capture point clouds and imagery using a total station with survey workflow, almost eliminating the need for the registration process back in the office. Unfortunately, mistakes can be made in the field and alter our data from the field. In today's tip we will see how we can convert stations to scan stations for registration purposes. 


We see below a .JXL imported from a survey done from an SX10 but unfortunately due to poor survey practices, the station locations are clearly not properly positioned. 






and if we look at our project explorer we can see that the scans are nested under ‘Stations’, noted by the total station symbol. In TBC, we are unable to perform registration between scans nested under stations. For this reason, we must create scan stations to be able to register our scans together. 




To create scan stations, we must navigate to the ‘Point Clouds’ ribbon and select ‘Create Scan Station’ command. 



We are welcomed to the command, where we can select our total stations that we want to create scan stations from. Along with how we want the name of the newly created scan stations to appear. 

  • ‘Move to Scan station’ option will move the scans and images associated with the original station to the newly created scan station.
  • ‘copy to scan station’ option will copy the scans and images associated with the original station to the new scan station. Hence, choosing this option will cause our project size to increase. 



After all the parameters are chosen we can go ahead select ‘Apply’ 







and in our project explorer, we can see that our scans are now nested under scan stations and we can register our scans with ease.





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

As we all know, TBC is home to an abundant amount of commands and functions that help our ease our workflows, but there may be times when we need something very specific that the current commands are not capable of doing. This is where the use of TML’s comes in, where we are able to create functions that are specific to different use case scenarios. 



Where do we find TML’s ? and How do we know what they do ? 


All these answers can be answered by visiting the Macros community page : 


In this page, we can download the TML status extension provided by Rockpile Solutions which allows us to easily access and add extensions into TBC straight within TBC. 


In this community page we can see all the TML’s created by Trimble and a description of what each TML offers. Here we see TML’s by our very own Gary Lantaff. 




Once we have the TML status extension added to TBC, we can navigate to the Macros tab and open the command. 




Here we can see all the TML’s created by either Trimble or Rockpile Solutions that can be added to your TBC by selecting the command and selecting ‘Update’. 

note : The TML’s by Rockpile Solutions are licensed. 


Here we have added the ‘Exploded Surface’ TML and once TBC restarts, it can be seen in the Macros tab under ‘Surfaces’ 








We highly recommend getting familiar with all the available TML’s as they may suit your project needs and make your workflows faster and more efficient. 


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

Welcome back to a brand new year of TBC ! We can kick off 2020’s collection of tips by learning how we can break apart any objects that contain multiple components for further modifications, moving or even exporting individual components. 


Let's take the following surface as an example, created using a corridor, but we want to be able to access the CAD objects used to create the corridor. 




To achieve this, we must navigate to the Explode command in the ‘Edit’ tab under the ‘CAD’ ribbon. Here we can select which objects we want to break apart. 



In the Explode command, we can go ahead and select our surface to be exploded.‘Delete blocks after exploding’ checkbox refers to situations where you do not want to retain the original block as well as the exploded components. 




and after exploding, we can see that the surface has exploded into 15 individual components which we can now modify, move or even export 





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


Have a great year !