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Good morning TBC’ers! Have you ever installed a new version of TBC and wished you could easily pinpoint new commands or enhancements? Well today I will be showing a quick shortcut in TBC to access Release Notes. Release Notes review information about new features, enhancements, system requirements, installation, licensing, and known issues when a new version of TBC is released.


1. From the Support Ribbon in your TBC window, navigate to Learning and select Release Notes


2. A new TBC Release Notes window opens in your designated web browser. New features are conveniently organized by their related ribbon tabs. The most recent TBC release is Version 5.31


I hope this tip comes in handy next time you install a new release of TBC!

Good afternoon TBC’ers! Have you ever wanted to quickly display a cross-section view of a surface? Well today I will be demonstrating the Surface Slicer View command. The Surface Slicer View command slices vertically through a surface to generate a cross-section on the fly. 


1. From the Surfaces Ribbon in your TBC window, navigate to Create and select Surface Slicer View:


The Surface Slicer View command is also accessible from the very top of the TBC window by clicking on this icon:


Alternatively, we can right click on our surface in the Project Explorer and select Surface Slicer View:


2. A new Surface Slicer window displays below your Plan View (the Surface Slicer View command works exclusively with the Plan View). Click in the From box to pick a starting point for the slice in the Plan View, or type in a coordinate (in the format X, Y) or point ID. Hit Apply if you have typed in coordinates rather than picking coordinates in the Plan View


After picking the From point, you can move the cursor across the surface to view the cross-section slice dynamically, without picking a To point. The Surface Slicer view automatically scales to fill the view as you move the cursor.


3. Pick an ending point for the slice, or type in a coordinate or point ID into the To box. Hit Apply if you have typed in coordinates rather than picking coordinates in the Plan View


Red tic marks denote where the slice crosses points or breaklines. At certain view magnifications, slope values appear above segments:


To hide cross-section slope values, right click on the cross-section, and select Properties from the context menu:


In the Properties pane, select Hide in the Label Slope list:


We can check the Show slicing line box to show or hide the line indicating where the surface was sliced:


4. To add additional surfaces to the view, click Surfaces to display the Select Surface dialog:


5. Check boxes for the surfaces to include in the view, and click OK


I hope this tip comes in handy next time you are working with surfaces in TBC!

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Hey US-based surveyors! NGS has extended the deadline for releasing the final publication on the deprecation of the US Survey Foot to September 28, 2020. Lot of historical implications (those old plats in USFT...or Int'l) and complications moving forward (corrections and conversions in field and office software).


Never too late to comment or digest how this is going to change your day-to-day!

Good morning TBC’ers! Have you ever worked with various versions of Trimble Access in the field and struggled with different versions of job files? Well, today I will be showing you a handy shortcut in TBC to quickly convert job versions with the Job Converter. The Job Converter is easily accessible from TBC and allows you to bring older jobs into newer versions of Trimble Access. It is a great tool to use when different versions of job files need to be exchanged between surveyors. 


1. From the Survey Ribbon in TBC, navigate to Processing Services under GNSS:


2. A new Survey Tools window opens in your web browser after selecting Processing Services. Next, select the Job Converter heading at the top of your Survey Tools window: 

3. Drag and drop one or multiple job files into the Job Converter window, or hit Choose a file to navigate to your files in your file explorer:


4. With your job file(s) uploaded to the Job Converter, we can hit Begin Conversion Process:


My job file was in a Trimble Access 2018 format, and I want to convert it to a Trimble Access 2020 format.


5. From the Status drop-down menu, select your conversion preference, then hit GO:


6. Your converted file will appear under the Output File heading when the conversion is complete. Click on your output file to download it to your computer. The file simply contains a zipped version of your new job file, whereas the Demo.job file is not zipped:


I hope this tip comes in handy next time you are working with mixed fleets in the field!