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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 ! 

"While I expected to learn a lot from the TBC development team, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I also learned from the other users. Not only were the attendees power users with extensive experience using TBC, but the best part was that so many of them used the software in different ways." - Mark Macfarlane, Senior Land Surveyor - WHPacific, Inc.


Three more days to apply for the TBC Power Week in Dayton, Ohio on September 9 - 13.  Learn more and apply here -


Application period closes end of day on Friday, July 19th

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.  

TBC Power Hour Announcement - July 31st - 8am MDT



Join this month’s Power Hour session to learn how Trimble Business Center’s alignment, corridor, and surface design tools can assist you for takeoff, data prep, and as-built survey and construction workflows. With instruction-based templates and parameters, we’ll show you how to create everything from a simple haul road to complex highways to intersections, ramps, and round-abouts. Once the geometry is complete, compute quantities, cut/fill balances, and more with customizable reports, or export the linework or corridor information for field devices or machines. All within one package, TBC, that also supports your GNSS, total station, and laser scanning data. TBC, from field to finish with confidence (or from finish to field!). Register for free today!

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

May 29, 2019 - 8am Mountain Daylight Time


While direct measurements between positions in a network or boundary contribute to establish redundancy, it is not always possible.  Enter relative positional precision, set forth by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and adopted by the American Land Title Association (ALTA) for land boundary surveys.  Join this month’s TBC Power Hour to learn how to use the network adjustment routine in TBC alongside the NSPS/ALTA Relative Precision Report to compute relative precisions between measurements.  The primary application is for official ALTA boundary surveys in the United States and many State Standards for using GNSS in the course of boundary surveys, but this routine also provides a quality check between any set of measurements across GNSS, total station, and level sensors for TBC’s global users.  

Cartesian, grid-based coordinates are widely used as the reference vocabulary for surveyors on many projects, but for road and corridor jobs, (x,y,z) are replaced by (s,o,e) or Station, Offset, Elevation, referencing an existing or proposed alignment to determine project coordinates.  Roadway elements such as stormwater inlets, lighting handholes, and signs are often positioned by station and offset relative to the primary roadway alignment.


TBC makes field data prep and position calculation simple by offering the ability to define 2D or 3D linestrings by station and offset relative to an existing alignment (or any other line element, it doesn't have to be an alignment object) in the Create Linestring command.   


Take the storm water plans and schedule for a new sub-division as shown below:



The manholes and curb and gutter inlets are referenced to the Twelve Oaks Court alignment.  Let's use the Create Linestring command to key in a linestring representing the manhole structures at Station 2+21.15 at 30' left and right offset for staking in the field.


In TBC, you can georeference the PDF site plan or key-in the alignment from the plan sets:

The Twelve Oaks Court alignment is highlighted.  Now open the Create Linestring command, assign a name and properties to the proposed line as you wish, then change the Start Point > Type to Station/Offset from the drop-down menu.


Graphically pick the Twelve Oaks Court alignment that you've keyed-in, enter the Distance along (Station) value per the plan set - 221.15 and the Offset 30 (positive is right, negative is left relative to the alignment's direction).  If you've got elevation information, add it optionally as well.  You can always edit the linestring and add elevation information afterwards.


Click the Save button and enter the manhole on the other side of the street, at -30 offset value.  Hit the Close button to end the linestring and you've got a simple line, quickly created, for staking out two manhole locations in the field.



TBC - From Field to Finish (or in this case, from Finish to Field) with Confidence

Hello fellow TBC'ers, welcome back to another TBC Tip of the Week! In this weeks nugget of usefulness, I'll go over making layers unselectable. 


Do you have data you would like to see but not interact with? I can think of a few recent instances where I have! TBC has an excellent system in place for managing this. Read on for more!


Data visibility in TBC is controlled by layer in the View Filter Manager. It then would only make sense that controlling which data can be selected is also controlled by layer via the View Filter Manager, correct? Correct! The View Filter Manager can be launched from two places in TBC, on the Home Ribbon, at Home > View > View Filter Manager, and on the Quick Access Toolbar as shown below.


Once the View Filter Manager is launched, I have shown here a subdivision plan which I have brought into TBC as a PDF and georeferenced as a background image in the appropriate coordinate system. I have created points and linework for the parcels contained on the plan using the CreateCOGO workflow (see the July 2018 Power Hour titled "The Latest TBC Cadastral Workflows, Re-establishing Corners, Ground Labeling, Survey Plats, + More"  to learn how I did it!).


In the View Filter Manager, along the top we have shortcuts to aid in isolating and narrowing down data. The right-most shortcut is for the Advanced View Filter Settings.


The Advanced View Filter Settings allow you to toggle visibility and selectability of layers in your project. Notice my georeferenced image is toggled to not be selectable.


Un-checking the Selectable box only limits selecting data in the Plan, 3D, and other views. Data can always be selected from the Project Explorer.


This has been the seventy third TBC Tip of the Week!


TBC - From Field to Finish (and back!) with Confidence

TBC Power Hour: Scanning Workflows in TBC for Street Topo and Structural Facades


Wed, Apr 24, 2019 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM MDT

Trimble Business Center (TBC) introduced support for terrestrial laser scan data in the v5.00 release in November 2018. This allows you to integrate TX6, TX8, and FARO laser scan data into GNSS, digital level, total station, UAV, SX10, and the other third-party file formats TBC already supports, all in a single project. More importantly, the terrestrial laser scan data scales properly into your known projection or local coordinate system. Join this month’s TBC Power Hour to see how GEOVAL in France has leveraged the new support for terrestrial data and new point cloud and image deliverables to combine TX8 and SX10 data for geospatial topo and structural elevation models.
Attendees will learn how to:
- Import, georeference, and register scan data alongside SX10 and other survey data
- Use cutting planes for feature extraction and building elevation creation
- Apply feature coding for automated drafting, attribute assignment, and floor plan generation
- Create Orthophoto and Rectified Image deliverables


Register today!

Good day and welcome back to another TBC Tip of the Week! Spring is in the air! Or perhaps will be in the air soon for my northern friends, or perhaps fall is in the air for my southern friends!


In large datasets or cluttered projects, (OK, I’m not saying you have cluttered projects, but I occasionally do!) we might want to run a command on all data to which that command can apply. How do we do that with as little input to TBC as possible? Let’s discuss!


TLDR for those in a hurry: Ctrl + A in any selection box in TBC will select all currently displayed data within TBC that is eligible for that command.


Here I have a project I have prepared to send to the field using Trimble Sync Manager, it contains control points, linework, a georeferenced background PDF of the plan, and a design surface. I have already logged into my free Trimble Connect account from File > Options in TBC to use Sync Manager.


I will now open the Send to Sync command found at Home > Data Exchange > Send to Sync.


Now, in the Send to Sync command, we need to select our data. We can do this in a variety of ways, but typically in a new project like this one I want to select everything in the plan view to send it to the field. To do this, simple click on the All box, and press Ctrl + A on the keyboard, just like in your other favourite desktop applications!

Notice the points, lines, and surface have been selected, but not the georeferenced background image.


TBC - From Field to Finish (and back!) with Confidence