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Welcome back to the seventy first TBC Tip of the Week!


Exterior scans are easy to view, simply view as-is in TBC! Though, what about interior scans? These can be a bit more challenging without going through extensive manual segmentation and mastering the limit box. Lucky for you, TBC has a clever rendering option to see into scans!


For a more natural viewing, I first set the Projection Type to Perspective. This command applies a more natural view to the point cloud, sometimes in Orthographic it can be confusing if the cloud is being viewed from above or below, not with perspective!

Point Clouds > View > Projection Type (Down arrow next to Orthographic)


Here I have an SX10 scan of a tunnel. Pretty challenging to see what’s going on inside the tunnel! 


Let’s try a rendering mode called "See Inside". It can be found at Point Clouds > Rendering > See Inside


This view allows us to easily see inside the tunnel, much easier to interpret the scene! Using the limit box to investigate scans is (nearly) a thing of the past with TBC! "See Inside" works with your TZF, FLS, and SX10 scans. It dynamically removes all the points sitting between you and the scanner and showing their back to you. It literally removes all the obstructing points from the scene, leaving a clean view inside the scan. 


This can be useful in many situations, particularly indoor scanning projects!


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Good day, welcome back to another TBC Tip of the Week! In this weeks tip, we will look into how TBC handles the drag and drop importing of files. Do you use it already? Did you know you can often skip the import pane all together? Let’s look into how this works and how to tell that dragging and dropping is the way to go!

When a file is imported using the Drag and Drop method, the default import settings for that file type is always used. If you know which file types you want to use the default settings for, those types can always be dragged and dropped into TBC!

With a TBC project open, I want to import a .JOB file from Trimble Access. I will first check the import for .JOB files to see what settings exist for these files. Select Import from the Quick Access Toolbar.

In the Import command, select the ellipses and browse for the folder containing the files you wish to import.

Below I have examples of a .JOB Trimble Access file, a .T02 GNSS observation file, and a .JXL jobXML file from an SX10. Clicking on each one, I can see the available settings for importing these files, and what the defaults are for those imports.
.JOB file (left), the option to merge the data contained in the file on import with other project data. Ask me on import is the default.
.T02 (middle), what type of data is this? Static or Kinematic? If you always process one type, you can force TBC to read the .T02 as that data type. Both of these can be set later in TBC.
.JXL (right), the option to merge the data contained in the file on import with other project data. Ask me on import is the default.

So! You might say “I want to be asked on import”, or “I occasionally bring in Static and Kinematic GNSS data”. Then do we have a solution for you! Instead of navigating in the pesky import pane, you likely have a File Explorer window open with your data already. Simply Drag and Drop the data into the TBC Plan view window! You can select multiple files and drag them in at once.

The order in which data is selected to import can affect project computation results, typically when points have overlapping point numbers. In the GIF above, I am prompted for a scale factor because the .JOB file I am importing was created with either a Local Site or Scale Only coordinate system.

And there we go! What did you think of this one? Let me know in the comments below.


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Session is free to all and if you are unable to attend live, register anyways and view the recording on-demand! Wednesday, March 27th at 8am US Mountain Daylight Time

If you’re anything like me, trying out new things is the most time consuming part of the day. TBC has long had guided workflows to ease this process and help accomplish common tasks quickly. In this weeks tip we will find and explore those guided workflows!

They can be found in two places.

   1. The Support ribbon, Learning section, Help. Support > Learning > Help

   2. Press F1 to open the TBC Help, scroll to the top, and select the top line: Trimble Business Center Help.


This brings us to the TBC Help home page, here we have a link to the TBC Tutorials, and—drum roll please!—the fast-track instructions for major workflows.

Each of these workflows contain instructions and links to the applicable commands to complete the task from start to finish. Let’s open Process Terrestrial Photo Stations under the heading Photogrammetry to take a look!


As you can see, we are provided two columns. Steps: provides instructions, and Commands: provides links the the desired commands. Having this open on the side of your screen or another window provides instructions and links to complete a new task in a reasonable amount of time, and provides instruction to aid in the learning process! Neat hey?


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Good morning, afternoon, evening, and goodnight! Welcome back, here we go again!

For many of us, monitor real estate is a precious resource that we need to make the best use of to optimize productivity, and more importantly, sanity. I find myself keeping the properties pane open all the time when working in v5.0+. The downside, I sacrifice some space for the plan view and running commands. That doesn’t have to be the case! The Properties pane can be docked along with the Project Explorer and View Filter Manager, and cycled through using Ctrl + Tab.

Open the Properties pane by right clicking anywhere (or on something) in Plan View.

Click and drag the title bar of the Properties, and move the cursor to the top of the Project Explorer or Plan View so the box outline is shown as below.

The Project Manager, View Filter Manager, and Properties can be selected using the tabs at the bottom.

The panes can also be cycled using Ctrl + Tab.

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Are you a big fan of the Google Earth export in TBC? I sure am! It's handy for quickly sharing project data with clients in a digestible form. Did you know TBC has it's own background imagery? This is great for screenshots, deliverables, and—most notably—verifying that field data is in the correct coordinate system and things are (at least) close to where they should be!


Background Maps and Imagery are available in TBC Intermediate Edition and higher. If you're not sure what you're licensed for, go to Support > License > License Manager in TBC to find out.


Here I have a parcel which was keyed-in from a survey plan, (check out the CreateCOGO command on the Survey ribbon and this video to see how I did it), and I want to verify it's location to ensure my coordinate system is set up properly.


First thing I need to do, is log in to my free Trimble Connect account. I can do this from Options in the Quick Access toolbar.


Next, External Services - Profiles. If you don't have a Trimble Connect account yet, head over to and create a free account! We at Trimble are moving towards having a single login for all of our services, and Trimble Connect is that single account. If you have a Trimble Connect account already, click Create and choose a name for your profile.


Enter a name for your profile.


Then select Sign-In to open a login screen for Trimble Connect.


Select OK to close out of the options. To toggle the background map, select the Map toggle on the Status bar at the bottom of TBC.


This will open a Trimble Mapview background map by default. This shows roads and building footprints in most areas. 


What about background imagery you might ask? Well, we on the TBC team have the solution for you!


On the Project Explorer, right click on your project, select Properties. In the Properties pane, go to Type: and in the drop-down, select DigitalGlobe Imagery.


To better view your data over the background map, try toggling the background color on the TBC status bar, or adjusting the Transparency of the background map.


And there you go! Background Maps and Imagery built into TBC for quick verification of data.


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Hello and welcome for another—you guessed it!—TBC Tip of the Week! In this weeks segment we delve into the elusive donut surface. This is a surface with areas where a surface isn’t wanted in the final deliverable or volume computation.


Here I have a surface created of a surveyed property containing a house.


In the Surfaces ribbon, navigate to Surfaces > Create > Surface Boundaries.


In the Add/Remove Surface Boundaries command, select the surface you want to apply the outer and inner boundaries to, I have a poorly named New Surface(2).


Hold the Control key, and select each boundary. It is good to note, if there are multiple places within the boundary that you don’t want the surface, you can have multiple interior boundaries. For example dirt piles or a house and shed.


And there you go! Neat hey?


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Welcome back to another Tip of the Week! Amid the US government shutdown, you may be missing your OPUS post-processing corrections from the NGS. Fortunately for your static GNSS data, Trimble is not shut down and can supply another correction service, CenterPoint RTX Point Positioning. The best part? CenterPoint RTX-PP is available directly through TBC!


This feature is licensed in TBC Advanced and higher in v5.0.


Before getting into the how-to, I'll give a little introduction to RTX-PP within TBC. First and most notable: If your receiver is capable of tracking more constellations than just GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo, (like BeiDou or QZSS), then RTX-PP will already get you one step ahead of OPUS. RTX-PP supports observations up to 24 hours in length, with a recommended length of at least 60 minutes.


There are three ways to post process static data using RTX-PP in TBC: 

1. Send to RTX-PP on import.


2. From the Project Explorer. Right click on the imported observation file, and click Send to RTX-PP.


3. From the Survey ribbon. Survey > GNSS > Send to RTX-PP.


If you want to submit the files directly to CenterPoint RTX-PP, that can be done from the website


Best of luck and thank you for reading!


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Joe Blecha

TBC Tips Vault

Posted by Joe Blecha Jan 17, 2019

Here you'll find all TBC Tips linked and accessible for viewing (and re-viewing!):

To download a PDF containing all below tips (as of April 1, 2019) click here.



Field Data

#4 - Spreadsheets - February 2017

#5 - Process Panorama - March 2017

#18 - Visualizing Survey Data in Google Earth - July 2017

#19 - Investigating Data with Point Derivation Reports - August 2017

#27 - "Sunny" Level Editing - February 2018

#33 - Easy *.job to *.jxl File Conversion - March 2018

#43 - New GNSS Planning Online Tool - June 2018

#62 - Observation Vector Arrows - December 2018 


Adjustment & COGO

#1 - Coordinate Controls - January 2017

#9 - Bearing/Azimuth Angle Controls - May 2017

#22 - Transform Survey Points - January 2018

#29 - Sources of Default Standard Errors - February 2018

#34 - The Power of the Comp Engine and Point Derivation Report - March 2018

#47 - Network Adjustment North/East Components - June 2018

#58 - Average Points vs Merge Points Command - September 2018 

#65 - OPUS Alternatives—Post Process Static Data from TBC - January 2019 


CAD & Drafting

#2 - Layer Manager - January 2017

#3 - Project Cleanup - February 2017

#6 - Using View Filters - April 2017

#15 - Using the Best-Fit Line Command to Draft Catenary Lines - June 2017

#16 - Using Selection Sets for Time Saving - June 2017

#24 - Label Style Previews - January 2018

#25 - Hiding the Dynaview Frame - January 2018

#32 - Customize Drafting Templates - March 2018

#42 - TBC Point Symbols in AutoCAD - May 2018

#44 - Locking manual edits to feature coded geometry - June 2018

#45 - Creating Arcs with Polylines - June 2018

#46 - Ortho Snap Modes - June 2018

#48 - Object Snaps - July 2018

#52 - Creating a Point On-Line Between Two 3D Points - August 2018

#56 - Smart Text in Plan Set Templates - September 2018

#61 - Consistent Drafted Deliverables - November 2018 

#76 -  Referencing to object attributes and creating smart text - June 2019

#79 - Naming Bounding Geometries using 'Name from Inside Text' - July 2019


Surfaces & Volumes

#11 - Breakline Tolerances for Surfaces - May 2017

#26 - "Draping" Ortho Images on Surfaces - February 2018

#28 - Staking Cut/Fill Data - February 2018

#39 - Reproject Surface to a New Plane Definition - May 2018

#40 - Offsetting a Surface - May 2018

#41 - Vertical Exaggeration in 3D View - May 2018

#54 - Speed up Surface Volume Calculations - September 2018

#66 - Donut Surfaces (Multiple Surface Boundaries) - January 2019 



#10 - Measuring Clearances with SX10 Data - May 2017

#13 - Using the Explore Objects Command - June 2017

#30 - Re-using Road Corridor Templates - March 2018

#53 - Undefined in Corridor Template Instruction - August 2018


Data Prep

#7 - Auto-Advance - April 2017

#8 - Doing Math in TBC - May 2017

#49 - Image Georeferencing - July 2018

#74 - Create Linestring by Station + Offset - May 2019


Specialty Solutions


#12 - Creating Orthorectified Image for Facade Reconstruction - Using Multiple Stations - May 2017

#17 - Quick + Clean Facade Segmentation for Orthophotos - July 2017

#75 - Removing parallax from station view - June 2019

Point Clouds

#23 - Maximize your PC's RAM for Improved Point Cloud Rendering - January 2018

#60 - Point Cloud Ambient Shading - October 2018

#63 - Point Cloud by Boundary - December 2018

#71 - See Inside Point Clouds - March 2019




#14 - Customized Keyboard Shortcuts, Ribbons, and the Quick Access Toolbar - June 2017

#20 - Tricks and Right-Clicks - August 2017

#21 - Tips and Zips (Importing a .zip file) - October 2017

#31 - TBC Help is Closer than You Think - March 2018

#35 - Where are all the TBC Report Settings at? - April 2018

#36 - Your New Home Page... - April 2018

#37 - Version Upgrade Eligibility - April 2018

#38 - Available License Servers - April 2018

#50 - Graphic Selection Methods - August 2018

#51 - Quick Zoom Extents - August 2018

#55 - Save Reminders - September 2018

#57 - Context Menu Customization - September 2018

#59 - Freehand (Lasso) Selection - October 2018 

#64 - View Filter Manager Shortcuts - January 2019 

#67 - Background Map to Verify Data - February 2019 

#68 - Dock the Properties - February 2019

#69 - Guided Workflows Directly from TBC Help - March 2019 

#70 - Drag and Drop Data Import - March 2019  

#72 - Selection Box in Commands - April 2019

#73 - Make Objects Unselectable - April 2019 

#76 - Customizing the Ribbon Tabs - June 2019

Here we go, 2019! Is it just me or do the work days seem to continually have less time in them?


For this week’s TBC Tip of the Week, we highlight some shortcuts in the View Filter Manager which can reduce the amount of scrolling required to find that pesky layer, and quickly isolating the desired layer(s).



Shift + Click on the expand toggle. Holding Shift, select any toggle to open/close all Layer Groups.



Right click on any Layer Group that contains layers, (not an empty group), Right Click, and select View All or Hide All. This doesn’t toggle the surface layer group, as that would cause more harm than good in quickly finding a point or line that didn’t make it to the correct layer.



Right clicking on a layer, and toggling View All or Hide All. This will turn on/off all layers in the Layer Group which contains the layer.


And that concludes this week’s TBC Tip of the Week! It’s all about shaving off those seconds in the work day!


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Start your 2019 by learning how to integrate Sonarmite bathymetric data with SX10 topo scans in TBC v5.00.  Join our free TBC Power Hour on January 30th, guest hosted by Chris Guagliardo of Keystone Precision in Maryland, US.


Learn more and sign-up here -

TBC December 2018 Power Hour - 
The TBC Team… Live! Part 2
Wednesday, December 19 - 8am MDT


For a return of a TBC holiday special, the December Power Hour will be a live session featuring a cross-section of team members as we answer TBC Community questions, ask some TBC trivia questions (with some cool swag giveaways), and showcase some of our favorite TBC features.


You’ll get to meet some of the people behind TBC and get to know their work and personalities.  And, we’ll show you all the updated resources and learning tools for you to implement TBC for your survey and construction project needs.


This session is for everyone, from the seasoned TBC veteran to the new surveyor looking for a single geospatial and construction survey office software.  Register here:

Hello and welcome to another TBC Tip of the Week! How do you like TBC v5.0 so far? Let us know!


In this tip we highlight one of the sample TML’s (Trimble Macro Language) available with any license of TBC advanced or higher. This macro is PointCloud by Boundary. This allows for repeatable selections of points using complex (or simple!) polygons.


Here we have a dataset collected by an SX10 of a road overpass in Germany. By using the PointCloud by Boundary macro we can repeatedly trim only the focus of the scan from point clouds throughout the life of a project. A surface boundary or any polyline/linestring can be used.


Here I have a surface boundary from a previous job.


On the Macros ribbon, select the macro (or what is usually a command) PointCloud by Boundary.


For this macro to work, the Polygon Select option must be used.


Select the Boundary: box to put the mouse focus there.


And select your polyline/linestring to get the point cloud selection.


And there you have it! This selected area can then be made into a new region using the Create Region command on the Point Clouds ribbon, added to an existing region, sampled to create a surface or many other things. Here that selection is with the ground extracted, spatially sampled, and a surface created.


Hope you enjoyed this week’s tip! If you have any suggestions for future tips, or have any questions leave us a comment!


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Hello fellow TBC’ers! Welcome back after a short hiatus. There’s a chill in the air in some parts of the world, others are warming up.


This week we take a look into a new feature in TBC v5.0, enabling directional arrows on GNSS baselines, level runs, and total station observation vectors. Sometimes it’s the small things that help most with useability, we on the TBC team hope these features help you out!


First, in the TBC Options, accessed from the Quick Access toolbar or under the File dropdown.


Check the box next to “Show direction arrows for observations”.


This shows an arrow just before each midpoint to indicate direction on each level run, RTK vector, GNSS baseline, and total station vector. In the image below, an example of GNSS baselines (dark blue), total station observations (light green), and level runs (lavender) are shown.


Here we have a different project, a loop traverse. Light green lines indicate that multiple measurements have been made and are used, dark green indicate a single observation.


When a traverse is adjusted using the Adjust Traverse command, the path of the traverse will be shown in pink to distinguish it from other observations, and mark it as adjusted. There are arrows near the end of each vector showing the direction of travel in the traverse, and upside down triangles indicate each position at which there was a station setup.


And that does it!


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TBC November Power Hour - November 28th at 8am MDT
Three Survey Construction Workflows in TBC v5.00
Trimble Business Center (TBC) and Business Center - Heavy Civil Edition (BC-HCE) have merged with the new TBC v5.00 release. TBC v5.00 is now your single survey and construction office software. Join this session to get an overview of three survey construction workflows useful for geospatial professionals: Utility Modeling, Image Management, and Surface/Subgrades. Trimble Business Center (TBC) and Business Center - Heavy Civil Edition (BC-HCE) have merged with the new TBC v5.00 release. TBC v5.00 is now your single survey and construction office software. Join this session to get an overview of three survey construction workflows useful for geospatial professionals: Utility Modeling, Image Management, and Surface/Subgrades.