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eNewsletter: June, 2015

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eNewsletter – June, 2015

Very interesting article, “Mapping the Appalachian Trail” in the June issue of xyHt magazine. Long-time TPC users Chuck Sager and Joe Fuerst worked on this project.

President’s Message: Update2015 Drop-Dead Update Offer, Mark Lull: Geo-referencing and KML, Oliver Bochsler: Multiple Survey Backups – How does it Work?, Eric Tanikawa: The Latest Recipe for Success – TPC Desktop 2015 R1

John Balcom, President, MSE, PLS, GISPPresident’s Message:
Update2015 Drop-Dead Update Offer

We talk to TPC users everyday who are still using their 10+ year old version of TPC and love it. They know they are missing out on all the things we’ve included in the newer releases, but they are hesitant to update.

We understand. That’s why we’re doing this drop-dead offer, Update2015.

For $200 you can update your old copy of TPC to TPC Desktop 2015. Order your update on-line and you’ll receive a download link so you can get started right away. And if you want technical support, online training, printed Learning Guides, TPC Desktop 2015 R1 and automatic updates for an entire year, you can get the TPC Connection for a few dollars more.

The last time we did this was in 2000 when hundreds of you put aside your tried and true Traverse PC for DOS and moved to our Windows version.  Now it’s time to do it again. It’s time to put aside your old copy of TPC and step into the very best TPC has to offer.

John Balcom, MSE, PLS, GISP

Mark Lull, Technical Support ManagerMark Lull:
Geo-referencing and KML

TPC Connection members are already using the new KML tools in TPC Desktop 2015 R1 and we’re hearing about how fun it is to use. That’s great – Just what we wanted to hear. They are discovering what a great tool this can be for reconnaissance and planning.

But what about accuracy when I export my survey as a KML? What if things don’t line up exactly?

Here’s the key. Google Earth stitches photos together to create a geodetic photo background. That means the survey you export as KML needs to be geodetic also. In other words, the survey you export as a KML must have the appropriate Coordinate Reference System (CRS) and should use geodetic positions that match physical positions on the ground. Yes, for small surveys, you can still do an orthogonal, grid survey starting at a known geodetic position but the further you move away from that position, the more error you will see between your survey positions and Google Earth’s position. Switch to a geodetic survey with true bearings and ground distance and you will get a better fit with Google Earth.

I also want to remind you that inside TPC’s Drawing View, you can geo-reference a photo with four clicks – two on your survey and those same two points on the photo. Now the photo will be scaled, rotated and translated to your survey and will keep that relationship even as you re-scale and re-position your survey in the drawing.

Mark Lull, Technical Support Manager

Oliver Bochsler, Software DeveloperOliver Bochsler:
Multiple Survey Backups – How does it Work?

Now that TPC 2015 R1 is out and roaming the wild we’ve had a chance to create some videos about the new features included in this release. One of the videos demonstrates an extremely handy feature, the Survey Backups Dialog. The video shows you how to access the dialog, locations of important buttons and lays out the basic terminology. This feature exists to help you maintain and access (as needed) the series of changes that occur when you’re working on your survey.

TPC will maintain up to ten and as low as two backups per survey automatically. The setting for this can be changed in Tools | Program Settings. The default number of backups that TPC will maintain is set to ten. Your first thought may be, “My disk space!” Don’t worry, if you’re working with a large survey and want to save some disk space, use the Current Survey Backups Dialog to delete the backups you don’t want and/or lower the number of backups TPC will maintain when you press the save button.

We hope you enjoy the new release as well as the new features and videos.

Oliver Bochsler, Software Developer

Eric Tanikawa, Business ManagerEric Tanikawa:
The Latest Recipe for Success – TPC Desktop 2015 R1

A good BBQ recipe that is used over and over again is a sign of consistent satisfaction and success! I have several “go-to” recipes memorized in case I have to whip-out an awesome BBQ rub for chicken, meat or ribs!

So, where am I going with this? When Traverse PC Desktop 2013 was released, it was a recipe for success! Microsoft had provided software developers with testing tools to ensure that the quality of the programming is reliable. The Traverse PC 2015 R1 release has seasoned that recipe with more power! The 2013 recipe originally contained some “pepper” in the rub, but we replaced it with “cayenne” power in 2015 R1. And who knows, I think that a “roasted Habanero” recipe is on the horizon!

The Traverse PC 2015 R1 agile release is the best ever. New ingredients include Google Earth KML interface, multiple back-ups, additional drawing features, added ROW Elevation offsets, and the latest DWG/DGN drivers. Use Traverse PC 2015 R1 as your “go-to” surveying software program! But don’t forget that these new features in TPC Desktop 2015 R1 are only available to our TPC Connection members. Everyone else will have to wait for TPC Desktop 2016 to get them.

Check out these new videos to see what you’re missing:
A Really Quick Look at KML (1:07) Let’s export a KML and look at it quick in Google Earth.
Multiple Survey Backups (3:38) Save up to 10 backups of your survey automatically.

Eric Tanikawa, Business Manager