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eNewsletter – March, 2015

President’s Message:  Innovative Plat Checking,  Mark Lull:  Online Screen Sharing,  Oliver Bochsler:  Traverse PC and KML  Eric Tanikawa:  Is It Madness?

John Balcom, President, MSE, PLS, GISPPresident’s Message:
Innovative Plat Checking

I recently presented at the LSAW (Land Surveyors Association of Washington) conference and had the chance to talk with a number of Traverse PC users. One of the topics that came up was Plat Checking. I listened to the issues that were raised and was reminded how TPC had, once again, come up with an innovative solution to a long-standing problem.

The long-standing problem is that subdivision plats developed in traditional CAD programs and submitted for review often contain those inherent CAD errors that affect lot closure and area – lot lines that don’t exactly start and stop at the same place, line labels that don’t match the lines, lines that are grid distance when they are supposed to be ground distance, and so on. The end result is lots that don’t close.

TPC Desktop includes a Plat Checking Guide that specifically addresses these inherent CAD errors. The Checking CAD Files chapter shows how to select line labels or lines directly from a CAD drawing and produce lot traverses for checking. The Generating Validated Drawing Files chapter shows how to generate a CAD or GIS file from TPC Desktop that ensures all the lots are correct.

If this is something you do, check out the Plat Checking Guide. You’ll find innovative solutions to those pesky inherent CAD plat errors. And remember, TPC has never had these inherent problems because it isn’t based on traditional CAD methodology. That’s why it is so easy to resolve these types of issues with TPC.

John Balcom, MSE, PLS, GISP

Mark Lull, Technical Support Manager

Mark Lull:
Online Screen Sharing

If you ever need technical support or training with Traverse PC and it isn’t something that can be easily handled with a phone or email conversation, we may ask you if we can log into your computer to take a look.

We used to have a great tool for this called CrossLoop. Unfortunately, CrossLoop went out of business so we had to look for a tool to replace it. After trying a couple of screen sharing tools, we finally settled on Ring Central Meetings. One of the big advantages for us is that it is integrated into our phone system so it is seamless on our end. On your end, it is easy to implement and run.

If you go to Traverse PC’s Support page on our website, you will find an option for Screen Sharing. When you click it, you will see a paragraph talking about it. Toward the end of the paragraph, there is a link to Ring Central Meetings. When you go there, you are asked to provide a meeting ID number. We typically provide that to you over the phone while you type it in. Then you hit Join Meeting and follow the instructions to install and run the application. Meanwhile, we’re talking you through it in case you have any trouble. Soon, we are looking at your screen and showing you what to do or how to do it. It is very easy.

Once Ring Central Meetings is installed, you can simply start it from an icon on your Windows Desktop if you need support again. You choose Join Meeting and enter the meeting ID number and away we go.

We keep trying to make things easier and smoother for all of our users and this is just one of the methods we use.

Mark Lull, Technical Support Manager

Oliver Bochsler, Software Developer

Oliver Bochsler:
Traverse PC and KML

For all you Traverse PC Connection members out there, we’re going to have quite a treat for you in the next release. Those who have used Google Earth know that it’s a fun and nifty tool for hobbyists and professionals. At Traverse PC, we love fun and nifty tools so the decision to add Google Earth’s KML files into TPC was a simple choice.

Google Earth handles what are known as KML files. KML is a special file type that GE (Google Earth) uses to render lines, polygons, points, colors and etc. These lines, polygons, etc. are placed at a Latitude / Longitude and GE does all the rendering for us at that location. If your survey uses geodetic positions then you can export your data and send that KML file to a client and let them view the survey inside of GE.

TPC’s KML module can export anything that you can select in the What List. You can export Surfaces, Traverses, Points and Drawings. Exported drawings include entities such as lines, circles, arcs, polylines and rectangles. Google Earth’s KML files are somewhat limited in that they do not support text entities or point symbols. Google Earth does place their push-pin symbol at the location of the TPC points.

I had the most fun in implementing KML when I started to work on surfaces. It was lovely being able to see the exported surface’s major and minor contours follow the geographical features of the terrain in Google Earth. Clients or surveyors who receive a KML file can now view beautifully rendered surfaces, traverses and points right in Google Earth.

I’ve talked about what TPC can export to KML, but what about importing KML files? It’s easy. Anything that TPC originally exported can be brought back into TPC with no problem. TPC can also read KML files from other sources as well.

KML in Traverse PC will be here soon for all of our TPC Connection members. The rest of you will have to wait until 2016. So keep an eye out for TPC Desktop 2015 R1 this spring.

Oliver Bochsler, Software Developer

Eric Tanikawa, Business Manager

Eric Tanikawa:
Is it Madness?

The NCAA tourney has started, and let’s just cut to the chase and give it to the Kentucky Wildcats. They will have their perfect season and go 40-0! Even the President of the United States has picked Kentucky!

The madness is the journey. The low seed “Davids” upsetting the higher seed “Goliaths” in which it creates a fun Cinderella story for the underdogs! Head coaches turn into motivational speakers, players leave nothing left in their holster, and fans are riveted to the excitement of winning, but tears fall when the ‘dance’ has ended.

Experts pick apart players, teams, and then whose conference is the strongest. In the end, most Cinderella teams don’t make it to the final four.  Small shining moments are left with players having the chance to showcase their skills on national television, and/or potential NBA scouts.

Here is the list of National men’s champions since 1939:

1939 Oregon 1964 UCLA 1989 Michigan
1940 Indiana 1965 UCLA 1990 UNLV
1941 Wisconsin 1966 Texas Western 1991 Duke
1942 Stanford 1967 UCLA 1992 Duke
1943 Wyoming 1968 UCLA 1993 North Carolina
1944 Utah 1969 UCLA 1994 Arkansas
1945 Oklahoma A&M 1970 UCLA 1995 UCLA
1946 Oklahoma A&M 1971 UCLA 1996 Kentucky
1947 Holy Cross 1972 UCLA 1997 Arizona
1948 Kentucky 1973 UCLA 1998 Kentucky
1949 Kentucky 1974 North Carolina State 1999 Connecticut
1950 CCNY 1975 UCLA 2000 Michigan State
1951 Kentucky 1976 Indiana 2001 Duke
1952 Kansas 1977 Marquette 2002 Maryland
1953 Indiana 1978 Kentucky 2003 Syracuse
1954 La Salle 1979 Michigan State 2004 Connecticut
1955 San Francisco 1980 Louisville 2005 North Carolina
1956 San Francisco 1981 Indiana 2006 Florida
1957 North Carolina 1982 North Carolina 2007 Florida
1958 Kentucky 1983 North Carolina State 2008 Kansas
1959 California 1984 Georgetown 2009 North Carolina
1960 Ohio State 1985 Villanova 2010 Duke
1961 Cincinnati 1986 Louisville 2011 Connecticut
1962 Cincinnati 1987 Indiana 2012 Kentucky
1963 Loyola Chicago 1988 Kansas 2013 Louisville
2014 Connecticut

Eric Tanikawa, Business Manager