TPC Desktop

The Power is in the Views

We designed Traverse PC from the ground up to be a surveying program, building it around Views. They are the backbone of TPC Desktop and provide a simple yet very powerful environment for you to work with your surveys. That’s why we say it’s Better By Design™.

The Power is in the Views

We like to say the Power is in the Views. Once you know the Views, you know TPC!

This is what makes TPC so easy to learn… and easy to use.  You are going to learn the two or three views you use all the time. The other views are there if and when you need them, but you can start with just what you need.

Tasks Manager

Tasks Manager

The Task Manager is like grand central station. You can open existing surveys, start new ones, open a learning guide, access the web and lots of other things you do for every survey.

Each time you open TPC, the Task Manager opens also. Select the last survey you worked on or start a new one.

Resources

You’ll also find some great resources in the Tasks manager, like links to the Learning Guides, the on-line support page for your version of TPC Desktop, access to on-line support and lots more.

Traverses Manager

Traverses Manager

 

The Traverse Manager is the key to managing multiple traverses in a survey. You can add, copy, duplicate, delete and arrange as many traverses as you need. You’ll find tools here like rotating or translating one, all or selected traverses, exporting data and generating reports, etc.

Use the Traverse Manager to select the traverses you want in your drawing.

Here, we’ve placed traverses in Groups. You collapse and expand groups, hiding the traverse you aren’t working on and exposing the ones you are.

Select all the traverses in a group, then update the traverse settings. Pretty neat!

Traverse View

Traverse View

The Traverse View is at the heart of the TPC Desktop. You’ll use it to enter data, compare notes, check the raw data from your data collector, design sub-divisions, lay-out roads and just about anything else you do with TPC.

Perhaps the most innovative feature about the Traverse View is your ability to format it the way you want to. This powerful tool even allows you to store your favorite formats and reuse them for future traverses.

Drawings Manager

Drawings Manager

 

The Drawings Manager its lists all the drawings in the survey. To open a drawing, just double click it. Create new drawings or duplicate existing ones. It’s all here.

It works just like all the other managers… so adding a drawing is easy.

Use drawing groups to organize your drawings. Add new drawings to the appropriate group so you can find them the next time you work on the survey.

Drawing View

Drawing View

It’s just a better way to draw your maps.

You create the survey and the survey creates the maps. Then go in and change whatever you want to. The survey and drawing are completely associated, so make a change anywhere in the survey and it is reflected automatically in the drawing.

You won’t find this level of association and any CAD program and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Synchronized Views

As you add points to a traverse or update point positions via COGO, those changes are reflected real-time in the drawing because all the views are synchronized.

Or just right-click a line, label or symbol in the drawing and open the traverse view to show that survey data – cool!

Drawing Data View

Drawing Data View

 

You’ve never seen anything like this, but you’re going to love it.

All the data in a drawing is displayed in a familiar tree structure.

  • Want to see what layers are in the drawing, just expand the Layers branch and there they are.
  • Select any item and delineate it in the drawing.
  • Right-click any item and modify the properties of that drawing object.
  • Untag a layer and TPC turns it off in the drawing.
  • Untag a traverse and TPC removes it from the drawing.

TPC even adds up all the objects in a layer and gives you to standard metrics like item count and total length.

Modified Text Objects

There’s even a branch for modified text objects. See which line labels or lot labels you’ve edited so you know which ones you might want to check or update before you send off your drawing.

Surfaces Manager

Surfaces Manager

Surveys include surfaces just like they include points, traverses and drawings. So how do you manage the surfaces? In the Surface Manager.

Create a surface once, then use it as many times as you want just by tagging it in a drawing.

Draw the surface the same way in every drawing, or choose settings that are unique to just one drawing.

Points Manager

Points Manager

 

The Points Manager is the heart of the coordinate database for the entire survey.

Points are displayed in numeric and alphabetic order. Data query features allow you to download or export selected points. Familiar tools such as search and replace make it easy to edit descriptors and point labels. The Point manager is never more than a keystroke away from anywhere in the program.

Sort Columns
  • Left click any column header, like Elevation, and TPC sorts the points by elevation in ascending order.
  • Click it again and they are sorted in descending order.
  • Click it again and TPC turns sorting off.

We use this all the time to look for outliers – elevations that might throw off a surface or create a bogus slope distance.

Closure View

Closure View

The Closure View provides a comprehensive summary of your closure error, traverse length, area and adjustment status. This is also where you will find all your adjustment tools for balancing coordinates, angles, applying scale factors and adjustments for curvature and refraction.

As you edit data, the Closure View updates automatically to show the new error of closure, distances and areas.

Adjusting Data

Often times, you will open the Closure View just to see if a traverse closes within reason. But you can also adjust a traverse in the Closure View. Adjust for curvature and refraction or balance just the angles. And if you don’t get what you want the first time, just undo the adjustments back to the raw coordinates and try it again.

Point Codes Manager

Point Codes Manager

The Point Code Manager keeps track of abbreviations (codes) you use to identify points. Enter your standard codes, or let TPC search your survey and list the codes for you. Assign drawing options, descriptions and layers, then sort the survey points into traverses using the codes. All the Manholes in one traverse, Power Poles in another, etc. You can even sort the points within a traverse using a ‘nearest neighbor’ routine so that your sidewalk and curb points are drawn in their proper sequence..

Need to append some new shots to the survey? No problem, just search for new codes and update the traverses. It’s all very easy, very fast and very handy when it comes to doing site surveys

Message View

Message View

The Message View gives you detailed information when needed. It’s based on the same technology as Word Pad in Windows, letting you cut/copy/paste, add your own text, choose fonts, colors, page size, orientation and margins. It can also provide details of COGO routines you run, like intersections, etc.

Report View

Report View

The Report View is like the Message View, but lets you build customized reports and save them as DOC files. Have TPC Desktop write legal descriptions and stakeout reports (Professional Edition), station/offset reports or just include the data from the curve dialog. Its a great way to get data out of your survey.

TPC Desktop

TPC Desktop
TPC Desktop

The TPC Desktop manages the views. It’s is as revolutionary today as it was when we first introduced it, almost 30 years ago. You open the Views you want when you need them so the desktop never gets cluttered. Views are synchronized, so changing survey data in one view reflects that change in the other views automatically.

The TPC Desktop (7:41)

  • This video introduces you to the TPC Desktop.
  • 0:20 Task Manager and managers in a tabbed group
  • 0.55 Opening a drawing from the Drawing Manager
  • 1:07 Opening a traverse from the Traverse Manager
  • 1:22 Desktop areas 1) navigation 2) managers  3) desktop
  • 2:00 Moving views
  • 2:20 Traverse Groups
  • 3:17 Traverse View
  • 3:55 Closure View
  • 5:42 Drawing View
  • 6:16 Drawing Manager
  • 6:47 Surface Manager