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Featured Video

Traverse PC Land Surveying Software Featured VideoAutomatic Leaders (5:25) Turn leaders on/off. Plus new Point label leaders.

This video shows you how automatic leaders work in Traverse PC. This includes the new point label leaders in TPC Desktop 2014 as well as the line and curve label leaders. It also shows how you can turn individual leaders on or off – independently of the Traverse Settings. You will also see how to set the leaders to be drawn the way you want them by editing the Drawing Settings.



Find out what’s new in TPC Desktop 2014

Label Orientation (3:00) Orient all drawing labels Top, Top Left or Top Right.

Automatic Leaders (5:25) Turn leaders on/off. Plus new Point label leaders.

Inside vs Outside Labels (2:29) Place line labels inside or outside of a traverse.

Reverse Direction Labels (4:36) Reverse direction labels manually or via the traverse settings.

Reverse Direction Labels in Curves (2:31) Reverse direction labels embedded in curve and spiral labels.

Reverse Direction Labels in Tables (3:28) Translate & Rotate traverses right in a drawing.

Stacked vs Aligned Labels (4:41) Select the parts of the survey you want to work with.

2014 R1

Find out what’s new in TPC Desktop 2014 R1

Summary Button - Updated (7:18) Add COGO information to the current report.

Computing a geodetic center section - Updated (14:05) compute both a geodetic and a planar center sections and compare them

Stations with Ground DistanceNew (5:53) See how TPC uses distance and direction types for COGO.

Distance and Direction Types from Traverses - New (5:47) COGO routines get their distance/direction types from traverses.

Import GMM File - New (9:29) See how to import a GMM file with township record data.

Drawing EllipsesNew (3:36) Now you can draw your own ellipses.

Relabel Points - New (3:58) Now you can relabel points from the Points Manager.


Want to find out how TPC works? Start here

The TPC Desktop (7:41) You do everything inside the TPC Desktop.

Quick View™ (7:30) Our Quick View™ technology turns your data into drawings.

Drawings and Templates (11:58) Import data and and convert the points to features in a drawing.

Entering a Lot Traverse (16:07) Add a traverse and do a COGO intersect, recall bearings and enter curves.

Importing Data (10:21) Import data and and convert the points to features in a drawing.

Importing CAD Drawings (10:06) Import a CAD drawing.

Simple Surfaces (10:22) Create a surface, edit breaklines, draw contours, compute volumes and slopes.

Balance Angles and Coordinates (10:33) Uses Compass, Transit and Crandall.

Using TPC

Learn how to use the TPC Desktop and set it up the way you want

Managers (5:55) Easily manage data like Point, Traverses and Drawings.

Docking Managers (6:35) Learn how to dock and tab managers.

Windows (10.39) Use windows to expose just the survey data you want.

Arranging Windows (8:28) Resize, tile and tab non-docking views.

Layouts (6:51) Setup the desktop the way you want then save your layout.

Navigation Toolbar (5:24) This is how you get around in TPC Desktop.

Pull-down Toolbars (5:44) Learn how pull-down toolbars work.

Customizing Toolbars (8:45) Add and remove buttons from toolbars plus rearrange them in the view.

Context Menus (7:48) Use the right mouse button to access context menus.


Learn how to use COGO in TPC Desktop

Rotate & Translate (5:20) Get everything on the same survey grid.

Intersections (5:05) Compute intersections with offsets and curves.

Lot Line Setbacks (5:11) Compute 15′ lot setbacks.

Corner Offsets (4:24) Compute 5′ lot corner offsets to stake a foundation.

Using the Drawing View (4:24) Do COGO right from a drawing using selected drawing objects.

Translating & Rotating Graphically (3:28) Translate & Rotate traverses right in a drawing.

Using the What? List (4:41) Select the parts of the survey you want to work with.

Summary Button - Updated (7:18) Add COGO information to the current report.

Stations with Ground Distance - New (5:53) See how TPC uses distance and direction types for COGO.


You’ll love the way you can document everything you do in TPC

Reports (13:30) Learn about the current report and how to add survey data to it from anywhere.

Printing Data (5:37) Print directly to a printer or to a report.

Legal Description Report (3:16) Write a legal description for a lot and add it to a drawing.


In TPC, Geodetics are easier than you think

Geodetic Intro (13:18) Learn how geodetics are used in project settings, traverses, COGO and drawings.

Latitude / Longitude (10:07) Learn where and how to use geodetic positions, scale factors and convergence angles.

Geodetic Distance and Direction (10:34) See how grid distance and direction compare with geodetic distance and direction.

Geodetic Closure and Area (7:28) Compute geodetic closures and areas in the Closure View, Traverses Manager and Drawings.

Geodetic COGO (5:29) COGO routines are just as comfortable using geodetic positions as they are using grid coordinates.

Cadastral / PLSS

Learn how to use TPC for the Public Lands Survey System

True Bearings and Ground Distance (12:22) TPC uses geodesics to compute and inverse true (mean) bearings and geodesic (arc) distances.

Geodetic vs Grid Closure and Area (6:59) Compares the closure and area computed geodetically with grid computations and compass rule adjustment.

Double Proportion (10:42) Do double proportions with or without cardinal offsets!

Single Proportion (5:35) Do single proportions with or without offsets to the latitudinal arc (East-West lines)!

Irregular Boundary Adjustment (4:34) TPC treats this like just another coordinate adjustment but provides the intermediate values you would get with a manual adjustment.

Grant Boundary Adjustment (4:31) TPC treats this like just another coordinate adjustment but provides adjustment details for each course in addition to each point.

Sec 1, Dependent Resurvey (14:19) Enter a section boundary per PLSS and check the closure and area.

True Line Offsets (6:05) Compute offsets from a random line to a true East-West line.

Plat Intro (14:34) See how TPC plots geodetic distance and direction. You don’t need CAPD anymore.

Import GMM File - New (9:29) See how to import a GMM file with township record data.


Demonstrates typical BLM work flow using TPC.

These videos were developed for a BLM Training Session 3-26-2012. They use BLM job, G2346 to walk through common everyday tasks using TPC Desktop. They are also intended to be a general reference to using TPC Desktop for the PLSS.

Step 1. Download the outlinemap and sample files (updated 7/22/14)

Step 2. Watch a video

Step 3. Follow the outline and repeat the video lesson on your own

Starting a new survey - create a new survey and set the coordinate reference system and project factors

Importing Trimble geodetic points - import geodetic points from Trimble Business Center

Importing CMM geodetic points - import geodetic points exported from CMM’s COGO list

Entering geodetic control points - enter geodetic points directly into TPC, either in the Points manager or the Traverse View

Establishing basis of bearing - use imported geodetic points for your occupied station and backsight or enter a solar observations for a reference azimuth

Importing field data 1 - import field data from your data collector with automatic rotate/translate to geodetic control

Understanding traverses - learn about raw data, control point sequence, the status bar and tagging traverses in a drawing

Formatting traverses - create formats you can re-use for your PLSS data

Computing traverses - explore grid vs ground vs geodetic computations and their closures

Quick closure check with inverses - check your closures in seconds using random inverses and sorting by descriptions

Check closure of control loops - use the Closure View to check closing errors and customize your closure report

Cleaning up raw data - learn how TPC stores raw data from your data collector and how to edit it in the Traverse View

Intermediate least squares check - use LS to check your field data without updating the survey points

Importing field data 2 - this alternate method for import field data creates observations (OBS) to control points you tie in the field so you’re all set up for a Least Squares analysis

Creating individual control loops - if you want, you can separate out control loops that were imported from one main raw data file or you can import separate raw files for each loop

Adding a retrace traverse - TPC uses a retrace traverse to store your existing (found) corners for PLSS computations and to start your true line diagram and final plat

Adding a record traverse - store the GLO calls in a record traverse then use them in PLSS computations for lost corners. Learn how to enter GLO data in chains for feet.

Mixing record data and existing points - as you find corners/monuments, insert them into the record traverse and recompute record positions from the found corners to improve your searches

Finding points - learn how to find points, drill down through points piled on top of each other in a drawing, do a one-step zoom toggle to create separation and window extents

Creating a ‘search area’ traverse - create a plot, printouts and reports to help you search for corners and accessories

Computing 600420 via single proportion - learn how to to an easy single proportion using the Retrace and Record traverses

Computing 600420 manually - do the same SP computation manually

Computing 600460 via single proportion - it takes just a few steps to compute or recompute a 16th corner

Computing a geodetic center section - Updated compute both a geodetic and a planar center sections and compare them

Computing center sixteenths by midpoint - a single command creates a geodetic midpoint

Computing Single Proportion through multiple lost corners - create record data with any number of courses to the nearest existing corner

Creating a True Line diagram - go from your working drawing to a true line diagram or start your plat

Introducing Smart Drawing Objects(TM) - the north arrow rotates with the drawing and the scale bar displays the new scale automatically

Exporting coordinates - send State Plane coordinate points back to your data collector

Exporting geodetics - send geodetic positions out to an ASCII file

Computing double proportion - use retrace and record traverses to make this so easy

Creating corner moves - generate corner move (stakeout) notes with alternate backsights

Compute offsets to true line - generate offsets from each random line point to the true line (latitude arc) and print out a report you can take to the field