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TPC Desktop™ comes in three Editions – Personal, Premium or Professional.

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  • See below for pricing and edition features.
SubscriptionQuarterly – includes TPC Connection for unlimited technical support and updates$179.55/qtr$239.85/qtr$329.00/qtr
SubscriptionAnnually – includes TPC Connection for unlimited technical support and updates$398.00/yr$638.00/yr$878.00/yr
Perpetual Single User License – never expires – purchase it once and run it as long as you choose to
Perpetual 3-Seat Network License (20% discount included) – for sharing among multiple users in your office / company
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Real Estate Agents/Groups
Tax Assessors / Title Companies
Land Dispute Attorneys
Landscape Mapping
Forestry / Resource Management
Accident Investigation 
Archaeology Mapping 
Educational Institutions 
Estate / Ranch Infrastructure Planners 
Commercial Construction staking and layout 
Land Developers  
Civil Engineering  
Public Lands Surveys (PLSS) / CFedS  

Learn More – CRS

Point Protection
Coordinate Conversion: Feet/Meters/Chains/Scale Factor
Compute Grid Coordinates from Ground Distance
Inverse Ground Distance from Grid Coordinates
UTM, NAD 83 (2011) (PA11), NAD 83 (Albers), NAD 27 
Country CRSs Included (Canada 3TM/MTM/UTM, New Zealand NZTM2000) 
State & County CRSs Included (Minnesota, Oregon, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana) 
Add / Edit your own CRS 
Use ESRI Projection File for CRS 
User-defined Grids and Ellipses 
International or U.S. Survey Foot 
Convert Single Geodetic Point (Lat/Long) <=> Grid Coordinates 

Learn More – Elevations

Positive & Negative Instrument Height
Positive & Negative Target Heights
Protect Elevations Manually or as Entered
3-Dimensional Drawing Objects
Move point elevations to a surface – NEW TPC Desktop 2019 R1 

Learn More – Geodetics

Grid & Ground Distance types
Compute ground distance from project elevation or mean course elevation
Grid & True Direction types
Project mapping angle determines true directions
Select distance and direction types for COGO
Select distance and direction types for drawing areas and labels
Project mapping angle determines true directions
Geodetic videos, learning guide and sample files
Geodetic direct and inverse 
Compute geodetic distance from project elevation or mean course elevation 
Compute true bearing from mean course convergence 
All geodetic computations related to Coordinate Reference System 
Report scale factor and convergence for each survey point 
Computes geodetic areas from project elevation or mean course elevation 
Select geodetic distance and direction types for COGO 
Select geodetic distance and direction types for drawing areas and labels 

Learn More – Geoid Modeling

Relates GPS ellipsoid heights to elevations – NEW TPC Desktop 2019 R1
EGM84 – 15 min and 30 min resolution 
EGM96 – 5 min and 15 min resolution 
EGM2008 – 1 min, 2.5 min and 5 min resolution 
Cache survey extents for reduced geoid file access (faster speed) 
Users can add their own geoid models in pgm format 
Geoid can be disabled to assumption ellipsoid height = elevation as in NGVD 1929 

Learn More – Least Squares

Blunder Detection 
Solve Resections 
Four Step Process (Analyze, Solve, Update, Report) 
2D or 3D Adjustments 
Traverse Adjustments 
Undo Adjustments 
Report Positional Tolerances 
Relative Positional Accuracy (RPA) 
Network Adjustments  
Individual Traverse A Priori Values  
ALTA 2021 Minimum Standard Relative Positional Precision  

Learn More – COGO

Interactive COGO Dialogs
Random Inverse
Horizontal Curves
Enter Radial Bearings for Horizontal Curves
Enter Equations for Bearing / Distance / Elevation
Shared Lot Lines-Changing One Changes the Other
Insert Points at Midpoint of Line or Curve
COGO Tools Available in All Views
Rotate / Translate / Inverse / Offset
Intersections Including Offsets / Spirals / Curves
Corner Offsets
Resection / Benchmark
Automatic Lot Setbacks – Front / Side / Rear
Multiple Points on a Line
Compute Offsets to a Line or Curve
Create a Point at a Distance & Offset
Remote Offset-Perpendicular / HA / VA / Horizontal/Vertical Distance
Best Fit Horizontal Curve (Least Squares, average radius) 
Best Fit Horizontal Line (Least Squares, fixed bearing, through point) 
Predetermined Area 
Tangent Intersects with Offsets 
Stakeout / Cut-Fill 
Average Point 

Learn More – Calibration

Scale Only, Translate Only, Scale & Rotate, 2D/3D Conformal, Vertical Shift 
Calibrate Photos 
Calibrate CAD entities (i.e. XRef) and files 
Calibrate GNSS & Total Station data 
Site Calibration (automatically calibrate geodetic points) 
Automatic re-calibrate when editing calibration parameters 
Calibrate or Reverse Calibrate Exported Coordinates 

Learn More – ALTA Surveys

Test: Semi-major Axis of Error Ellipses  
Test: Standard deviations of distances between monuments  
Metric or Imperial precision (0.07′ +/- 50 PPM)  
95% Confidence Interval  
ALTA 2021 Minimum Standard  

Learn More – Legal Descriptions

Convert Traverse to Legal Description
Edit Legal Description
Insert into Any Drawing
User Style Settings Include Rounding, Abbreviations, Decimals, One Course per Line, More
Spell Check All or Portion of Legal Description

Learn More – Google Earth

Import / Export KML files 
Import / Export KMZ files 
Import points, traverses, surfaces, lot labels, sideshots, drawings 
Export points, traverses, surfaces, lot labels, sideshots, drawings 

Learn More – LandXML

Import / Export LandXML files  
Import / Export Points  
Import / Export Parcels  
Import / Export Alignments  
Import / Export Vertical Curves  
Import / Export Surfaces  

Learn More – GIS

Export Survey Points or Traverses as Shape Files
Import Shape Files as Survey Points or Traverses
Export Drawings as Shape Files
Export Point or Polyline shapes
Export Point Labels, Coordinates and Descriptions in DBF File
Writes Projections(.prj) on Export 
Reads Projections(.prj) on Import 
Select GIS Coordinate System on Export 
Import Shape Files into Drawings 
GIS Coordinate Systems (Geographic,Projected,Local) 
Identifies Imported Geographic Shapes without Projection File 
Reference Import Shapes to Survey  

Learn More – CAD Files

CAD View (native CAD files)
Import Coordinates from a DXF File
Export a Drawing as AutoCAD R11-2018 DWG File
Export a Drawing as AutoCAD R9-2018 DXF File
Raster Image Support
Export Entities Only
User-defined Layers
Export Symbols as Blocks
Traverses from CAD Lines / Text / Points 
Import a DXF / DWG File into Drawings with Layers / Hatching / Blocks / More 
Convert Imported Objects to Survey Points Selectively or in Groups 
Check Tolerance of Imported Objects to Eliminate Duplicates 
Exploded Geometry / Grouped Attributes 
PolyFaceMeshes / MeshFaceLoops 
XReferences (Bind, Load, Unload)  

Learn More – CAD View

Open Native CAD Files (DWG, DGN, DXF, DXB)
Manage Layers (On, Off, Isolate, Freeze, Thaw, etc)
Select and List Entities
Convert Selected Entities to Survey
Edit and Update Existing (save) CAD Files 
Add Entities (lines, circles, text, etc) 
View Layouts 
Convert CAD Formats (i.e. DXF to DWG) 
Send CAD Entities / Layers to Drawing View  
Send CAD Entities / Layers to Drawing View as Group  
Send Drawing View Objects to CAD View  

Learn More – Roads/Alignments

Automatically Plots All Curve Parameters in Drawings
Enter Any Curve Data & TPC Computes All Parameters
Right-of-Way Offsets
Spirals/Spiral Offsets/Spiral Intersections
Multiple Points on a Grade
Float PC’s & PT’s Along Tangents Automatically
Compute Station/Offset of any Points Based on any Alignment
Vertical Curves  
Cross Sections  

Learn More – Surfaces

Over 20X Faster & More Accurate 
Multiple Contours Per Drawing-Stockpiles / Construction Phases / More 
Create Contours for All Points / Individual Traverses / Selected Points 
User-defined Contour Intervals / Colors / Line Types / Labels / Borders / Breaklines 
Save / Reset User Settings 
Optional Border 
Fix Blunders Easily with TOPO Point Delineation 
Contour Smoothing 
Break Line Toggle 
Contour Information Reports 
Surface Area / Plan Area / Cut & Fill Areas 
Volumes to a Border / Specific Elevation / Another Contour Surface 
Computes Net Volume / Cut Volume / Fill Volume 
Cut-sheet Report 
Generate Transects from Traverses / Lines / Polylines  
Slope Analysis  
Import / Export LandXML  

Learn More – Cadastral Surveys (PLSS)

Ground distance and true bearings per PLSS  
PLSS traverses, areas, COGO and drawings  
Single and Double Proportion with detailed report  
Grant and Irregular Boundary adjustments with detailed report  
Offset random line to true line  
Import GMM Township record files, automatically create traverse, auto-plot  
Medial Lines  
Cadastral videos, learning guide, sample surveys, drawing templates, blocks  

Learn More – Point Codes

Point Code View-List Codes & Descriptions 
Build New Code Tables from Existing Data-Instantly 
Update Existing Traverses with New Points & Codes 
Assign Drawing Settings to Codes for Feature Mapping 
Copy Drawing View Settings Between Codes 
Assign Survey Point Properties 
Point Code Alias 
Manage Multiple Code Tables 
Supports Most Data Collector Codes 

Learn More – Drawing Codes

Begin Line / End Line  
Begin Curve / End Curve  
Begin Figure / End Figure / Close Figure  
Rectangle from next 3 points  
Curve from next 3 points  
Rectangle from next 2 points and width  
Codes in Notes  
Codes in Point Descriptions  

Learn More – Plat Checking

Traverses from CAD Lines / Text / Points
Insert Traverse Command
Traverses Manager-Closure Information
Electronic Plat Checking Booklet (PDF)

Learn More – Drawings

Uses QuickView Technology for Fast, Accurate, Up-to-date Drawings
Include Complete Survey or Selected Traverses
Center Drawing at Maximum Scale on Any Page
Rotate Drawing on the Page-North Arrow Tracks Automatically
Set Point Symbols / Line Types / Labels / Colors-Globally / by Traverse / Individually
Hatching & Filling
User-defined Hatching
Zoom Page / Extents / Window / Previous / In / Out
Pan with Drag-n-Drop
Paper Space / Survey Space Modes
Hide / Show Objects
Edit Individual Object Properties (Font / Size / Line Type / Symbol / etc.)
Cut / Copy / Paste Text to and from Other Programs
Select Multiple Objects
Trim / Rotate / Resize Symbols
Ortho Mode
Drafted Lines
User-defined Line Types
Variables for File Name / Drawing Scale / Drawing Data / More
Rounded Rectangles
Rotate Rectangles
Interactive COGO Tools
Find Point Command
Repeating Commands
Create Traverses from Drawing View
Erase Multiple Objects
White or Black Background
Traverses can Share Permanent Drawing
Delineate Traverses and/or Points
Gap Point Type to Not Draw Line
Spell Check-Individual Objects / Selected Objects / Entire Drawing
Store / Recall Traverse / Drawing Settings by Name
Traverses from CAD Lines / Text / Points
Insert Traverse Command
User-defined Grid
Insert Legal Description
User-defined Symbols 
Offset Lines Graphically 

Learn More – Multiple Drawings

Display Traverse in Temporary Drawing or Share Permanent Drawing
Unlimited Number of Drawings per Survey
Duplicate / Rename Drawings

Learn More – Drawing Commands

Nested Commands
Multi-level Undo
Step-by-step Prompts
Enter Exact Values or Place with Mouse
Horizontal & Angled Text
Leaders with Choice of Arrows
Move / Edit Traverses
Text Box with Word-wrap & Resize
Curved Text, Auto-Curved Text
Outlined Fonts / Text Borders
Insert Picture Files-JPG / BMP / GIF / ICO / TIF / EMF / WMF / PNG
Dynamic Offsets
Dynamic Object Labels
Dynamic Dimensioning
Label Interior Angles
Single & Continuous Lines
Snap to Insert / Mid / End / Perpendicular / Intersection / Tangent
Snap to Nearest
Object Snap
Arcs / Circles / Rectangles
Polylines with Optional Forced Closure / Hatching & Filling
Polyline Smoothing
Rotate / Translate / Duplicate Traverses
Align / Space Text & Other Objects Evenly
Trim / Extend / Break / Copy objects / Fillet / Chamfer 
Convert Drawing Objects to Survey Points 
Graphic Offset Tool 
Rich Text Box & Tools 
Drawing Codes (Begin / End Line / Close / Rectangle / Continue)  

Learn More – Groups & Blocks

Supports CAD Blocks & Nested Blocks
Edit / Resize / Rotate Blocks
Force a Block to a Single Color
Convert a Block to a Group
Edit Individual Group Members
Insert Objects Into a Drawing
Insert an Object Multiple Times
Group / Ungroup Objects 
Explode Blocks 
User-defined Blocks 
Retrieve & Re-use Blocks from any CAD Drawing 
Choose ‘Share File With Others’ to Include All Block Definitions in File 
Group Last Import (CAD, GIS, etc)  
Reference Group to Survey  

Learn More – Lot Labels

Automatic or User-defined Lot Labels
User-defined Font / Size / Color / Decimal Places
Acres / Hectares / Square Feet / Square Meters
Automatically Centers Lot Label & Area in Lot
Copy Lot Settings from One Lot to Another
Hide Lot Label Layer 

Learn More – Layers

Export Layers in DXF / DWG Files
Edit Layers On / Off, Freeze / Thaw, Lock / Unlock, Notice / Ignore, Current, Rename, Add / Delete, Forward / Backward, Isolate / Restore 
Isolate a Single Layer 
Ignore Layers 
Add & Delete User Layers 
Control Object Properties by Layer 
Right-click any Object to Access its Layer 
Convert all Objects on a Layer to Survey Points 
Background Layer 

Learn More – Pictures/Raster Images

Insert pictures into drawings: JPG, GIF, BMP, EMF, WMF, PNG, TIF, ICO, PNG / World Files
Overlay survey on background picture
Reference picture to survey
Resize / Stretch pictures
Crop / Flip / Mirror / Rotate pictures
Pictures Rescale with Survey (Optional)
Export Drawings as JPG, GIF, BMP, EMF, WMF, PNG, TIF, ICO, PNG / World Files
Include Pictures in Exported DXF / DWG Files

Learn More – Enhanced Hatching

Solid / Hatch Pattern / Bitmap
Predefined Patterns & Bitmaps
User-defined Hatching
Fill Entire Traverses
Clear Hatching Around Text
Associative Hatching Changes with Objects / Traverses
Fill Rectangles, Circles, Polylines, Smoothed Polylines
Append to Smart Legend

Learn More – Drafted Line Types

100+ Predefined Line Types
Embedded Text –[Utility]–, Symbols Drafted Line Types - Embedded Symbols, Markers –X–X–
Patterns —- — —- —
User-defined Line types
AutoCAD Compatible Patterns

Learn More – Drawing Templates

Default Template
Template Resizes to any Page Size / Orientation Automatically
Save any Drawing as a Template
Edit Existing Templates
Import Template into Existing Drawing 

Learn More – Object Library

Preview Symbols for Selection
Organize Symbols in Folders
Dozens of Point Symbols Included
North Arrows / Borders / Title Blocks / Scale Bars Included
Traffic Symbols Included
Sample Stamps & Logo Symbols Included
Standard BLM Corner Symbols Included
User-defined Line types
User-defined Hatching
User-defined Symbols & Blocks Using DXF 
Retrieve & Re-use Symbols from Any CAD Drawing 

Learn More – Smart Drawing Objects™

Smart Borders
Smart Title Blocks
Smart Line Labels
Smart Point Labels
Smart Lot / Area Labels
Smart Scale Bars
Smart Legend
Smart Line / Curve Tables 
Smart Point / Coordinate Table 
Smart Lot Table 
Individual Traverse Line/Point Tables 
Drawing Details  

Learn More – Traversing

Control / Topo / Deeds / Foundations / Features / Areas
Predefined & User-defined Traverse View Formats
Alpha / Numeric Point Labels
Raw Closure / Relative & Linear Error / Area
Set Closed Loop Tolerance
One or Two Lines per Point
Closure Information Available in Traverses Manager
Predefined & User-defined Drawing View Traverse Format
Adjust XYZ / Angles / Undo
Point-by-Point Adjustment Details
Precision Tool (Adjustment)
Adjust Curvature & Refraction / Scale Factor 

Learn More – Traverse Operations

Insert / Append / Delete / Edit Points
User-defined Reusable Formats
Edit Raw Data
Recompute from Raw Data
Compare Raw Data with Adjusted/Inverse Data
Use Equations to Enter Data
Display Traverse in Temporary Drawing or Share Permanent Drawing
Find Point Command in Traverse/Point Views
Gap Point Type to Not Draw Line
Store/Recall Traverse/Drawing Settings by Name
Copy Points from one Traverse to Another
Re-label Points for Export to Data Collector
Duplicate / Copy Traverses
Precision Tool (Adjustment)

Learn More – Angle Sets

Compute Angle Sets
Report Angle Set Errors
Multiple Sets
Enter Angle Sets: BFBF / BBFF / BFFB / BF2 / BF4 

Learn More – Files Supported

Adobe PDF Export
User-Defined ASCII Coordinates
User-Defined Raw Data Files
MS Excel CSV
MicroSurvey Field Genius
Shape Files
Direct Connection to Data Collector / Total Station / Laser
Files Transfer: Ymodem / Kermit / Text
TDS RW5, RAW, CR5, Binary CR5
Carlson Surv CE RAW, Binary CRD
Trimble Business Center
AutoCAD R9-2018 DXF (see CAD for details)
AutoCAD R11-2018 DWG (see CAD for details)
Leica / LisCAD / Pentax 
Nikon RAW V2.0 
Criterion / Impulse / Range-Range / Reverse Direction 
Garmin GPS Waypoints / Routes / Tracklogs / Text / E-Trex (Serial Connections Only) 
SMI Coordinates or Raw Data 
Trimble 5600 Series Total Stations 
Topcon GTS Series Total Stations 
Thales Navigation Z-Max Raw Data 
CST / Berger / Geodimeter 600 
MicroStation V7 / V8 DGN  
DCA R10  
Pacsoft CRD & PDT  
C&G CRD (Binary) & CGC (Binary)  

Learn More – Reports

Edit / Print / Copy / Paste
Coordinates / Traverses / Raw Data / Raw Closure
Survey Summary
COGO Summary
Insert Any Report into Any Drawing
Spell Check All or Portion of Report
Save / Recall / Edit Reports
Station / Offset
Multiple Traverses

Learn More – Search/Replace/Sort/Query

Find Matching Point Labels & Descriptions
Replace Text in Descriptions
Select Points by Proximity to a Known Point
Select All Points in a Range
Select Points by Matching Text
Select Points by Tags
Sort Points to Nearest Neighbor 

Learn More – Miscellaneous

Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10/Windows 11
On-Line HTML Help
Download Web Updates
Getting Started / Learning Guide
Electronic Manuals
Network File Sharing / File Locking / Printing
Electronic Plat Checking Booklet
Live Presentation


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