Learning to Use Traverse PC
You might think that someone in my position would be spending most of their time resolving program problems or doing testing. But that really isn’t the case. My main job is to make sure that all of our users are successful in using Traverse PC. To that end, I spend most of my time working with users to help them understand the easiest ways to accomplish their goals in TPC.
I always recommend starting with the Learning Guide. The Learning Guide starts with the underlying concepts of Traverse PC and works through many of the specific functions that are available. If you are new to TPC, I would urge you to work through each chapter in order through at least the chapter on Using COGO. Please pay special attention to the chapter on Traverse View Formats as the Traverse View is the heart of TPC. Much of your COGO just happens in the Traverse View without you having to think about it if you understand how to format it for the data you have available.
Once you have worked through that, the first half of the Drawing Learning Guide shows you how Traverse PC creates your drawings for you with very little user interaction required. Work through the Drawing Learning Guide chapters in order through the chapter on Using Drawing Templates.
Once you understand the basic procedures shown in the first half of the Learning Guide and the Drawing Learning Guide, you have the skills you need to jump into any chapter in any of our Learning Guides without being lost.
Always keep in mind that Traverse PC is a toolbox full of various tools to help you accomplish the task at hand. We don’t show you how to do a job from A to Z because we all like to work things out our own way. We show you how different tools work and then you can use them any way you need to to get the job done.
And just like the tools in your toolbox, each tool can be used for a variety of tasks, not just the ones they were originally developed for. Just like you have used a screwdriver to open a can of paint, as a mini pry-bar or even as a wood chisel, most of TPC’s tools can be used for a variety of tasks. For example, you can use sideshots in a traverse to draw calls to remote monuments or to show portions of the adjoining property lines. You can use the Right-of-Way Offsets tool to draw parking lot striping or sets of steps.
Once you understand how TPC is designed to work and once you master just a few of the many tools available, you will easily be able to make the surveying decisions you make every day. You will also be able to use your data on multiple drawings and if you need to change something, just change it and have the update show up on every drawing automatically.
Our Online Videos are also a useful way to learn how TPC works but they aren’t really a step-by-step follow-along-as-you-work kind of tool the way the Learning Guides are. They are very useful for getting the “feel” of how things work in Traverse PC and I definitely recommend them for that.
Each of us learns in different ways so I encourage you to do what works best for you. We have a lot of resources available to help you learn so don’t hesitate to use them. And don’t forget to give me a call if you get stuck! Remember that my main job is to make sure that you are successful with Traverse PC!
Mark Lull, Technical Support Manager