eNewsletter – February, 2016

John Balcom, President, MSE, PLS, GISP

FebruaryPresident’s Message: Rotating and Translating Drawing Objects via COGO, Oliver Bochsler – New CRS Folder and Files, Eric Tanikawa – Surveyor Soup (PBJ: Potato, Bacon and Jalapeno No! It is not Peanut Butter & Jelly)

President’s Message:
Rotating and Translating Drawing Objects via COGO

We just slipped a new feature into V16.0.4 because we wanted you to have it.

When you translate and rotate via COGO, you can include drawing survey space objects. TPC will translate and rotate survey space drawing objects you added to the drawings. This is a great tool for those of you who start with a survey created on a local grid and moving it to a geodetic position so you can integrate it with GIS, GNSS and Google Earth.

Translate with Drawing Objects The trick is the What list. If you select Entire Survey or Entire Drawing and turn on the [x] Drawings toggle, TPC will translate or rotate all the survey data like it always has, but will also tell the corresponding drawing(s) to translate or rotate their survey space objects. As a result, leaders you added, streets you named, easements you drew or anything else you manually added to survey space will get moved right along with the survey data.

The Undo works too. And if you don’t get what you want, just Undo / Redo. The survey space drawing objects move right back to where they were before the translation or rotation so you can redo it the right way.

COGO Translate & Rotate with Drawing Objects (9:12) COGO Translate and Rotate now let you include survey space drawing objects.

John Balcom, President, MSE, PLS, GISP

Oliver Boschler, Software DeveloperOliver Bochsler:
New CRS Folder & Files

For the next release of TPC 2016 (R1), we’ve added a really cool feature related to coordinate reference systems.

In previous versions of TPC we used a single file called TpcZone.dat which contained all the data about CRS that was required for TPC to use it.

CRS Files Pulldown

In TPC 2016 R1, we’ve moved away from the single file madness and have adopted a multiple CRS file approach. Each CRS file has the list of zones and horizontal datum it will use. Someone could add as many new CRS files to the CRS folder they think is necessary.

It’s easy enough as creating a new CRS file with the extension .crs, adding it to the CRS folder, and finally restarting TPC. Now your new CRS will be listed in all the locations where CRS data is displayed. Just select it and use!

Oliver Bochsler, Software Developer


Eric Tanikawa, Sales

Eric Tanikawa:
Surveyor Soup (PBJ: Potato, Bacon and Jalapeno No! It is not Peanut Butter & Jelly)

Winter is here, and those living in the Northwest, Midwest, Northeast & Canada, nothing is like a good hearty soup! I believe a hearty soup must have bacon, must be creamy, must be chunky, and must have some heat!


  •  1/2 lb. bacon, approx. 8-10 thick slices, then cut into large pieces
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoon of flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 8 russet potatoes, quartered or halved depending on size (optional red potatoes)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • salt & black pepper


  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Crumbled Bacon
  • Minced Jalapeno Peppers


  1. Heat a large pot over med-high heat then add bacon. Cook the bacon until crisp, and remove with a slotted spoon, and leaving the bacon grease in the pot.
  2. In the pot cook onions (medium heat) until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour over onions and cook, stirring constantly, about a minute until you do not see the flour.
  3. Pour in the pot the chicken stock, and whisk until smooth. Now add the potatoes, bring to a boil, and then simmer until potatoes are very soft (approx. 20mins)
  4. Stir in cheese until melted and smooth, and then add milk Cook for an additional 10 minutes until very hot. (Some folks do mashed the potatoes in the pot just to thicken the soup), but I like it chunky!
  5. Devour w/optional toppings!

Eric Tanikawa, Sales