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eNewsletter: January 2013

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President’s Message: TPC Desktop 2013 – Mark’s Tech Corner: Traverse View Formats – Redux – Eric Tanikawa: Surveying and Coaching Football

President’s Message:

TPC Desktop 2013

We hope to announce the release of TPC Desktop 2013 in a couple of months. It will be the first in a new series of agile releases. This is how software is delivered to your mobile devices like smart phones and tablets. And it’s how we plan to deliver TPC desktop starting this year.

To that end, we spent 2012 re-writing TPC to be C++/11 compliant. We get a new standard like this about every 12 years and have moved Traverse PC through several of them already, but we like this one the best. It is all focused on smaller, tighter code. Again, this is all driven by mobile devices that for the first time, have less memory and slower CPU’s than their desktop and laptop predecessors. The great news for TPC is that it was already smaller and tighter than its peer applications, so the work to make it compliant with the new C++/11 standard has really paid off.

We don’t plan on releasing a Windows 8 Metro version (for tablets, etc.) right away, but our next release, TPC Desktop 2013, will automatically be more stable and much faster. Microsoft has also provided some great new tools for our regression testing and update delivery. All of which makes it easier for us to deliver the things you ask for, when you ask for them. That’s what agile releases are.

So look for some announcements from us soon about TPC Desktop 2013 and the agile releases to follow.

John Balcom, MS, LS

Mark’s Tech Corner:

Traverse View Formats – Redux

I talked a bit about this issue in the May 2012 eNewsletter. We have added so many new users since then and some of our existing users aren’t up to speed so I decided to revisit the issue of the Traverse View and how to format it to make your job easier. For more information on this topic (and I recommend this to all TPC users), please go through the chapter in the Learning Guide on Traverse View Formats.

The Compute Coordinates COGO tool allows you to create a point at a bearing and distance from an existing point. I never use this tool because the Traverse View makes this tool completely redundant and useless (in my opinion). If I need to create a point at a bearing and distance from another point, I either open the traverse the other point is in or create a new traverse and recall the existing point. I can then create as many points as I need at whatever bearings and distances I need. It’s simple and intuitive.

Another COGO tool that I rarely use is the Horizontal Curve tool. (Notice that I didn’t say I never use it.) The Traverse View can be formatted so that most curves can be directly entered in it without using a COGO tool. If your data provides chord bearing and distance and radius for the curves you will be entering, simply format the Traverse View for them. If you need to enter curves using radial bearings and radius, format the Traverse View that way.

When you first create a Traverse or the first time you open a Traverse, TPC gives you the option of choosing your Format for the Traverse from a list of Formats. If you have saved Traverse Formats for the way you like to work, you can simply choose the Format you want from the list.

Note that you will only see this dialog box one time – when you first create a Traverse or the first time you open a Traverse created by TPC.

If you later find out that you didn’t Format the Traverse the way you need it to be formatted, you can change the Format two ways. One way is to go to the Traverses Manager, right-click the Traverse Name and choose Properties. This will display a dialog box that is similar to the New Traverse dialog box. The second way is to open the Traverse View for the Traverse and choose View | Format View. The Format tab gives you the ability to completely customize the Format of your Traverse and the ability to Save your Format so you can pick it from the list the next time you create or modify a Traverse.

This ability to completely customize the Format of the Traverse View is what makes Traverse so powerful! If you master the Traverse View Format, you will have gone a long way to mastering Traverse PC!

Eric Tanikawa:

Surveying and Coaching Football

The big game or the “Harbowl” is upon us! The coaching brothers of Jim & John Harbaugh get to test their skills against each other!

The profession of land surveying has a lot of similarities to a football team. The head coach is all you! The head coach plans, delivers, and scores! The offensive coordinator, the total station, develops the plays. The line coach is your data collector. The description developed by your collector determines your next play! The defensive coordinator is your rodman. This person prepares your team with weather gear, hubs, laths, backsights, prisms, poles, and hamburgers for lunch! Since the head coach is responsible for the team, he has to develop a plat to deliver. His software must be handle all the aspects of the game and efficiently produce quality results!

A lot of head coaches use Traverse PC! TPC knows how to do play action, spread offense, pro-set offense, wildcat, cover 2, cover 3, monster defense, nickel, 3-4 or 4-3 defense, blitzes and a hail mary! Traverse PC is competitive and the clear winner in so many different ways! We can do boundary surveys, site surveys, Cadastral, Geodetics, constructions, road layouts, and much more!

Many of you head coaches have suggested plays for Traverse PC, and we been implementing them for over 25 years! Now kick back and enjoy the big game!