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eNewsletter – July, 2015

 President’s Message: Alaska Vacation, Mark Lull: KML and KMZ Files, Oliver Bochsler: Scaling Up for Larger Surveys, Eric Tanikawa: The “Ultimate” BBQ Tuna Steak Recipe (EDITED)

John Balcom, President, MSE, PLS, GISP

President’s Message:
Alaska Vacation

‘Nuff said.

John Balcom, MSE, PLS, GISP

Mark Lull, Technical Support Manager

Mark Lull:
KML and KMZ Files

I recently received an email from one of our CFedS Traverse PC users in Arizona about using KML and KMZ files (KMZ files are compressed versions of KML files) in Google Earth. This email was eye-opening for me.

He sends his field crews out with a Google Earth file on their smart phones so they can launch the file in Google Earth as a tool to help them visually locate the areas they need to be in.  This gives them an interactive tool right there in the field.  This is invaluable to the field crews.  Once I understood what he is doing and why, I realized the potential importance of KMZ files.

So what are KML and KMZ files?

To see how KML files work, take a look at John Balcom’s article in our May eNewsletter.  There is even a KML file you can download to see how it works.  TPC Desktop 2015 R1 (available only to our TPC Connection members) currently supports the export and import of KML files.  (We can import KML files that were created with Traverse PC.)

What about KMZ files?  KMZ files are a compressed version of a KML file.  They work exactly the same as KML files do but they are significantly smaller.  In a test we ran here, we exported a KML file that was 28 KB.  The same file exported as a KMZ file was only 3 KB. That is nearly a 90% reduction in size and is a significant saving of storage space on devices that have limited storage capacity.

Based on this, Oliver Bochsler added support for the KMZ file format to TPC Desktop 2015 R1.  We should have this new update out to our TPC Connection members sometime next week.  This is just one more advantage to joining the TPC Connection – we respond quickly to the needs or our customers.

Mark Lull, Technical Support Manager

Oliver Bochsler, Software Developer

Oliver Bochsler:
Scaling Up for Larger Surveys

This summer I’m working on optimizing TPC Desktop. Some parts of the program can be called millions of times while you’re working on a survey. That’s just how software works. So we are taking a closer look at those parts and speeding them up. The end result for you will be a zippier TPC Desktop.

This will also help those of you who work with more complex surveys;
• You have a drawing with 28 geo-referenced background images
• You just imported a LandXML surface with 10,000+ topo points
• You are starting a 40 acre sub-division with 100+ lots
• …or whatever walks through the door next

Your surveys come in all shapes and sizes, but no matter what the size or shape, TPC will just run faster. We think you’ll like it. Look for these optimizations in TPC Desktop 2015 R2 later this summer.

Oliver Bochsler, Software Developer

Eric Tanikawa, Business Manager

Eric Tanikawa:
The “Ultimate” BBQ Tuna Steak Recipe*

*Per Amy Tanikawa; “The Best Tasting Tuna Steaks Ever!”
Per Eric Tanikawa; “The I’m sorry I was wrong BBQ Tuna Steak Recipe”
Per Mark Lull; “The Eric doesn’t eat fish so why this recipe? Recipe”

4 Tuna Steak Fillets (1” thick)
4 Bacon Slices
Apple Wood (for smoky goodness)—optional

Marinade Ingredients:
4 Teaspoons Lime Juice
4 Tablespoons Teriyaki Sauce
3 Cloves Minced Garlic
Salt and Pepper to Taste


Combine marinade ingredients, and then add tuna steaks. Refrigerate overnight. Next day, pull the tuna steaks from the marinade then wrap the circumference of the tuna with bacon using toothpicks to hold the bacon in place (toothpicks should be soaked in water for 15 mins).

Fire-up the coals! Let’s get real here, no propane! Optional to have Apple Wood soaked in water, then added to the coals. Place all 4 tuna steaks on the grill in direct heat for 2 ½ to 3 minutes (MAXIMUM) on each side. Should be medium rare to medium. Never overcook as it will taste very dry. After eating these Tuna Steaks, you will enjoy doing this again several times over!

Eric Tanikawa, Business Manager


Eric is on vacation but has sent us an update.  He prepared this recipe and sent this picture and review:

"Ultimate" BBQ Tuna Steak Recipe - Amy said it was AWESOME!
Amy said it was AWESOME!