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eNewsletter: June 2013

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President’s Message: TPC Desktop 2013 and the Traverse PC Road Map – Mark’s Tech Corner: Traverse PC’s COGO Tools: Things to Keep in Mind – Eric Tanikawa: Surveyor’s 4 “S” Method Barbecue Sauce

President’s Message:

TPC Desktop 2013 and the
Traverse PC Road Map

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sending you information on updating to TPC Desktop 2013, scheduled for release at the end of June.

We’ve put in lots of great stuff like curved text, 2013 CAD drivers, the ability to hide symbols and line types you don’t use often, and much more. We also moved volumes and point codes down into the Premium Edition.

But that’s not what we’re most excited about.

What we’re most excited about is that this release completes the third step in our 4-step program to bring you the best surveying software available. In addition to the many new features in each release, we’ve also been guided by the following road map:

Starting with TPC Desktop 2013, TPC relies more heavily on industry proven memory and data management. We’ve thrown out our least stable code, in favor of standard libraries from industry leaders. The result is something many of you have asked for – the absolute most reliable software experience possible. In some ways, it’s like putting new tires on your car or truck. It may not look like a huge change, but it puts you on the road for another 40,000 miles. That’s what this new release does for Traverse PC.

We’re looking forward to putting TPC Desktop 2013 into your hands now as we continue on into TPC Desktop 2014 and introduce agile releases.

John Balcom, MS, LS

Mark’s Tech Corner:

Traverse PC’s COGO Tools:
Things to Keep in Mind

I frequently get calls asking how to use a specific COGO tool or how to correct an unexpected result. The following list of things to keep in mind should help you out with a lot of those questions

  • Be aware of What the tool you are using is being applied to. To help you with this, most COGO tools include the “What” list at the top of the dialog box.TPC automatically selects What it thinks you want to work on. Where you call a tool from will determine What TPC thinks you are working with. For example, because I called the Rotate command by choosing COGO | Rotate from the menu in the Lot 2 Traverse View, TPC thinks I want to rotate the Entire Traverse: Lot 2, but I can choose any of the other options or even go select different points or traverses and update the What list for those options..
  • COGO tools only affect points, traverses and surfaces (your survey data). If you add a lot of drawn objects (lines, polylines, etc.) to a drawing and then translate your survey from a local, assumed coordinate grid to State Plane coordinates, your survey data will move to the new coordinates but the drawn objects won’t. This means that you may have some work to do to get your drawing back to how you want it.
    Because of this, it is a good idea to keep a couple of things in mind:
    1) It is best to get your survey data onto the correct coordinate base and basis of bearing before you add a lot of Survey Space information to the drawing.
    2) It is always best to do as much as possible with traverses rather than using drawn objects (lines, polylines, arcs, circles, rectangles, etc.). I do everything with traverses. If you can’t figure out how to do something with a traverse, give me a call or send me an email.
  • Many COGO tools can do several variations of the specific process. In these cases, use what you need and ignore everything else.In this example, I am doing a Bearing – Curve Intersection. I have told TPC to go on a Bearing from Point 2 and intersect the curve between Points 1 and 5. Because that is what I filled in, I simply ignore the TPC calculated information in Bearing and Distance under Point 2.

If you keep these things in mind when you work with the COGO tools, you should be able to easily accomplish the task at hand.

Eric Tanikawa:

Surveyor’s 4 “S” Method
Barbecue Sauce

Just in time for your Fourth of July Barbecue, Eric presents his Surveyor’s 4 “S” Method Barbecue Sauce!

Sauté, Sour, Sweet, Spices


  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Tomato Puree – 28 oz
  • Worcestershire ½ cup
  • Onions – 1 cup minced
  • Ketchup – 2 cups
  • Habanero Sauce – ½ cup
  • Jalapeno Peppers – (2) minced
  • Lemon Juice – ¾ cup
  • Brown Sugar – ½ cup
  • Bell Peppers – 1 cup minced
  • Brown Mustard – ¼ cup
  • Molasses – ¼ cup
  • Garlic – 3 cloves minced
  • Cider Vinegar – 1 cup
  • Honey – ¼ cup
  •  Salt, Pepper, Cayenne, Chili Powder, Cumin to taste (optional Liquid Smoke – 1 tsp)


  1. First “S” – Sauté: Onions, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers garlic in butter for about 5 minutes, then add the tomato puree and ketchup.
  2. Second “S” – Sour ingredients: Add the lemon juice, brown mustard, cider vinegar, Worcestershire, and habanero sauce. Stir for another 5 minutes.
  3. Third “S” – Sweet ingredients: Add the brown sugar, molasses, and honey.
  4. Fourth “S” – Spices: Optional to taste & heat, salt pepper, cayenne, chili powder, cumin, liquid smoke (1tsp)
  5. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for a ½ hour! Put it on Ribs, Burgers, Chicken, and Pork!

Don’t be shy to bottle it up for your clients, they may get you repeated business just for this sauce!


Personnel Notes: Oliver Boschler

Oliver Boschler has returned as our summer programming intern. Oliver was last with us during the summer of 2010 and we liked him and (apparently) he liked us so we invited him back this year. Say “Hi” if you get a chance to speak to Oliver.