Getting Started

Walk step-by-step through a simple mortgage survey and learn how to use TPC

Mortgage Workflow
Mortgage Workflow

If you are new to TPC, this is a great place to start.

Where to Start(1:09)

  • New to Traverse PC and wondering where to start?
Starting a New Survey (4:27)

  • Learn how to start a new survey.
Using the TPC Desktop (6:09)

  • Here are a few pointers on using the TPC Desktop.
Entering Record Data (10:47)

  • Start a new traverse and enter record data with curves.
Checking Closure and Adjusting Coordinates (8:42)

  • Check the closure of a lot.
Entering Field Data (9:07)

  • Enter data from a total station to tie some building corners and run additional control.
Taping a House Foundation (7:28)

  • Learn how to enter data from taping around a house foundation.
Working Drawing (1:02)

  • As you enter your survey data, TPC creates a working drawing for you.
  • This will become the start of your finished drawing
Starting a New Drawing (2:58)

  • Moving From a Working Drawing to a Finished Drawing.
  • 0:40 Add a new drawing via the Drawing Manager.
  • 1:00 Selecting the Mortgage drawing template
  • 1:22 Drawing with tagged traverses
  • 1:33 Drag-n-drop lot label
  • 1:50 Drawing template sets initial drawing size
  • 2:19 Explore Paper Space objects provided by the drawing template
  • 2:35 Explore Survey Space objects
Scaling Your New Drawing (1:46)

  • 0:08 Zoom extents and set the drawing scale.
  • 0:30 Drag-n-drop the survey anywhere on the page without changing coordinates.
  • 0:56 Resize the narrative to fit this survey.
Exploring Drawing Variables (0:42)

  • Drawing variables supply fill out the title block with the date, scale, job name and more.
  • The scale bar automatically shows the selected scale.
Modifying Symbols, Lines and Labels  (1:18)

  • Move line labels where you want them.
  • Select the point symbol you want to use.
  • Change a curve label from stacked to aligned.
Adding Automatic Lot Setbacks (1:48)

  • Insert a dynamic offset.
  • Select point symbols.
  • Change curve label from stacked to aligned.
Adding an Offset to a Lot Line (1:10)

  • Insert a dynamic offset.
  • Edit the properties of the label.
Add a Legend (:48) Help

  • Add a legend that automatically includes any symbols you have used.
  • Edit the text of the legend item to show FOUND 5/8″ YPC 44138
Automatic Leaders (4:38) Help

  • Add leaders to line, curve and dimension labels.
Adding a Leader Manually (3:16) Help

  • Add manual leader to show a found monument out of position.




We’ve combined everything in one place. You’ll find videos, learning guides, help topics, web resources and more.

Everyone learns their own way. That’s why the TPC Learning Center includes a little something for everyone.

The icons shown here help you know instantly what type of resource is available for any given topic.

Help Topics

  • Help topics are the equivalent of a manual
  • Everything is here
Learning Guides

  • Cook Book approach to learning
  • Find step-by-step instructions on how to do it
Videos (0:00)

  • See how someone else does it
  • We give you the length of each video so you can decide how to spend your time
Web resources

  • Helpful and interesting links
Ways to connect


  • Recorded live webinars
 Learn Workflows

  • learn how to do the kind of surveying you do
  • Mortgage, Boundary, Site, Topographic, ALTA, PLSS, Design…

We provide lots of sample surveys to help you get started.

Sample Surveys

Using TPC’s Sample Surveys (4:16)

  • Learn how to access the surveys
 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Using the Help Topics (3:34)  Help

  • Open the help topics and use the Table of Contents, Index or Search to find what you want.
  • This is the information we used to include the the thick software manuals.
  • If TPC does it, you’ll find it here.
Help When You Need It (4.00)

  • See how TPC’s Message Boxes and Message View provide direct access to the help you need, when you need it.
Use the Learning Guides (3:04)  Help

  • Learn how to use the learning guides and the referenced sample files.
Support Visit our on-line support page.

TPC User Forum Visit our on-line user forum at LinkedIn.

Installing TPC via Download  Help

TPC Licensing Help

Validating TPC  Help

Warranty  Help



COGO is integrated into everything TPC Desktop does

Using COGO COGO Commands  Compare Editions COGO Learning Guide

COGO: Accessing from Desktop and Views

  • 0:00 From a Traverse View
  • 2:17 From a drawing
  • 4:20 From the Desktop
  • 5:15 From a data manager
Using the What? List (4:41) Help

  • Select the parts of the survey you want to work with.
Summary Button (7:18) Help

  • Add COGO information to the current report. In this case, from the Offset To Line routine.
Undo (1:11) Help

  • Undo any COGO command and start over.

You’ll find other COGO routines in their specific sections like Alignments, Geodetics and Cadastral.

Rotate & Translate (5:20)  Rotate  Translate

  • Get everything on the same survey grid.
Rotate & Translate Graphically (3:28)

  • Translate & Rotate traverses right in a drawing.
Intersections (5:05) Help

  • Compute intersections with offsets and curves.
Tangent Intersect Preview (3:06)  Help

  • Compute tangent intersections using curves, arcs and circles.
Tangent-Tangent Intersect (3:05)  Help

  • Compute the tangent intersections between two curves.
Tangent-Tangent Intersect
Tangent-Tangent Intersect

Tangent intersects are regular intersections with the added constraint that they must be tangent to some arc, curve or circle. In surveying, we run into these when do don’t have a starting bearing to work with. We just know that we want the intersection to be some distance from a particular point and passing through some other part of the survey.

In the drawing shown here, TPC created

  • INT1R which is tangent to the curve from 3PC to 3PT
  • INT2R which is tangent to the curve from 7PC to 7PT

Of course there are lots of variations for computing tangents through a point, allowing intersects beyond the end points of a line, so no matter what information you start with, TPC will compute the tangent intersect you need.

See Alignments for station-offset routines

Offset to Line (5:05) Help

  • Compute the offset to a line, curve or spiral.
True Line Offsets (6:05) Help

  • Compute offsets from a random line to a true East-West line.
Corner Offsets (4:24) Help

  • Compute 5′ lot corner offsets to stake a foundation.
Inserting a Point at a Distance and Offset (5:35) Help

  • Insert a point at a distance and offset along a tangent, curve or spiral.
Inserting Multiple Points (3:58) Help

  • Insert mutliple points along a tangent, curve or spiral.
Best Fit Horizontal Line (13:08) Help

  • Create a best fit line via Least squares, Fixed bearing or Pass through point.
Best Fit Horizontal Curve (4:45) Help

  • Fit a horizontal curve using Average radius or Least Squares.

Predetermined Area Help

  • Subdivide any parcel into one parcel of a given size and the remainder parcel..
Lot Setbacks

Automatic Lot Setbacks (5:06) – Generate lot setbacks automatically with Front/Side/Rear setback distances

  • 1:00 Parcels group holds parcel traverses
  • 1:30 Offset distances shared with LandXML
    • 2:00 default setbacks for the survey
  • 2:41 Telling TPC to draw the setbacks with the Setbacks tab
    • 3:22 All 82 lots now have setbacks from 1 right-click
  • 3:40 Specify which lot lines are front, side and rear – quick look
    • 3:57 Designate a Front setback line
Lot Setback Types (9:34)

  • Specify lot setback types through both the Traverse View and the Drawing View.
Manual Lot Line Setbacks (R-O-W Offsets) (5:11) Help

  • We use the R-O-W Offsets routine for this.
  • Create a traverse for the 15′ lot setbacks.
  • Use COGO Intersect with offsets.
Distance and Direction Types from Traverses (5:47)

  • COGO routines get their distance/direction types from traverses.
Stations with Ground Distance (5:53)

  • See how TPC uses distance and direction types for COGO.
Inserting a Mid Point (1:53) Help

  • Insert a mid point on a line and curve.
Quick & Easy COGO From the Traverse View (4:25)

  • Use the Space bar to recall the previous bearing and distance.
  • Use equations to recall bearing and distance from other survey points. Help
  • Create a tangent curve and outgoing tangent bearing. Help
Picking COGO From a Drawing

Using the Drawing View (4:24)

  • Do COGO right from a drawing using selected drawing objects.




Checking your closure should be easy, and with TPC, it is

Traverse Closure

Closure Learning Guide

Checking Closure (5:06)

  • 0:30 Include the area in a drawing
  • 0:47 Check the closure of a lot
  • 1:26 The Closure View is a snapshot of the traverse
  • 1:41 Show the lot closure and area in the Closure View
  • 2:16 TPC computes an area because its a Closed Loop
  • 2:40 Closed Loop tolerance automatically sets Closed Loop
  • 3:40 Show the lot closure and area in the Traverse Manager
Accessing the Closure View (2:45)  Help

  • Access the Closure View from the TPC Desktop, Traverse Manger and Traverse View.
Closure Settings (5:05)  Help

  • Edit the closure settings of a traverse.
Closure Information (2:45)

  • Explains each of the sections in the Closure View.
Traverse Report (2:53)  Help

  • Send selected traverses to the Traverse Report
  • Include just the traverse and error summaries
  • Include the traverse data also
Print Lot Info From the Traverse Manager (1:56)  Help

  • Report area, linear and relative errors from the Traverse Manager
  • Print them
  • Edit the Traverse Manager format to change the printout
Output Lot Info From the Traverse Manager to a Report and CSV file (1:41)

  • Report area, linear and relative errors from the Traverse Manager
  • Add them to a report
  • Edit the report to show just the traverses I want
  • Export them as a CSV file

Here are some tips you can use with any data collector to tell TPC exactly how you closed a traverse. Using =[point] in the point description, TPC knows exactly what you did. So close out on =1 and turn an angle to =101 and TPC will know you closed on point 1 and turned an angle to point 101.

Automatic Closure Settings

To Backsight + Closing Measurement (3:22)

  • Close back to your backsight and add a closing measurement.
To Backsight + Closing Angle (2:59)

  • Close back to your backsight and add a closing angle.



Quick View™

Learn how to draw with TPC Desktop

 Quick View

Quick View™ Technology  See why we call it the No CAD Zone®

Drawing View vs CAD

Quick View Learning Guide

Our Quick View™ technology turns your data into drawings  (7:30)

  • 0:34 Drawing Learning Guide: 5 steps in The Quick View™ Concept, pg 6
  • 1:30 Traverse groups help us produce drawings quickly
  • 2:43 Tagging traverses and surfaces – similar to CAD’s layers
  • 3:18 Access Traverse Drawing Settings from the Traverse Manager – change fills and line types
  • 5:00 Access Traverse Drawing Settings from the drawing by double clicking – add curve labels
  • 6:00 Copying Traverse Drawing Settings
  • 6:19 Drawing Settings – global settings like Distance Units and Extra Space in Bearings


TPC Desktop isn’t another CAD program with land surveying tacked-on. It’s point based land surveying software that starts with your data and ends with your drawings. We call it the No CAD Zone®.

 The No CAD Zone®

 No CAD Zone® Drawings

Sneak Peek: No CAD Zone® (3:00)

  • 0:00 Add line labels with Traverse Drawing Settings
  • 0:56 Add lot labels
  • 1:15 Adding a curb return
    • do the COGO to put in the return radius
    • updates line
    • updates line labels
    • updates lot area
  • 2:35 add leader to line label
  • 2:46 add lot setbacks
Text height, symbol size and line widths are based on inches, not drawing units (3:25)

  • You can change drawing size and scale any time you want, and your labels, symbols and lines retain their proper sizes.
Lines, Point Symbols and their Labels are Only Drawn Once (4:17)

  • A line shared by two traverses (i.e. a lot and a right-of-way) is only drawn once.
  • The same is true of point symbols, point label and line labels.
  • In TPC, you never have the CAD issues of multiple line, symbols and labels stacked over the top of each other, hidden or on separate layers.

Traverse Drawing Settings (8:45) Help

Traverse Drawing Settings are the heart and soul of our Quick View™ Technology

  • 0:27 Turn off station labels on all alignments
  • 1:26 Select all parcels and access their Traverse Drawing Settings
  • 2:05 Add property lines and symbols for all parcels
  • 2:55 Add lot labels and area
  • 4:02 Edit lot label properties to override Traverse Drawing Settings
  • 4:57 Reset modified properties back to their Traverse Drawing Settings
  • 5:23 Lot labels have relative position based on lot center – labels move with the parcel
  • 5:51 Add distance labels to lot lines
  • 6:20 Change the distance label text size
  • 6:38 Align all distance labels to their line segments
  • 7:30 Add lot setbacks to all 82 parcels
  • 7:51 Distance labels clear their own background so setbacks lines don’t draw through them
Prioritizing Traverse Drawing Settings: Sneak Peek (2:45)

A deeper look at Prioritizing Traverse Drawing Settings (7:46)

Unique Traverse Drawing Settings (3:12) Help

  • Create a new drawing
  • Turn on Unique Traverse Settings
  • Change the settings we want
  • Check the original drawing

Our Quick View™ Technology lets you position and rotate the survey on the page without changing survey coordinates.

See the power of Smart Drawing Objects™ at work Help

Drag-n-drop the survey on the page (2:08) Help

  • Drag-n-drop the survey anywhere on the page.
Position the survey precisely on the page (1:02) Help

  • Position the survey on the page as precisely as you want.
Rotate the survey on the page (2:16) Help

  • Rotate the survey on the page without affecting the survey.
  • Watch as the north arrow rotates with the drawing. It’s a Smart Drawing Object. Help
  • Lot labels can be rotated with the drawn or returned to their original, horizontal position.
Introducing Point Symbols (2:14) Help

  • Select the point symbol you want in the Traverse Drawing Settings.
  • Point symbols are drawing objects stored in TPC’s object library.
Overriding  Point Symbols (3:35) Help

  • Right click any symbol and choose Properties, then select the symbol, size and rotation you want.
  • To force a point to use the same symbol, size and rotation in all drawings, use the Survey Point Properties.
Trimming Point Symbols (3:38) Help

  • Use the Trim Symbols option to stop the traverse lines at the symbol edge.
    • The traverse lines are shortened when exported to CAD.
  • Use the Drawing Settings, Background Clearing, to clear the area behind each symbol.
    • The traverse lines are NOT shortened when exported to CAD.
Hiding Point Symbols (2:21) Help

  • Because point symbols are included automatically, they can’t be deleted.
  • Instead, you hide them.
  • Learn how to Show Hidden Objects in the drawing, then select that symbol and Show it.
Adding Point Symbols (2:27) Help

  • Any block in TPC’s Object Library can be used as a point symbol.
  • Once you add a symbol, it can be used in any drawing in any survey.
Editing the Point Symbol List (2:00) Help

  • We remove the rip rap symbol from the list just to show you how it’s done.
  • If there are other symbols you don’t use, remove them from the point symbol list.
  • You can also change the symbol names the TPC displays in the symbols list and the legend.
Point Labels (5:19) Help

  • Label points the way you want.
Control point and side shot settings draw the lines for you (3:58) Help

  • Traverses create drawing lines using their Traverse Drawing Settings
  • You can turn lines on or off, change the line type, width and color
  • Inserting survey points into a survey line
Recalling Points to Draw Lines (5:22)

  • Traverses draw all or most of your lines in a TPC drawing.
  • Recall side shots into a traverse to create one of the foundations.
  • Create a traverse by clicking points in the drawing.
Line Types (4:04) Help

  • Select lines using the Traverse Drawing Settings.
  • Line types with an asterisk* are compatible with CAD.
  • Edit the existing line types or add your own.
Formatting Line Labels – Sneak Peek (4:14) Help

  • Now you can format line labels just the way you want with endless combinations.
Auto, Stacked or Aligned (9:12) Help

  • An in depth look as using TPC’s line label styles.
Stacked Label Orientation (6:20) Help

  • Learn how to orient stacked labels Parallel, Perpendicular, Horizontal or Vertical.
Label Reading Orientation (3:00) Help

  • Orient all drawing labels Top, Top Left or Top Right.
Inside vs Outside Labels (2:29)

  • Place line labels inside or outside of a traverse.
Reverse Direction Labels (4:36) Help

  • Reverse direction labels manually or via the traverse settings.
Reverse Direction Labels in Tables (3:28)

  • Reverse direction labels in the automatic line and curve tables.
Line Label Spacing and Symbol Rotation (3:58)

  • Add extra spaces to line labels throughout a drawing and rotate symbols by traverse.
Formatting Line Labels for Record Data – Part 1 (8:23)

  • Learn how to show record data on your drawings.
Formatting Line Labels for Record Data – Part 2 (8:48)

  • Explore more options for showing record data on your drawings.
Mixing Parent and Child Parcel Labels (2:29)

  • Explore more options for showing record data on your drawings.
Multi-Line Curved Text Sneak Peek  (1:20) Help

  • Learn how to create single or multi-line curve and spiral labels.
A deeper look at Multi-Line Curve Labels (3:25)

Arc Aligned Text (5:47)

  • TPC now imports and exports arc aligned text objects to CAD files.
Reverse Direction Labels in Curves (2:31)

  • Reverse direction labels embedded in curve and spiral labels.

Draw Control Point Chain (3:04)

You can now draw backsights using Control Point Settings.

This lets you include your BS records in a drawing which can give you a better idea of how you ran your control and which control points you used in your site or topo survey.


Smart Drawing Objects™

Our Smart Drawing Objects™ take the busy work out of drafting

 Smart Drawing Objects

Smart Drawing Objects™

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Title Blocks are Smart Drawing Objects™ (3:12)  Help

  • In TPC, Title Blocks are Smart Drawing Objects™
  • Convert the title block to a group and you can edit individual text obje
Automatic Lot Setbacks

Automatic Lot Setbacks (5:06) – Generate lot setbacks automatically with Front/Side/Rear setback distances

  • 1:00 Parcels group holds parcel traverses
  • 1:30 Offset distances shared with LandXML
    • 2:00 default setbacks for the survey
  • 2:41 Telling TPC to draw the setbacks with the Setbacks tab
    • 3:22 All 82 lots now have setbacks from 1 right-click
  • 3:40 Specify which lot lines are front, side and rear – quick look
    • 3:57 Designate a Front setback line
Lot Setback Types (9:34)

  • Specify lot setback types through both the Traverse View and the Drawing View.
Automatic Leaders (4:38) Help

  • Add leaders to stacked line and curve labels
  • Leaders track with labels as you move them to the other side of the line
  • Change the leader properties for the whole drawing
  • Add leaders to stacked dimension labels
  • Turn leaders on/off for individual labels
Drawn Leaders (3:16) Help

  • Copy the text we want from a legend item
  • Add the text for the leader
  • Select how to draw the leader
  • Draw the leader using Ortho mode (horizontal and vertical lines only)
Curved Leader
Curved Leader
Curved Leaders (2:10)  Help

  • Replace an existing angled leader with a curved leader
  • Select the Curved Leader command instead of the Leader command
  • Draw the leader and drag the mouse the create the arc
  • Open the leader Properties dialog so we can see and edit the radius
Dot Leader
Dot Leader
Dot Leaders (2:18)  Help

  • Dot leaders can be used to note easements or other areas
  • Select the dot and size from the Properties dialog
  • You can also select dot leaders in the Drawing Settings

Traverse PC will draw crows feet for you, automatically. Just tell them where you want them and how to draw them.

Crows Feet Help


Crows Feet: Sneak Peek (3:27)

  • turn on crows feet for tangent and curves
 Crows Feet Deeper Dive (11:31)

  • 0:26 Turning crowsfeet on
  • 2:17 Crowsfeet settings: line type, line width, etc.
  • 3:33 Crowsfeet length
  • 3:53 Crowsfeet move as their label moves
  • 4:27 Specify angle from line
  • 5:04 Arrows toward or away from label
  • 5:36 Fillet vs Curved ends
  • 8:27 Adding crowsfeet to user drawn labels
    • create a tangent offset
    • label it with distance and direction
    • add crowsfeet to those labels
    • modify the drawing’s crowsfeet settings
  • 10:41 Saving Traverse Drawing Settings with crowsfeet

Lot Labels (4:42) Help

  • Location labels, like Owner and TaxID can now be added to your drawings.
Lot Location Labels (5:42) Help

  • Location labels, like Owner and TaxID can now be added to your drawings.

Add a Legend (:48) Help

  • Add a legend that automatically includes any symbols you have used.
  • Edit the text of the legend item to show FOUND 5/8″ YPC 44138
Add a Point Symbol to an Automatic Legend (2:45)

  • Add an Iron Pipe symbol to the drawing and it shows up in the legend automatically.
  • Remove the Iron Pipe symbol from the drawing and TPC automatically removes it from the legend.
  • Edit the legend item text
  • Re-position legend items
Adding Line Types to a Legend (1:24) Help

  • Add a line type you have used to a legend.
Adding a Fill to a Legend (1:45) Help

  • Add a line type you have used to a legend.
Adding Text to a Legend (1:25) Help

  • Add a line type you have used to a legend.
Customize Point Symbols and Legend Items (4:11) Help

  • Edit your own symbols list.
  • Now add that symbol to your drawing.
  • See how the custom symbol shows up as the text for the legend item.
Deleting Legend Items (2:02)

  • You can delete legend items you added yourself.
  • You have to hide automatic legend items.
Legend Enhancements (4:42)

  • You get greater control over the legend header, lines and background fills.
Multi-Column Legends (2:58)

  • Legends can now have multiple columns.

Line Table  Curve Table  Lot Table  Point Table

Inserting an Automatic Style Table (2:35)

  • Automatic style tables include auto labels that don’t fit on their lines.
Inserting an Manual Style Table (2:29)

  • Manual style tables include labels you add to them manually.
  • You control the order in which items are listed in the table.
  • Right click any label to add it to the table.
  • TPC even creates the manual table if it doesn’t already exist.
Inserting All Items Into a Table (1:30)

  • See how to place all the curves in a table.
  • The sequence of items in the table depends on the order the curves are drawn in the drawing.
Converting a Table To Manual Style (2:10)

  • Convert a table from Auto or All style to Manual.
  • Now you can manually add or remove table items.
Auto Style Tables and Edited Labels (2:30) Help

  • Once you modify a label, TPC does not automatically add it to an Auto style table.
Editing Table Items (2:03) Help

  • Add a RECORD column to a table.
  • Add record distances to table items.
Table Enhancements (7:38)

  • You get greater control over table headers, column headers, lines, alignment, line spacing, background fills and more.
Scale Bars are Smart Drawing Objects™ (3:12) Help

  • In TPC, Scale Bars are Smart Drawing Objects™
  • They get their scale values from the drawing. So change the drawing scale and the scale bars update automatically.
Grids are Smart Drawing Objects™ (3:34)  Help

  • In TPC, Grids are Smart Drawing Objects™
  • They use the survey extents to determine their size, but you can change that if you want.
  • Change the line type and color of the grid lines.
  • Change the top extents of the grid to bring it down closer to the survey.
  • Change the drawing scale and the grid scale changes with it.



A survey can have as many drawings as you need


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Drawing Learning Guide

Drawings and Templates (11:58)

In this video, we’ll import data and and convert the points to features in a drawing

  • 0:46 Starting a new drawing in the Drawing Manager
  • 1:09 Selecting the Mortgage template
  • 1:34 Paper Space objects – tied to the nearest corner of the page
  • 2:06 Changing the page size – one template works for any drawing size
  • 2:44 Survey Space objects – tied to the scale of the drawing
  • 3:17 Selecting a new drawing scale
  • 3:28 Drag-n-drop the survey anywhere on the page – coordinates don’t change
  • 3:58 Drag-n-drop curve labels
  • 4:15 Drag-n-drop multiple lot labels – adhoc group
  • 4:48 Line labels that don’t fit on the line are automatically added to a line table
  • 6:00 Inserting a Curve Table – include all the curves in the drawing
  • 6:22 Smart Drawing Objects™ – update themselves automatically
  • 6:45 Insert a Legend – point symbols are added automatically
  • 7:48 Scale Bar and Title Block update automatically
  • 8:18 Write a PDF file of the drawing using the Traverse PC PDF driver
  • 9:17 Exporting a drawing as a DWG file
Working Drawing (1:02)

  • As you enter your survey data, TPC creates a working drawing for you.
  • This will become the start of your finished drawing
Starting a New Drawing (2:58)

  • Moving From a Working Drawing to a Finished Drawing.
  • 0:40 Add a new drawing via the Drawing Manager.
  • 1:00 Selecting the Mortgage drawing template
  • 1:22 Drawing with tagged traverses
  • 1:33 Drag-n-drop lot label
  • 1:50 Drawing template sets initial drawing size
  • 2:19 Explore Paper Space objects provided by the drawing template
  • 2:35 Explore Survey Space objects

You manage drawings in the Drawing Manager Help

Introducing the Drawing Manager (2:33)

  • Display all the drawings in a survey.
  • A survey can have any number of drawings.
  • Use Drawing Groups for surveys with lots of drawings.
Adding a New Drawing (3:08)

  • Add a new drawing in the Drawing Manager.
  • Select a drawing template.
  • Use the existing tagged traverses or clear them all.
  • Tag the traverses to include in the drawing.
  • When we save the survey, this new drawing gets saved with the survey.
Drawing Groups (2:55) Help

  • If you have lots of drawings, you will want to organize them into groups.
  • Move a drawing into a new group.
    • Create the new group in the Drawing Groups dialog.
  • Collapse and expand groups to make drawings easier to work with.
Duplicating a Drawing (3:18)

  • Learn how to duplicate an existing drawing.
  • Contains all the data from the original drawing.
  • Place the duplicate drawing in the appropriate drawing group.

Drawing templates are fast and efficient in TPC Help

Introducing Drawing Templates (2:54)

TPC’s Drawing Templates are Size and Orientation Independent  (3:30)

  • In TPC, one template can be used for drawings of any page size and orientation.
  • Paper space objects track to their nearest page corner.
Drawing Templates Retain the Survey Scale and Drawing Offset (2:59)

  • Drawing templates retain the drawing scale.
    • But you can change it any time as needed.
  • Drawing templates retains the survey offset on the page.
    • But you can re-position the survey on the page as needed.
  • This helps you create more consistent looking drawings over and over again.
Editing an Existing Drawing Template (3:10)

  • You can easily modify an existing drawing template.
  • We add a new layer to a template.
  • Save the drawing as a template, using the original template name.
Creating a New Drawing Template (2:12)

  • Once you get a drawing the way you want it, save it as a template.
  • Use template names that identify exactly what’s in the template.
  • Now re-use that template in any survey.
 Keep or Delete Existing Drawing Objects (1:31) – you decide if you want to keep or delete existing drawing objects when you add a template to an existing drawing

Introducing Drawing Settings (5:42) Help

  • Drawing Settings affect the whole drawing.
  • Customize TPC to draw like you do.
    • Pick the label offset from the lines.
    • Put extra spaces in bearings.
Dynamic Offsets (3:14) Help

  • Drawing Settings change the properties of existing drawing objects.
  • But they also become the properties used for any new objects you add to the drawing.
Overriding and Re-settings Object Properties (0:0)

Background Clearing (5:20) Help

Drawing Settings – Units and Scale (5:32)

  • Select Varas and Poles for a drawing, updating line labels, scale bar, title block and scale list.
Units and Scale for the PLSS (3:36)

  • Select chains for a drawing, updating line labels, scale bar and scale list.


  • See Quick View™, Leaders

If you want, you can use many of your CAD skills with our drawing commands

Drawing Ellipses (3:36) Help

  • Now you can draw your own ellipses.
Drawing Scale Breaks (3:45)

  • Draw a Scale Break for a point that is off the drawing.
    • Add a Scale Break line to your drawing.
    • Turn off the original survey line (continues off the drawing).
    • Add a point symbol.
    • Label the scale break line with distance and direction.

You can use blocks in TPC just like you do in CAD

Blocks Introduction (3:58) Help

  • You can use blocks in TPC just like you do in CAD.
  • TPC stores it’s blocks as DXF files.
    • If you have DXF blocks you use in CAD, you can use them in TPC.
  • Size blocks in units or inches in TPC.
Inserting Blocks (2:56) Help

  • Insert blocks manually into a drawing.
  • Use the repeat option to insert multiple blocks at a time.
Editing a Block Reference (3:03) Help

  • You can change the size, rotation, color, line width and more.
  • We tell the North Arrow to apply the drawing rotation so it rotates with the drawing automatically.
Sharing Blocks in Drawings (2:05) Help

  • If you send a survey to someone who doesn’t have your blocks, you may want to share it.
  • Choose File, Share Survey As… and TPC takes care of the rest.
Missing Blocks (1:26)

  • Missing blocks can be displayed in brackets {pathname}.
  • Right click the {pathname} to edit the block reference.
Blocks vs Groups (3:43) Help

  • You can edit individual objects in a group.
    • With blocks, you have to explode the block to edit it.
  • Convert a block to a group and edit it.
  • Then save the edited group as a new block.
Creating Blocks (4:20) Help

  • We draw a new block and save it.
  • Then we use that block as a TPC Point Symbol.
Use Your Existing CAD Blocks in TPC (3:05) Help

  • TPC can pull your existing blocks out of any DXF file.
    • Use TPC’s CAD View to read any CAD file and save it as a DXF so you can get it’s blocks.
  • Organize those blocks into folders if you want.
  • Then start inserting them into your drawings.

Groups are similar to blocks, but you can edit individual objects in the group

Groups Help

Reference Group to Survey (6:06)

  • 0:24 Look at a CAD drawing imported over the top of your survey
  • 1:20 Start with your survey
  • 1:32 Bring in your CAD drawing onto an layer – it will be close, but not quite referenced
  • 2:23 Group Last Import command to move CAD entities into a group
  • 2:44 Drag the CAD entities visually so they are close
  • 3:00 Reference Group to Survey command and use snaps for exact referencing
  • 4:21 Scaled, Rotated and Translated CAD entities to survey

Right-click any group and choose Groups / Blocks | Reference Group to Survey.

TPC will prompt you to select two pairs of survey / group points. TPC then rotates, translates and scales the group based on the points you selected.

Now you can use TPC’s COGO tools to check inverses, offsets, lengths, angles and anything else you want before you proceed with the project.

You might also want to move the group to a locked layer so that you don’t accidentally bump it back out of position.

Select Last Import

Reference Group to Survey (6:06) (it’s one of the steps in this video)

You can select the last drawing objects imported into your drawing. From the Drawing View go to Edit | Select last import after you import data into your drawing and TPC will select those drawn objects.

Group Last Import

Reference Group to Survey (6:06) (it’s one of the steps in this video)

You can now automatically group the most recently imported drawing objects. After you import data into your drawing right click one of those entities and go to Groups / Blocks | Group Last Import.

Layers Help

Managing Layers Help

Object Layer Tools Help

Print a PDF of Your Drawing (1:04) Help

  • Now you can draw your own ellipses.
  • See the CAD tab, Exporting CAD Files
Font Tools (3:17) Help

  • Easily convert, delineate and select text objects based on drawing fonts.
XRef Sneak Peek (4:00) Help

  • First, we take a look at importing CAD objects into a TPC Drawing.
  • Now let’s insert an XReference instead.
  • As the reference CAD file gets revised, TPC shows the changes in the drawing.
  • We can do all the XRef stuff like Bind, Unload, Reload.
  • Plus we can reference any XReference to a survey. So bring in any CAD coordinate grid and transform it to fit your survey.
XRef Layer Tools (2:55) Help

  • See what layers came in with the XRef.
  • Now delineate the XRef layers in your drawing you can figure out what data is on what layer.
  • Now you can select a layer and convert its objects to survey for stakeout.


Drawing Data Manager

This is TPC’s unique way of accessing drawing data.

Drawing Data Manager

Delineating Objects (3:15)

  • 0:26 Opening the Drawing Data Manager
  • 0:57 Layers
  • 1:30 Traverses
  • 1:48 Fonts
  • 2:56 Blocks

Delineating Drawing Objects

Delineate Objects from Drawing Data Manager
Delineate Objects from Drawing Data Manager

Delineating drawing objects from the Drawing Data Manager is one of the best tools you never knew existed.

So the problem with so many surveys is that they don’t happen all at once. I finally get back to a job I am working on and can’t remember quite where I put things. Or maybe a get a CAD drawing from a client and just want to figure out where they put stuff.

That’s when you want to delineate objects from the Drawing Data Manager.

Just expand any section, layers, traverses, fonts, XRefs, or whatever, and tell TPC to delineate it in the drawing. Wow! Now you see it. Select any other object in the Drawing Data Manager and it gets delineated. It’s a fast and fun way to see just what is where in the drawing.

Delete Unused Blocks

Unused Blocks Removed
Unused Blocks Removed

Now you can delete unused blocks from a drawing. This reduces the size of the

survey file and speeds up the survey file access time.

You can end up with unused blocks after importing a CAD file.

Expanding Groups, Blocks and Polylines

Drawing Data Manager is faster and expands groups and polylines (2:56)

  • We made several changes to the Drawing Data Manager. It’s now much quicker and you can expand polylines and groups.

Delineating Drawing Objects

Delineating Drawing Objects from the Data Manager (2:15)

  • We made several changes to the Drawing Data Manager. It’s now much quicker and you can expand polylines and groups.



These CAD tools read / write CAD files and exchange data with CAD programs.


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CAD Workflows (50:48)  January 2018 Webinar


Exporting Surface to CAD (2:38)

  • We export the drawing as a DWG and open it in  CAD
  • The surface is a 3D polyfacemesh
  • We spin the surface around in 3D so you can see how it models the surface

Drawing View or CAD View –  you decide which to use (4:12)

  • 0:13 Importing a CAD file in TPC’s Drawing View
  • 0:36 TPC imports and renders the CAD enitities and layers in the Drawing View
  • 0:46 You have objects, layers, line types, colors and everything else
  • 0:50 Edit the drawing and re-write as a CAD file
  • 1:04 Open the same CAD file in the CAD View
  • 1:50 Send a boundary from TPC to the CAD file
  • 2:30 Save the updated CAD file and send it back to the architect or engineer
  • 2:53 Send entities from the CAD file to the Drawing View
CAD View

CAD View: Using Existing CAD Files (4:51)

  • 0:00 Open an existing CAD file Help
  • 0:37 Pan and zoom Help
  • 0:52 List entities Help
  • 2:35 Isolate layers
  • 3:34 Send to the Drawing View Help
CAD View: Convert CAD File Formats (3:25) Help

  • Convert an old DXF file to a DWG.
CAD View: Send TPC’s Drawing Objects Directly to CAD (2:57) Help

  • Send survey drawing objects directly to CAD.

Send selected entities as group

Send Selected Entities to Drawing View as a Group (1:33)

Select entities in the CAD View then right click and choose Drawing View | Send selected entities as group. All the entities selected will be sent over to the Drawing View as a group.

CAD View sending entities
CAD View sending entities

Send selected entities’ layers

Send Selected Entities’ Layers as a Group (3:49) (Same idea, but entities sent over aren’t in a group)

Entities from the unique layers of the currently selected entities will be sent to the Drawing View using the new Send selected entities’ layers command.

Example: if we have three entities: A which is on layer 1, B which is on layer 2, C which is on layer 1 and you select entity A and B then run this command, all the entities from layer 1 and layer 2 will be sent.

CAD View layers dialog
CAD View layers dialog

You can also perform the same task through the CAD View layers dialog. Simply open the Layers Dialog and click Send to Drawing View.

Send selected entities’ layers as group

Send Selected Entities’ Layers as a Group (3:49)

The new Send selected entities’ layers as group command works exactly like Send selected entities’ layers command, except all the entities sent to the Drawing View are sent in a single group.

Undo last send selected

Undo Last Send Selected (1:35)

If you don’t get the results you want when you send entities from the CAD View to the Drawing View, you can always undo the last send selected and try it again. You will use the Undo last send selected command for this.

Transfer Selected Entities to Drawing View

Select some entities in the CAD View and right click and go to Drawing View | Send select entities… they will all appear in the Drawing View just like they were in the CAD View.

Convert to Survey

CAD View: Convert to Survey (4:08)

Converts the selected entities to survey space. If you have multiple objects selected you’ll be asked if you want to create a traverse for each object.

Isolate a Layer

The CAD View layer dialog now allows you to isolate a layer. The CAD drawing will automatically update to display only the isolated layer, until the layer is restored.

CAD View Block Properties
CAD View Block Properties

Entity Properties

CAD View: Access and Edit Entity Properties (2:10)

Select then right click any entity in the CAD View and choose Properties to display a dialog for that entity.  Edit the line type, pen width, color, layer, etc.. For text entities , you can even edit the text. It all works pretty much just like it does in the Drawing view.

The Edit Codes button gives you access to all the DXF codes.

Remember, in the CAD view, you are editing the native CAD file itself. So you can make changes and send it right back to the client.

Documentation for Layouts

TPC’s CAD View let’s you see any Layouts stored with the file. But layouts come with some rules. Things you can and can’t do because they are CAD layouts. We cover these rules now in the help topics.

TPC now supports CAD XRefs. Changes to the referenced CAD file show up real-time in your drawing. Plus TPC doesn’t have store all the CAD entities in it’s drawings. It just stores the XReference and let’s it do all the heavy lifting.


XReference Sneak Peek (4:00)

Referencing an XReference to Your Survey

Referencing an XReference to a Survey (1:50)

In a perfect world, everyone works on your survey grid. In an imperfect world, they don’t. So you can scramble at the last minute to get the right coordinates or figure out how to change the ones you’ve got, or you can simply reference the XReference CAD file to your survey.

It’s easy. Just pick pairs of survey / CAD points and TPC scales, rotates and translates the reference CAD file to fit your survey.

You know how those architects are always sending you drawings in inches? Just reference to your survey and now they are in feet.

You know how the project is laid out on a local grid but you need State Plane for your GNSS equipment. Just reference to your survey.

This is a great way to get what you need right now.

XReference and Projects

So you are working on a large construction project with real-time changes. They’re ready for curb stakeout, but there are some last minute changes.

This is where XRefs shine. Let TPC update the XReference in it’s drawing and all the changes are right there. Just convert what you want to survey and stake it out.

XReference Layers

XReference Layers (2:55)

XRef Delineate Layer
XRef Delineate Layer

Sure you get an XRef for a project, but you have know idea what entities are on what layer. The contractor is ready to lay the electrical lines but you don’t even know where they are in the CAD drawing.

We’ve added some great tools to help you locate just what you need.

In the picture shown here, we’ve asked TPC to delineate the XReference|CURB layer. Now we can see what objects are on that layer and where they are. You’ll find other powerful tools, just like delineating layers, waiting for you in TPC Desktop 2018.

XReference Binding

XRefs and the Drawing Data Manager (2:10)

When you bind an XRef to a drawing, TPC replaces the XReference with the objects in the XReference. You lose the XReference, but you lock in the objects.

This is a great way to nail down a specific version of a CAD file to hang your hat on.

XReference Unload / Reload

Done with a CAD XReference for the time being? Don’t want to wade through it in your drawing right at the moment?

That’s easy – just Unload it. All the XReference objects go away, but TPC retains the XReference itself in the drawing. So when you want the XReference objects back in your drawing, just Reload it.

And speaking of Reloading, you can set an XReference to update automatically (default) when the reference CAD file changes, or you can tell TPC you want to update it manually. Then, when do want to update it, just Reload it. That simple.

Importing CAD Drawings (10:06) DWG  DGN

  • This video introduces you to importing CAD drawings.
  • 0:24 Drawing Learning Guide – Importing CAD Drawings
  • 1:00 Opening the sample survey
  • 1:44 Importing a CAD drawing (DXF) into an existing survey
  • 3:14 CAD data fits into survey grid
  • 3:35 Everything comes in – symbols, layers, hatching, drafted lines, etc.
  • 3:51 Layers
  • 4:50 Isolate a single layer
  • 5:05 Convert drawing entities into survey data
  • 6:00 TPC reconciles drawing objects that don’t exactly match up
  • 6:36 Draw just this traverse
  • 7:26 Opening a CAD drawing (DWG) in TPC using an Empty drawing template
  • 9:14 Zoom extents on imported drawing
Importing CAD – Hiding 0,0 Entities (3:18)

Hide those troublesome 0,0 coordinate entities so Zoom Extents automatically finds your survey.

 Reference Imported CAD (Group) to Survey(6:06)

  • Import a CAD file
  • Reference the CAD objects to your survey
  • TPC scales, rotates and translates all the CAD objects to match your survey

Exporting to DWG  DGN  DXF

Exporting a Drawing as a DWG File (1:52)

  • This video introduces you to exporting CAD drawings
  • 0:11 Choose Tools | Export Drawing As…
  • 0:22 AutoCAD settings
  • 0:40 Open the DWG file in a CAD program (Bentley Viewer)
  • 1:01 Display the layers TPC wrote
  • 1:17 Everything is here, as if it had been created in a CAD program
  • 1:41 You get useful drawing objects anyone can use in the CAD program
 Exporting Surfaces to CAD (2:33)




Sharing data with Civil3D


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LandXML Parcels (5:57) Help

  • TPC shares parcels with LandXML
  • 0:37 Import individual parcels or all parcels
  • 1:24 Parcels come in as traverses in a Parcels group
  • 2:38 Parcels are closed loop traverses and compute area automatically
  • 3:12 Show parcel areas in the Traverses Manager
  • 3:55 Parcels expose LandXML location information
  • 5:22 TPC’s traverse tools all work on parcels
LandXML Alignments (7:48) Help

  • TPC shares alignments with LandXML
LandXML Surfaces (7:57) Help

  • TPC shares surfaces with LandXML
LandXML Help Topics (2:48)

  • Access the LandXML help topics
Import a LandXML File (5:42) Help

  • Import a sample AutoCAD subdivision.

Importing LandXML Surfaces with Hidden Faces

 Import Surfaces with Invisible Faces from LandXML (4:08)

Now when you import a LandXML surface, TPC honors the invisible faces. They don’t show up in the TIN, volume or slope computations and contours don’t extend into them.

Many CAD programs use invisible faces to define the surface border. In prior versions of TPC, you would have to create a border traverse to match. Now you don’t. The surface just looks and works the same as it did in CAD.

Hide Invisible Triangles
Hide Invisible Triangles

With the [ ] Show Invisible Triangles turned off (default) in the TIN dialog, you don’t see them. But of course, you can always turn the invisible faces back on.

Export a LandXML File (3:14) Help

  • Export an entire survey to LandXML.




Traverses and Shapes are a perfect fit

Using GIS Files Help

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Importing Shapes with Projections (3:17)

  • 0:20 State Plane coordinates on NAD 83 projections
  • 1:00 Import shapes into a survey
  • 1:43 The shapes are geodetic positions
  • 3:00 Geodetic positions got converted to coordinate positions for plotting

GIS Coordinate Systems

TPC now supports 1) geographic, 2) projected and 3) local coordinates when importing and exporting shape files.


TPC reads the geographic positions and transforms them into coordinates based on the GEOGCS tag in the projection file and the surveys Coordinate Reference System.

You can also tell TPC to export shapes with geographic coordinates. TPC write the appropriate projection file with the GEOGCS tag.


TPC reads the projected coordinates and uses the PROJCS tag in the projection file to generate their equivalent geodetic positions.

You can also tell TPC to export shapes with projected coordinates. TPC write the appropriate projection file with the PROJCS tag.


TPC can also import and export shape files without projection files. These are just coordinates that the user can use with or without a CRS.

Importing GIS Into a Survey Help

Importing GIS Into a Drawing Help

Projection Files

Import Geographic Shape
Import Geographic Shape
Importing Shapes with Projections (3:17)

TPC now looks for projection (.prj) files when importing shapes. It creates a CRS (coordinate reference system) using the information in the projection file and transforms geographic positions into to their corresponding coordinate positions automatically.

Geographic Shapes

 Import Geographic Shapes Without a Projection File (3:15)

If your geographic shape files doesn’t come with a projection file, TPC asks if you want to read it as geographic positions using the CRS of the survey.

Reference Shapes to Survey

Take a look at the Reference Group to Survey in the Drawing View tab. You can do this with imported shapes too.

So lets say you get a shape file that doesn’t have a projection file and it doesn’t quite match your current survey. Just reference it to the survey by picking two point pairs and TPC will rotate, translate and scale the imported shapes to match. Just what the projection file would have done.


GIS Layers

When importing GIS data into a drawing, objects now are added to the current layer instead of layer 0.

 Importing GIS Objects Onto the Drawing’s Current Layer (1:35)

When you import GIS objects into a drawing, TPC now adds them to the drawing’s current layer. Just select the layer you want as the current layer for the drawing, then import your GIS file.

You can import any number of GIS files onto any number of drawing layers this way.

Import GIS Onto Current Layer
Import GIS Onto Current Layer

Exporting Points to GIS Help

Exporting Traverses to GIS Help

Exporting Drawings to GIS Help

TPC supports 1) geographic, 2) projected and 3) local coordinates when importing and exporting shape files.





Point Manager

Adding Points to a Survey

  • Adding points to a traverse Help
  • Adding points via COGO Help
  • Importing points Help

Deleting Points from a Survey Help

  • Deleting unused points
  • Removing points

Point Properties Help

  • Label, description, coordinates
  • Origin
  • Status

Understanding Point Labels Help

  • Alpha / Numeric
  • Automatic numbering
  • Recalling existing points
Relabel Points (3:58) Help

  • Relabel points from the Points Manager.
Relabel Points with Point Label Modifier (4:06) Help

  • Use point label modifiers like +, – and * to relabel points.

Protecting Point Help

  • Protecting everything
  • Protecting just elevations
Transforming vs Converting

Coordinate Conversions Help

  • Changing units
  • Scaling points
  • Grid <=> Ground

Coordinate Transformations Help

  • Protecting everything
  • Protecting just elevations



Traverses are the heart and soul of Traverse PC


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Traverses Learning Guide

Entering a Lot Traverse (16:07)

This video introduces you to entering a lot traverse by bearings and distances along with curves.

  • 0:54 Changing Traverse Settings for selected traverses
  • 1:00 Add Lot 5 to the Traverse Manager – use the New Traverse dialog to select the format and settings.
  • 2:43 Recalling existing points in the new traverse – shares a line with Lot 4
  • 3:15 Unique points and lines in TPC – there can only be one line between points 10 and 9
  • 4:20 Extending a line, using equations like 8..9 to recall a bearing
  • 5:00 Synchronization – lines appear in Drawing View as you enter them in the Traverse View
  • 5:51 Use COGO Intersect to extend a line to the intersection of a curve
  • 9:00 Using the View button in a COGO dialog to preview the computation
  • 9:39 Updating existing point with the computed coordinates from the intersection
  • 10:00 Position of point 12 is automatically updated in the drawing
  • 10:50 Entering a curve radius in the Traverse View – you see all your data, all the time
  • 12:50 Checking the lot closure in the Closure View and the Traverse Manager
  • 14:30 Creating a Legal Description for the lot we just entered
  • 15:31 Learning Guide chapter: Creating Traverses – learn how to do what we just did in this video

Managing Traverses Help

Displaying Traverse Data Help

Starting a New Traverse Help

Deleting a Traverse  Help

Copying a Traverse  Help

Duplicating a Traverse  Help

Traverse Groups Help

Moving (Rearranging) Traverses Help

Renaming Traverses Help

Traverse View

Formatting the Traverse View  Help

Displaying Raw Data  Help

  • Inverse mode.
  • Raw data mode.
Traverse View Decimals (5:07) Help

  • Set the decimals you want for an individual traverse.

Traverse Point Types  Help

  • There are 20+ traverse point types, but you’ll primarily just use a few.

Entering Side Shots  Help

Adding Points to a Traverse Help

Deleting Traverse Points  Help

Recomputing Traverses (Points) Help

Sorting Points in a Traverse Help

Relabeling Traverse Points  Help

Insert Existing Points (10:31) Help

  • Use the What list with the Insert Existing Points command.

Inserting a Range of Points  Help

Inserting Matching Points  Help

Inserting Points by Proximity Help

Entering Traverse Data  Help

  • Editing data.
  • Entering bearings.
  • Entering equations.
  • Entering coordinates and elevations.
  • Manually recomputing a traverse.
  • Automatic closure type.

Entering Bearings Help

Entering Equations Help

  • Recall a bearings and distances between any two points with [point label]..[point label]
  • Recall half the distance with [point label]..[point label] / 2
  • Recall a perpendicular bearing with [point label]..[point label] + 90

Carrying Elevations  Help

Distance Types  Help

Updating Raw Data  Help

Dividing Field Data Into Traverses  Help

Editing Multiple Selected Items  Help

Traversing  Help

  • Compute points which can’t be measured directly.

Traverse Resection Help

  • Compute points which can’t be measured directly.

Entering Remote Observations  Help

  • Compute points which can’t be measured directly.

Entering Stadia  Help

Using Data Sets  Help

See the Alignments tab.

Plotting Points  Help

  • The Point Plot traverse is a special traverse.
  • Use it to plot just points.

Delineating Traverses in a Drawing  Help

  • Let TPC highlight a traverse in the drawing.
  • You can see exactly what part of the drawing is generated by that traverse.

Lots  Help

  • You can think of a traverse that closes on itself as a lot.
  • TPC’s lots match up exactly with LandXML Parcels.
  • TPC’s lots match up exactly with GIS polyline shapes.



Alignments are just specialized traverses


Horizontal Alignments

Vertical Alignments

Alignments Learning Guide

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Introducing Alignments (0:0)

  • Alignments are traverses
Best Fit Horizontal Line (13:08)  Help

  • Create a best fit line via Least squares, Fixed bearing or Pass through point.
Horizontal Curves

Best Fit Horizontal Curve (4:45)  Help

  • Fit a horizontal curve using Average radius or Least Squares.





Surfaces Learning Guide

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Webinar: June 2018 (55:00)

Surfaces: Sneak Peek (3:06)

  • 0:00 Sample survey of 3″ stock pile
  • 0:30 Create a surface from an existing surface
  • 0:55 Report surface information including area
  • 1:00 Compute volume of stock pile
  • 1:26 Add volume to report
  • 1:45 Surfaces manager
  • 2:04 Export surface to CAD
A Deeper look at Surfaces (10:22)

This video takes a deeper look at surfaces.

  • 0:17 Learning Guide – Simple Surfaces chapter
  • 1:00 Open sample survey – Learn
  • 1:20 Delineate traverses in drawing
  • 1:54 Renaming the 3″ Minus Pile traverse
  • 2:14 Create a surface for the selected traverse – easy
  • 2:48 Automatic surface name from traverse
  • 3:00 Designated Topo setting for traverse points – only topo points are included in a surface
  • 3:40 TPC set the source of the surface
  • 4:06 Use an existing traverse for the boundary
  • 4:40 Manual recompute – faster drawing regens
  • 5:00 Editing topo points – turn topo On/Off
  • 5:50 Editing break lines and TIN
  • 8:00 Contour settings
  • 8:45 Smoothing contour lines and adding labels
  • 9:16 Computing the volume of the stock pile
  • 9:45 Shading slope areas
Creating Surfaces

  • From all Topo points
  • From selected topo points
  • From a traverse
Creating a TIN

  • Points, triangles and edges
  • Breaklines
  • Contour lines
Creating a Surface from a Traverse (3:02)

  • See how easy it is to create a surface from a traverse of topo points.

Editing a Surface Help

  • A quick look at how to edit a surface

Editing Topo Points  Help

  • Delineate topo points
  • Turn topo on/off in the drawing
  • Turn topo on/off in the Point Manager
  • Turn topo on/off by traverse
Editing a Surface Border (6:39) Help

  • Editing a Surface Border is Easy and Intuitive in TPC
  • Add and remove border points to change it’s shape
Editing Surface Breaklines (5:02) Help

  • Edit breaklines manually
  • Importing breakline traverses
Editing Surface Exclusions (5:02) Help

  • Edit exclusions manually
  • Getting exclusions from traverses

Restricting Elevations Help

  • Get the minimum and maximum elevations automatically
  • Enter your own minimum and maximum

Including Surfaces in Drawings Help

  • The relationship between surfaces, surface objects and drawings
  • Unique drawing settings
  • Including an existing surface in a drawing
  • Inserting a new surface into a drawing

Surface Drawing Settings Help

  • Contour settings
  • Tin settings
  • Breakline settings
  • Volume settings
  • Slope settings

Contour Smoothing Help

  • Engineering contours
  • Smoothed contours

Surface Layers Help

  • Using the default layers
  • Overriding layers

Making Surface Settings Unique to a Drawing Help

  • Adding unique settings
  • Editing unique settings
  • Removing unique settings
Surface Exclusions

Surface Exclusions (7:27) Help

  • Edit exclusions manually
  • Getting exclusions from traverses
Surface Volume (0:0) Help

Slope Analysis (4:19) Help

  • Specify the grade ranges you want.
  • Select shading colors and intensity.
  • Generate the slope analysis report with both Plan and Slope areas.
  • Shade the slopes in the drawing.
  • Add a slope key to the legend.

Importing Surfaces Help

Exporting Surfaces (2:30) Help

  • We export the drawing as a DWG and open it in  CAD.
  • The surface is a 3D polyfacemesh.
  • We spin the surface around in 3D so you can see how it models the surface.

Surface Reports Help

Creating Cut Sheets Help

Creating Transects Help





In TPC, you work with one survey (project) at a time


Working with Survey Files Help

Starting a New Survey Help

Opening an Existing Survey Help

Shared Survey Folder  Help

  • We make it easy to access a file server from within TPC.
  • Work on a survey on your PC, then copy it to the shared survey folder for others to use.

Locking Survey Files Help

  • Locking a file warns if someone else has the file open.

Appending Survey Files Help

Survey File Settings  Help

  • Backups
  • File Locking
  • Auto-save
  • Reminder to save every xx minutes

Using Auto-save  Help

Multiple Survey Backups (3:38)  Help

  • Save up to 10 backups of your survey.
Larger Survey Files (3:04)  Help

  • Watch as TPC opens a file with 50K points and things happen almost instantaneously.



Importing / Exporting

Importing Data  Exporting Data

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Import / Export Learning Guide

Importing Data (10:21)

  • This video introduces you to importing data.
  • 0:12 Learning Guide – Importing Data from a Data Collector
  • 1:13 Open sample survey – Learn
  • 2:11 File, Import command – select the file type and options then import the data
  • 3:55 Message View displays the import details
  • 5:00 Imported traverse – Foundation Ties
  • 5:27 Open the imported traverse and set the proper format to match the imported data
  • 6:24 TPC draws the traverse in the Drawing View – you can see all the imported data
  • 6:47 Traverse View displays all the imported raw (field) data is if you had entered it manually
  • 7:27 Enter correct starting coordinates and correct instrument height
  • 7:47 Create foundation traverses from imported data
  • 9:58 Use Quick View to draw the foundation traverses properly
Grid <=> Ground (5:01)

  • TPC lets you convert coordinates of ASCII files on import and export and existing coordinates within the survey.
Undo/Redo Last Import (5:50)

  • Use the new Summary button to see the results of the last import and the new Undo button to undo them.
Importing Existing Points (13:10) Help

  • TPC provides greater control and peace of mind when imported points match existing survey points.
Standardized Import Settings (3:38) Help

  • We take a quick look at turning on [x] Details and [x] Create Drawing of Import when we import a Pacsoft file.

You can use these formats to talk with just about anyone

Ascii Coordinates Help

Generic Raw Data

Importing Trimble Business Center (8:06) Help

  • Import geodetic and state plane coordinates from TBC.


Softdesk DCZ R10



Printing Help

PDF Files  Help

Traverse PC PDF Driver  Help

Page Setup  Help

Creating a Custom PDF Page Size in Windows

Creating a Custom PDF Page Size in Windows (2:28)

  • Create a custom PDF page size for your Windows PDF printer driver.
  • Tell TPC to use that custom PDF size for a drawing


Google Earth

Google Earth KML

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A Really Quick Look at KML (1:07)

  • Let’s export a KML and look at it quick in Google Earth.
Importing a KML Drawing (5:20) Help

  • Import a drawing from a KML file TPC previously exported to Google Earth.
Exporting a Drawing to KML (6:53) Help

  • Export a small subdivision to KML and view it in Google Earth.
Exporting an Entire Survey to KML (6:36)

  • When you export an entire survey to KML, you get all the points, traverses and surfaces.
Export Fills  (2:48)

  • Export fills to Google Earth.
Export Line Types  (4:39)

  • Export (L) Tangents, (C) Curves and (S) Spiral markers to Google Earth.
Export Side Shots  (3:45)

  • Export side shots to Google Earth.


Legal Descriptions

Turn any traverse into a legal description using our Phrase Driven Legal Description Writer


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 Phrase Driven Legal Descriptions – April 2018 Webinar

Phrase Driven Legal Descriptions: Sneak Peek (2:27)

  • 0:46 Tools, Legal Description Report
  • 1:02 Generate Default (style) legal description
  • 1:24 Edit a phrase
 A deeper look at phrase driven legal descriptions (8:17)

  • 0:59 Legal Description dialog
  • 2:22 Settings
  • 5:53 Sequence Phrases
  • 6:28 Geometric Phrases
  • 7:41 Editing a phrase
  • 10:40 Point of Commencement (POC) to Point of Beginning (POB)
Legal Description Decimals (2:19) Help

  • Select the decimal places you want in your legal description
  • Round bearings off the nearest minute
  • Report area to the nearest 10th of a foot



You’ll love the way you can document everything you do in TPC


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Reports (13:30)

This video introduces you to the Report View

  • 0:23 Default report view – same name as survey, but it’s a DOC file
  • 0:55 Renaming the report to Preliminary Report
  • 1:50 Typing data into a report – it’s a word processor
  • 2:10 Using the Summary button
  • 3:00 Report sub-headings
  • 3:30 Using the Summary button with COGO
  • 5:00 Modifying the Summary information in the report
  • 5:25 Print and Append to a report
  • 6:47 Printing to a printer – just so you know how to do it
  • 7:48 Appending a Closure View to the report
  • 8:06 Appending a Traverse View to the report
  • 9:00 Copy data from another report
  • 9:34 The Traverse Report
  • 10:23 Printing a report
  • 12:00 Adding survey information directly to the current report
  • 13:00 Saving and recalling reports
Traverse Report: Total and Average Areas (1:33) Help

  • The Traverse Report can now include Total and Average areas for all lots.

Survey Report Help

Station-Offset Report Help

Stakeout Report Help

Any view can be turned into a report  Help



Point Codes

Point codes turn your data into drawings

Point Codes

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Point Codes Learning Guide

Point Codes in Attributes (4:18)

  • Point Codes can now be accessed from point attributes as well as point descriptions.


Drawing Codes

Create line work in the field and render it in TPC

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Drawing Codes  Drawing Codes

  • Use drawing codes like .BL for Begin Line and .EL for End Line




Adjust coordinates, angles, precision and lots more

Adjusting a Traverse

Adjustments Learning Guide

Balance Angles and Coordinates (10:33)

This video introduces you to balancing angles and coordinates in the Closure View.

  • 0:39 Display Raw Data command
  • 1:00 Closing point and closing angle
  • 1:51 Closure View
  • 2:12 Closure Type, Closing Points, Closing Angle
  • 3:10 Error Summary – Linear and Angular error
  • 3:31 Balance coordinates options and help topics – Compass, Transit, Crandall
  • 4:19 Compass Rule adjustment
  • 4:41 Balanced closure information in the Traverse Manager
  • 5:13 Adjustment Details
  • 6:42 Traverse View shows adjusted coordinates, but still holds the raw data
  • 7:14 Undo Adjustments
  • 7:34 Balance angles then coordinates
  • 9:10 Transit Rule adjustment
  • 9:44 Crandall Rule adjustment
  • 10:13 Other options like Least Squares
Available Adjustments (3:24) Help

  • See what adjustments you can use in TPC Desktop.
Adjusting Coordinates (3:36) Help

  • Adjust coordinates to eliminate error
  • Compare adjusted data vs raw data in the Traverse View
  • Undo the adjustment
Entering a Closing Angle (3:30)  Help

  • Learn how to enter a closing angle in the Closure Settings.

Click the Automatic Traverse Closure to learn how to enter the closing angle in the Traverse View.

Adjustment Details (4:31)

  • In this Grand Boundary adjustment, see how TPC provides adjustment details for each course in addition to each point.
Scale Factor (1:39) Help

  • Apply a scale factor to a traverse.
Curvature & Refraction (1:29) Help

  • Apply curvature and refraction to a traverse.
Precision (2:28) Help

  • Apply precision to a traverse.



Least Squares

Least Squares

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Least Squares Learning Guide

Least Squares Overview Help

Least Squares Overview Help

  • Types of error.
  • Precisions and weights.
  • Redundant observations.
  • Standard deviations.
  • Chi-Suare test.

Analyze  Help

Solve  Help

Report  Help

Adjust  Help

Positional Tolerance  Help

Relative Positional Precision (RPP)  Help

Blunder Detection  Help

Network Adjustment  Help

Modifying an Existing Network Help

Traverse Adjustment  Help

Resection  Help



TPC does ALTA/ACSM Surveys

ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys  Help

  • TPC has the tools to do ALTA./ACSM surveys

Relative Positional Precision  Help

These surveys are described as follows on the ALTA web site



Coordinate Reference Systems – relating coordinates to geodetic positions

Coordinate Reference Systems

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CRS Learning Guide

Latitude / Longitude (10:07)

  • Learn where and how to use geodetic positions, scale factors and convergence angles.
CRS Files (3:04) Help

  • Add your own CRS (Coordinate Reference System) file to TPC or modify an existing one to fit your needs.
Grid <=> Ground (5:01)

  • TPC lets you convert coordinates of ASCII files on import and export and existing coordinates within the survey.




TPC has lots of tools to Transform Coordinates


Coordinate Conversion Help

  • Convert from one unit to another (Feet to Meters, etc).
  • Scale the entire survey or selected points about a point

Convert Coordinates Between Grid and Ground Help

  • Let TPC automatically take care of converting coordinates between grid and ground

Transform a Point  Help

  • Transform a single point from one CRS to another

Transform a Survey  Help

  • Transform the entire survey or just a part of it from one CRS to another


In TPC, Geodetics are easier than you think


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Geodetic Learning Guide

Geodetic Intro (13:18)

  • Learn how geodetics are used in project settings, traverses, COGO and drawings.
Latitude / Longitude (10:07)

  • Learn where and how to use geodetic positions, scale factors and convergence angles.
Geodetic Distance and Direction (10:34) Help

  • See how grid distance and direction compare with geodetic distance and direction.
Geodetic Closure and Area (7:28) Help

  • Compute geodetic closures and areas in the Closure View, Traverses Manager and Drawings.
Geodetic COGO (5:29) Help

  • COGO routines are just as comfortable using geodetic positions as they are using grid coordinates.
Distance and Direction Types from Traverses (5:47)

  • COGO routines get their distance/direction types from traverses.

Importing / Exporting Geodetic Positions  Help

  • Import or Export geodetic positions via the ASCII filter




Cadastral Surveys – PLSS

Cadastral Learning Guide

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True Bearings and Ground Distance (12:22)

  • TPC uses geodesics to compute and inverse true (mean) bearings and geodesic (arc) distances.
Geodetic vs Grid Closure and Area (6:59)

  • Compares the closure and area computed geodetically with grid computations and compass rule adjustment.
Double Proportion (10:42) Help

  • Do double proportions with or without cardinal offsets!
Single Proportion (5:35) Help

  • Do single proportions with or without offsets to the latitudinal arc (East-West lines)!
Irregular Boundary Adjustment (4:34) Help

  • TPC treats this like just another coordinate adjustment but provides the intermediate values you would get with a manual adjustment.
Grant Boundary Adjustment (4:31) Help

  • TPC treats this like just another coordinate adjustment but provides adjustment details for each course in addition to each point.
Sec 1, Dependent Resurvey (14:19)

  • Enter a section boundary per PLSS and check the closure and area.
True Line Offsets (6:05)

  • Compute offsets from a random line to a true East-West line.
Plat Intro (14:34) Help

  • See how TPC plots geodetic distance and direction. You don’t need CAPD anymore.
Import GMM File (9:29) Help

  • See how to import a GMM file with township record data.
Medial Lines PLSS (8:21) Help

  • Compute medial lines per the BLM 2009 Manual of Surveying Instruction.

These videos were developed for a BLM Training Session 3-26-2012. They use BLM job, G2346 to walk through common everyday tasks using TPC Desktop. They are also intended to be a general reference to using TPC Desktop for the PLSS.

Step 1. Download the outlinemap and sample files (updated 7/22/14)

Step 2. Watch a video

Step 3. Follow the outline and repeat the video lesson on your own

Starting a new survey – create a new survey and set the coordinate reference system and project factors

Importing Trimble geodetic points – import geodetic points from Trimble Business Center

Importing CMM geodetic points – import geodetic points exported from CMM’s COGO list

Entering geodetic control points – enter geodetic points directly into TPC, either in the Points manager or the Traverse View

Establishing basis of bearing – use imported geodetic points for your occupied station and backsight or enter a solar observations for a reference azimuth

Importing field data 1 – import field data from your data collector with automatic rotate/translate to geodetic control

Understanding traverses – learn about raw data, control point sequence, the status bar and tagging traverses in a drawing

Formatting traverses – create formats you can re-use for your PLSS data

 Computing traverses – explore grid vs ground vs geodetic computations and their closures

Quick closure check with inverses – check your closures in seconds using random inverses and sorting by descriptions

Check closure of control loops – use the Closure View to check closing errors and customize your closure report

Cleaning up raw data – learn how TPC stores raw data from your data collector and how to edit it in the Traverse View

Intermediate least squares check – use LS to check your field data without updating the survey points

Importing field data 2 – this alternate method for import field data creates observations (OBS) to control points you tie in the field so you’re all set up for a Least Squares analysis

Creating individual control loops – if you want, you can separate out control loops that were imported from one main raw data file or you can import separate raw files for each loop

Adding a retrace traverse – TPC uses a retrace traverse to store your existing (found) corners for PLSS computations and to start your true line diagram and final plat

 Adding a record traverse – store the GLO calls in a record traverse then use them in PLSS computations for lost corners. Learn how to enter GLO data in chains for feet.

Mixing record data and existing points – as you find corners/monuments, insert them into the record traverse and recompute record positions from the found corners to improve your searches

Finding points – learn how to find points, drill down through points piled on top of each other in a drawing, do a one-step zoom toggle to create separation and window extents

Creating a ‘search area’ traverse – create a plot, printouts and reports to help you search for corners and accessories

Computing 600420 via single proportion – learn how to to an easy single proportion using the Retrace and Record traverses

Computing 600420 manually – do the same SP computation manually

 Computing 600460 via single proportion – it takes just a few steps to compute or recompute a 16th corner

 Computing a geodetic center section – compute both a geodetic and a planar center sections and compare them

 Computing center sixteenths by midpoint – a single command creates a geodetic midpoint

 Computing Single Proportion through multiple lost corners – create record data with any number of courses to the nearest existing corner

 Creating a True Line diagram – go from your working drawing to a true line diagram or start your plat

 Introducing Smart Drawing Objects™ – the north arrow rotates with the drawing and the scale bar displays the new scale automatically

 Exporting coordinates – send State Plane coordinate points back to your data collector

 Exporting geodetics – send geodetic positions out to an ASCII file

 Computing double proportion – use retrace and record traverses to make this so easy

 Creating corner moves – generate corner move (stakeout) notes with alternate backsights

 Compute offsets to true line – generate offsets from each random line point to the true line (latitude arc) and print out a report you can take to the field



We can’t begin to list everything Traverse PC can do for you

Spell Checking Help

  • Check your spelling in reports and drawings

Sun Shots Help

  • TPC supports the Leitz Hour Angle method

Areas Help

  • Learn how TPC updates areas automatically

Units  Help

  • See how TPC handles survey units

Scale Factors  Help

  • Scale factors can be applied many ways in TPC

Angle Sets  Help

  • Use repeat or direction method angle sets

Remote Observations  Help

  • Compute points which can’t be measured directly.

Decimals  Help

  • Learn how to set the number of decimals TPC uses

Limits  Help

  • Set individual ranges (limits) for coordinates and elevations

Tolerances  Help

  • Tell TPC how close two things have to be in order to be the same



TPC Desktop

Take a tour of the TPC Desktop and learn it works

Desktop Learning Guide

Working with Views Help

 Better By Design™

The TPC Desktop

Managers (5:55)

  • Easily manage data like Points, Traverses and Drawings.
Windows (10.39) Help

  • Use windows to expose just the survey data you want.
Navigation Toolbar (5:24) Help

  • This is how you get around in TPC Desktop.
Pull-down Toolbars (5:44) Help

  • Learn how pull-down toolbars work.
Context Menus (7:48)

  • Use the right mouse button to access context menus.

Task Manager  Help

Tool Tips  Help

  • Turn on tool tips in the Views to see more data than what is displayed

Hot Keys  Help

  • Hot Keys let you do lots of commands directly from your keyboard.
Starting a Traverse and Entering Data (10:47)

  • Start a new traverse and enter record data with curves.

Entering Bearings  Help

Entering Equations Help

  • Recall a bearing or distance between any two points with [point label]..[point label]
  • Recall half the distance with [point label]..[point label] / 2
  • Recall a perpendicular bearing with [point label]..[point label] + 90

Predictive Data Entry  Help

  • Enter a point label and let TPC fill it in for you as you type.

Editing Multiple Selected Items  Help

Selecting Items  Help

Tagging Items  Help

The What List Help

Docking Managers (6:35)

  • Learn how to dock and tab managers.
Arranging Windows (8:28)

  • Resize, tile and tab non-docking views.
Layouts (6:51) Help

  • Setup the desktop the way you want then save your layout.
Customizing Toolbars (8:45) Help

  • Add and remove buttons from toolbars plus rearrange them in the view.

Formatting Views Help