Frequently Asked Questions

What is Traverse PC?

Traverse PC is a complete surveying program with the COGO tools, drawing tools, muscle and flexibility to do what you do every day. You will be surprised at how much time and money you can save by using Traverse PC to create your maps.

Who uses Traverse PC?

TPC is used by surveyors, engineers, assessors, educators, foresters, planners, drafters, accident investigators, archaeologists, real estate agents. The list goes on.

We say that Traverse PC is “Practical Solutions for Today and Tomorrow “. We use it ourselves in our surveying business. We know what it takes to turn a profit. That’s why even the price is practical!

Do you offer site licenses?

Yes! We offer a site license which you can tailor for the number of seats you need. We also offer network license for 5, 10 or 20 seats.

Is Traverse PC easy to use?

We know that everyone says their software is easy to use. Right before they ask you to install a pile of disks, memorize dozens of commands and read through a stack of manuals.

Traverse PC takes a different approach. We ask you to learn a few interactive screens and a handful of integrated tools, then turn you loose. You can mix & match the tools any way you want. The process is simple, elegant and easy.

We include two online training sessions with the program to make sure you see how you can do what you need to do. We also include tutorials to help you get started. You follow step-by-step instructions as you enter actual surveys and we introduce you to some of the most frequently used tools in Traverse PC.

You don’t need to learn the rest of the tools until you need to use them. It’s that simple!

How can I get Traverse PC?

Call (800) 460-3002 or email us at

How does Traverse PC work?

TPC doesn’t limit you to a pre-programmed list of tasks, prompting you for one piece of information at a time.  Because sooner or later you would want to do something that wasn’t on the list. Then what?

Instead, TPC provides a rich set of integrated tools. You combine the tools that are appropriate for the task. New tasks can be accomplished by rearranging the tools. This is the same basic philosophy behind business spreadsheets and is the reason they have become so popular.

Traverse PC lets you do work the way that makes sense to you. You aren’t locked in to someone else’s idea of how you should do your work!

Why should I buy Traverse PC?

Because Traverse PC is ready to do what you do every day, to do it faster and better than any other software on the market and at a price you can afford.

Does Traverse PC offer educational discounts?

Yes! We have a special Educational License available for classroom use of Traverse PC and a Student Edition that is available for students enrolled in a surveying curriculum.  This could be the most affordable option you’ve seen yet.

How many points can I work with?

With Traverse PC, there’s no limit to the size of your survey. Traverse PC has a built in memory manager that uses whatever memory it finds on your computer. If it runs out of memory, it swaps data to your hard drive.

Will Traverse PC work with elevations?

Of course! Everything Traverse PC does is three dimensional. You can use benchmarks, instrument and target heights, stadia, etc. to carry elevations from one point to another.

How can I use Traverse PC in my office?

In the office, TPC Desktop is a complete survey program including graphics, COGO, traversing with sideshots, elevations, adjustments, printing, plotting and everything you need. It supports most data collectors, and includes field to finish mapping with the Point Code Table and the TPC Drawing Engine. We call it the No CAD Zone.

Does Traverse PC support data collectors?

Yes! The Data Collector Interface supports most of the major data collectors with both upload and download. It also includes tools to help you do field-to-finish mapping using feature codes.

Can Traverse PC do Geodetics?

Yes – TPC Desktop is as much at home with geodetic positions as it is with grid coordinates. You select a CRS (Coordinate Reference System) that relates geodetic positions to grid coordinates and TPC does the rest. Our Distance and Direction types let you easily switch between grid to ground to geodetic distance, areas and direction. Use project factors like elevation and mapping angle or compute all the corrections on a course-by-course basis.

Can Traverse PC do Public Lands Survey System Computations?

Yes. TPC Desktop includes routines like single and double proportion right out of the 2009 BLM Manual of Survey Instruction. You can also do all your compuatations using true bearings and ground distance as specified in the PLSS.

Can I use Traverse PC with my other software?

Yes, but once you start using Traverse PC to create your maps, you probably won’t want to! Many people buy Traverse PC to replace their outdated software or provide a user friendly alternative for their field crews.

It’s imperative that Traverse PC be able to share data with other software. That’s why Traverse PC has tools to communicate with other software via user defined ASCII coordinates, DXF, DWG, data collector files, and many, many others.

Can I return Traverse PC if it doesn’t fit my needs?

Traverse PC comes with a 30-day return policy. If you don’t want to keep Traverse PC, for any reason, just call for an RMA and return it within 30 days of the date of purchase for a full refund. You will need to complete two online training sessions (included with the software) before you can return the software.

What kind of surveys can you do with Traverse PC?

Traverse PC lets you breeze through small traverses or work through large surveys with tools like multiple traverses, point protection, and standard data base features like search, replace and query.

Traverse PC can help you do control surveys, boundary surveys, site surveys, topographic surveys, mortgage surveys, construction staking, curve stakeout, subdivision design, road layout, plat checks, area computations. Virtually any kind of surveying you do from start to finish.

Do I need to know how big my survey is before I start?

No! Traverse PC dynamically sizes itself as you enter data and build your survey.

What kind of computer do I need to run Traverse PC?

Traverse PC Desktop for Windows requires a computer running Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 or Vista with 1 GB RAM and 60MB hard drive space for installation. Traverse PC Desktop for Windows was designed for and runs best with Windows 7.

Does Traverse PC work in both metric and imperial units?

Yes! You choose what coordinate units you need for the survey. Coordinates, paper sizes and scales are all in the units you select. You can even convert an existing survey from metric to imperial or vice versa.

What makes Traverse PC different from other Land Surveying software?

Almost everything. From the way the COGO tools work, to the way Traverse PC automates the drawing process, it is all different than anything you’ve used before. That’s because we let you work the way you want to and take the drudgery out of the process. Traverse PC is fun and easy to use. That’s the difference.

As impressive as the price and performance of Traverse PC are, we know that what you’ll appreciate most is how easy it is to use. You’ll actually have fun creating and innovating with Traverse PC’s interactive screens and integrated tools.

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