See how to use TPC on the kind of surveys you do
Walk step-by-step through a simple mortgage survey and learn how to use TPC
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?
- Learn how to start a new survey.
- Here are a few pointers on using the TPC Desktop.
- Start a new traverse and enter record data with curves.
- Check the closure of a lot.
- Enter data from a total station to tie some building corners and run additional control.
- Learn how to enter data from taping around a house foundation.
- As you enter your survey data, TPC creates a working drawing for you.
- This will become the start of your finished drawing
- 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
- 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.
- Drawing variables supply fill out the title block with the date, scale, job name and more.
- The scale bar automatically shows the selected scale.
- Move line labels where you want them.
- Select the point symbol you want to use.
- Change a curve label from stacked to aligned.
- Insert a dynamic offset.
- Select point symbols.
- Change curve label from stacked to aligned.
- Insert a dynamic offset.
- Edit the properties of the label.
- 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 leaders to line, curve and dimension labels.
- Add manual leader to show a found monument out of position.
Boundary Survey: Figuring out where to hang your hatDeed Research (4:33)
- Enter all the deeds.
- Use the same POB and basis of bearing.
- We use colors and line types to differentiate adjacent boundaries.
- Get a good picture of what you are dealing with.
- Identify potential gaps and overlaps.
- Plot the few monuments we found.
- How do they fit with the research?
- Create projected positions for other property corners.
- We will need to search for these.
- Our goal is to do our due diligence.
- Search for projected monuments.
- Tie found monuments and boundary features.
- And while we’re out there
- Pick up shots for the site survey.
- Pick up shots for the topographic survey.
- Use Traverse Drawing Settings to get a good picture of what we did in the field.
- We collected topo and site shots while we did our control survey.
- Separate the appropriate points into topo and site traverses.
Site Survey: Letting Traverse do the Drawing
We show you how to manually create features in the drawing, but you can also automate this process with Point Codes.Adding the Shore Line Feature (5:22) Help
- Add all the points with the description Shore to the Shore Line traverse.
- Tell TPC how to draw this feature using Traverse Drawing Settings.
- Create a new feature traverse.
- Add points to it by clicking point labels or point symbols in the drawing.
- Fill the cover with a solid yellow.
- Label the cover and it’s lines.
- We’ll use the Insert Matching Points command and capture the inches (“) symbol used in all the tree descriptions.
- We delete any monuments that used inches from the tree traverse.
- We can override individual trees and select a different symbol, size or color.
- See Point Codes for more information.
- Point Codes automate the process of creating feature traverses.
- They can generate 80% to 90% of your site map for you.
- You can assign Traverse Drawing Settings to codes.
- These are then assigned to any traverses created by those codes.
Topographic Survey: Create and edit a surfaceCreating 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 Border is Easy and Intuitive in TPC
- Add and remove border points to change it’s shape
- Edit breaklines manually
- Importing breakline traverses
- 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.
- 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.
Construction: Breaking ground to finished project
TPC has all the tools you need like
- export to ASCII coordinates or geodetic positions
- Grid <=> Ground conversions on Export
- Stakeout report showing exactly where each point was staked
- Convert to Survey tools that make sense and survey points out of CAD entities
A.L.T.A./NSPS Land Title Surveys: Meeting the ‘Minimum Standard’
TPC does ALTA surveys in spades, with all the tools to help you make good decisions about what is where.
ALTA aren’t just about the map. They are about knowing exactly what is out there and where it is.
ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys Help
- TPC has the tools to do A.L.T.A./NSPS surveys
Positional Tolerance Help
Relative Positional Precision (RPP) Help
Plat Checking: Learn tips and tricks for plat checkingPlat Check Learning Guide Thompson View (59:40)
- This is a detailed, step-by-step walk through of one county’s workflow.
- Their plat check method involves recreating the layout through TPC.
- Then they check lot areas, offsets, curve parameters, etc. against the original submission.
PLSS: Follow along in this BLM Training SessionCadastral Surveys – PLSS Cadastral Learning Guide Compare Editions
See PLSS and expand BLM Training.
Planning: Quick & EasyParking Lot Striping (10:08)
- TPC has the tools to do parking lot striping
- or any other repetitive line work
- Negative instrument heights
- angle sets
- carry elevations from bencmarks
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