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

We walk step-by-step through a simple property survey and learn how to use TPC.
Even if your state doesn’t do Mortgage Surveys, this is still a good place to start
because so many of the steps are similar for all surveys.

Mortgage Workflow

Mortgage Workflow

 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.


Boundary Research

Boundary Research

Boundary Survey: Figuring out where to hang your hat

 Deed 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.
 Found Monuments and Project Locations (5:05)

  • 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.
 Control Points and Side Shots (4:48)

  • 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.
 Moving From a Control Survey to Topo and Site Surveys (4:10)

  • We collected topo and site shots while we did our control survey.
  • Separate the appropriate points into topo and site traverses.


Site Survey

Site Survey

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.
 Adding the Trailer Cover Feature (5:30)  Help

  • 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.
Adding the Trees (4:15) Help

  • 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.
Sneak Peek at Point Codes (3:18)

  • 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 surface

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 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
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.
Exporting the Surface to CAD (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.


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


ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey for lands of the Pennsylvania State Game Commission

Daniel L. Barry Land Surveyor LLC – ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey

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

Plat Checking: Learn tips and tricks for plat checking

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?
 Plat 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.


Medial Lines

Medial Lines

PLSS: Follow along in this BLM Training Session

Cadastral Surveys – PLSS

 Cadastral Learning Guide

 Compare Editions

See PLSS and expand Cadastral Learning Center.


Parking Striping

Parking Striping

Planning: Quick & Easy

Parking Lot Striping (10:08)

  • TPC has the tools to do parking lot striping
  • or any other repetitive line work

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?
 Traverse PC’s Planning Workflows Webinar: February 21 & 21, 2018 (1 hr 5 min)




 Tunnels: TPC works below ground as easily as it does above
  • Negative instrument heights
  • angle sets
  • carry elevations from bencmarks

In this article, Mike Adams uses Traverse PC on a major project at Lake Mead for the SNWA (Southern Nevada Water Authority).