Resources

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

 TPC User Forum

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  • Choose a specific topic or general discussion

 Quick-Start Guide

  • This simple five-step program will help you get up and running very quickly

 Learn Workflows

  • We walk you through typical surveys, step-by-step
  • Boundary, Topographic, Site, …

Sample Surveys


 Frequent Questions

  • Get answers to the questions we get asked the most
 Learning Guides


 Live Web Seminars

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 Recorded Webinars

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  • Pick the ones to watch, when you want to watch them
  • Watch all of it or just the parts you want
Help Topics

  • Help topics are the equivalent of a manual
  • Everything is here
  • Using Help
  • Using the Help Topics (3:34)
    • 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.

 Technical Support

 

Install/Validate

Users manage their licenses on-line. You have 24/7 on-line access to your downloads and keys.

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License Validation (2:38)

  • 0:00 Purchase receipt – downloads and keys
  • 0:50 On-line license manager
  • 1:30 Validation Complete
  • 2:00 License information in Tasks Manager and Program Settings

 

TPC Desktop™

Once you know the views, you know the program

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Using the Desktop (7:40)

  • 0:24 Pin Task Manager to Desktop
  • 0:45 Tabbed Group of 4 Views
  • 1:00 Open the Drawing View and a Traverse View
  • 1:20 Obvious Navigation
  • 1:41 Docked Managers
  • 2:06 Maximize desktop
  • 2:27 Traverse Manager / Traverse View
  • 3:50 Closure View
  • 5:40 Drawing View / Drawings Manager
  • 6:36 Use Obvious Navigation to add a surface to the survey

 

COGO

COGO is integrated into everything TPC Desktop does

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COGO: Accessing from Desktop and Views (7:09)

  • 0:00 From a Traverse View
  • 2:17 From a drawing
  • 4:20 From the Desktop
  • 5:15 From a data manager

 

Closure

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

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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


 

Quick View™

Learn how to draw with TPC Desktop

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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


 

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 objects

 

Drawings

A survey can have as many drawings as you need

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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

 

Drawing Data Manager

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

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Delineating Objects (3:15)

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

 

CAD

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

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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

 

 

Calibrations

A calibration is a classic 2D or 3D coordinate transformation which rotates, translates and scales positions in one coordinate system to match coordinates in another. Coming in TPC Desktop 2019

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Calibrating an XRef (4:48)

  • 0:00 We have a DWG file that is not on the same coordinate system as our survey
  • 1:07 Create a calibration with point pairs
  • 2:50 Enter information about the calibration for future reference
  • 3:30 Save the calibration to a file
  • 4:22 Reuse the calibration any time

 

LandXML

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

 

GIS

Traverses and Shapes are a perfect fit

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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

 

Points

Every point in a survey is unique

Customer Area

Sneak Peek

Relabel Points (3:58)

 

Traverses

Traverses are the heart and soul of TPC Desktop

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Sneak Peek

Deed Research (4:33)

  • 0:00 Enter deeds as traverses
  • 2:26 Delineate a traverse
  • 3:20 Traverse Drawing Settings

Deep Dive

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

 

Alignments

Alignments are just specialized traverses

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Sneak Peek

Best Fit Horizontal Curve (4:45)

 

 

Surfaces

Surfaces are easier than you think in TPC Desktop

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Sneak Peek

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

 

Surveys

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

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Sneak Peek

Starting a New Survey (4:27)

 

Importing / Exporting

TPC Desktop speaks your language

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Sneak Peek

Import ASCII Coordinates (2:11)

 

Printing

Printing

PDF Files

Traverse PC PDF Driver

Page Setup

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

TPC Desktop and Google Earth are a great team

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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.

 

Legal Descriptions

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

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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

 

Reports

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

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Sneak Peek

Output Lot Closure From Traverse Manager (1:42)

 

 

Point Codes

Point codes turn your data into drawings

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Point Codes in Attributes (4:18)

  • 0:23 Point Codes in Descriptions
  • 1:53  Sort Points into Traverses
  • 2:00 Point Codes in Attributes
  • 3:40  Sort Points into Traverses

 

Drawing Codes

Create line work in the field and render it in TPC Desktop

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Drawing codes are sometimes referred to as Control Codes because they control the line work associated with points. They allow you to begin and end lines, close figures, fit a curve to points and more.

 

Adjustments

Adjust coordinates, angles, precision and lots more

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Accessing the Closure View (2:44)

  • 0:24 From Traverse Manager
    • 0:46 From Navigation Toolbar
    • 1:23 From Closure View Button
  • 1:40 From Traverse View
    • 1:59 F6 Hot Key

 

Least Squares

TPC Desktop has complete 2D/3D Network Adjustments

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Intermediate Least Squares Check (6:32)

 

ALTA/NSPS

TPC Desktop does ALTA/NSPS (ACSM) Surveys

ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys

  • TPC Desktop has the tools to do ALTA/NSPS surveys
Relative Positional Precision

These surveys are described as follows on the ALTA web site  www.alta.org/standards/standards.cfm.

 

Coordinate Reference System

Coordinate Reference Systems (CRS) – relating coordinates to geodetic positions

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CRS From PRJ File (1:47)

  • 0:12 Access the CRS used for a survey
  • 0:27 Review common projections like NAD83
  • 0:47 Use an ESRI PRJ file as the CRS for a survey

 

Transformations

TPC Desktop has lots of tools to Transform Coordinates

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Converting Between Grid and Ground (5:01)

  • 0:25 Import ground coordinates from an ASCII file
  • 1:09 Project combined (grid + elevation) factor
  • 3:09 Details of import and transformation

 

Geodetics

In TPC Desktop, Geodetics are easier than you think

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Geodetic Intro (13:18)

  • Learn how geodetics are used in project settings, traverses, COGO and drawings.

 

PLSS

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 Cadastral Learning Center

Sneak Peek

Geodetic vs Grid Closures and Areas (6:59)

  • 1:00 Geodetic bearings and distances
  • 2:22 Geodetic areas
  • 4:00 Geodetic closures

 

Other

We can’t begin to list everything TPC Desktop can do for you

Spell Checking

  • Check your spelling in reports and drawings
Sun Shots

  • TPC supports the Leitz Hour Angle method
Areas

  • Learn how TPC updates areas automatically
Units

  • See how TPC handles survey units
Scale Factors

  • Scale factors can be applied many ways in TPC
Angle Sets

  • Use repeat or direction method angle sets
Remote Observations

  • Compute points which can’t be measured directly.