Released: September 2009


Whether you’re new to Traverse PC or a long time user. You want the same thing –Easy .

That’s what TPC Desktop 2010 is all about – Easy . Sure, you’ll find some great new features like surfaces you can tag and un-tag in a drawing just like traverses, but what you’ll really like about TPC Desktop 2010 is our new Smart Survey System . A way to work with surveys that beats our old Survey System because it’s easier, more powerful and lots of fun.

Version 11.5 – released May 2010

Dockable Managers

Dockable Managers are the most efficient way to work with survey data that we have found to date. Think of them as sticking to your desktop where you want them.

In this example, we’ve docked the Managers to the left side of the desktop, separating them into two tabbed groups. But you can dock Managers anywhwere you want on the desktop.


Tabbed Managers

Tabbed Managers share the same docking space.

-Just click a tab to bring it to the top.

-Drag a tab to any other group.

-Float a tab and it creates its own Manager you can place anywhere on the desktop.

-Dock a tab all by itself anywhere on the desktop.

-Choose from built-in tab styles like 3D, Rounded and Slanted (shown here).

Obvious Navigation

TPC Desktop 2010 makes navigation obvious. Toolbars can now include their shortcut text, like the ones shown in this brochure. And we ship TPC out of the box with the text turned on in the main desktop toolbars. Along with the new tabs and tab groups it provides what we call Obvious Navigation .

Lots of things are just more obvious in TPC 2010. Like the destkop COGO toolbar. Open any COGO command from this toolbar or any individual view.

Desktop Layouts

To get the most out of TPC Desktop, open just the Managers you use. If you don’t use Point Codes, don’t open it. This keeps the desktop streamlined and efficient. You can also group Managers together using tabs. This frees up other areas of the desktop for other things.

New – Choose Desktop Look (skins)
New – Choose a Pre-Defined Layout or add your own. Save one layout for your notebook and another for your dual monitors
New – Customize Tabs
New – Dockable Managers for Points / Traverses / Drawings / Surfaces / Point Codes / Drawing Data / Tasks. Dock them anywhere on the desktop
New – Floating Managers maximize work area
New – Auto-Hide Managers to provide more space
New – Tabbed Managers & Groups (this is really cool!)
New – Contract views to fit data or Expand view to fill screen

In the example below, we’ve left lots of room for our drawing by docking the Traverses and Points at the bottom of the desktop.

Here’s an example layout for dual monitors.

Tasks Manager

The Tasks Manager shown here is a great example of how our newSmart Survey Systemworks.

It’s like Command Central with your most recent surveys, information about a survey you open, links to the learning guides and on-line help. And it’s all in one spot so it’s easy to find.

Expand the Survey Information panel to see the information you entered for the survey you just opened. Not the one you wanted? Just open another one.

Did you notice the direct access to My Surveys,Shared Surveys andSample Surveys?

You can now Manage surveys from three separate locations all in one place – the Tasks Manager .



TPC 2010 introduces Surfaces. They’re a part of your survey, just like traverses, so go ahead and tag a surface to include it in a drawing. And because surfaces can have unique settings just like traverses, you can show 1′ contour intervals in one drawing and 5′ contour intervals for the same surface in another drawing.

New –Manage Surfaces like traverse 
Share Surfaces between drawings
New Surfaces Manager . Add, delete, duplicate, sort and open surfaces just like traverses
New -Tag and Un-Tag Surfaces for Drawings
New -Double-click any surface objects (contour, breakline, etc.) to access surface settings
New Unique Surface Settings (optional) work just like unique traverse settings
New Apply button ets you see the difference before you close the settings
New -Restrict surface elevation range
New -Lists individual breaklines with tools to add / delete via selected traverses
New -Individual layers for each surface
New -Lists all the surface info right in settings dialog
New -Read / write surfaces in CAD files (v11.5, 4/10)

We expanded the Surface Settings dialog to include the information you want. Notice the ability to Restrict Elevations and Apply settings with the dialog open.

The new Advanced tab makes creating separate layers for this surface a snap.

Surface Manager

The new Surfaces Manager lets you manage surfaces just like you manage traverses.

You already know how to:
– Add a surface – just double click any blank line or choose Tools | Insert.
– And open an existing surface – just double click it.
– And delete a surface, and so on.

You get the picture. Surfaces work like everything else in TPC. And you already know how to do that.

Drawings Manager

This one change alone is worth the update. Double-click a drawing and it opens in the Drawing View where you can see the whole thing.

Not the drawing you want? Just double-click another one.

Organize your drawings into Groups, just like you do with traverses. Insert a new drawing by double-clicking, delete or duplicate a drawing. It’s all here and it’s all easy to do.

Drawing Data Manager

In the example shown here, we opened the Preliminary Lot Layout drawing in the Drawing Data Manager.

The Drawing Data Manager exposes the data in the drawing in the familiar Tree structure used for files and data. Expand the section you are interested in and drill down to the drawing object you are looking for. Now do what you want. Un-tag an object to remove it from the drawing, double-click to edit it, delete it, copy it – whatever.

Display Surfaces, Layers, Traverses, Blocks, Fonts, Images, Tables, Dynamic Offsets and miscellaneous stuff you didn’t even know was in a drawing. Use it with the Drawing View with Quick View technology for total control of your drawings.

COGO What List

You always know what data you are working with because the What list tells you in every COGO dialog. Go ahead, choose any data from any view.

And the What list synchronizes with the views. Open a view and select some items and those items show up in the list. Close the view – they’re gone.

You’ll see the What list when you export data and other places where you want to tell TPC exactly what data to work with.

The Offset to Alignment dialog show here also includes a What list so you can select any number of traverses or points to creates offsets for. Notice that you can pick the alignment traverse right from the drawing.

New Pick Button

Pick both the starting point and the bearing with the new Both [>>] button.

We also added Pick buttons for Distance, Offsets, Elevations and Traverses.

Pick text in a drawing to get the distance or elevation you want.

You can even pick an object you’ve drawn, like a line, or a symbol you’ve inserted and TPC will return it’s Pick values right from the drawing.


You’ll find lots of COGO enhancements that take advantage of the new Views.

– New What List -Select the data you want to work with from the What List.
Auto-fill dialogs with selected view items
Added dialog Pick buttons for Bearings, Distances, Offsets, Elevations, Traverses
– New –Pick Both [>>] button (picks staring point and direction with one click)
Pick buttons work with drafted lines and other survey objects. Returns Pickedstarting point and direction
– New Undo removes all created points and traverses from the survey
– New COGO Synchronization -watch COGO points redraw line labels and areas in drawing and update computed values in other COGO dialogs
– Right-Of-Way Offset: New Inside and Outside New Works with Multiple Traverses New Creates both Offsets and Traverses New Updates offsets based on changes to original traverse data
– Offset to Alignment: New Pick alignment directly from drawing New Offset multiple traverses New Offset points selected in Points View or Drawing
– Compute Coordinates: New Available in all views New Hold/Release fields like Curve dialog
– Multiple Traverses: New Do selected or tagged traverses with one command for R-O-W Offsets / Offset to Alignment / Stations / Corner Offsets / Offset Interval


Open Alliance

As a member of the Open Alliance, TPC can read and write native cad files like DWG, DXF and DGN. The Open Alliance recently added support for AutoCAD 2010 plus many more enhancements that are now part of TPC Desktop 2010.

Shared Surfaces

TPC now shares surfaces directly with CAD files. We support AutoCAD’s PolyFaceMeshes and Bently’s MeshFaceLoops.

When you import a surface from a CAD drawing, TPC locks the surface so that the faces don’t change, then reconstructs the contours if you want it to. Now you can do anything you want with the surface as if you had created it right from TPC.

AutoCAD 2010

TPC supports AutoCAD 2010 DWG / DXF files. The last severl releases of AutoCAD all used the same file format (2007, 2008, 2009) but not 2010. It’s a new file version and TPC supports it.

Write DGN

Previous versions of the DGN drivers from Open Alliance did not write DGN files well. Font sizes were off, hatching did not work properly, raster images were not supported. As a result, TPC recommended that you write a DWG file and import into your Bently product.

TPC Desktop 2010 now writes a pretty nice DGN file directly. There are still things we are working on, but we think you’ll like the results as is.