Projects & jobs
A project is a folder for grouping Trimble Access jobs and the files used by those jobs, including control points, road or alignment RXL files, background images or surfaces, and reference files for the project such as site or health and safety information.
A job contains the raw survey data from one or more surveys, and the configuration settings for the job including coordinate system, calibration, and measurement unit settings. Scan data and media images captured during the survey are stored in separate files and linked to the job. A job may also contain control points if you have imported them into the job instead of using a linked file from the project folder.
To start a survey you must have at least one project and one job.
Projects and jobs can be local to the controller or they can reside on the Trimble Connect cloud collaboration platform, from which they can be downloaded to the controller. On the controller, jobs are stored in the appropriate project folder in the Trimble Data folder. For more information on how files and folders are organized on the controller, see Trimble data folders.
When creating a job, you can save the settings as a template and then create subsequent jobs using the template. Jobs in the same project usually have the same settings but this is not essential.
Who creates the project and jobs and how they do this depends on your organization. The options are:
Projects and jobs are created in the office using Trimble Sync Manager and sent to the cloud, from which they are downloaded to the controller. Project and job data on the controller can be uploaded to the cloud at any time.
If required, new jobs can be created locally on the controller and then uploaded to the cloud.
- Projects are created in the office using Trimble Sync Manager and sent to the cloud, from which they are downloaded to the controller. Jobs are created locally on the controller and uploaded to the cloud. Project and job data on the controller can be uploaded to the cloud at any time.
Projects and jobs are created locally on the controller.
In this scenario, project and job data cannot be uploaded to the cloud because the project does not reside in Trimble Connect.
Creating projects and jobs in the office
Use Trimble Sync Manager to create projects and jobs using data from Trimble Business Center, AutoCAD Civil 3D, 12d Model, Bentley civil software and other survey and civil engineering software. The software sends the projects and jobs to Trimble Connect. For more information refer to the Trimble Sync Manager Help.
Working on cloud projects and jobs on the controller
To work with projects and jobs that reside in the Trimble Connect cloud collaboration platform you must have a current Trimble Access Software Maintenance agreement. To see projects and jobs from the cloud, the controller must be connected to the Internet and you must be signed in to Trimble Connect using your Trimble ID in Trimble Access.
When you are signed in to Trimble Connect, projects and jobs that reside in the Trimble Connect cloud collaboration platform and assigned to you are shown in the Projects and Jobs screens of the Trimble Access software. You are also notified by email when a job is assigned to you from Trimble Connect.
You can download individual projects and jobs as required. During project download, the <project> folder is created on the controller and any project files are downloaded. Once you have downloaded a project, you can download jobs in the project.
The cloud icons next to the project or job name indicate if there are changes to be uploaded or downloaded:
indicates there are changes in the project or job in the cloud to be downloaded to the controller
indicates there are changes in the project or job on the controller to be uploaded to the cloud
indicates the project or job in the cloud is exactly the same as the project or job on the controller
You can upload data to the cloud at any time, by uploading changes in the job or by uploading changes to all jobs in the project at once. New jobs created locally on the controller have the Upload option available when they are in projects that reside in the cloud and so can be uploaded to the cloud in the same way.
When you change the status of a job to Fieldwork complete, changes to the job are automatically uploaded to the cloud.
Creating local projects
You can create local projects on the controller, as required. You cannot upload a project you have created on the controller to the cloud.
Creating local jobs
You can create local jobs on the controller as required.
The process for creating a local job is the same, whether the job is part of a local project or a project that resides in the cloud. As long as a local job is in a cloud project you can upload the local job to the cloud at any time after you have created it. To do this, tap in the details panel and select Upload.
You can create local jobs from:
- the last used job in the current project
- a template, including templates you have created from previous jobs
- a JobXML or DC file in one of these formats:
- Trimble JobXML
- SDR33 DC
- Trimble DC v10.7
- Trimble DC v10.0
- SC Exchange
Importing from a JobXML file to a Trimble job file is mainly used to transfer the coordinate system definition and design information. A JobXML file generated from a Trimble job contains all the raw data in the FieldBook section, and "the best" coordinate for each point from the job in the Reductions section. Only the data from the Reductions section is read into the new Trimble job file, raw observations are not imported.