Trimble Access

If you are not yet using Trimble Access 2018.00, make sure you take a look at the release notes for Trimble Access 2018.00 for information on the new-look Trimble Access software.

These changes apply to General Survey as well as other Trimble Access applications.

New features

IFC file support

Trimble Access now supports IFC files, so you can view BIM models in the map, and select points or lines to use in other software functions such as Cogo calculations and stakeout.

Objects in IFC files can be displayed as solid objects with 100% opacity; you can reduce the opacity or display as a wireframe. To make the object more transparent, or to view the model as a wireframe rather than a solid object, tap and select Settings and then modify the options in the IFC group box.

For more information, see the topic Working with BIMs in the Trimble Access Help.

Measure to surface method

The Measure to surface measurement method enables you to calculate and store the closest distance from the measured point to the selected surface model. This measurement method is available for both conventional and GNSS surveys.

During measurement, the closest position on the surface is highlighted in the map and a line is drawn from the measured position to the position on the surface. The Distance to surface value and the coordinates of the closest point on the surface are stored with the measured point and can be viewed in Review job and Point manager.

For more information, see the topic To measure to a surface in the Trimble Access Help.

User configurable map views

You can now set the zoom extent so that part of the map is excluded. This is useful when, for example, you want to exclude a base station position that is several kilometers away. To do this, tap and hold on the map toolbar and select Set user zoom extent. Return to this view with a single tap of the button on the map toolbar.

In addition, we have renamed the Zoom to default function to View area of interest. This function is useful when, for example, you have a large job site and you want to view only the part you are currently working in. Once you have set the area of interest, tap and hold on the map toolbar and select View area of interest to return to this view.

For more information, see the topic Map toolbar in the Trimble Access Help.

Vibration feedback on a TSC7

You can now enable vibration feedback so that the TSC7 vibrates whenever Trimble Access auto stores a point or when a point is ready to be stored.

For more information, see the topic To turn sounds on and off in the Trimble Access Help.

SX10 in-field camera collimation and calibration

Trimble Access now provides instrument adjustments for in-field collimation and calibration of the Trimble SX10 scanning total station cameras.

Camera collimations should not need to be performed frequently because the cameras are extensively calibrated in the factory and these calibrations are very stable over time and temperature. However, these adjustments are provided so that you can calibrate any of the cameras if you notice issues such as a mismatch between the camera image and measured or scanned points, or if the crosshair is not aligning properly.

Use the Automatic camera collimation to determine and correct for collimation errors between Face 1 and Face 2 for the Overview, Primary or Telecamera camera.

Use the Plummet camera calibration to calculate and correct to the rotational center of the Plummet camera.

To be able to perform this adjustment, the SX10 must have firmware S2.1.9 or later installed.

For more information, see the topic To adjust a Trimble SX10 in the Trimble Access Help.


Managing files when synchronizing with the cloud

When downloading files to the controller or uploading files to the cloud, you can now choose to skip the transfer of individual files, if required. This is especially useful when you have large files, such as a large scan file, that you do not want to transfer from the field. In the Download or Upload screen, tap the icon next to the file and select Skip this file. You can upload the file later when you have returned to the office.

When Trimble Access detects there is a file conflict, such as when a file has been changed both on the controller and in the cloud, you can now choose how to resolve the conflict. Tap the icon next to the file and select Skip this file to keep the local version of the file, or select Transfer this file to overwrite the existing file.

For more information, see the topic Projects and jobs in the Trimble Access Help.

Favorites enhancements

You can now change the shortcuts that are assigned to the controller function keys, or assign a function key to a software function for which there is no icon using the Edit favorites screen.

Keypad selection of items from the main menu

You can now use the controller keypad to select items from the main menu when the Favorites screen is open, you no longer need to arrow left back to the menu before the shortcuts will work. To select an item, press the key corresponding to the first letter of the menu item. For example, press and then press H to open the help, or press and then press E to exit the software.

Improved battery icon

If the battery in the controller is in an unusual state and the power level of the battery cannot be determined, the Trimble Access software now shows the icon. Previously the software showed the charging icon. The icon is also used to indicate if the battery level is close to 0%. If you have inserted a battery that has a higher level of charge then remove the battery and reinsert it. If the issue is not resolved, recharge the battery and try again. If there are still issues, contact your Trimble Distributor.

Improved orbit icon in the map

When you select Orbit in the map toolbar, the orbit icon now appears in or near the center of the map to indicate the point of orbit, regardless of the data in the job. Previously the orbit icon only appeared when SX10 scan data was displayed in the map. In addition, the orbit icon is now similar to the one used in Trimble Business Center, replacing the yellow dot used as the orbit icon in previous versions of Trimble Access.

In addition, during a conventional survey you can now see the total station ray when rotating the map using the Orbit button.

Previewing construction linework before storage

When offsetting a line horizontally, construction line work showing the proposed new line is now shown before it is stored. Similarly when computing the intersection of two lines where one or both lines are offset horizontally, construction line work is displayed showing the offset line.

Copying the station setup from a different job

You can now copy a station setup from another job with the Copy last option. This option is useful when, for example, when you want to store the topo data in one job and the as-built data in another job, and you don't need to re-observe the station setup in the second job.

You should only select Copy last if you are satisfied that the last completed station setup is still valid and you wish to continue observing points from this station. When using a previous station setup, it is good practice to always observe a checkshot to the backsight when you start the survey.

The software may also provide the Use last option. Select Use last if you are satisfied that the last completed station setup in the current job is still valid.

For more information, see the topic To reuse a station setup in the Trimble Access Help.

Video crosshair options

You can now change the appearance of the crosshairs in the Video screen when using an SX10. This is especially useful when working in situations where the two-tone black and white contrast is not highly visible or when extended crosshairs would assist with aiming the instrument. In the Video screen, tap and then select Settings. Scroll to the Crosshair section and select the required color and whether to increase the size of the crosshair elements.

For more information, see the topic Show in video options in the Trimble Access Help.

Filtering scan points in the map

Controlling the display of scan points is now done purely from the Select scans screen. To view this screen, tap and then select Scans. We have removed the ability to filter scan points in the Select filters screen, to avoid settings in one screen conflicting with the settings in the other.

GNSS joystick for GNSS emulator

When using the GNSS emulator to test, demonstrate, or deliver training with Trimble Access using a simulated connection to a GNSS receiver, you can now control the movement of the GNSS receiver using the GNSS joystick popup window which is available within the Trimble Access software. Alternatively, you can tap and hold in the map and select Move rover here. Note that to disconnect the GNSS receiver and shut down the GNSS emulator you must close the GNSS Emulator DOS window.

For more information, see the topic To use the GNSS emulator in the Trimble Access Help.

Coordinate system database updates

  • Added coordinate system definitions for Greenland 96, Kyrgyzstan and Moldova.
  • Corrected the ellipsoid reference for the GOST 51794-2008 datum.
  • Added new geoid model references for Norway (2018A), Romania, Belgium, Martinique (RAMART2016) and Dominican Republic.
  • Removed the United Kingdom National Grid and Ordinance Survey National Grid projection types because these have been superseded by newer projection types. Jobs already using these projection types are still supported.

Resolved issues

  • Trimble Access now allows the controller to go to sleep: The controller now correctly enters sleep mode when the Trimble Access software is left running on the controller, as long is it is not connected to an instrument or receiver.
  • Improved behavior when populating a point field from the map: The software no longer prevents you from selecting a second point from the map when a read-only field appeared between the first and second point fields in the form, for example in the Define 3D axis or Compute azimuth forms.
  • Copy job: Now, when copying a job, the last used option is remembered.

  • Autolock not always engaged when enabled from Favorites screen: The software now correctly engages Autolock when you enable it from the Favorites screen by highlighting the Autolock tile and pressing the Enter key. You can also still engage Autolock by tapping the Autolock tile in the Favorites screen or by pressing the numeric key corresponding to the number of the Autolock tile.
  • Measure check shot to backsight: We have fixed an issue where when you pressed Ctrl + K to measure a check shot from anywhere in the software and then selected a point that is a backsight point, the software did not update the selected target/prism to the one used for the backsight. This issue did not occur if you navigated to the Measure check shot screen through the software menu.
  • SX10 scan framing: We have fixed an issue where drawing polygon frames in a scan station sometimes resulted in crooked lines or multiple polygons if the job involved large false northing and/or easting values. The frame used by the SX10 to scan was correct, the issue only affected the appearance of the frame in the video screen. This issue appeared only for the first frame drawn in a job and was exaggerated when using smaller At distance values.
  • R10 or AT360 eBubble not appearing: We have fixed an issue with the R10 receiver or AT360 eBubble where, if the eBubble was displayed in a Measure or Stakeout screen and you moved to a different screen before returning to the previous screen the eBubble was no longer shown and the software stopped responding.
  • Selected line changing antenna height: We have fixed an issue where tapping a line in the map when the cursor was in the Antenna height field would populate the Antenna height field with the length of the line. Now, selecting a line only fills in the Horizontal distance fields in a form. This issue was introduced in Trimble Access version 2018.00.
  • Switching between conventional and GNSS: We have fixed an issue where switching between a GNSS and conventional survey using the menu item Switch to GNSS/Conventional did not always work. Switching using a single tap in the status line area of the status bar always worked correctly.
  • Application errors: We have fixed several issues that caused application errors when using or closing the software. In particular:
    • The software no longer stops working or shows spurious requests to close other Trimble Access windows when you close a job and then attempt to open another job while the software is still using points in the previous job, for example in the Review job, Electronic level or Turn to screens. Now when you close a job, other Trimble Access windows that use points in that job are automatically closed.
    • The software occasionally stopped working if you accidentally double-tapped Accept in the Stakeout form.
    • If you attempt to open an integrated survey style which references a GNSS or conventional survey style of the same name as the selected integrated survey style, the software now removes the reference to itself and let you select another survey style.