Trimble Access software version 2015.10


Trimble Access software version 2015.10

General Survey

New features

Scanning enhancements

Trimble Access version 2015.10 combines and enhances the best of the scan functions that was available for a Trimble VX series and an S series instrument to provide model based scanning that allows you to define your scan area on a horizontal, vertical or inclined plane. The new scan functions are for any total station that has VISION technology.

Scan points can now be viewed in the Map on any controller running the General Survey software. Previously, they could be viewed only on the Trimble Tablet. To view scan points in the map, select Scan file points from the map Filteroption.

Surface scanning is still available for total stations that do not have VISION technology.

Trimble VISION enhancements for the S5/S7/S9

Trimble Access version 2015.10 provides improved brightness and white balance settings as well as scene modes to enhance the visibility of images and the Video screen. In addition, support for HDR imaging enables you to capture more detail in scenes where you have a wide range of contrast.

For more information, refer to the topics “Camera options” and “Panorama” in the General Survey Help.

Annotate images captured using a Trimble VISION total station

You can now add an information panel to the bottom of images captured using an instrument with Trimble VISION™ technology. Use the Video Options screen to select the information fields to include in the information panel, including point name, code and time stamp information.

The Annotate snapshot option is available only if the Snapshot on measure option is enabled.

For more information, refer to the topic “Annotating a snapshot” in the General Survey Help.

Draw on images

You can now draw on images to highlight issues and add comments. Use the Draw toolbar to add freehand line work, lines, rectangles, ellipses and text to an image.

The Draw toolbar is available when viewing an image in:

  • Jobs / Review job
  • the Video screen after capturing the image using the Snapshot option

Note – HDR images or images captured using a Trimble V10 imaging rover cannot be drawn on.

For more information, refer to the topic “Drawing on an image” in the General Survey Help.

Tilt and eBubble support for the Trimble Active Track 360 target

The Trimble Active Track 360 (AT360) target combined with Trimble Access now supports the eBubble and enables recording of the tilt information. The eBubble enables you to make sure the target is level when measuring points in a conventional survey. Recording the tilt distance with every observation record provides useful information about the quality of the position and proof that the rod was plumb when the measurement was recorded.

To use the eBubble in the AT360, the controller must be connected to the target using Bluetooth. When the active target is connected to the controller:

  • An eBubble is available. Use the eBubble to check that the target is level. The tilt angle and tilt distance for each point measurement is recorded.
  • Changing the Target ID in the software automatically updates the target ID setting on the active target, and vice versa.

For more information, refer to the topic “Target tracking” in the General Survey Help.

Trimble Slate controller conventional survey support

The Trimble Slate controller now supports connecting to an instrument for a conventional or integrated survey, if you have the Trimble AccessGeneral Survey Lite to Full Upgrade license (P/N TA-OPT-ADVUPG).

xFill-RTX technology

Trimble xFill-RTX technology now bridges communication outages with the correction source indefinitely. Precision degradation over time stops at the level of the ongoing RTX solution. This enables you to work seamlessly as you move between areas of radio coverage.

To obtain this level of xFill performance, you must be using a Trimble R10 GNSS receiver and have purchased access to the Trimble Centerpoint RTX service.

The xFill-RTX ready field in the Rover data link screen shows when the receiver is able to extend xFill beyond 5 minutes.

For more information, refer to the topic “Rover options” in the General Survey Help.

QZSS and BeiDou GNSS constellations in RTX surveys

Using the QZSS and BeiDou GNSS constellations is now supported in RTX surveys. Select the check boxes in the Survey Style / Rover Options screen if the RTX satellite beam you use contains information for those constellations, or if you use RTX over Internet.

Output NMEA messages in a GNSS survey

You can now output NMEA-0183 format messages from a port on the connected GNSS receiver or from the USB-Serial port of the Geo7X/GeoXR controller. Configure the message types to output in the NMEA outputs screen of your GNSS survey style. Supported messages formats are: GGA, GGK, GLL, GNS, GSA, GST, GSV, LLQ, PJK, RMC, VTG, ZDA.

For more information, refer to the topic “NMEA outputs” in the General Survey Help.


The transmission of RTCM v3.2 MSM messages from a base station with Trimble receiver firmware 5.00 or later is now supported. This enables the use of modernized GPS signals, and BeiDou, QZSS, and Galileo satellites in RTCM RTK surveys. Trimble rover receivers must also use firmware 5.00 or later.

Set bandwidth limit for external radios

If you are connected to an external radio , you can now set the bandwidth limit in the Base data link screen to limit the amount of data sent to the radio from the base.

The GNSS base receiver uses this value to logically reduce the number of satellite messages so that the maximum rate is not exceeded. This option is available for CMR+, CMRx, and RTCM v3.x broadcast formats.

This setting is not required for internal radios, as the amount of data sent to the radio is controlled automatically.

Specify a point name range for a job

You can now specify a point name range for a job. This is useful when you have multiple survey crews working on the same project and you want to avoid duplicate point issues when the jobs are processed into one job in the office.

To do this, go to Jobs / Properties of job and specify a minimum and maximum point range in the Additional settingsscreen. The point names must be numeric. Numbers that include decimal points or alphabetic characters are ignored.

Define project location for ground coordinate systems from a point in the job

When setting up a ground coordinate system for a job, you can now tap the Position softkey to use the coordinates of a position in the job to define the Project location fields.

Note – The Point softkey is not available until there are positions in the job. When creating a new job, you must create the job, then link files to the job or measure a new point, and then return to the Job properties and edit the coordinate system settings. The Point softkey is now available.

Control codes for rectangles and circles

Three new feature code control codes are available.

Use To
Start rectangle Define a rectangle by measuring:

  • Two points and a width value
  • Three points where the third point defines the width
Start circle (center) Define a circle by measuring:

  • One point defining the center and a radius value
  • Two points where the first point defines the center and a second point on the edge of the circle defines the radius
Start circle (edge) Define a circle by measuring three points where each point is on the edge of the circle.

Exporting smooth curves to DXF files

When you export to a DXF file, the DXF file now includes any smooth curves that are in the job. Previously, smooth curves were excluded from the DXF file.


Panorama menu item for Trimble total stations with VISION technology

The Panorama measurement method is now available from the Measure menu. Select this menu option when using a Trimble total station with VISION technology to capture a panorama image without performing a scan.

Video on VISION instruments now supported with Bluetooth connections

The General Survey software now supports video display from an instrument that has Trimble VISION technology when the instrument is connected to the controller using Bluetooth wireless technology.

Rescaled brightness values for the camera for Trimble total stations with VISION technology

The Brightness values in the Camera options popup screen now range from -5 to +5, with 0 as the default setting. Previously the values were 1 to 10.

Crosshair improvements

The video crosshair has been redesigned for improved visibility against dark backgrounds.

When there is no distance returned from the instrument, the software now does not draw the inner crosshair in theVideo screen. Previously, there was no visual indication that the crosshair offset calculation was based on the last measured distance.

AT360 manual mode

Manual mode can be used if the battery in the AT360 needs charging and you do not have a replacement battery available. Manual mode replaces the Passive mode that was available with an AT360 in earlier versions of Trimble Access.

Improved eBubble management when more than one tilt sensor is connected

Version 2015.10 supports three tilt sensors. The eBubble shown in the software depends on the mode you are using and the action you are performing. If:

  • Only one tilt sensor is connected then the eBubble always shows information for that sensor.
  • The R10 and the AT360 are connected (when performing integrated surveying) then when in GNSS mode the eBubble shows information for the R10 and when in conventional mode the eBubble shows information for the AT360.
  • The R10 or the AT360 is connected as well as the V10, then the eBubble always shows information for the R10 or the AT360 except in the V10 Panorama screen, when the eBubble shows information for the V10.

Tap Instrument / eBubble options to view the eBubble options screen for the connected tilt sensor. When connected to more than one tilt sensor, tap the appropriate device softkey to view each eBubble options screen. Changing the eBubble settings for one sensor changes the eBubble settings for all connected tilt sensors.

eBubble softkey for V10 and AT360

An eBubble softkey is now available in the Measure point screen when you are connected to either a V10 or AT360 and a receiver that does not support tilt measurement. Use the eBubble softkey to turn on and turn off display of the V10 or AT360 eBubble.

Copied RTX-RTK offsets

If the job contains an RTX-RTK offset copied from another job:

  • The RTX-RTK offset menu item is now always available in the Measure screen. This change allows you to delete the offset, if required.

    Previously, the RTX-RTK offset menu item was available only if the job contained the original RTK and/or RTX points as well as the offset.

  • The RTX-RTK offset record shows the name of the original job next to the point name of the RTX point, RTK point and Base point.

    Previously, the values for the copied points was shown as null.

Warnings before RTX subscription expires

A warning message now appears when an RTX subscription expires or is about to expire during an RTX survey.

Warnings before R10 sensor calibrations expire

A warning message now appears when the tilt calibration of the R10 receiver will expire within two days. Tap Ignore to dismiss the message and prevent further warnings appearing.

When you start a survey, the software warns if the calibration for the R10 tilt sensors or the magnetometer has expired.

Configuring a network connection to use the Trimble Tablet internal modem

You can now use GNSS contacts in the Trimble Access software to configure a network connection using the internal modem on a second generation Trimble Tablet. Previously, you could configure this type of connection only by using the settings provided by the Trimble Tablet operating system.

To configure the connection, from the main Trimble Access menu tap Settings / Connect / GNSS contacts. For more information, refer to the topic “Connecting to the Internet” in the General Survey Help.

Auxiliary GPS receiver

The way you interact with an auxiliary GPS receiver has changed. An auxiliary GPS receiver refers to the internal GPS receiver on the TSC3, Trimble Tablet and Trimble Slate contoller, a Trimble GPS/GNSS card or a generic GNSS receiver. In previous versions of the software, using this receiver was controlled from the Instruments / Target controls / GPS search option. In version 2015.10, a new Auxiliary GPS option has been added to the Settings / Connect menu, enabling you to select the auxiliary GPS receiver for functions other than GPS search, such as navigating in the map.

You can choose from:

  • None
  • Internal GPS
  • Trimble GNSS card
  • Custom

When using Bluetooth wireless technology to connect the controller to a Custom auxiliary GNSS receiver, from theTrimble Access menu, tap Settings / Connect / Bluetooth and then select the receiver in the Connect to auxiliary GPS field. Previously, the connection was made by selecting the device in the Connect to GPS rover field.

When you select the receiver type in GPS search, you must select Trimble GNSS or Auxiliary GPS. The settings for the auxiliary GPS receiver can be accessed directly from the GPS search screen via the Aux softkey. Alternatively you can select the receiver from the Settings / Connect menu.

NTRIP source table FKP mountpoint filtering

Source table filtering for FKP (RTCM) surveys now display mountpoints with formats containing “FKP”, in addition to “SAPOS” and “ADV”.

Antenna type setting

If you are connected to a modular Trimble GNSS receiver and a survey is not running, you can now change the antenna type in the GNSS antenna screen.

RTCM coordinate system

If you have an RTCM coordinate system selected in the job and then select a survey style that does not provide RTCM coordinate system information via the data link, a warning message now appears.

Using attributes of base codes

You can now configure the attributes of base code from the Jobs / Properties of job / Additional settings screen. Previously this could only be configured from the Measure codes Options screen.

The use attributes of base code setting allows you to have a code such as “Fence” configured with attributes, and then use codes Fence1, Fence 2, and so on that use the attributes of the base code “Fence”.

DXF entity names now include layer name

In a DXF file the entity name is now the first 8 characters of the layer name followed by a space and then the line number of the entity in the DXF file. This makes it easier to correctly identify a given selected entity in the map. Previously the entity name was the DXF file name followed by the line number.

Stakeout relative to a DTM

When staking an alignment with a horizontal construction offset, the reported cut/fill value relative to the DTM is now at the position selected for stakeout. Previously the cut/fill value was always to the DTM at your current position.

Compute distance now available from the Cogo menu

You can now access the Compute distance function from the Cogo menu. Previously, the Compute distance function was accessed from the Cogo / Calculator screen.

Compute distances or azimuths from specified points in linked files

You can compute the distance between two points in a distance field or compute an azimuth from two points in anAzimuth field by entering the names of points in the job or in any linked files. Previously, this function only supported points in the job.

To do this, enter the point names in the distance field or Azimuth field, separated by a hyphen. For example, to compute the distance between points 2 and 3, enter “2‑3”.

Note – This method works with most alphanumeric point names, but it does not support point names that already contain a hyphen.

Bisected corner calculations now include distances

When performing a Compute azimuth by Bisected corner Cogo computation, the distances between the three points defining the corner is now reported in addition to the computed azimuth and angle.

Coordinate system database updates

  • Changes to Greek coordinate system definitions
    • TM07 and TM87 definitions updated
    • New HEPOS_GGRS87 datum and Greece87.sgf shift grid added and applied to the new HEPOS_GGRS87/TM87 zone definition.
  • Duplicated the ‘ITRF to NAD 1983 (2011)’ datum to be also available as ‘NAD 1983 (2011)’.
  • New Norway geoid model referenced by the Norway coordinate system zones.
  • New geoid model referenced by the Czech Republic and Slovakia Krovak coordinate system zones.

Resolved issues

  • Map: The following issues are now resolved for the map:
    • The lines drawn for smooth curves did not always pass through control points.
    • The color of arc, lines, and alignment labels did not reflect the Label color setting in the map Options screen.
  • 3D map: The following issues are now resolved for the 3D map:
    • Scan points disappeared from the map when measuring a new point.
    • The position crosshair did not update when performing a continuous topo survey.
    • A raster background image did not move to the correct position on the map if you changed the coordinate system for the job.
    • Point selection is now more reliable.
    • The icon indicating your current position was not taking into account the antenna height. This was a display issue only and was apparent in the 3D map only when the map was rotated. All numeric values were correct.
    • Improved the performance of the 3D map when working with jobs that contain a large number of points and where some DXF files were taking a long time to load.
  • Exporting null attribute values: An issue where attributes with null values were being exported as a question mark character is now resolved. Attributes with null values still appear as “?” in Trimble Access but are now exported with no content (blank).
  • Feature library control codes: An issue where the Control code action field was being set to Unknown action for a feature and attribute library (.fal) is now resolved. This was an issue for control codes in an existing library or a newly added control code.
  • Measuring codes: An issue where the on-screen keyboard appeared by default when using the Code button to enter multiple codes is now resolved. This issue affected Trimble Tablet, GeoXR, Geo7X, and Trimble Slate controllers only.
  • Photo attributes: An issue where photo attributes were automatically filled out with the names of image files previously used is now resolved.
  • Measuring codes with photo attributes: An issue where a point with a code that included a photo atribute could take up to a minute to store is now resolved. This was an issue only if you used a name other than the default name for the photo or, when capturing the image, you configured the camera settings so that you could review the photo before closing the camera application.
  • Keying in notes: An issue when attaching notes to the next point measured where previously used note text would be added in addition to the text in the new note is now resolved.
  • Projection shift grid: An issue where the error message warning that the projection shift grid file could not be found on the controller did not provide the name of the missing file is now resolved.
  • Stake out DTM: An issue where setting the As-staked code field in the Options form to ‘Last code used’ did not work for keyed in codes is now resolved.
  • Stake out alignment: An issue where the Stakeout screen is not orientated properly to the reference azimuth when starting stakeout in plan view is now resolved.
  • Trimble Access menu on Trimble Slate: An issue where the order of items in the Trimble Access menu was rearranged is now resolved. This issue affected only Trimble Slate controllers and was introduced in Trimble Accessversion 2014.10.
  • Reset counter: An issue when measuring an observed control point with auto store point and excess tilt warning enabled where the counters were not reset if you discarded the point is now resolved.
  • Excess movement warning: An issue where the “Excess movement” warning appeared in the status line after you had measured a GNSS point is now resolved. The warning would appear when you were filling out attributes for the point.
  • Excess tilt warning: An issue where the Excess tilt dialog appeared after you stored the observation when measuring a compensated point with tilt auto-measure enabled is now resolved.
  • Compensated points: The following issues are now resolved
    • An “Excess movement” message sometimes incorrectly appeared when starting a compensated point measurement.
    • An “Excess movement” message now appears if the tilt exceeds 4 cm from the initial position.
  • R10 eBubble: An issue where the eBubble sensitivity was not correctly scaled to the screen resolution of the Trimble Tablet is now resolved. This was a display issue only.
  • GNSS check points: An issue where deltas were not being stored with GNSS check points is now resolved.
  • Continuous offsets: An issue where null coordinates were stored when using continuous offsets is now resolved.
  • xFill: An issue where xFill was not enabled in RTCM surveys that immediately followed CMR surveys in which xFill had been disabled is now resolved.
  • xFill in network RTK surveys: Changes have been made to improve transition to xFill mode when the base station data connection closes unexpectedly. Tap Continue in the popup dialog to continue the survey in xFill mode.
  • Laser height: An issue where, after modifying the laser height in the Review Job screen, the elevation was not adjusted for affected laser points until you reopened the job is now resolved.
  • Attributes screen: An issue where the Attributes screen did not close properly when you discarded an attribute when measuring a point during a GNSS survey is now resolved.
  • Data link options: An issue where the Receiver internal modem option incorrectly appeared in the Base data link options screen when you were configuring a dial-up data link is now resolved. The Receiver internal modem option is still available in the Rover data link options screen.
  • GSM network connection: An issue where dialing a circuit-switched data call on a 3G GSM network would fail at the first attempt is now resolved.
  • SIM card on Tablet: An issue where Trimble Access failed to warn if no SIM card was inserted when you started an Internet connection on a Trimble Tablet is now resolved.
  • New Base Detected: When a new base is detected in a network RTK survey (for example when the network has shifted the virtual reference station (VRS) closer to the rover), and the physical reference station (PRS) the rover is closest to is the same as the one in use before the new base was detected, the correct base antenna height for the PRS is now written in the job file after the new base detection and switching process has completed.
  • Distance offset settings: When measuring a topo point in a conventional survey, an issue where some options were duplicated in the Distance offset pullout menu is now resolved.
  • Distance in TRK: An issue where the observation values were sometimes flashing when the instrument was in TRK mode is now resolved.
  • Measure points on a plane: An issue that allowed null positions to be stored for points observed on a plane is now resolved. Previously, if the View before storage option was disabled, the observed angles to the defined plane were not being updated, which could lead to null positions being stored.
  • Empty point name for Resection: An issue where entering the name of a point that has no coordinates in theResection screen caused the Measure point screen to appear but the point name field was empty is now resolved.
  • TSC3 connection to M1 or M3: An issue where the connection from a TSC3 to an M1 or M3 instrument was sometimes dropped during station setup is now resolved.
  • Exported MT1000 height values: Fixed minor discrepancy in the heights of points displayed in Trimble Business Center that were computed from measurements with an MT1000 in semi-active mode.
  • Integrated survey: The following issues are resolved when running an integrated survey:
    • The point name and code were not being copied across from Resection (Conventional) to Measure Point (GNSS) when measuring on an unknown backsight/foresight point in Resection.
    • The auto-measure GNSS option was not working properly.
    • The Station elevation option is now available in the Survey menu. This option was missing in Trimble Accessversions 2014.xx.
  • V10 eBubble: An issue where the eBubble for the V10 imaging rover sometimes did not refresh after disconnecting and then reconnecting the V10 is now resolved.
  • V10 photo folder: An issue where the name of the automatically created photo folder was incorrect if a special character was used in the name of the job or subfolder in the Trimble Data/[user name] folder is now resolved. If the job contained V10 data, this issue meant that importing the data in Trimble Business Center did not work as expected and the images were imported as media files rather than connected to the photo stations.
  • Trimble V10 antenna heights with R series postprocessed surveys: When using a Trimble R8s, R8, R6 or an R4 with data logging enabled for post-processing, in conjunction with a V10, the antenna height in the T02 file will now be reduced to APC height.
  • Connection to instrument lost when taking a V10 panorama: An issue where the connection to a conventional instrument is lost when capturing a panorama using the V10 is now resolved.
  • Help: An issue where help topics and the help index were hidden behind some screens in the Trimble Accesssoftware is now resolved.
  • Application errors: You should no longer see occasional application errors when you do any of the following:
    • Link a georeferenced image to the map.
    • Measure a calibration point that uses a linked DXF point as the grid point name.
    • Repeatedly view and exit the Measure codes screen.
    • Store a second F1 measurement to a backsight instead of the F2 measurement when performing an auto F1/F2 station setup

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