In last month’s blog, we discussed “Using the TSC7’s Onboard Camera in Trimble Access.” This month, we’ll transfer our field data and photos to the office PC, then explore how to import and view the media files within Trimble Business Center.
Begin by copying the job data and media files from the TSC7 to your office PC. For this example, we’ll transfer files using a USB flash drive. Other transfer methods include Trimble Access Sync and Sync Manager.
- Start with the TSC7 powered on; Trimble Access application running; and desired Project and Job open within Access.
- Insert a USB flash drive into the TSC7’s USB port and allow a moment for the drive to be recognized.
- Open the Access “App Menu” by selecting the three horizontal lines in the upper-left of the display, or via the dedicated key in upper-left corner of the keypad.
- Click on job name in the upper-left of the display.
- At the bottom of the display, select “Copy”.
- Ensure “Copy job files to” option is selected at the top of the screen and verify “Job to copy” and “Destination folder” (usually the “D” drive) are set correctly.
- Check “on” any appropriate/desired additional files to copy. If they exist, these will be copied in addition to the “.job” file. Ensure “Copy media files” is checked to include your photos!
- Select “Copy” from the lower right of the display. When complete, eject and remove the USB flash drive from the TSC7.
- Insert the USB flash drive into your office PC. Although job data can typically be imported from flash drives directly into TBC, it’s often a good idea to copy the .job file and accompanying files/folders to the local computer first. This helps archive original data and can also help speed up import for larger datasets. To avoid problems later be sure .job files and accompanying data are copied to the same directory on the PC. DO NOT SEPARATE THEM!
- Create a new TBC project and select an appropriate template. If you are a new user, Trimble’s 8-minute “Getting Started” video titled “Navigating the TBC interface” is a great place to start.
- Import your .job file into your TBC project. If you followed the above procedure, media files and any additional files should “automatically” be imported along with your job data. A secondary import is not required.
- Photos can be viewed in several ways:
- From the Plan View or 3D View Pane, select the Media Folder icon displayed adjacent to the point or object whose media file you want to open. Next, right-click and select the media file you want to open.
- In the TBC Project Explorer Pane, expand the Media Files section and select the appropriate point. Open the media file from the Properties window, or alternatively, right-click and select the media file you wish to open from the popup menu.
- In the TBC Project Explorer Pane, expand the Points section or the Imported Files section. Select the appropriate point and subfolder. View the Media file by selecting the point and properties, or by right-click and opening the image using the popup menu.
Within TBC, it is also possible to assign images or media files to points that were NOT collected with the TSC7 (or other data collector). You can also remove media files, edit media folders, and even “link” file types not normally associated with points, such as documents, video files, etc. Your media files will also appear as thumbnails if performing Google Earth exports, which can be a handy documentation tool and a valuable deliverable for clients and interested parties.
To learn more about Media Files in TBC, check out the following topics in the TBC Help menus:
- Open Media Files
- Assign Media Files to Objects
- Remove Media Files from Objects
- Delete Media Files from the Project
- Open, View, and Edit Media Folders
See you next time!