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We are very excited about the new release of Trimble Access 2015.20. This release is jam-packed with many exciting features, some of which have come directly from end user requests! Below is a breakdown of a few of the new features in 2015.20. For the full list of new features and additional information, please refer to the 2015.20 Release Notes. If you wish to upgrade to this new version, don’t forget to check your Access license expiry date. You will need to have an expiry date of September 1, 2015 or later to install this version. If you are in need of a warranty upgrade, please contact your local sales representative. 

Trimble AccessVision

AccessVision provides a useful graphical display within task screens. AccessVision incorporates the map view and the video view within the current screen to provide immediate visual feedback and avoid having to switch back and forth between screens. Task screens that support AccessVision include measure, key in, cogo, and station setup screens.

Screens that already provide a graphical display, such as navigate to point, do not support AccessVision.

NoteAccessVision is supported only on second generation Trimble Tablet controllers and supported third-party Windows Tablets. The map view is not available in an AccessVision screen if the 3D map is disabled.

When viewing a screen that supports AccessVision, the graphical display is on the left side of the screen. When the controller is connected to a Trimble instrument that has VISION™ technology, tap the icon on the bottom right corner of the graphical display to toggle between the map and the video view. Selecting points in the graphical display populates the fields on the right of the screen.



Create nodes from lines, arcs and polylines in map layers

Trimble Access now supports creating node points at all polyline vertices. It also supports creating a center point for DXF circle and arc elements. These points can then be selected for stakeout or cogo calculations. To enable this option, select the Create nodes check box in the Options screen when selecting the layer to display in the map. This option applies to DXF files, ESRI Shapefiles, and LandXML Parcels (polylines).


Job-specific data files are now stored together

To better group job-specific data files, a <jobname> Files folder is now created for each job. Grouping these files together will make it much easier to manage files. The following files are saved to the <jobname> Files folder:

  • Media files (*.jpg) captured by the camera on the controller or by a connected digital camera

  • Snapshots (*.jpg) captured using an instrument with Trimble VISION technology

  • Panoramas (*.jpg) captured using an instrument with Trimble VISION technology

  • Scans (*.tsf) captured using an instrument with Trimble VISION technology

  • Receiver files (*.t01, *.t02)

Previously, all of the other files listed above were saved to the <username> folder.

Panorama files (*.jpg) captured using a Trimble V10 imaging rover (including the calibration check files) are no longer prefixed with the job name because they are now saved to the V10 Panorama Files folder in the <jobname> Files folder. Previously these files were saved to the <jobname>_ Images folder.

When an image is drawn on or annotated, the original image file is saved to the Original Files folder in the <jobname> Files folder. Previously they were saved to the <jobname>_Original_Images folder.

File Structure


COGO enhancements

Trimble Access version 2015.20 supports the following Cogo enhancements:

  • From the map you can now compute the distance between:

    • a point and a line

    • a point and an arc

    • The Compute distance option is available from the tap and hold menu when the appropriate entities are selected in the map. In previous versions, Compute distance was available only from the Cogo menu and the Cogo Calculator screen.

  • From the map you can now compute an intersection from the map using two points and a line or two points and an arc.

For additional COGO enhancements, refer to the 2015.20 Release Notes.


Control codes for offsetting lines and arcs

Trimble Access version 2015.20 supports the following new feature code control codes:

  • Horizontal offset: To offset feature coded lines and arcs by a horizontal value

  • Vertical offset: To offset feature coded lines and arcs by a vertical value

The new control codes are ideal when surveying a curb and gutter, where points would be measured at the flow line (invert) of the gutter with a line code using horizontal and vertical control codes. The horizontal and vertical control codes would be used to define the gutter lip and the top and back of the curb.

Control Codes


Square yard units for areas

Trimble Access now supports square international yards (yds² ) and square US survey yards (syds² ) for areas. To change the units, do one of the following:

  • From the Jobs menu, select Properties of job / Units.

  • From the Area calculations screen, tap Options.

Square Yards


Coordinate system definitions

When selecting the coordinate system, systems are now ordered by country name and then system name. This matches the list of coordinate systems in Trimble Business Center.


 Coordinate Systems

Subgrade support (Access Roads Module)

Roads subgrade support previously relied on the subgrade of a selected line intersecting with another line. Where there was no intersection, subgrading was not possible either because the cross section had only one line, or because the depth of the subgrade meant there was no intersection with another line.

Now, when defining a subgrade, if no intersection can be found then a new point is computed on the subgrade at the same offset as the start and end of the selected line. For additional information, refer to the 2015.20 Release Notes.