This workflow describes how to export machine control data to a WorksManager online (cloud based) account and assumes the legacy workflow will not be used at all.

  1. To create a WorksManager Project navigate to Construction Data → Works Manager → WorksManager Project. The Assign WorksManager Project window should display.
  2. In the drop down select the Online Account and the project, then click OK.
    Note: you need to setup the project first in the web browser of Workmanager if it is new.

  3. In the Project Explorer menu select the jobsite and go to Properties (F11) and ensure the setting Cleanup VCL file is set to Yes.


  4. The WorksManager Project window will display. The red “Resolve” buttons are displayed as the project has not been synchronised to works manager. If it is an existing project that has been used in the TBC job before then give it time to resolve these on its own. Note: This can take a few minutes and the buttons will go grey.

  5. If required, click Resolve under Site Calibration. If using an existing project select “Adopt from WorksManager”, if uploading to a new project or updating the site calibration in an existing project select “Publish to WorkManager”.

  6. Click Resolve under Project Boundary.
    • "Publish to WorksManager” to upload a new project boundary from TBC.
    • Select “Adopt from WorksManager” to import the project boundary from WorksManager and replace the existing.
    • Select “Import from WorksManager” to import the project boundary from WorksManager but not replace the existing boundary. 

  7. Follow the same process as described above to resolve the Units, Control Points and Avoidance Zones. The project should now be fully resolved. Close the WorksManager Project pane.
  8. Navigate to Construction Data → WorksManager → Create WorksManager Design. Ensure the account is correct and change it if required. Then give the design a name and click OK.

  9. In the WorksManager Design Manager, choose the Design Model type required, Set Out Points and the linework you would like to include in the Design Map, just as was done in the legacy workflow. Click Publish to complete.

    Design Model Type options:

    • None: Default option.
    • Surface: select a single surface as the design.
    • Alignment: select a 2D or 3D alignment as the design.
    • Road Surface: select a surface with one or multiple alignments. 
    • 3D Linework: select 3D linework only.
    • Material Layer: used for take-offs where a specific material from the MSI manager can be exported out as a single surface. 
    • User-defined: This option is only available when creating a design using works manager. It allows the user to pick multiple surfaces, alignments and layers of linework all in one single design. This is useful when exporting Earthworks and Siteworks data as a single VCL file and means you do not need to use the Design Map or Setting out points. This also works for exporting to GCS900 and SCS900 as a design file will be automatically created for each surface selected e.g. a design file with a TTM (SCS900) or SVD (GCS900) file is created for each surface selected.Note: The selected linework will not be exported to SCS900 or GCS900, only the selected surfaces. If you want to export the line work to SCS900 or GCS900 it must be selected in the design map instead.

  10. A pop-up will display to confirm the design was successfully published. Click OK.
    This may take some time based on connection speed and size of design file.

  11. The design should now have been published to WorksManager. To view it on a web browser log onto your Trimble WorksManager account. Select the project then click the designs tab. The new design should be there.

  12. If the designs have been created offline and have not been published to works manager navigate to Construction Data → Publish Data → Publish Designs to WorksManager.

  13. Select the designs to publish and click OK.

    This allows multiple designs to be published at once rather than opening the design manager and clicking publish for each design that has been created.

When you leave the TBC project and then come back into it later and open the “Worksmanager Project” again, it will have red resolve buttons to start with and these will slowly disappear as the TBC project checks against the Worksmanager online project unless there have been changes made.

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