Welcome to Carlson

For those in the surveying, civil engineering, mining and construction fields, Carlson Software’s goal is to deliver the most complete suite of software solutions ever offered for these industries by a single company.

From the President’s Desk:

Bruce Carlson, president of Carlson Software, founded the independent company in 1983.

We believe this is what the industry wants: the best hardware, provided by hardware companies manufacturing GPS, total stations and scanners, and the best application software for all equipment, manufactured by independent, non-aligned software companies focused on ease-of-use, powerful feature sets, tech support and software integration and cross-product compatibility.

That’s where we come in — Carlson Software offers the complete suite of solutions, across the disciplines of data collection, surveying, engineering design and drafting, mine planning and modeling, construction estimation and machine control.

Carlson Software is a proven solution provider. With Carlson Survey, now with C&G within it, and Simplicity, we have the largest user base of office survey software in the U.S., the highest rate of customer retention over our nearly 30-year history, and we are the only company with free tech support since the day of its founding.

Carlson SurvCE is the most popular third party data collection solution—it is available in 15 languages and has been selected by most of the world’s leading equipment manufacturers. This makes SurvCE the worldwide market standard.

Carlson also provides rugged, high-performance hardware for surveying and machine control, including multiple forms of GNSS equipment, data collectors, screen displays and even total stations. Our most popular hardware selection is the Carlson Surveyor+ data collector, well known for its durability, a top seller since its introduction in 2008. With the addition of the GNSS expansion pack, it becomes a very competitive, lightweight RTK GNSS solution.

We attribute our success to the “positive feedback loop” that we encourage. With our wide product range that includes Carlson Civil, Carlson Takeoff for construction estimation, and Carlson Grade for machine control, we get invaluable feedback from throughout the land development industry that is used to ensure that our annual releases are always full of customer-driven new features.

Our software production is now led by Dave Carlson, who heads up the best programming team in the industry. All products benefit from our 25-year history of customer input and intense industry usage.

We’re proud that customers who were with us for 20 or more years are still with us because we’ve not lost our emphasis on service and delivering customer-driven features. We look forward to continuing this tradition to the land surveyors, construction companies, government offices, and civil engineering firms looking for comprehensive, full-featured software solutions.

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Carlson for the Total Project


Carlson Software Mission

  • To be the premiere independent developer of land surveying, civil engineering, construction and mining software.
  • To maintain our reputation for technological innovation.
  • To provide industry-leading customer service and support.
  • To provide one-source technology solutions from data collection to design on through to construction.

Company Profile

Carlson has been serving the land development & mining industries for 30 years.

Carlson Software specializes in CAD design software, field data collection, and machine control products for the land surveying, civil engineering, construction, and mining industries worldwide, providing one-source technology solutions from data collection to design to construction. Carlson Software’s renowned dedication to customer service is unique in the industry.


Principal Contacts

President/Founder: R. Bruce Carlson

Executive V.P. of Development: David Carlson

Director of Sales: Bob Bailey

National Sales Director-Civil Division: Scott Griffin

Director, Mining Division: Grant Wenker

Director, Mining Division: Steve Richards

V.P. Positioning & Machine Control/Sales: Randy Noland

Director, Technical Support: Lon Watson

Director, Division of Data Collection: Carrie Jones

Director, Marketing & PR: Karen Cummings

Background Info

Founded: 1983

Headquarters: Maysville, Kentucky

Branch Office: Boston, Massachusetts

Phone: 606-564-5028; 800-989-5028

Email: info@carlsonsw.com, support@carlsonsw.com