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Head in the Clouds

It is not news to anyone that the face of surveying has been changing rapidly over the last couple of decades. When I first started in this business I was one member of a four-man crew learning to read the numbers on a transit and pulling a steel tape down the road. Now, one person […] ...
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Who’s Your Data?

More accurately, “how’s your data” but that doesn’t sound quite as catchy. While working with a variety of clients over the years I have been able to come up with somewhat of a list of their “most common problems,” most of which stem from keeping track of and managing their data. One of the yin/yang […] ...
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If The Earth Were Flat…

If The Earth Were Flat…………. Cats would have knocked everything off by now…     ….also, it would be a heck of a lot easier to survey. I just returned from a very fun and informative Carlson User’s Conference that was held in San Diego. I taught five classes and assisted in a sixth over […] ...

Quinn-essential tool tips

As I write this blog, the Northeast, where I live, is being clobbered by another winter storm. This one named Quinn (above pun well intended). This year I have seen an increase in people and firms looking for training. That is a good sign to me. It means people are using the software and are […] ...
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To “Z” or not to “Z”

This one little button can have drastic effects on your company’s profitability!   Well ok, that might be a bit dramatic, but in reality, the decision whether or not to work in a 3D environment is something that in my early days of training I did not stress near enough. I have found that miss-using […] ...
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Up your survey game in 2018

Happy New Year! As surveyors, this is a great time to review our work flow and methodologies and look for ways to improve so come spring we can hit the ground running, becoming even more profitable. Most every firm I speak with, no matter how good they think their “system” is, will say that they […] ...
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Point Groups – How to Make Them Work for You

The use of point groups is nothing new to most surveyors. For years, surveyors have been using point groups to segregate their data, usually to facilitate the drafting process. By creating a point group for all of your edge of pavement shots for example, you can isolate those points giving you a cleaner screen to […] ...
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New Product Releases and How to Manage Them

With the release of the Carlson Survey and Takeoff OEM versions, the full Carlson 2018 product line is now available! While that might excite a lot of users, it may bring apprehension to others. I won’t reiterate the points I wrote in a blog last July entitled, “Why Upgrade Your Software,” but please read it […] ...
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Sticky Codes, Fixed Parameters, and Templates

As most of you who have been following my blogs know by now, I am all about production. Shortening the time between fieldwork and final plan is essential in maintaining a consistent profit margin and meeting time schedules. Carlson’s Field to Finish program is a great tool and asset for accomplishing those goals, but the […] ...

Staying competitive in a tight market

I saw this sign in Maine on the way back from a recent Carlson workshop. It seemed apropos because the workshop was on Carlson’s Field to Finish and its inherent time and cost saving benefits. A large part of my messaging since arriving here at Carlson is about ways to help surveyors become more profitable. […] ...