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Time to Upgrade?… No Problem

Carlson Survey and Civil 2020 have just been released! For those of you on maintenance (a very good cost-saving practice), you now have the opportunity to upgrade to the latest release of Carlson Software with no additional cost. All of the new features and capabilities of Carlson are just there waiting for you to take […] ...

Smart Title Blocks

Carlson software contains a lot of tools to help you get your survey and/or engineering work done quicker and more efficiently. Programs like Field to Finish, Road Network and SiteNET are just a few of the examples of programs that drastically speed up the time it takes to complete a project from processing raw field […] ...

Best Practices (Raw Data)

Best practices or the idea of following a “best practice work flow” is a concept that comes up often in all aspects of surveying and engineering. Whether it is collecting field data, designing a subdivision, or producing a final site plan, people would like to know the best method to achieve their final goal. The […] ...

Controlling Variables

There are literally hundreds of variables that can be set in both AutoCAD® and IntelliCAD®. Depending on what tasks you are performing, the effect of each variable and their inherent settings can range from practically unnoticeable to catastrophic. Most are just simply annoying. I could spend the rest of my career addressing each variable that […] ...
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Learning to Change

“The only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper” (Attributed to Mark Twain) I write this blog on the heels of Grow With Us” User’s Conference held May 7-9 in Maysville Kentucky. By all accounts, the conference was a great success. At least 150 Carlson Software users made their way to […] ...

More about scale factors

One of the more frequent questions I have received so far this year has to do with combined scale factors and grid-to-ground conversions. As surveyors increase their use of GPS-RTK measurements for preparing plats, clients are requesting more detailed information regarding those measurements. If a surveyor simply puts a note on their plat stating “all […] ...

Compatibility (with Civil 3D®)

I think that Carlson Software is one of the few companies left that intentionally works toward compatibility with other products. Carlson SurvCE still works on most top data collectors on the market today, but did you also know that Carlson office software also supports a large variety of import files from other data collectors and […] ...
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Up to Speed in Twenty-Nineteen

I was reading a recent edition of xyHt magazine and came across an article regarding changes to the 2019 Professional Surveyors exam by NCEES. In the “why” section of the article explaining the need for routine updates to the exam criteria, I read “…because of the rapid adoption of unmanned aerial systems, laser scanning, and […] ...
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Let’s Get Well Adjusted

It’s December! Over this past year, my blog has focused on some new products, underutilized software routines, and various other tips and tricks. For this last blog of the year, I am going to circle all the way back to a rudimentary survey issue: Traverse Adjustments. While this article is lengthy, I think you’ll find […] ...

IntelliCAD 9.0

The release of Carlson 2019 products also brings with it the latest version of IntelliCAD®. It is version 9.0, which offers some improvements that should especially help those who have moved or are considering moving from AutoCAD® into the IntelliCAD environment. The move to IntelliCAD offers tremendous cost savings, but for some, there have been […] ...
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