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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. […] ...

Faster, More Expansive Carlson Point Cloud for 2018

MAYSVILLE, Ky. — Just released, Carlson Point Cloud 2018 continues its work to fill the gap between scanned cloud data and AutoCAD®. With the new Carlson Tesseract Engine, millions of data points can be processed at a much higher rate of speed making Carlson Point Cloud a very beneficial tool for surveyors and engineers. Carlson […] ...

Switching to IntelliCAD® – Line Types, Fonts and Printing

In this new world of licensing issues, those who prefer a perpetual license are finding it a good time to explore switching to IntelliCAD. For many firms, this has turned out to be a very viable and cost-saving solution. There are, however, some differences to understand and configurations to pay attention to to prevent some […] ...
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Why Upgrade Your Software?

It’s pretty much common knowledge now that software companies upgrade their products on an annual basis. Carlson is no different. As I write this, Carlson is working diligently on the release of their 2018 product line, which includes, of course, Carlson Survey and Carlson Civil Suite. I have an iPhone and I get a notification […] ...

Adding Notes and Custom Attributes to F2F

It was great meeting so many of you at the 2017 user’s conference in Maysville earlier this month. It was my first one and I’ll have to say, the bar has been set quite high. During UC17, I taught a class entitled “Advanced Field to Finish” where I explored ways to get more out of […] ...

Easy Start Guide for Field to Finish

Thanks for the responses! I’d like to thank everyone that responded to my recent survey. The responses were both informative and helpful in establishing some priorities as I begin to formulate ways to help surveyors become more profitable through the use of Carlson Survey programs. As I suspected and what was confirmed by the survey […] ...

Meet Doug Aaberg—Carlson Software’s new Survey Product Manager

The heritage of Carlson Survey being “made for surveyors by surveyors” is now enhanced with the recent addition of Doug Aaberg as Carlson Software’s new Survey Product Manager. Yes, in 1983 Carlson Survey was the first software program of the company. That was when Carlson Software was founded by Bruce Carlson, a licensed surveyor and […] ...
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