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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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Hybrid+ (What have they come up with now?)

……an advanced field solution for collecting data. When I first learned about this new module for SurvCE it was at the Go West user’s conference in San Diego last spring. I watched a demo of what was then a beta version of the software and being the practical application kind of person I am, was […] ...

Old School, New Tech

There has been a lot of buzz and excitement about surveying with drones, scanners, and mobile LIDAR units over more than a decade and companies worldwide are scrambling to get on top of it. Manufacturers are spending a lot of time and resources in producing both hardware and software for what appears to be one […] ...

Hot Summer Tips

Ah, we’re into the dog days of summer with temperatures in many parts of the country well above 90°–a good time to get out of the heat and learn some new, infrequently used, but very useful Carlson commands to get ready for what should be a very busy fall for all of us. Let me […] ...

Too Busy to Learn?

It’s July, which means companies are, hopefully, head down working on deadlines with little time to think about much of anything else, especially learning something new. I know for myself that even profits were not something I could really spend much time thinking about when everyone was working countless hours and there was a mad […] ...
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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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