Carlson Blogs

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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A Note from the President’s Desk

The fundamental measurement technologies today are lasers, GNSS, and photo. These technologies are augmented by various MEMS devices like inclinometers and gyros that detect tilt and direction. Carlson Software is deeply involved in all these technologies. Software drives these technologies and the newest frontier in measurement, photogrammetry. We are very pleased to announce that we […] ...
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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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A Note from the President’s Desk

Precision 3D Hydro 2018 Premiered on April 16. “P3D Hydro”, as we call it, proves beyond any doubt the time-saving value of 3D design. The 3D visualization makes design faster and especially benefits hydrology-related engineering. CAD designers and apprentice engineers can fast-track their proficiency in peak flow and storm sewer calculations using P3D Hydro. P3D […] ...

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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Boulevard of Death is Now the Boulevard of Life

The use of Carlson Software, specifically Carlson Point Cloud, was highlighted in a story in the November 2016 issue of POB Magazine, titled “Surveyors Bring Safety to the Boulevard of Death” about Queens Boulevard in New York City and written by Greg Peterman, PLS, CPESC, of Nelson & Pope Engineers and Surveyors in Melville, New […] ...

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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