Working With Cloud Data and Surfaces

Everyone who has worked with a drone or scanner has come to realize the difficulties that are often presented with that method of mapping. The final output, beyond just an image file, usually comes in the form of a point cloud, a LAS or a similar format. These clouds contain a tremendous amount of data […] ...

What’s the Point of the End-of-Year Specials?

When someone, maybe my neighbor or the clerk at the convenience store, says to me, “Happy New Year!” — my first thought is always, “Oh, man, it’s Carlson’s End of Year Special time again. I wonder what new tools I’ll get this year! I wonder what great new functionality I’ll have!” At the end of […] ...

Only Pay for What You Need with Carlson PhotoCapture

Imagine you’re not the biggest company in the world but you’d like to use a drone for developing 3D surfaces or “as-built” layouts or you’re just getting images of the site to underlay your CAD deliverables. Your costs are the drone, the pilot training, and the image processing. The drone you like costs what it […] ...

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 […] ...

New P3D Features I Like – And, You Might, Too!

You can have all the RGB or LiDAR point clouds you want, but if you can’t quickly and easily generate a quality surface with smooth contours, there’s no chance of creating deliverables you are proud of, or running good hydrology calculations, or anything else you might need for a surface. I come at this not […] ...
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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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Carlson Survey 2019 Brings User Requested Features and DGN Compatibility

MAYSVILLE, Kentucky, U.S.A. (September 2018) — Carlson’s latest release of Survey 2019 brings more user requested features as well as enhanced compatibility between CAD platforms. Carlson Survey with IntelliCAD 9.0 supports direct read of DGN files allowing users to make edits without converting drawing formats. Surveyors who work with clients that require DGN as a […] ...
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