2017 User Conference


Carlson Software will host the 2017 User Conference “From Field To Finish Line” at the headquarters in the historic district of downtown Maysville, KY. Professionals from mining, surveying, civil engineering and construction are invited to attend two days of technical courses of their choice as well as networking opportunities.

The conference coincides with the world-famous Kentucky Derby. The first 25 registered participants will receive a complimentary ticket to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 6, 2017, in Louisville, KY.

A reception will be held at Limestone Park, adjacent Carlson’s office, Wednesday evening, followed by a bluegrass performance at the Washington Opera House by the Grammy award winning Del McCoury Band.

On Thursday evening, attendees will enjoy an Ohio River dinner cruise aboard the Bell of Cincinnati. Entertainment will feature a Dixeland Jazz Band, followed by a keynote address from author Greg Milner (Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds).
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Need to update an existing registration? Locate your conference confirmation email and click, “review your detailed record.” Then select, “Manage Your Registration. For questions about registration, please email conference@carlsonsw.com

Conference schedule at a glance

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  • Group Registration – $1,095: Discount applies to each person in parties registering 3+ people. Groups can choose “Individual Registration” on registration start page and add each person when prompted.
  • Individual Registration – $1,395: Includes classes, breakfasts, lunches, snacks, riverboat dinner on Thursday, May 4, and a ticket to the Del McCoury Band.
  • Spouse/Guest Registration – $1,595: Includes a standard registration + spouse meals, additional ticket for the riverboat dinner and Del McCoury Band, along with daily activities for spouses. Guests do not have access to classes.
  • Educator/Student Registration: Discounted registration available, please email conference@carlsonsw.com for details.

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All participants can expect personal attention with the planned low ratio of students to instructors. Classes are selected within the online registration process. If you have already registered or would like to select your class schedule or make changes at any time, please follow these steps.

Hours for PDHs and CEUs will be awarded by certificates of attendance upon completion. Contact your state for accreditation and acceptance guidelines.

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Thank you to our conference sponsors:


At GeoMax we provide a comprehensive portfolio of integrated solutions by developing, manufacturing and distributing quality construction and surveying instruments and software. We address professional as well as occasional users with our easy-to-use, yet highly productive total stations, GPS/GNSS instruments, software, lasers, optical and digital levels and accessories.



Hemisphere GNSS is an innovative technology company that designs and manufactures high-precision positioning products and services for use in OEM/ODM, marine, machine control/guidance, agriculture, and L-band correction service markets. Hemisphere holds numerous patents and other intellectual property, selling globally with several leading product and technology brands for high-precision applications.

Keynote Speaker: Greg Milner

415wWn7r0nL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Greg Milner is the author of Perfecting Sound Forever, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His writing has appeared in Wired, New York, Slate, Village Voice, Salon, Spin, and Rolling Stone. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds
Greg’s book, Pinpoint tells the story of GPS, a scientific marvel that enables almost all modern technology―but is changing us in profound ways.

Performance by Del McCoury Band

Each registered attendee will receive a ticket to the Del McCoury concert on the conference’s opening night, Wednesday, May 3.For over five decades, Del McCoury’s music has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans, as well as a growing number of fans among those only vaguely familiar with the genre. This Grammy-winning iconic bandleader has been a force in the bluegrass world for over 50 years, and he is making it clear that he and his band have plenty of great music yet to play.

Riverboat Reception

Join us aboard the River Queen for our casual Thursday evening dinner reception on the Ohio River with keynote speaker, Greg Milner.

Carlson Headquarters in Maysville, Kentucky

The headquarters of Carlson Software, Maysville, Kentucky boasts a picturesque downtown setting on the banks of the Ohio River as well as bustling shopping-business corridors along US 68 and the AA highways. For the second time, Carlson is hosting a user conference at their newly renovated offices in the heart Maysville. To embrace the local culture, conference classes will be held in prominent local buildings all within a short walking distance from headquarters.Download the Maysville App for a map of the town–useful for navigating classes during the conference.
Apple | Android | Maysville Tourism Site | Tourism Mobile SiteRecommended Hotels
*French Quarter Inn – 2 minute walk
Located in the heart of the historic district on the banks of the majestic Ohio River, the French Quarter Inn offers beautiful accommodations in the charming section of Maysville. Each of our rooms has its own unique decor. Many of our rooms have a beautiful river view, entertaining by day and lovely at night when the softly illuminated bridge reflects on the water.

Brown’s Motel – 5 minute drive
Brown’s Motel located in Aberdeen, Ohio is a charming motel that has been family owned and operated since 1976.

*Hampton Inn Maysville – 5-10 minute drive
For the best of small town hospitality, a comfy stay and great value, book your room at the Hampton Inn Maysville hotel today. Close to local dining and shopping and only five miles from the heart of our charming town, this Maysville, KY, hotel really lets you make the most of your time in the area.

*Super 8 Maysville – 10 minute drive

Explore Kentucky from our Super 8 Maysville hotel. Located off Highway 68, our hotel near Big Rock Off Road Park is in a community rich in history and natural beauty — an excellent stop on your trip through the Bluegrass State. This Maysville, Kentucky hotel is one mile from the Harriet Beecher Stowe Museum and three miles from the National Underground Railroad Museum. Bluelicks State Park is 20 miles from the Super 8. The Maysville rail station is three miles away.

Beverly Hills Inn LA – 10 minute drive
Near by: Yum Yum Restaurant, Old 52 Bar, Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, Schoolhouse Quilts, La Vigna Estate Winery, and the Ohio Tobacco Museum.

Parkview Country Inn – 25 minute drive
Parkview Country Inn provides each individual with extraordinary personal service, good breakfasts, lunches, dinners and exceptional accommodations. Enjoy the Inn’s casual elegance tucked in a charming small town setting. You will always find a relaxed inviting, friendly atmosphere to sit back… unwind… rejuvenate…and feel at home.

Blue Licks Battlefield – 30 minute drive
Blue Licks Battlefield offers the lodge, cottages and camping. The lodge offers 32 nice, clean rooms with full amenities, including two suites, one of which can be used as a hospitality center for meetings and family reunions. Open year-round. Rooms are available by late afternoon. Lodge room check-out by 11:00am, local time. We are now pet friendly!

* When booking, specify your attendance at the Carlson User Conference for discounted rates.

  • Cincinnati, OH (CVG) – 1 hour
    Airlines: Air Canada, US Airways, Allegiant, Delta, Ultimate Air Shuttle, American Airlines, Frontier, and United
  • Dayton International Airport (DAY) – 1 hour 20 minutes
    Airlines: American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, United, and US Airways
  • Lexington, KY (LEX) – 1 hour 30 minutes
    Airlines: Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta, United, and US Airways
  • Columbus, Ohio (CMH) – 2+ hours
    Airlines: Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, United, and US Airways

Car Rentals

There are two convenient ways to get to Maysville. The first option is renting a car. Renting a car is the responsibility of each participant or their party. Maysville is located about an hour away from the Cincinnati airport with an easy drive on the AA Highway. All hotels recommended for the conference except the French Quarter Inn are not accessible by walking, but there is ample free parking in downtown Maysville.

Airport Shuttle

The second option is the airport shuttle. Carlson will be offering a complimentary shuttle to and from the Cincinnati airport (CVG) for those staying in the French Quarter (FQ is in walking distance to classes and events), Brown’s Motel, Hampton Inn, Super 8, and Beverly Hills Inn LA.

  • On Wednesday, May 3, the shuttle will depart from CVG at 10:30am and arrive in Maysville at 12:00 noon. A second departure from CVG is scheduled for 2:30pm, and arriving in Maysville at 4pm.
  • On Friday, May 5, the shuttle will depart Maysville at 5pm and arrive at CVG at 6:30pm

A shuttle will also be making trips at designated times throughout the conference to bring those staying at the Brown’s Motel, Hampton Inn, Super 8, and Beverly Hills Inn LA to and from the hotels to event locations.

You can reserve your spot on the shuttle inside the registration page. If you have already registered and would like to update, please follow these first steps to access your registration portal.

Please note that the shuttles will leave at the designated times mentioned above and will not wait for late or delayed flights even if you have a reserved spot. Missed shuttle arrangements will be the responsibility of the participant.