Carlson Software User Conference

Maysville, Ky., USA, is a classic Ohio River town.

View from the park next to Carlson Software’s new Maysville headquarters.

2015 Carlson User Conference, April 29-May1

Save the Date! April 29 – May 1, 2015, for the 5th Carlson Software User Conference. Information on class schedules and exciting special events now posted. 

Carlson Software’s new home offices in a renovated warehouse and historic Maysville, Kentucky, U.S.A., will be the backdrop of two days of specialized and intense training.

   Registration is now open, CLICK HERE.

The Carlson Software User Conference will include an opening plenary session on Wednesday afternoon, April 29, to be followed by a welcome reception at Maysville’s Washington Opera House, followed by two full days of classes at select sites around the town, plus breakfast, lunch and snacks on April 30 and May 1, and a banquet for all on Thursday evening, April 30. Attendees should plan to arrive early on Wednesday for the plenary session starting at 3 p.m. 

All User Conference attendees will receive a free copy of Carlson's new GIS360 app.In addition to some select Carlson-branded items, a USB-stick with data sets from all classes, and sponsors’ offerings, each person attending the event will receive a iCOU 7-inch Android tablet, complete with Carlson Software’s first app – Carlson GIS360. To be introduced at the User Conference, this new software is a simple, easy-to-use Graphical Information System data collection app for Android devices.

The theme of the upcoming User Conference is The Pioneer Spirit, inspired by the spirit of renowned frontiersman Daniel Boone, who at one time resided in Maysville, Kentucky, and worked as a surveyor in the then fledgling community (called Limestone at the time). This 5th Carlson User Conference is dedicated to both showcasing the newest technology, but also providing the education needed to improve your skills to not only keep up but stay ahead in our rapidly evolving industries.

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Cincinnati, OH (CVG) – 1 hour
Airlines: Air Canada, US Airways, Allegiant, Delta, Ultimate Air Shuttle, American Airlines, Frontier, and United.
CVG Airport to Maysville

Ultimate Air Shuttle out of Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport – 1 hour 15 minutes
Lunken Airport to Maysville
Ultimate Air Shuttle

Dayton International Airport (DAY) – 1 hour 20 minutes
Airlines: American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, United, and US Airways
DAY Airport to Maysville

Lexington, KY (LEX) – 1 hour 30 minutes
Airlines: Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta, United, and US Airways
LEX Airport to Maysville

Columbus, Ohio (CMH) – 2+ hours
Airlines: Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, United, and US Airways.
CMH Airport to Maysville

Daily Schedule

Wednesday, April 29

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Registration (Cox Building)
3–4:30 p.m. Welcoming Plenary. Introductions and speaker, Bruce Carlson
5–6 p.m. Opening Reception, (Cox Building)
6:30-9:15 p.m. Speaker, Nick Clooney and complementary performance by Ricky Skaggs (Washington Opera House)

Thursday, April 30

7 – 10 a.m. Registration
7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast (Maysville Convention Center)
8:30 – 10 a.m. 1st Session (locations TBD per individual class schedule)
10 – 10:30 a.m. Snack Break
10:30 a.m. – 12 noon 2nd Session
12 noon – 1 p.m. Lunch (Maysville Convention Center)
1:30 – 3 p.m. 3rd Session
3 – 3:30 p.m. Snack Break
3:30 – 5 p.m. 4th Session

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Cocktails (Limestone Park)
6:30 – 10 p.m. Conference Reception & Banquet. Keynote Speaker, Bill Bissett (Gala Tent, Limestone Park)


Friday, May 1

7 – 10a.m. Registration (Cox)
6:30 – 8 a.m. Breakfast (Maysville Convention Center)
8:30 – 10 a.m. 5th Session (locations TBD per individual class schedule)
10 – 10:30 a.m. Snack Break
10:30 a.m. – 12 noon 6th Session
12 noon – 1 p.m. Lunch (Maysville Convention Center)
1:30 – 3 p.m. 7th Session
3 – 3:30 p.m. Snack Break
3:30 – 5 p.m. 8th Session

2015 User Conference Schedule 

Class Tracks

  • Civil
  • Data Prep
  • Elective
  • Field
  • GIS
  • Mining
  • Survey
  • Takeoff

Click to View Classes & Instructors

To create your class agenda or change your registration, click here and login with your email and created password.

Entertainment: See Ricky Skaggs perform on Wednesday evening after the plenary session and reception.

Those attending will get the best seats in the Opera House. By age 21, Ricky Skaggs was already considered a “recognized master” of one of America’s most demanding art forms, but his career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music.  His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact.



Bissett Headshot 2014Keynote Speaker: Bill Bissett, Ed.D., President of the Kentucky Coal Association 

Carlson Software welcomes Bill Bissett, president of the Kentucky Coal Association, as the Keynote Speaker at its Pioneer Spirit User Conference Banquet, to be held April 30.

Bissett who has extensive experience in communications and public relations, was instrumental in the establishment of the ongoing Friends of Coal campaign.

The Kentucky Coal Association’s membership represents both Eastern and Western Kentucky operations that mine coal through surface and underground methods. KCA aims to promote the best interest in the coal mining in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Carlson, a Kentucky-based company has been providing software for the coal industry for more than 30 years.

Guest Speaker: Nick Clooney

Nick Clooney , born in Maysville, KY, is known as a writer, radio host and TV news anchor. His varied career in journalism reflects his many passions. He hasnick clooney worked as a reporter, anchor, managing editor, and news director in Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, Buffalo, and Los Angeles.

His book, The Movies That Changed Us: Reflections on the Screen, analyzes the significance of such iconic American films as The Birth of a NationStar Wars and Saving Private Ryan. In 2014, Nick Clooney appears in The Monuments Men which was directed by his son, George Clooney, who played one of the leading characters, Stokes. George, had the premier for his movie, “Leatherheads,” at the Maysville Washington Opera House in March 2008.

Clooney has become a strong activist for Darfur, focusing on efforts to end violence in Darfur, addressing the United Nations Security Council, and hosting the politically conscious and socially relevant “Moments that Changed Us” on AmericanLife TV. 


The City of Maysville
bridgePicturesque Maysville nestled on the banks of the Ohio River in northeastern Kentucky, just one hour southeast of Cincinnati, Ohio, and an hour northeast of Lexington, Kentucky, bursts with opportunities for memorable experiences. Celebrating a vivid past while embracing the promise and advantages of the 21st Century, Maysville always has been and always will be naturally charming.To find out more about Maysville, visit or download the City of Maysville app on the App Store or Google Play.The Kentucky Derby
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Take a trip over to Louisville on Saturday, May 2. Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track.Tickets available at

Platinum Sponsors

      • unnamed  Hemisphere GNSS designs and manufactures innovative, cost-effective GNSS and complimentary products for positioning, heading, machine control, and navigation applications for use in construction, marine, survey, OEM, and other markets. The Company holds numerous patents and other intellectual property and sells globally with several leading product brands, including Crescent®, Eclipse™, and Vector™, for precise GNSS applications. Hemisphere GNSS is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA with a product development, marketing, and sales facility in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


        • chc logoCHC Unlike others in the industry which have ridden the success of once innovative products/patents, CHC Navigation focuses on continually producing innovative and reliable products for end-users. Because of this, CHC has the lowest failure rate and highest customer satisfaction in the industry! Privately owned with 800+ professionals and local offices worldwide including a full-service office in the US heartland. Seven pioneering products focused on Carlson Software will be unveiled by CHC at this year’s UC.


              • Geomax



Gold Sponsors

                • JS-(vertical)-SJuniper Systems A proud partner of Carlson Software, Juniper Systems is a world-class manufacturer of rugged handheld computers in Survey and GIS markets, helping professionals increase productivity and reduce costs. With a reputation for quality and reliability, Juniper Systems’ rugged handhelds are designed to run smoothly in even the most rugged environments.


              • Satlab


Silver Sponsors

                  • Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 3.48.46 PMDatumate ( is a leading vendor of field-to-plan software for civil engineering applications which transforms the surveying, civil engineering and architectural spaces by allowing the use of regular cameras and small UAVs for high-precision surveying.


                • unnamed-1Handheld manufactures a broad line of mobile computers including rugged handhelds, tablets and notebooks including the popular Nautiz X8 data collector and Algiz 7 and Algiz 10X tablets.


              • The Plastics Forming Company



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