Powerful estimating with Carlson Takeoff

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Carlson Takeoff is available in two configurations: Takeoff OEM and Takeoff Suite. Takeoff OEM includes an AutoCAD® engine built-in and has all of the same ingredients as the Takeoff Suite, which works on AutoCAD® sold separately, or with IntelliCAD® built-in. The Takeoff Suite is comprised of the modules Carlson CADnetCarlson Trench, and Carlson GeoTech combined with Carlson Construction. All are fully integrated with Carlson Civil and Hydrology to meet the variety of customers’ needs.
Carlson Takeoff is a cut/fill volumes and data prep (for layout or machine control) program that can estimate jobs using paper plan digitizing, PDFs, or electronic CAD files. Key features include:

  • Calculate site cut & fill and topsoil
  • Differentiate strata volumes & dirt vs. rock
  • Accurately determine subgrade quantities
  • Estimate trench and pipe quantities
  • Estimate roadways from cross-sections
  • Prepare the design info for exact staking
  • Create a 3D model for machine control

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Carlson Takeoff is the only estimating software built on either the AutoCAD or IntelliCAD engine. Working in the DWG environment natively gives Carlson Takeoff users a distinct “CAD Advantage” when estimating from an Engineer’s electronic files.

Open DWGs directly

Read/Edit CAD Text

Fixes “Bad CAD”

Some helpful tools to check for mistakes and fix problems include: Drawing Cleanup (which removes bad elevations, empty layers, invalid linework, converts special entities to standard polylines, and joins broken linework all-in-one command), XREF and DGN Import, and automated 2D To 3D Elevating commands.

If no CAD file is available, Carlson Takeoff offers the flexibility to digitize from paper plans or “on-screen” digitize from a PDF, TIF, JPG image file.

One-Click Image Trace

Paper Plan Digitizing

Paper Plan Digitizing

Merging at Match Lines

Carlson Takeoff can automatically trace linework in a PDF and “Merge Raster Files” allows a user to easily combine multiple sheets at their match lines. Once linework is created, the steps to calculate quantities are the same as with a CAD file.

Clear and detailed Volume reports include Cut/Fill volumes, Subgrade volumes, Strata volumes, Topsoil Removal/Replacement, and Over-Excavate volumes. Volumes are calculated using 3D triangulation models, the most accurate way to estimate. The program calculates Cut/Fill volumes for the entire site or within “Areas of Interest”.

3D Drive Simulation

Cut/Fill Color Map

Visualizations are used to verify quantities and present findings with commands such as 3D Drive Simulation, 3D Drawing Viewer, 3D Surface Viewer, Quick Profile, Cut/Fill Color Map and Cut/Fill Contours with Daylight lines. Also supports Shrink/Swell factors and Export to PDF or Excel.

Subgrades are easily defined by the Layers and linework in the drawing. The Material volume, area, length and/or count can be reported in a standard report, PDF, or Excel.

Material Library

Subgrade Color Map

Sample Subgrade Report

Subgrade depths are also used to vertically adjust the design surface. Takeoff automatically handles complex subgrade areas nested within each other and hatching allows for quick Quality Control.

Whether taking off Cross-Sections for Volumes or creating Machine Control models with Super Elevations, Carlson Takeoff has Roads covered. Features include the ability to Import/Create/Draw Centerlines, Vertical Profiles, Design Templates, and Cross-Sections.

Cross-Sections from PDFs

Dynamic Road Tools

section volumes

Sample End-Area Report

Includes Calculate End Areas Volumes and Mass Haul Analysis. Dynamically build roads and model intersections with the powerful RoadNET command.

Easy input for Pipe, Trench, and Manhole data. Trench Quantities Report includes Cut volumes, Backfill quantities, linear footage of Pipe by pipe size, material and more.

Pipe in 3D

Trench Depth Zone Map

Sample Trench Report

Trench verification can be done with Pipe Profiles, 3D Pipes, and a Depth Zone Color Map.

Strata surfaces created from Drillhole data can be used to calculate Strata Cut, Topsoil Removal, or Over-Excavation of a material.

Strata Cut Map

Surface Profiles

Strata Volumes by Interval

Once Strata surfaces are created, they are automatically incorporated in standard features such as Calculate Total Volumes, Quick Profile, Surface Inspector, and Cut/Fill Labels. Advance Settings allows the user to determine different modeling methods to insure the most accurate Strata surface is created.

Accurately prepare jobs for Stakeout or Machine Control in the field with commands such as Draw-Locate Points, Create Points from Entities, Divide Along Entity, Triangulation File Utilities, as well as Topcon, Trimble, and Leica Machine Control Surface Export.

Edit Points

Edit 3D Breaklines

3D Machine Control Model

The Takeoff OEM offers the capabilities of the Takeoff Suite PLUS an AutoCAD engine built-in.

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The Takeoff Suite is comprised of the modules Construction, CADnet, GeoTech, and Trench WITHOUT the AutoCAD engine built-in.

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Explaining Your Choice of CAD

Carlson Takeoff is offered in two general product configurations:
  1. OEM: As a “stand-alone AutoCAD” product which features an embedded AutoCAD “OEM” graphical engine.
  2. Suite: As a third-party “add-on” to AutoCAD® or “stand-alone IntelliCAD” through the included copy of IntelliCAD.
For details on the underlying CAD engines, click here.
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Complete Feature List

File Import / Export
  • AutoCAD DWG
  • DXF
  • LandXML
  • Point Data (LDT, Carlson, CG, Sokkia, Leica, Geodimeter, TDS, Benchmark)
  • Raw Data (CG, Fieldbook, Sokkia, Leica, Geodimeter, TDS, Caice, SDMS, Nikon, SMI)
  • Centerline Data (Terramodel, Geodimeter, Geopak, Sokkia, Softdesk, Leica)
  • Profile Data (Caice, Terramodel, Softdesk, Sokkia, Leica)
  • Section Data (Agtek, Ceal, Geopak, Igrds, Moss, RoadCalc, SMI, Softdesk)
CAD Edit Tools
  • Layer Controls
  • Unlimited Undo / Redo
  • Erase, Move, Copy, Offset, Trim, Extend, Explode, Break, Rotate, Scale, Align
  • Polyline Utilities
Drawing Cleanup
  • Remove empty layers
  • Remove invalid linework
  • Join broken linework
  • Reduce Polyline vertices
  • Set out of range elevations to zero
  • Erase hatch entities
Boundary Polylines
  • Set boundary Polyline for site
  • Set exclusion areas
  • Display hatch of boundary areas
Topsoil Removal / Replacement
  • Set amounts for topsoil removal and replacement
  • Set areas for topsoil removal and for replacement
  • Display hatch areas for topsoil removal and replacement
  • Calculate topsoil removal and replacement volumes and areas
Overexcavate Surfaces
  • Model overexcavate surfaces
  • Adjust overexcavate surfaces within perimeter polyline
  • View overexcavate surface
  • Report overexcavate cut volume
  • Define subgrade areas by closed Polylines on specified layers
  • Define subgrade depths by layer
  • Adjust design surface by subgrade depths within subgrade areas
  • Handles multiple subgrade areas nested within each other
Existing / Design Surfaces
  • One step routines to make existing and design surfaces from entities on specified layers
  • Surface Manager to support multiple existing/design surfaces
  • Adjust design surface vertically within perimeter Polyline
  • Calculates cut/fill volumes for entire site or within perimeter Polyline
  • Calculates volumes for a series of elevation stages
  • Apply shrink/swell factors
  • Volume report includes cut/fill volumes and areas, strata volumes, topsoil removal/replacement and over-excavate volumes
Material Quantities
  • Reports volume, area, length and/or count values for drawing entities grouped by entity layer name
  • Option for user-defined attributes to apply by layer
  • Supports export to Excel
Draw Tools
  • Points
  • 2D / 3D Linework
  • Circle
  • Text
  • Hatch
  • Curves
  • Title Block, North Arrow, Barscale
  • Boundary Polyline
  • Shrink-Wrap Polyline
  • Building Envelope Polyline
2D to 3D Tools
  • Change Elevations By Selected Entities
  • Spot Elevations
  • Edit-Assign Polyline Elevations
  • 2D To 3D Polyline (By Points, Text or Text With Leader)
  • Contour Polylines (Multiple In Series, Selected or From Labels)
  • Pad Polylines By Interior Text
Inquiry Tools
  • Surface Inspector (Surface elevations, cut/fill)
  • Drawing Inspector (Elevations, Layers, Polyline data)
  • Areas
  • Import Drillhole data
  • Input-Edit Drillholes
  • Drillhole Data Reports
  • Model Strata Surfaces
  • Calculate Strata Quantities
  • Visualize Strata Cut Areas
  • Supports any digitizer supported by AutoCAD
  • Spot Elevations
  • Contours
  • 2D/3D Linework
  • Sections
  • End Areas
  • Points
Road Features
  • Centerlines (Create, Import, Draw)
  • Profiles (Create, Import, Draw, Report)
  • Sections (Create, Import, Draw, Report)
  • Calculate Section Volumes
  • Calculate End Areas
  • Templates
  • Road Design files for transitions, super elevation
  • Process Road Design for final sections, final contours and volumes
Cut / Fill Volumes

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