PointCloud2014Box3D-RGBField Scan to Finished Plat with Carlson Point Cloud

Carlson Point Cloud is a modular program that provides this powerful ability to go from field scan to finished plat, all with seamless integration to Carlson Survey, Carlson Civil and Carlson Mining. Carlson Point Cloud delivers a whole new level of powerful automation for large data sets. It gives laser scanner users the ability to process millions of data points with Carlson Software ease-of-use.

Register your scan to local coordinates, filter or decimate the points, overlay raster images in 3D, snap to edges and code the descriptions for automated field-to finish processing of linework and symbols and create contours, profiles, sections, and breaklines. You will be able to read scan data from many instruments, view and process up to 1 billion points, and then perform the Field-to-Finish from the scanned data! This Carlson Software office products allows users to export surface models, points, contours, breaklines, grid and profiles to CAD.

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Data Extraction
  • 3D extraction of poles, trees, and hydrants
  • Extract data from clouds or meshes — TINs, Contours, Profiles, Sections and Breaklines — and draw them in CAD design


Import / Export
  • Import/export of grids
  • Import/export point clouds containing up to 1 billion points
  • Import more cloud formats, including LAS, Leica, Faro (requires installation of conversion software), E57, DEM, GeoTiff, and more
  • Export to ASCII, LAS, or PDF (new in 2016)


Multiple Scan Consolidation
  • Register multiple scans into one cloud
  • Merge clouds (new in 2015)


Anomaly Reduction
  • Reduce anomalies with Clean Cloud and reduce density with Resample Cloud


Data Improvement Tools
  • Continue data improvement with Smooth Mesh and Simplify Mesh (this
    reduces the size of the model by removing least significant data points


  • Use the full power of Carlson Field-to-Finish with Point Cloud data. You can use the same FLD files you use with GPS or conventional total stations with Symbols, Line Work and Labels all drawn in CAD


Viewing Cloud Data
  • Color Adjustment (new in 2015)
  • View multiple clouds at once
  • Color by Elevation or Intensity
  • Adjust point size and cloud detail
  • View as cross sections (new in 2017)


Draw Linework
  • Multiple snap modes to extract edges and slopes


Surface Data Commands
  • Load Surfaces — Import scan data from various sources
  • View Surface — 3D viewer for point cloud data


Scan Utilities
  • Resample and filter scan data


  • Automatic 3D breakline creation based on surface zones


Generate Profiles & Sections
  • Trace an alignment across the site and generate profiles or sections


System Requirements


Topography from LIDAR


Street scene


Open pit benches

Carlson Point Cloud

Designed for Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers — put all the data collected to use with easy-to-use commands for volumes, surfaces, contours, sections, profiles, field-to-finish.

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“Carlson Point Cloud is an excellent program that is well suited for a surveyor to extract data from point clouds. Integration into a company’s standards is easily accomplished with the application of standard layers and field to finish codes. We use the module for the verification and extraction of mobile and static clouds and we have been very satisfied with the results.”

–J. Thaddeus Eldredge, PLS, CFM

Chatham, MA

“I asked Jim Carlson for your email address because I wanted to express my appreciation to you and your Tech Support team. They are outstanding – in every way.

They – ALL of them – are patient, friendly, upbeat, knowledgeable and unambiguous in their instruction(s). I feel put at ease, and am unafraid to ask any question because none of them have ever acted as if any of my questions are trivial, obvious or incompetent. This is particularly true of one Brian Hammer.

Again, it is a pleasure to work with these guys.”

–Paul G. Louden

Richmond, Virginia


Click on the dates below to download Point Cloud data sets from past Carlson user conferences.
2015 UC – Point Clouds Overview – Jim Reinbold
2013 UC – Point Clouds Overview – Rob van Etten
2013 UC – Point Cloud Feature Extraction – Rob van Etten
2013 UC – Spanish Point Cloud – Carlos Bentancourt
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