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Carlson Civil

These are movies demonstrating various features found in the Carlson Civil program.

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Debunking the ‘Carlson Isn’t Dynamic’ Myth

Carlson Software dealer Jennifer DiBona of That CAD Girl acknowledges that the rumors say that Carlson isn’t dynamic. Not true, she says, and in our continuing Wednesday Webinar Guest Series, Jennifer will cover a variety of features in Carlson Software products to demonstrate how labels, annotation and design entities automatically update, but (and this is important) ONLY WHEN YOU WANT THEM TO!
Size: 52,557,733 bytesDate: March 14, 2012Length: 1 hour

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From Field-to-Finish to Design-to-Field

This webinar is presented by Ladd Nelson and was originally broadcast on April 21, 2011. 
Utilizing Carlson SurvCE, Survey and Civil, Regional Sales Director Ladd Nelson will discuss/show the collection of survey data with an “Iowa Counties” field code list that has been based upon the Iowa DOT Get the power of Carlson Field-to-Finishcodes and conformed to National CAD Standards.
Ladd will use Carlson Survey to process data from SurvCE and routines in Civil to create a simple road network with the resulting .dwg and stake-out file uploaded back into SurvCE for field staking. The true and seamless field-to-finish for which Carlson Software is known.
Share the same coordinate data, raw data, field codes, centerline data; no conversions, nothing lost in translations between field and office — this is a webinar not to be missed.
Size: 89,075,363 bytesDate: April 21, 2011Length: 1 Hour

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Road Design With Carlson Road Network Tool

This webinar is presented by Paul Sims, and was originally broadcast on March 17, 2011. 
Guest presenter Paul Sims of Improved Construction Methods (www.improvedconstructionmethods.com), Carlson Software dealers, will be covering road design with Carlson Civil, highlighting horizontal align, profile, and templates.

“I plan on covering road design with the road network tool and then use the resulting 3D data to calculate some volumes and output a 3D model for construction purposes. The 3D model portion will include some instances of how the data is transported to the field, i.e.-exported to data collectors and machine control,” Sims says.

For those designing and building roads and intersections, this webinar is not to be missed. See how Carlson’s road network puts quick, intuitive design tools at your fingertips and this can save you time and effort in one of the most challenging areas of design. Sign up now!
Size: 100,715,687 bytesDate: March 17, 2011Length: 1 Hour

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Tips and Tricks for Preparing Drawing for Surface Model Building in Carlson Software

Need to create a good, accurate surface model from someone else’s drawing? In this hour-long webinar, Jennifer DiBona of That CAD Girl will show you the initial steps she takes after receiving a drawing from others that make it easier to create a surface model.

Some areas Jennifer will discuss include drawing cleanup, tips for elevating building pads and curb lines.

Both new Carlson users and those working with it for years are giving That CAD Girl’s webinars a thumbs up. If you you’re looking to expand your Carlson tool box, this webinar is for you.
Size: 126,276,705 bytesDate: August 26, 2010Length: 1 Hour

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Intro to Model Space & Paper Space for AutoCAD or IntelliCAD in Carlson

This is a repeat of a webinar conducted by Jennifer DiBona of That CAD Girl back in early June. It was extremely well received, but due to some technical problems, it was not recorded.

So, by popular demand, this webinar “Intro to Model Space & Paper Space for AutoCAD or IntelliCAD in Carlson” is back. It will serve as an introduction to the model space and paper space features in both IntelliCAD- and AutoCAD-based programs.


This class will cover topics such as: layer management, viewport scale and drawing orientation and rotation.
Size: 70,455,239 bytesDate: August 20, 2010Length: 1 Hour

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Working with DEM files

In this webinar for Carlson Software, Carlson dealer Paul Carlson of Carlson Desktop Solutions will be conducting this hour-long webinar to give background and educate people on the use of DEM files.

First, he will cover exactly what a DEM file is and where and how to get one. Then he will show how to use a DEM file inside of Carlson Software. Once the DEM file is in Carlson, he will then show you how to use the data to mike surfaces, contours and extract profiles..

This webinar will be exploring new territory for many and helping to show Carlson users new ways to utilize the power of the software.
Size: 66,983,347 bytesDate: August 19, 2010Length: 1 Hour

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Drawing Scales & Annotation in Carlson Software

This hour-long webinar will cover the use of horizontal scale settings, text sizing, linetype and dimension scaling & sizing in Carlson Software with IntelliCAD.

Whether working in plain IntelliCAD, AutoCAD or with Carlson, dealing with drawing scales and annotation sizing seems to always be a major frustration for drafters and designers.

Presented by Carlson dealer and Carlson College member Jennifer DiBona of That CAD Girl, this session will explain how Carlson’s use of a few key settings makes this task much easier.
Size: 62,995,091 bytesDate: August 5, 2010Length: 1 Hour

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Layers & Block Management with Carlson Software

This movie is presented by Carlson dealer and Carlson College member Jennifer DiBona of That CAD Girl and was originally broadcast on July 8, 2010.  This class will also cover the creation of blocks (and managing layers within blocks) and a symbol library for use in Carlson.
Anyone who has struggled with managing layers for drawing template files or tried to figure out what layer a block is on will benefit from this class.
Size: 76,248,408 bytesDate: July 8, 2010Length: 1 hour

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Tips & Tricks for Carlson Civil: Beyond the Demo

This webinar is presented by Jennifer DiBona of That CAD Girl, and was originally broadcast on May 18, 2010. This updated version of Carlson Tips & Tricks will go beyond the standard tips and tricks normally shown in Carlson Software demos. Presented by Carlson dealer and Carlson College member Jennifer DiBona of That CAD Girl, this class is geared toward the new Carlson Civil user who would like to learn a few Tips & Tricks for getting more out of the software.
Some topics will be multiple-pad grading and daylighting, SiteNet and site grading using points on a slope.
Size: 105,347,487 bytesDate: May 18, 2010Length: 1 Hour

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RoadNet 101

This short movie provides a quick introdcution to designing a single roadway with the RoadNet function in Carlson Civil.
Size: 17,678,019 bytesDate: November 1, 2009Length: 10 minutes

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Template Grade Tables

This short movie introduces a great new feature of Carlson Civil 2010, the Template Grade Table. Template Grade Tables are a great new way to easily control the width and cross slope of roadways.
Size: 6,492,451 bytesDate: October 31, 2009Length: 5 minutes

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RoadNet Knuckle Turnouts

This short movie introduces a great new feature of Carlson Civil 2010, the Knuckle turnout for 90 degree intersections.
Size: 7,939,347 bytesDate: October 30, 2009Length: 5 minutes

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Carlson2010 Road Network Using CRAB DataSet

This movie is presented by Bruce Carlson on Oct 20, 2009. The “Roadnet from CRAB Dataset” shows the process of designing roads
starting with very basic data: points for the existing topography and
alignments for 3 roads, including a T-intersection and a crossing
intersection. Features included are profile design with respect to sight
distance, template design with subgrades, superelevation, cul-de-sac design
and quantities. Dynamic updating of the road design by “grip-and-move”
techniques is also shown, both for profile editing and for alignment
changes. The training video concludes with watershed and runoff analysis of
the final TIN surface generated by Roadnet.
Size: 75,998,352 bytesDate: Oct 20, 2009Length: 1 Hour

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Faster, Smarter — Even Better — Drafting with Carlson’s new raw Standard Item Feature

This webinar, presented by Jennifer DiBona of That CAD Girl, will focus on the new support for CAD Standards within Carlson 2010.

Jennifer notes that this new feature is built around a database that is independent of any single drawing and offers a simplified user environment for defining, managing and drawing in accordance with predefined CAD standards. She will be demonstrating that a default set of standards for the Surveying and Civil disciplines based on the US National CAD Standards is included in the 2010 release.

Because the feature contains a management interface for CAD Managers as well as a production drafter interface, this webinar will show how to develop and maintain CAD Standards and will also show the user how to save time and effort by leveraging them.
Size: 49,978,830 bytesDate: Oct 08,2009Length: 1 Hour

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Inside Scoop on What’s New in Carlson 2010

Join Dave Carlson as he walks you through some of the new, important features of Carlson’s 2010 release, a release that’s just getting the finishing touches and is expected on the market in early October. He’ll discuss the new 64-bit interface, explain that 2010 will work with Windows7, and will be on AutoCAD 2010 to name just a few of the highlights.

Providing more than 400 new features and enhancements, the Carlson 2010 product line includes Carlson Survey, Carlson Civil, Carlson Hydrology, Carlson Takeoff, Carlson GIS, Carlson Mining, Carlson Field, with a new product, Carlson Construction, soon to be released.

Other improvements to be discussed include document and settings management, drawing standards, smart annotation rules, quick and easy PDF reports, new template transition method by grade table, improved linkage with HydroCAD and real-time fence diagrams.
Size: 56,636,352 bytesDate: Sep 17,2009Length: 1 Hour

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BIM, GIS and Carlson Software

This webinar is presented by Felicia Provencal, and was originally broadcast
on July 9, 2009;
This webinar is for those who have been asked or anticipate being asked to “BIM” a civil project — to essentially design and deliver a dynamic, 3d model of the entire project. Provencal will show that creating a dynamic 3d model for a Civil project (or “BIM”ing a civil project) is not limited to using a particular software program. And, she will illustrate how the term GIS — geographical information systems — still applies to attaching data and other information to objects, which allows management of the facilities after being built.

Learn how you can be assured that your designs will be ready for management once construction is complete with Carlson, a civil engineering design software that allows you to design to specific criteria, is able to show a great visual representation of all the components of your project in 3D view and is able to dynamically reflect changes. Attend this webinar and soon you’ll be able to “BIM” along with the rest of the world.
Size: 33,477,416 bytesDate: July 9, 2009Length: 1 Hour

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Take Control of Your Highway Design with Carlson Civil Advanced Roading

This webinar is presented by Ladd Nelson, and was originally broadcast
on Nov 13, 2008. 
We welcome you to join us for this webinar highlighting Carlson Civil’s Advanced Roading features that let you take control of your highway design and explore advanced roading methods. This hour-long session, presented by Ladd Nelson, regional civil sales director at Carlson Software, will begin by showing attendees how to apply superelevation using AASHTO-specifications. Procedures to transition between different roadway template configurations will also be explored.

Attendees will also examine methods to control the offset and/or elevation points of a road to produce efficient roadway designs that safely drain water away from the traveled way.

Carlson Civil allows users to do more and do it better. What might take days with other civil software takes just hours, or even minutes, with the powerful, intuitive Carlson Civil. Sign up now to learn more about how Carlson Civil can work for you.
Size: 30,298,718 bytesDate: Nov 13, 2008Length: 1 Hour

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Carlson Civil 2009: A 3D Design Tool

This webinar was originally broadcast
on Oct. 16, 2008. 
Presenter Michael Hyman and moderator Russ Dalton, both regional Civil Sales directors, will look at various types of data sets/deliverables that organizations receive and analyze how to best utilize them for the design environment.

Hyman and Dalton will then utilize that data with the various functions/tools provided by Carlson Civil 2009 to start the design of a project, with the primary focus being to show the 3D design functionality. Among aspects explored will be creating existing and design surfaces, showing what can be manipulated within the software that addresses the needs of the 3D design, exploring final deliverables that will meet your clients’ needs and requirements, and more.
Size: 64,209,206 bytesDate: Oct 16, 2008

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What’s New with LotNET

This webinar was originally broadcast
on Oct. 2, 2008. 
Join Dave Sanford, Regional Civil Sales Director, to learn more about the ever-expanding features of LotNET, the extremely versatile aspect of Carlson Civil and Carlson Survey that allows users to quickly define an entire subdivision of lots based on an outer boundary, interior ROWs or Centerlines, and a simple set of user-defined “rules,” then pick “PROCESS” and the lots appear, defined and labeled. New features to be covered include the following:
• the ability to place building pads within lots during layout;
• using sub-areas in LotNET (there are seven new settings to create and manage sub areas for open space);
• new command to size a lot by specified frontage;
• new command to check the area and frontage parameters of the lot network and report any problems;
• new setting for minimum setback area; and
• new lot network command to highlight and zoom to the specified lot name. This is a must-see webinar for those who use Carlson Civil or Carlson Survey or for those who would like to see the potential of these powerful programs from Carlson Software.
Size: 46,068,318 bytesDate: Oct 2, 2008Length: 1 Hour

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Pipes in Section and Profile

This webinar is presented by Jim Reinbold, and was originally broadcast
on Sep 11, 2008. 
Join us as Jim Reinbold, regional civil sales director, presents this introduction to how to incorporate existing pipe data into your profile and section sheets and save time over traditional methods. Many projects include existing utilities like water, gas, sewer, and culverts. With other methods, time is spent calculating stations, offsets, and elevations and the designer then has to manually draw ellipses and manually label them. This process had to be painstakingly repeated for both section and profile sheets for each pipe or utility to be shown. This webinar will show how Carlson Civil allows you to use the existing and design models to generate 3D data for your pipes. Learn how to assign specific pipe data to the 3D entities. Also, you’ll learn how to create PRO and SCT files and to use them with roadway PRO and SCT files to display existing and design data with pipe data.
Size: 59,492,231 bytesDate: Sep 11, 2008Length: 1 Hour

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What’s New in Carlson 2009!

This webinar is presented by Ladd Nelson, and was originally broadcast
on July 31, 2008. 
Join Ladd Nelson of Carlson’s nationwide Carlson Civil Team as he discusses some of the “hot” new highlights of Carlson’s civil product line for 2009. Subjects to be covered include:

• IntelliCAD® – What’s with this new CADD engine in Carlson?
• Drawing Explorer – Learn about its redesign as a docked dialog with file type icons and customizable layout. Plus, its added right-click support on the files in the list for executing functions by file type will be illustrated.
• Surface 3D Flyover – See how Carlson has added the ability to apply an aerial image for the 3D surface texture.

• Lot Network – See LotNET’s new ability to place building pads within lots during layout, plus the added setting minimum setback area.

• Design Pad Template – Great new ability to process multiple pad perimeters at a time with precedence and slopes assigned by layer.
Size: 33,988,002 bytesDate: July 31, 2008Length: 1 Hour

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Commercial Site Terrain Models and Drainage Design

This webinar is presented by Bruce Carlson, and was originally broadcast
on July 24, 2008. 
Review techniques of building site engineering, including parking lot design, building pad, access road, storm sewer and open channel and detention pond design in this comprehensive webinar led by Bruce Carlson, founder and president of Carlson Software.

Precise 3D terrain models will be created for stakeout and machine control. A combination of inlets with storm sewer pipes and open channel flow will be directed to a detention pond with spillway designs specifically for peak flow management.
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Size: 37,133,332 bytesDate: July 24, 2008Length: 1 Hour

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Advanced Roundabout & Knuckle Design Webinar

This webinar is presented by Scott Griffin, and was originally broadcast
on July 17, 2008. 
Intersections, roundabouts, cul-de-sacs, knuckles, islands and more are all part of designing and building a real, functioning road system and Carlson Software’s exclusive RoadNET in Carlson Civil 2009 (and Takeoff 2009) provides the tools needed to tackle even the most complex road challenge.

Led by Scott Griffin, Carlson National Sales Director with more than 20 years experience using land development software, this webinar wil demonstrate the software that gives users the exclusive ability to lay out a collection of intersecting roads, process them all together, and clean up all intersections, cul-de-sacs and other design features in 2D and 3D. Sign up now to get on the road with Carlson!
Size: 35,829,784 bytesDate: July 17, 2008Length: 1 Hour

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SiteNet Webinar

This webinar is presented by Gary Rosen, and was originally broadcast
on July 10, 2008.  With the Civil Engineering profession turning to 3D Surface Modeling for accuracy, error checking, profile and section generation, volume calculation and machine control, this webinar is designed to show you how Carlson Civil’s SiteNET is absolutely the easiest and fastest way to get there. See how one-pick layer-based surface generation is what has been missing. Carlson Software’s Gary Rosen will show how SiteNET, Carlson’s exclusive, intuitive, layer-based surface generator and earthwork calculator delivers state-of-the-art technology to you, saving both your time and your clients’ money in this challenging economy.
Size: 71,759,142 bytesDate: July 10, 2008Length: 1 Hour

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Advanced Road Template Design Webinar

This webinar is presented by Bruce Carlson, and was originally broadcast
on June 26, 2008.  Discover the multiple uses of Carlson’s road templates to improve your design in this comprehensive webinar led by Bruce Carlson, founder and president of Carlson Software. Subjects to be covered include:
(1) Stringing of template ID points along distinct horizontal and vertical alignments.
(2) Superelevation “rules” such as maximum 7% grade break on the high-side super.
(3) Subgrade slope design as distinct from surface grades, with special break-point rules.
(4) Ability to associate profile grades with distinct template IDs.
(5) Shifting of profile grade points in superelevation (eg. to inside edge-of-pavement).
(6) Parametric template design based on template ID logic (EP+2, SH-2).
(7) Outslope treatments including shoulder expansion for guardrail, plus cut/fill conditional rules.
(8) Precise subgrade surface DTM-generation including subgrade daylight point calculation.
Size: 70,218,956 bytesDate: June 26, 2008Length: 1 Hour

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Intersections, Roundabouts, Cul-de-sacs, Knuckles…Piece of Cake!

This webinar is presented by Scott Griffin, and was originally broadcast
on Nov 29, 2007. 
Is a road really a road if it doesn’t connect to anything? Intersections, roundabouts, cul-de-sacs, knuckles and more are all part of designing and building a real, functioning road system and Carlson Software’s exclusive RoadNet in Carlson Civil 2008 (and Takeoff2) provides the tools needed to tackle even the most complex road challenge. Join Carlson Civil Team members Scott Griffin and Ladd Nelson as they demonstrate the software that gives users the ability to lay out a collection of intersecting roads, process them all together, and clean up all intersections, cul-de-sacs and other design features in 2D and 3D. Widening and knuckles will be among the special challenges addressed.
Size: 36,184,527 bytesDate: Nov 29, 2007Length: 1 Hour

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Plan and Profile Sheets in Carlson Civil

This webinar is presented by Gary Rosen, and was originally broadcast
on Nov 15, 2007. 
In this webinar conducted by Carlson Civil Team members Gary Rosen, who is based in New England, and Ladd Nelson, from the country’s Heartland, attendees will see how they can quickly generate Profiles of existing conditions in a variety of ways and even explore “what if” design ideas with a simple drag and drop. Learn more about Carlson Civil’s Centerline tools that allow you to create points by station-offset, labeling and reporting station-offset positions. You’ll see how Carlson Civil enables you to design and draft pipe runs directly on a road profile or based upon a polyline in plan view.
Size: 65,733,298 bytesDate: Nov 15, 2007Length: 1 Hour

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Urban Hydrology with Detention Ponds and Storm Sewers

This webinar is presented by Bruce Carlson, and was originally broadcast on Nov 08, 2007. 
Size: 45,896,256 bytesDate: Nov 08, 2007Length: 1 Hour

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3D Commercial and Residential Site Design for Machine Control

This webinar is presented by Bruce Carlson, and was originally broadcast on Nov 01, 2007. 
Size: 52,280,378 bytesDate: Nov 01, 2007Length: 1 Hour

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Seamless Civil Data Conversion – No Problem!

This webinar is presented by Gary Rosen, and was originally broadcast
on Oct 18, 2007. 
Seamless data conversion — it’s what everyone wants — and it can be found with Carlson Software.
Join Carlson’s Gary Rosen and learn how Carlson’s seamless data conversion enables users to go back and forth from LDT to Carlson to Civil 3D.
In this webinar, Gary Rosen will demonstrate moving various types of design data between these software platforms. If your concern is in continuing to take good care of your clients and keeping the lines of communication open, you’ll see that this is actually no concern at all.
Size: 63,967,778 bytesDate: Oct 18, 2007Length: 1 Hour

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Field to Finish, Lot Layout and Grading

This webinar is presented by Scott Griffin, and was originally broadcast
on Sep 27, 2007. 
Size: 56,609,900 bytesDate: Sep 27, 2007Length: 1 Hour

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LotNet, RoadNet, SiteNet, HydroNet…How it all Fits Together

This webinar is presented by Gary Rosen, and was originally broadcast
on Sep 20, 2007. 
Size: 77,640,238 bytesDate: Sep 20, 2007Length: 1 Hour

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Guided Tour of the Civil Suite Webinar

This webinar is presented by Gary Rosen, and was originally broadcast
on August 2, 2007.  This webinar provides a “Guided Tour” through
the entire Carlson Civil Suite to establish an initial understanding of
what functionality is there and where it is located.  This is
accomplished through an exploration of the menus, brief demonstrations
of some commands, and identification of major tools and functions
within the 4 programs; Carlson Civil, Carlson
Survey
, Carlson
Hydrology

and Carlson GIS.
Size: 37,933,282 bytesDate: August 2, 2007Length: 1 Hour

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What’s New in RoadNet 2008

This movie illustrates some of the basic functionality of RoadNet, but
focuses on the new features in the 2008 version.
For more information on Carlson Civil, click here.
For more information on Carlson Roads, click here
Size: 71,779,419 bytesDate: July 26, 2007Length: 18 Minutes

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LotNet to RoadNet to SiteNet in a Nutshell

This movie takes an extraordinary journey through a lot layout with LotNet
to a road design with RoadNet to a volume calc with SiteNet, and then shows
design changes rippling through the sequence. This is preliminary subdivision
design at your fingertips.
For more information on Carlson Civil, click here.
Size: 39,424,592 bytesDate: July 19, 2007Length: 19 minutes

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SiteNet Webinar

This webinar is presented by Gary Rosen, and was originally broadcast
on July 12, 2007.  SiteNet is new to Carlson Civil 2008, and
provides automated layer based surface creation and volumetric
calculations to aid in the design process.  In this webinar, Gary
starts with RoadNet and LotNet to lay out a simple subdivision,
generates earthwork volumes with SiteNet, and then demonstrates how
design changes anywhere are dynamically transferred throughout the
model.  It is civil CAD magic, but don’t worry, all secrets are
revealed!
For more information on Carlson Civil, click here.
Size: 67,971,650 bytesDate: July 12, 2007Length: 1 Hour

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Introducing the 2008 Carlson Civil Suite

This movie is a Power Point presentation that introduces the 2008
Carlson Civil Suite, the overall layout of the Suite, what programs are
in it, the pricing, and some key points about Carlson Software to keep
in mind.
Size: 21,369,243 bytesDate: July 5, 2007Length: 12 minutes

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LotNet Webinar

This webinar is presented by Scott Griffin, and was originally
broadcast on June 12, 2007.  In this webinar, Scott explores the
all new LotNet functionality found in Carlson Civil and Carlson
Survey.  Scott demonstrates how to set up your parameters for
lots, lay out the initial boundary and centerlines, and then let the
software create a network of lots.  Once defined, the lots can be
easily edited, labeled and used to generate reports.  This webinar
is an excellent introduction to LotNet, and a great way to start using
this powerful feature.
For more information on Carlson Civil, click here.
For more information on Carlson Survey, click here

Size: 51,688,105 bytesDate: June 12, 2007Length: 1 Hour

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RoadNet Webinar

This webinar is presented by Scott Griffin, and was originally
broadcast on June 6, 2007.  In this webinar, Scott explores the
powerful RoadNet feature found in Carlson Civil and Carlson
Roads.  You will be amazed at how easy it is to create a network
of roads, including intersections in 2D and 3D, add cul-de-sacs, and
even a roundabout, starting with just an AutoCAD circle!  RoadNet
is one of the crown jewels in Carlson Civil, and you’ll be off and
designing after this great getting started webinar!
For more information on Carlson Civil, click here.
For more information on Carlson Roads, click here
Size: 47,258,435 bytesDate: June 6, 2007Length: 1 Hour