Carlson Blogs

Get Out of Your Rut

If you image search for “rut” on Google, you’ll see two things: 1) Pictures of deep, well-defined, muddy tire tracks 2) Deer in the act of… doing things that deer do Neither are particularly nice to think about, but thankfully, this blog is only concerned with the former. As engineers, geologists, surveyors, etc., we all […] ...

June 2020 News

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Just when I thought we had turned a corner…

Just when I thought we had turned a corner… Stores starting to reopen, the core businesses we support holding steady and then Wham!  Fire and violence spreading across US cities.  I wonder and worry about those I know who live in these areas – hoping for your safety – for the safety of all of […] ...

May 2020 News

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April 2020 News

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Oh Man…

Oh man, oh man, oh man…. Just what the heck is going on? Well, a few weeks ago I had all this stuff going on: getting ready to travel from one coast to another for conferences, preparing class presentations, renewing my passport just in case. Now, even though I’ve spent twice as much on groceries […] ...

Map Into the Void

For many mine sites around the world, the juxtaposition of a modern, open pit site with historic underground workings raises concerns of a potentially catastrophic hazard such as ground instability caused by the presence of old cavities underneath current mining operations. It is often the case that very little reliable mapping data survives from historic […] ...

Working With Cloud Data and Surfaces

Everyone who has worked with a drone or scanner has come to realize the difficulties that are often presented with that method of mapping. The final output, beyond just an image file, usually comes in the form of a point cloud, a LAS or a similar format. These clouds contain a tremendous amount of data […] ...

March 2020 News

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A Note from the President’s Desk | March 2020

Response to COVID-19 It is times like this when we at Carlson Software feel especially fortunate to be working with the land surveying, mining and construction industries. All involve field work, fresh air and almost built-in “social distancing”. Work takes place on construction sites, at wind-swept mines, in woods, fields and subdivisions, away from large gatherings in […] ...