Carlson Blogs

Best Practices (Raw Data)

Best practices or the idea of following a “best practice work flow” is a concept that comes up often in all aspects of surveying and engineering. Whether it is collecting field data, designing a subdivision, or producing a final site plan, people would like to know the best method to achieve their final goal. The […] ...

July 2019 News

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Price Blast on the Carlson Rodded Boretrak

MAYSVILLE, Kentucky, U.S.A. (July 2019) — A price blast for the Carlson Rodded Boretrak® will be available from now through September 30, 2019 for $8,000 USD. The offer includes the Boretrak probe, handheld PDA with charge with the Boretrak Mobile Android software preloaded, a neckstrap and PDA cover, a transit briefcase, and P3D Windows processing […] ...

Improving Collection and Data with Carlson Precision 3D

An idea possibly foreign to civil engineers and surveyors, who are correct by definition when they place their stamps, comes from management science, specifically W. Edwards Deming. He invented the concept of continuous improvement and applied it to manufacturing systems (and everything else). Those of you who are old enough will remember when “Made in […] ...
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Controlling Variables

There are literally hundreds of variables that can be set in both AutoCAD® and IntelliCAD®. Depending on what tasks you are performing, the effect of each variable and their inherent settings can range from practically unnoticeable to catastrophic. Most are just simply annoying. I could spend the rest of my career addressing each variable that […] ...
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Understanding Carlson Photo Capture’s new Project Report

Y’all know that guy. Heck – you might be that guy – the one who, at closing time, reminds the band that they haven’t played “Freebird”1 yet, and really need to, before laying down the sticks and axes for the evening… Only to be told “Maybe next time.” Well, here at Carlson, we do take […] ...

Learning to Change

“The only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper” (Attributed to Mark Twain) I write this blog on the heels of Grow With Us” User’s Conference held May 7-9 in Maysville Kentucky. By all accounts, the conference was a great success. At least 150 Carlson Software users made their way to […] ...

Carlson NR3: New compact, lightweight GNSS Receiver

MAYSVILLE, Ky., U.S.A. (May 8, 2019) — At its “Grow With Us” User Conference 2019, Carlson Software President and Founder Bruce Carlson introduced the Carlson NR3 network rover. Weighing in at just under two pounds, the NR3 delivers highly reliable GNSS RTK for land surveying, GIS, and other data collection uses. Able to be used […] ...

More about scale factors

One of the more frequent questions I have received so far this year has to do with combined scale factors and grid-to-ground conversions. As surveyors increase their use of GPS-RTK measurements for preparing plats, clients are requesting more detailed information regarding those measurements. If a surveyor simply puts a note on their plat stating “all […] ...

Photogrammetry for People Like Me with Carlson PhotoCapture

I bet most of you are just like me. You love watching hourglasses, spinning wheels, and progress bars on your computer screen. If only it would play elevator versions of The Girl from Ipanema by Frank Sinatra or I Want it That Way by the Backstreet Boys the afternoon would be perfect! Say farewell to […] ...