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 […] ...

New P3D Features I Like – And, You Might, Too!

You can have all the RGB or LiDAR point clouds you want, but if you can’t quickly and easily generate a quality surface with smooth contours, there’s no chance of creating deliverables you are proud of, or running good hydrology calculations, or anything else you might need for a surface. I come at this not […] ...
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Compatibility (with Civil 3D®)

I think that Carlson Software is one of the few companies left that intentionally works toward compatibility with other products. Carlson SurvCE still works on most top data collectors on the market today, but did you also know that Carlson office software also supports a large variety of import files from other data collectors and […] ...
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Up to Speed in Twenty-Nineteen

I was reading a recent edition of xyHt magazine and came across an article regarding changes to the 2019 Professional Surveyors exam by NCEES. In the “why” section of the article explaining the need for routine updates to the exam criteria, I read “…because of the rapid adoption of unmanned aerial systems, laser scanning, and […] ...
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Carlson Survey 2019 Brings User Requested Features and DGN Compatibility

MAYSVILLE, Kentucky, U.S.A. (September 2018) — Carlson’s latest release of Survey 2019 brings more user requested features as well as enhanced compatibility between CAD platforms. Carlson Survey with IntelliCAD 9.0 supports direct read of DGN files allowing users to make edits without converting drawing formats. Surveyors who work with clients that require DGN as a […] ...
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Hot Summer Tips

Ah, we’re into the dog days of summer with temperatures in many parts of the country well above 90°–a good time to get out of the heat and learn some new, infrequently used, but very useful Carlson commands to get ready for what should be a very busy fall for all of us. Let me […] ...

Head in the Clouds

It is not news to anyone that the face of surveying has been changing rapidly over the last couple of decades. When I first started in this business I was one member of a four-man crew learning to read the numbers on a transit and pulling a steel tape down the road. Now, one person […] ...
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Who’s Your Data?

More accurately, “how’s your data” but that doesn’t sound quite as catchy. While working with a variety of clients over the years I have been able to come up with somewhat of a list of their “most common problems,” most of which stem from keeping track of and managing their data. One of the yin/yang […] ...
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If The Earth Were Flat…

If The Earth Were Flat…………. Cats would have knocked everything off by now…     ….also, it would be a heck of a lot easier to survey. I just returned from a very fun and informative Carlson User’s Conference that was held in San Diego. I taught five classes and assisted in a sixth over […] ...

To “Z” or not to “Z”

This one little button can have drastic effects on your company’s profitability!   Well ok, that might be a bit dramatic, but in reality, the decision whether or not to work in a 3D environment is something that in my early days of training I did not stress near enough. I have found that miss-using […] ...
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