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Moving to Carlson from Civil 3D®

 

 ‘Carlson is about getting the job done’

John Prevette of Gooden & Associates, a six-person surveying and design firm in Hope Mills, North Carolina, recentlyJohn Prevette, PLS, Gooden Associates Inc. moved over to using the Carlson Civil Suite, which is made up of Carlson Survey, Carlson Civil, Carlson Hydrology and Carlson GIS, in the company’s design work after five years of using Autodesk’s Civil 3D (versions 2008-2012). He had previously used Land Desktop (beginning in 2005) and before that had been a C&G user. C&G became a part of Carlson in 2000. John is a licensed professional land surveyor and does much of the design work for Gooden & Associates. He is also responsible for most anything computer-related in the office, which makes him the de facto CAD manager. Here’s what he’s found since he started using Carlson in November 2011:

describe the imageWe have three people in the office – me, my uncle (the president of the company) and a draftsman. Our work consists mostly of boundary, topographic, and as-built surveys, as well as design work. We’re not an engineering firm, so we don’t design water, sewer, or anything that requires an engineering license. But we do a lot of site design and subdivision design, so we definitely have a need for a good civil design software package

I really push my software to its limits and I try to get as much out of it as possible. When I was first introduced to Civil 3D, I was immediately impressed. The potential was phenomenal. Although the learning curve seemed pretty steep for civil design software, I decided to jump in. After about six months I was able to wrap my mind around many of the concepts and I began to really excel with the program. I was able to do far more than I had done in Land Desktop. I also accepted the limitations of Civil 3D believing the tools that I needed would be developed with the next release. But the tools never came. Each new version did have lots of bells and whistles. Unfortunately, most of the bells and whistles broke my work-flow and I spent many hours trying to figure out how to undo the problems the new release had created. 

One of the problems that has always existed in Civil 3D is the grading routine. It has improved significantly over the years, but it’s still far from where it needs to be. As any Civil 3D user will tell you, when you’re trying to create a complex surface model with the grading tools, the software will almost always crash. My frustration with the grading object is what actually cinched my decision to end our Civil 3D subscription. I needed to layout a parking lot and I was trying to find a way to accomplish that without using the grading object.

I searched the Autodesk University website and I found a class that had been presented at a one of the AU seminars. The class discussed how to grade a parking lot without using the grading object. I thought I finally had my answer. The presenter utilized the corridor object – which is normally used for roadways – to create the model. He created a centerline, a profile, and a clever cross section that would be integrated into the corridor. The class was about an hour long, but about halfway through, I realized it was just ridiculous to go through all those steps to get the software to grade out a parking lot.

A few months later, I attended a Carlson seminar where I watched Scott Griffin [Carlson Director of Civil Sales] lay out a complex parking lot in less than 15 minutes. It even included curbed islands, which is completely beyond the scope of a corridor-created parking lot in Civil 3D. Carlson will do the things that I needed it to do.

Impressed by Carlson staff

The technical aspects of the software certainly played a major role in the decision to purchase Carlson Civil Suite. But that’s not why I first considered the program. I honestly thought that Carlson was a tiny software company that couldn’t possibly compete with CarlsonCivilSuite2014iconRGBprogramming expertise of the folks at Civil 3D. That opinion was turned on its head when I met Butch Herter [Carlson Director of Hardware]. Our company had been looking into robotic total stations and a salesman stopped by to demo one for us. Butch happened to be riding along with the salesman that day. Butch showed us the Carlson GNSS setup with the Carlson data collector. I was extremely impressed at how well Butch knew the product – I could tell this was his baby – and how well he knew the needs of the surveying community. That attitude and excitement spoke volumes to me about the company. 

I then asked about the actual desktop software. He removed any doubts I had that Carlson could compete with Civil 3D. I immediately started researching and comparing the two programs. I was put in touch with a Carlson dealer, and I continued asking questions. We made the decision to go with Carlson Civil Suite, and I haven’t looked back. I’ve been really impressed with everyone from Carlson – the support staff, the sales people – and the entire company mindset.

You read everywhere that Carlson tech support is excellent. I can’t stress that enough. It’s as if once you buy a Carlson product you become part of the family. I’ve even made a couple of suggestions and they’ve always been eager to listen. They seem to trust what I have to say and they really listen.

Passing the crash test

Perhaps the biggest difference between Carlson and Civil 3D is that Civil 3D uses “custom objects.” These are things like roadway corridors, pipe networks, surface models, and grading objects. Even the profile grid itself is a custom object. The purpose of a custom object is to allow for dynamic updating. If I grip-edit a road centerline, this would automatically revise the road corridor model, which would automatically update the finished grade surface. The problem is that grip-editing a complicated custom object will often crash the program for no apparent reason. And, unfortunately, there’s no easy way to trouble-shoot a delinquent object. I was constantly falling behind on deadlines because Civil 3D would crash so often. I’ve spent scores of hours reconstructing my models as a conglomeration of smaller pieces so as not to overwhelm the software. Without a doubt, the biggest advantage to Carlson is that I don’t have to constantly worry about a looming fatal error. Just to set the record straight, Carlson does “dynamic” updating without a single custom object. 

Another huge problem with Civil 3D is its incompatibility with other software. The custom objects often keep drawing files from opening correctly in other programs. The Civil 3D file can be converted to standard .dwg, but this destroys all data contained within the custom objects. Before we purchased Carlson Civil Suite, our draftsman was using Land Desktop. For the projects we worked on together, I had two separate drawing directories – one for my Civil 3D drawings and one for his Land Desktop drawings. I can’t describe the relief that Carlson has brought by allowing us to simply share our drawings.

I should also mention that during my research into Carlson, I noticed that the pro-Civil 3D users were proclaiming that Carlson uses multiple databases for drawing data and Civil 3D contains all the data in a single .dwg file. Carlson states that since the data is outside of the .dwg file, the data isn’t corrupted if the drawing crashes. While the Carlson response is good, it doesn’t quite get to the heart of the issue. The fact is, Civil 3D does require multiple files. I discovered this early as I tried to convert a Land Desktop project to Civil 3D. All of my surfaces, centerlines, profiles, cross sections, and corridors were in a single drawing file along with all my annotations. When I converted all this data to Civil 3D, the file became so bloated that it took nearly five minutes to switch between paper space layouts. Needless to say, I was devastated. Civil 3D now recommends that custom objects should be distributed across several files. So my typical subdivision design would be broken up into the following drawings: surveyed points, base linework, existing surface, roads, pipes, and pond gradings. In Carlson, I can design the entire subdivision in a single file. If a change needs to be made in Civil 3D I have to open the drawing that contains the custom object. In Carlson, I can edit the data from any drawing in the project.

Of course, there are still some things about Carlson that are not as spiffy as Civil 3D. One of these is the annotation feature. I‘ve really grown to appreciate the Civil 3D annotation styles and I’ve been able to come up with some pretty creative labeling. I’ve talked with the folks at Carlson about the annotations and that’s one of the things they’re working on.

To me, the folks at Civil 3D seem chiefly concerned about creating a pretty-looking piece of software. The Carlson team, on the other hand, really seeks to understand what’s going on with the end user. At the risk of sounding cliché, Carlson is about getting the job done.

Non-complex – another way to say simple to learn

When I began using Carlson, I was pretty amazed at how non-complex its procedures are. But that’s not because the code itself isn’t complex. It is an extremely powerful piece of software. The program works with the way we naturally think about civil design. In fact, our draftsman has been able to pick up most procedures with almost no training from me. That’s unheard of in Civil 3D.  It’s actually been a little odd to layout my designs with something this easy.

I was talking about the software with my wife this week and I think the conversation pretty well sums up the benefits of moving to Carlson. We were sitting at dinner and I asked, 'Honey, have you heard me complain at all about how much I dislike this software?' She looked surprised and thought for a second. Then she simply replied, 'No, I haven’t!'

It’s been a nice change.quotemarksright

---John Prevette III, P.L.S., Gooden & Associates, Inc.

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Carlson Survey 2012 - Diseño dinámico de Parcelaciones con LotNet

 

LotNet  es un conjunto de funciones especiales para el diseño y ajuste de parcelaciones. Forma parte tanto de Carlson Survey como de Carlson Civil. El uso de sus herramientas permiten de manera dinámica definir el tamaño, ubicar edificaciones dentro de cada parcela, etiquetar los linderos, crear cuadros de rumbos y distancias, cuadros de áreas, generación de archivos de parcelas y la extracción de las coordenadas de sus mojones para su replanteo en el terreno.

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LotNet ahorra tiempo no únicamente en el diseño inicial, si hay necesidad de hacer ajustes o modificaciones, estas se realizan de manera inmediata. Ya sea que tengamos que agregar o remover linderos, desplazar o girar un lindero, mojones,  necesitamos modificar el tamaño de un lote, o agregar vías de acceso, LotNet tiene funciones especificas para cada una de esas tareas.

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Al hacer modificaciones se actualizan inmediatamente los las aéreas, los cuadros de rumbos y distancias, mojones y toda la información relacionada a las parcelas. 

LotNet se puede utilizar de dos formas, la primera con RoadNet  y la segunda con subdividiendo aéreas. Al hacer uso de RoadNet se dibujaran la polilínea que representa el lindero del terreno y las polilíneas que representas los ejes centrales de las calles en el fraccionamiento, luego en el panel lateral de RoadNet se agregan los ejes creados y se definen los derechos de via y el tamaño de las edificaciones internas en cada parcela. En los polígonos que se generan de la intersección de linderos y derecho de via RoadNet generara automáticamente las parcelas.

 

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La segunda forma da más libertad de maniobra y en ella solo se determina el lindero del terreno y las polilíneas que defienen los derechos de via. De esta forma LotNet a partir de escoger un punto interior de la superficie a fraccionar creara automáticamente las parcelas.

 

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Carlson Natural Regrade Software Praised by Ecological Restoration Students

 

Carlson Natural Regrade, a software designed originally for mine reclamation, yet can be used by anyone faced with disturbed lands, has been taught at the Complutense University of Carlson Natural Regrade for sustainable land reclamationMadrid, Spain, since 2008. The software allows users to "go green,” save and get greater sustainability. It's a highly affordable and natural way to reclaim land as it designs the land to be as it would have naturally formed on that site over thousands of years.

"...the software is excellent, both friendly and powerful." --Jose F. Martin Duque, Lecturer, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

[Carlson Natural Regrade] is being taught at a very high level of education. Specifically to Master’s students on Ecological Restoration (see http://www2.uah.es/master_rest_eco/). This master course is considered one of the best masters on the subject in Europe, and it receives more than 1000 aplications for only 30 seats, with most of the applications coming from South and Central America. In addition, students on Environmental Geology are also trained with this software. In both cases, the subjects are rated by the students as the best ones in each discipline, and Natural Regrade [especially excites] them.

By teaching Natural Regrade of Carlson Software at the Complutense University of Madrid, we are definitely establishing a reputed center of Superior Education, worldwide, in the field of mining reclamation. For that, we [appreciate] the invaluable help of Nicholas Bugosh [developer of GeoFluv and Natural Regrade] and all the staff of Carlson Software.

In my opinion, the software is excellent, both friendly and powerful. We will continue developing this training for a sustainable world.

 

Jose F. Martin Duque, Lecturer
Department of Geodinamics, Faculty of Geology, Complutense University of Madrid

 

 

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Students Excel with Carlson Mining Software

 

Do you want to see your students excel? Or perhaps you want to excel yourself or in your business. See what a professor from the Technical University of Crete has to say about his students utilizing Carlson Mining modules Underground Mining and Surface Mining.

"Three of our seniors used Carlson Software in their diploma thesis (equivalent to a senior project) in underground and surface mining planning operations. Although starting from Carlson Surface Mining pit design screen shotscratch, the students could easily apply functions and utilities to enter drillhole data, due to the intuitive CAD interface, to calculate and compare reserve estimates by different methods, to plot surface and deposit contours and to draw basic works such as benches for the surface operations and ramps for the underground operations.

Overall these three separate projects were completed on time and these young engineers really got a good taste of what it's all about.  This is a great product with an easy interface, that all professionals should give it a try."

Prof. Zach Agioutantis, Head
Department of Minerals Resources Engineering
Technical University of Crete
Greece

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Carlson X-Port Free for Carlson SurvCE/SurvPC Users

 

The Perfect Office Toolbox for your SurvCE / SurvPC

Dear Carlson user,                                                                                

Here is the latest news on improvements in Carlson X-Port version 4.1.1 that can be downloaded from www.survce.com

Carlson X-Port is an office application that Carlson provides, free of charge, to any registered user of our data-collection packages Carlson SurvCE and Carlson SurvPC.  NOTE: Carlson is offering various end-of-year sales on SurvPC, the Surveyor+ GPS with SurvCE, and a Carlson Supervisor, SurvCE, Carlson Survey package -- See More.

One X-Port serial number should have been provided to those utilizing SurvCE or SurvPC, together with your SurvCE/SurvPC serial number, and this is what you will need to activate the software while being installed in your PC computer - please ask your dealer in case you didn’t get it. In the last part of this document, you can find a general overview for all X-Port features.

Next is a list of the latest improvements and additions made from version 4.1 (April. 2011) till today…

Enhanced Geoid Manager

Geoid Manager allows the user to split a big Geoid file into smaller areas, by giving a center location (Lat/ Lon) and zone width (Km, Miles, or Degrees)

A new direct access has been included in the X-Port Tools Menu to run Geoid Manager – this was slightly hidden before in SurvCom.

Geoid manager allows you to select any of the supported Geoid Undulation Models from Carlson. From version 4.1, you don’t need to download the models before running the tool (before you had to get them from our Knowledge Base pages under Carlson website). Just select the model you need to process from the list, and Geoid Manager will automatically download the required files on the fly (this requires an internet connection).

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The resulting model will be stored with the name you choose and .gsf file extension in the folder you select. In order to use this new Geoid part, just copy this .gsf file in any of the SurvCE/ SurvPC Data folders.

 New GNSS Localization Report

Also under Tools Menu, a new command has been added in Carlson X-Port to generate reports showing all of the Coordinate Transformations Parameters applied in a job, this includes the ability to report input data and results from GNSS localization file (.loc/.dat/.gc3 types). This command is very similar to the one also recently implemented in SurvCE / SurvPC that you can find in Equip / Localization/ Points tab (the icon in the top bar)

Xport Pre report 

The X-Port Localization Report is generated in ASCII text format, and basically includes the same content as the report generated in SurvCE (the output format used there is HTML)

Localization Report in X-Port                                   Localization Report in SurvCE / SurvPC

Xport LocReportSCE LocReport


All SurvCE / SurvPC Coordinate Reference Systems supported

A new option for “More Pre-Defined/ User-Defined” has been added to Projection Type for GPS settings dialog wherever this setup is required in X-Port, like in Process GPS or Localization Report. The setup command allows, same as in SurvCE/ SurvPC, to keep a Pre-Defined list of projections that can be added from the regular List of Pre-Defined as well as new Definitions made by the user.

 XPort New Projections SPN

 

New On-Line Raw-Data Reporting Application

Not included in X-Port but complementing this application is a new reporting system that is being developed in our EMEA office in The Netherlands (Almere), and hosted in the Carlson European website: http://www.carlsonemea.com/. Any user can run the web application that is in the right side of the main screen:

  EMEA WebApp  (Direct link is: http://www.carlsonemea.com/cwa/)

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Basic specifications for this new reporting system are:

  • Still on beta version. All your inputs are very welcome!!
  • Two separate raw data report types, for GNSS and Total Station
  • User choice  define the output format for coordinate order and angle units
  • Several different output file formats like:

.HTM Can be revised with any compatible Internet Navigator, like Microsoft Internet Explorer. Nice format to be printed out (fields/columns in the report can be toggled on/off by the user)

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.CSV Comma Separated Values in ASCII Test format, can be edited by any Spread Sheet or Office applications like Microsoft Excel, or parsed to use and reprocess the raw data from third party solutions.

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.KML Geographic Data Format that will let you see all the GNSS positions coming from the job in any kml-compatible  geo-referenced map or image like Google Earth

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Carlson X-Port. Main features summary

Here is a general overview for the main X-Port functionality:

  • Multiple languages supported. The translation of X-Port has already been completed (or close to be finished) for English, German, Czech, Dutch, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish. In progress now for Afrikaans, Bulgarian, Croatian, Finnish, French, Hungarian, South African English, Italian, Kazakh,  Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, and Turkish.
  • RW5 and CRD files Editor. This including searching tools , adding new Total Station or GNSS records (useful to enter GPS points for a new localization), adding new points in the RW5 or CRD files, changing the units on displayed values.

Xport Editor 

  • RE-Processing tools for GNSS and Total Station.  Several different methods to compute traverse observations (Angle Balance, Compass, Crandall, Transit, Least-Squares) and GNSS re-processing using any of the current or user defined Projections, Geoid Undulation Models and Localization Files.
  • Direct Data Transfer with several data-collectors in the market like (shown in the picture)

Xport Transfer 

  • Geoid Manager. Allows the user to split a big Geoid file into smaller areas, by giving a center location (Lat/ Lon) and zone width (Km, Miles, or Degrees). The selected Geoid from the initial list will be downloaded on-the-fly from our Carlson Web Geoid-Data-Base.
  • Raw Data Import-Export. Covering different formats to attend many of the market standards like C&G, CalTrans, Carlson, Fieldbook, Geodimeter, Leica, Nikon, SDMS, SMI, Sokkia/SDR, SurvCE/SurvPC, TDS, Trimble, several DOT formats, Moss, RMGeo, TopoBase.
  • Point Data Import-Export. Formats supported by these routines are:  Text-ASCII, Geodimeter, Leica, NLS MMH360, Sokkia SDR, TDS-CR5, SDMS and TopBase.
  • Image X-Port. By reading different image formats like BMP, JPEG, JPEG2000, TIFF and MrSid and their associated geo-reference information, Carlson Image X-Port creates an Image Data Base including a pyramidal image set that allows SurvCE and SurvPC in the field to work with over-sized high-resolution ortho-pictures in the map background while using any of the land surveying tools like Store Points, Stakeout or Map-Cogo. An included tool in Image X-Port allows to geo-reference a picture from two know points in the ortho-image in the case it wasn´t referenced from the source (like Google Earth images case)
  • Localization Report. Generates reports showing all of the Coordinate Transformations Parameters applied in a job, this includes the ability to report input data and results from GNSS localization file (.loc/.dat/.gc3 types).
  •  And many more tools are also included like Cut-Sheet preparation from points list with user-defined fields, Direct-Reverse reports, units converter for points, Field Code editor and DXF to triangulation model conversions.

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NOTE: Carlson is offering various end-of-year sales on SurvPC, the Surveyor+ GPS with SurvCE, and a Carlson Supervisor, SurvCE, Carlson Survey package -- See More.

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Carlson Surveyor+GPS is Asset to Independent Surveyor

 

Larry Hoffman recently started his own business and wrote to let us know how much of a difference having the Carlson Surveyor+ RTK GPS rover has made to his bottom line.

“If you are looking at incorporating a network RTK GPS unit as part of your ‘toolbox,’ I highly recommend adding Carlson’s Surveyor+GPS unit to your list of systems to look at.”

--Larry Hoffman, PLS
Larry Hoffman, PLS, using Carlson Surveyor+ GPSHoffman Land Surveying and Geomatics
Ontario, N.Y.

“I have been using the Surveyor+ RTK GPS rover for the past 6 months and I can say it has been an asset to my business from the day it was incorporated into the day-to-day operations.  It is very user-friendly with a very logical user interface, especially if you are familiar with Carlson SurvCE data collection software.

Carlson’s Surveyor+GPS has the ability to use the WAAS system for “rough” orientation should you just need to recover a roughly known point or only require an approximate location. It also has the ability to operate on almost any RTK reference network using the internal GSM modem (cell coverage required) and is able to track both GPS and GNSS satellites should the reference network track the GNSS satellites as well. I have used it with several different reference networks, using both RTCM and VRS language.

Carlson technical support has been excellent as well. They are very responsive to any questions and are also receptive to recommendations that might be helpful in future software updates.

The only issue the unit might have in this day of “wireless” connections is the requirement to use a cable to connect the GPS antenna to the Surveyor+.  While it may seem like a negative, I have found that using the cable allows the unit’s Bluetooth port to be utilized for other third party hardware, such as a disto meter or hydrograhic equipment.  We have even used the GPS and robotic total station simultaneously, which is useful when line-of-site or satellite visibility are issues.

Additionally, the ability to collect attribute information associated with the feature being located, such as a pipe invert, where you may want the size of the pipe and/or the type of pipe, make this an excellent choice for GIS applications.”

 

 

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Carlson CAD-Based Design Software Available in Spanish -- en Español

 

For Spanish-speaking land surveyors, civil engineers, contractors, mine personnel -- anyone who works with CAD-based design software -- here is some good news about Carlson Software.

La edición 2013 del software basado en CAD de Carlson que integra  diversos módulos de software de oficina – Survey, Civil, Hydrology, GIS, Point Cloud, Construction, Takeoff, Geology, Surface/Underground Mining y  Natural Regrade – ya está  disponible en español. La Carlson 2012 CAD-design software now comes in Spanishtraducción completa del código se realizó por Aretei Asistencia SLL, destacado distribuidor de Carlson Software en España en colaboración con el personal de Carlson.

"Estamos muy satisfechos de poder  presentar la gran variedad de software desarrollada por Carlson para oficinas de cálculo y diseño en  lengua española,” dice Jesús Latova de Carlson EMEA, que tiene su sede en Madrid- España y lideró este proyecto. "La demanda de acceso a las técnicas avanzadas de Carlson, de uso fácil e intuitivo para cálculo y gestión de terreno, diseño y desarrollo de  minería en el mundo de habla española ha sido muy fuerte."

Todas las mejoras alcanzadas en 2013, incluyendo las evoluciones en codificación y visualizaciónn3D y la capacidad de elaborar informes personalizados más profesionales, se han conservado en la traducción. El software ofrece la opción de trabajo sobre la plataforma AutoCAD ® en versiones 2004 a 2013, así como sobre IntelliCAD ® 7.0,  plataforma de CAD compatible con dwg, la cual viene incorporada y lista para trabajar, sin coste adicional. También incluida, la opción de instalación sobre la versión beta de IntelliCAD 7.2  con la posibilidad de evaluación de lo que vendrá en la siguiente versión oficial.

Para más información sobre el software de oficina Carlson 2013 ya sea en Inglés o Español, sírvase ponerse en contacto con su distribuidor local o su representante regional de  Carlson, que encontrará listado  en www.carlsonsw.com ó www.carlsonemea.com.

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Is your software's tech support up to par?

 

Carlson Tech Support John GerberHow do you feel about your software’s technical support team? We here at Carlson couldn’t be more proud of ours. And did you know that Carlson’s technical support is free. Yes, free.

President and Founder of Carlson Software Bruce Carlson feels strongly that once someone buys Carlson, then they should not have to wait or pay for the support that they need. Carlson maintains an extensive and highly qualified support staff led by Lon Watson to be at the ready.

Here are just some of the unsolicited response from our customers who recently contacted Carlson’s ace support team:

"I really appreciate your quick response. Your support team is the best of any software I have ever used. (Not to mention I love the software!)"

--James Mark Bassett
GeoData Solutions, LLC
Sarasota, Florida

“Today I called tech support to get help with a contaminated crd and rw5 file that would not load into our database because it was corrupted. We tried everything to get it working and neither file would work.

So I called into Carlson support and had a quick connection with a tech named John Gerber who gladly helped us with the issue. We discussed the issue for a while and he mentioned that they have never heard of this before. But within a half-hour we had the issue almost completely resolved and he guided me to restore the rw5 file that had about 2 days of field work in it! He then helped restore the crd file and saved us about 16 hours of work. This was some of the best technical support that I have ever seen. I am glad to be a Carlson customer.”

--Russell S. Strayer L.S.I.T.
Strayer Surveying and Mapping
Venice, Florida

“The Carlson Support Staff has been there for me every time I have needed them; they make my problem their problem. The have not/will not let you down... they are always there. They are:

  • Second to none -- Carlson wrote the book on tech support;

  • They will call you on the phone;

  • Best in the business -- Carlson cares about you and it shows.

--Craig Hooks, PS
Arrow North Surveying, LLC
Greenville, South Carolina

 

"I don't think Carlson support can be beat!"

--Andrew Berryhill
Maptech, Inc.
Jackson, Mississippi


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News from Carlson Software

 

Carlson Software President and Founder Bruce Carlson leads off
Welcome to our customers, business partners and other interested parties to the new Carlson Blog, started as we enter our 29th year of business. 

International expansion at Carlson
While maintaining our strong focus on the U.S. survey, construction, mining and civil engineering market, we started up an EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) office based in Almere, Netherlands, in July, 2010.  Our European staff include my own daughter, In Europe, the Middle East or Africa, contact Carlson EMEA for sales and serviceBarbara Carlson Fernandes and her husband Nuno Fernandes based in Portugal, Jesus Latova in Spain, Tomas Blaha (formerly of Ashtech) in the Czech Republic, and Rob van Etten and Floris van den Heuven (formerly with Sokkia) based in the Almere office. 

The EMEA operation allows for same-time tech support across that region, from Finland to South Africa, and offers more opportunity for dealer support, seminars, conference attendance and localization efforts in the EMEA region. 

In Australia, Patrick O'Connor, who joined us from Position Partners, heads up the Australian and Asian region sales and support out of Brisbane.

And our U.S. operations have recently expanded with significant growth in the machine control division and the hiring of Robert Kan and Vladimir Epifanov in our programming division, both talented and well known sotware veterans of our industry. 

At Carlson, we know that a company is more than its technology or product line--people make the difference, in support, in service, in ideas and innovation.  It's personally rewarding to me to work in the same circle with so many top professionals amidst so much intellectual fire power.  We have a team that can deliver.Carlson provides software design solutions for surveying, civil engineering, construction, mining

Carlson 2012 CAD-based design software just released
We have just released Carlson 2012--the annual release of our full range of office products working on AutoCAD and IntelliCAD. We have included with this release approximately 100 training movies that will help new users get started and advanced users master new and powerful routines in survey mapping, terrain modeling, civil engineering and hydrology design.

Many of us are preparing for the upcoming Intergeo Survey Conference in Nuremburg, Germany, which is an annual conference that every U.S. surveyor should attend once in their life.  It is held in a different city in Germany every year, and it is probably the ultimate event to experience all product offerings and the newest technology advances in the survey industry.  And for some reason it's always around Oktoberfest.

We hope to see you there. And please, feel free to contribute to the Carlson blog. Let's dialog on needed technology, business and market developments and any topic that can benefit your business and career.

--Bruce Carlson, President of Carlson Software

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