Carlson SurvPC works on Esri® and MicroStation®
SurvPC is a window into your mapping world
It is always exciting to announce a new technology breakthrough, particularly if it reduces or eliminates file conversions and porting of data between platforms.
Carlson Software has been able to accomplish something surprising with SurvPC (the PC version of SurvCE). Working on the PC platform, you can run SurvPC and directly load an Esri MXD map and access all data in the Esri geodatabase, and the field-to-finish coding will automatically discover and use the feature codes and attributes built into the map itself.
This means you can edit and field update Esri maps without extensive prior research into attributes and coding--the system "knows" what to show and prompt! The screen view becomes the actual Esri map, just as you would see it in ArcView or ArcMap itself! And you can "snap" to endpoints, check distances, and do all the features of SurvPC available in the map screen.
Data can be added by conventional surveying, accessing nearly all total stations and GPS equipment with our wide range of drivers. You can even create new features (like power poles, manholes, anything) and establish attributes and prompts, and these save back to Esri. When you create map features or edit attribute data, the GIS information stores directly in Esri format.
We are just now completing "versioning" to merge field updates with office work real-time. The Esri display version of SurvPC is available as an OEM engine solution (Esri engine inside) or works automatically if ArcView or ArcMap is loaded on the PC. (See sample Esri map, right above).
But there is more! SurvPC can be used to directly load MicroStation DGN files and you see the DGN drawing, again, as it appears in MicroStation. It is like SurvPC is just windowing into the display engines of these external packages. In the case of MicroStation, layers become levels and when you store entities, they store directly into the MicroStation DGN format and database (see below).
Finally, we now do the same for .dwg drawings--window directly into the .dwg environment and store to the .dwg database. You still have our CRD format for points and can make centerlines and profiles and other special files. But you map and draft as if you were directly in these CAD packages. These features are being introduced at the Intergeo Conference in Hannover, Germany, October 9 - 11. (There is an added cost to obtain the Esri engine for auto-access of MXD files, but no added cost to read-write to DGN or DWG.)
These new SurvPC capabilities are in addition to its standard ability to save by default in DXF format, convertible to .dwg by export options or by import options from within all CAD packages. SurvPC has become a window into your mapping world, be it .dwg, DGN or Esri. This offers ultimate field flexibility, providing native compatibility to all major platforms. It's an industry first. SurvPC is available on the Carlson Supervisor and also on the new Carlson Super G Tablet (Supervisor with built-in RTK GPS). Carlson Works for You