Customer-driven improvements highlight Carlson Survey 2018

September 19, 2017  - By

Carlson Survey 2018 continues to build on its development of survey features that are based on customer requests.

Among the improvements in Carlson Survey’s 2018 version are its ability to place and prioritize building footprints on lots, the new Field-to-Finish Ramp Special Code and expanded 3D capabilities.

“There are more than 200 improvements in Carlson 2018,” said Dave Carlson, vice president of development at Carlson Software. “We listen to our customers and work all year to develop their requested tools.”

In the LotNetwork aspect of Carlson Survey 2018, users now have the ability to set up multiple building footprints with their individual dimensions and setback requirements and designate the order of placement priority. Each lot is then automatically drawn with the building footprint as designated. There are also new options to leave empty lots and to draw driveways.

“Carlson’s work horse, Field-to-Finish, has yet again added more time saving features for surveyors,” said Doug Aaberg, Carlson Survey product manager. “New features like the Ramp special code allow users to define complex handicap ramps or driveway aprons with a single shot, automatically creating the necessary horizontal and vertical elements for a surface model. More tools are available for controlling elevations, line work and text.”

In addition, new tree and pipe features have increased user control and offset curb lines can now be automatically labeled with elevations. The new features have been designed to further automate the creation of plans and surface models, Aaberg said.

LotNetwork driveways in Carlson Survey 2018.

Also, Carlson Survey 2018 offers more flexibility to identify wall heights in the field. “This, together with the expanded 3D object library, allows users to create true three-dimensional models straight from the field,” said Aaberg.

Other improvements to Carlson Survey 2018 include:

  • New Field-to-Finish method to control size, symbol, layer, and color points based on GIS values;
  • New Coordinate Cloud command for storing and retrieving points (can include pictures and comments) to an online database for your own archive or to share;
  • Ability to fix text overlap to clean up annotation; and
  • New method to geolocate DWG files in Google Earth.

Carlson Survey provides a full toolkit for surveyors with everything from network least squares to surface modeling. Users can work seamlessly between the office and the field, and they can establish company-wide design styles to ease and speed their work.

Along with Carlson Survey for 2018, Carlson Software is also releasing the 2018 versions of Carlson Civil, Carlson GIS and Carlson Hydrology. Together with Survey, they make up the Carlson Civil Suite.

Carlson’s 2018 release also includes: Carlson Point Cloud, Carlson Field, Carlson Mining, Carlson Construction, Carlson GeoTech, Carlson CADnet and Carlson Trench (the last four make up the Carlson Takeoff Suite), and Carlson Natural Regrade, all featuring their own industry-specific improvements.

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About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.