Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the New Jersey SurvCon this week. I’ll be teaching Field to Finish and Surface Modeling with Carlson Survey on Wednesday afternoon. Please stop by our booth to say ‘Hi’ and meet The Other CAD Girl.
I was able to nail down some dates and content for additional webinars here in early 2014.
I’m very excited to announce that Donnie Stallings, the original author of SurvNet, will be conducting a 2-part, 4-hour webinar for us on April 18th. From 10-12 Donnie will cover the basics of SurvNet and Least Squares analysis and then, from 1-3, he will go through project datasets that I’m asking you to submit by email here.
SurvNet can reduce multiple types of data (such as GPS, total station and level) at once, so please send us some good examples to use during the demonstration. I’m sure he won’t be able to use all the data we receive but he’ll go through a representative sample.
In addition, I’m happy to have CAD Masters doing a special presentation of their CAD Standards Manager product for us on March 26th. Based on questions I receive during my CAD Standards presentations at trade shows and training events, I believe you will really like what they have to show. Unlike the other webinars, this webinar is open to anyone who wants to attend – regardless of whether you have recently purchased software or hardware.
Here’s the latest schedule – you can Pre-Register for All Webinars Here:
Tuesday February 11th 2014 at 12:00 pm ET – Overview of Surfaces in Carlson
Monday March 10th 2014 at 3:00 pm ET – Introduction to Carlson
Monday March 17th 2014 at 2:00 pm ET – Introduction to Carlson SurvCE & SurvPC (using SurvPC)
with Jeremy Taylor PLS
Monday April 14th 2014 at 3:00 pm ET – Annotation with CAD and Carlson
Friday April 18th 2014 from 10:00 – 12:00 ET – Overview of SurvNet Least Squares
with Donnie Stallings PLS
Friday April 18th 2014 from 1:00 – 3:00 ET – SurvNet Least Squares – Working with Project Datasets
with Donnie Stallings PLS
Additional classes covering Carlson Takeoff, Hydrology, Raw Data Editor, SurvCE Tips & Tricks and Point Clouds are scheduled and will be announced at a later date
As 2013 wraps up I’d like to offer a sincere ‘Thank You’ to all of my customers for your business. I’ve had a lot of repeats from previous years but I’ve also added more new customers in 2013 than I did in 2012 – that’s one thing I look at to determine whether my year has been better than the one before.
Another number that may be surprising is that almost 90% of my software sales so far in 2013 have been to companies who purchased only 1 or 2 seats of software through the year. As much as I love selling a bunch of seats to one customer, I know that larger organizations typically have a larger support system around them. I’m happy I can help out so many of the “little guys”.
The economy has been tough on everyone the past several years but it’s been particularly brutal to those in the land surveying, civil engineering and construction fields. For good or for bad, we’ve all had to figure out just how efficient we can be and how we can get as much work done by as few people as possible and for the least number of dollars.
I hope I’ve been able to help in some way by extending software discounts where possible and training your staff to help your company get the most out of your software investment.
I wish everyone a safe, happy and prosperous 2014!
With the new year upon us I’m announcing some exciting new changes to my training policy and offerings…
First, the bad news: My hourly rates for custom online training will be going up on January 1. If you’ve already scheduled training at the old rate, this doesn’t apply to you. Email me to request new rates.
Second, the good news: Anyone who purchases software from me will receive discounted training rates. Like I said, email me to request the new rates.
Third, the great news: Starting January 15th I will be conducting a series of monthly webinars that you’ll be eligible to attend if you purchased software from me in the preceding 12 months. These 1-2 hour sessions are something new I’m trying for 2014 as a way to provide my customers between 18 and 24 hours of training over 12 months.
In January, March and other odd-numbered months, we will spend approximately 2-hours introducing you to Carlson Software. These will be repeat sessions meant to accommodate new users coming on through the year. These sessions will cover settings & setup (using the IntelliCAD/for AutoCAD version), importing points, overview of Field to Finish, surface creation, deed entry and annotation, centerline definition and stationing and creating profiles. There will be time for questions at the end.
In February, April and other even-numbered months, we will hold 1-2 hour training sessions on other, specific features in Carlson Software. Some topics we have planned are for survey traverse adjustment, surface modeling and drafting of pipes and structures in hydrology. These sessions will also be interactive and you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions.
The fine print: There will be a limited number of “seats” available for the sessions (limits of the technology). If we start bumping up against the limit of attendees, only one person per company will be able to attend each session. If we have plenty of seats available, that won’t be an issue.
The topics, date and time for future sessions will be posted later. After pre-registering, we will confirm your recent purchase and, if you are eligible to attend, I will send you the meeting login information.
Charlotte area firm seeks survey technician with AutoCAD and survey-specific software experience. Knowledge of Carlson Survey and SurvCE a plus. Preferred candidates will have experience in both field and office and across many survey disciplines.
Pre-employment drug testing and background check required, salary dependent on experience.
If you are interested in this position, please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward it on to this employer.
Carlson Software gives you the ability to export drawing entities directly to the Google Earth application or, alternatively, to a .kml or .kmz file that can be opened in Google Earth. At this time Carlson supports the export of points, polylines, text, solids, images, lines and arcs to Google Earth or .kml/.kmz files.
In Carlson 2014 they have also included the option of sending the Google Earth file directly to a Dropbox account for sharing with clients or other project team members.
The Export to Google Earth command is found in the File menu in all Carlson desktop programs.
Updated 11/4/2013: I’ve just added several more end of year specials for Survey with IntelliCAD, Takeoff Suite, Construction, Trench, GeoTech, Survey with IntelliCAD and manuals and more… Remember to Add Coupon for best pricing!
Carlson jumped the gun a bit and announced their year-end specials today… Special pricing will end at noon on 12/31/2013. In addition, all software purchases through 12/31 include 2 hours of online training.
Check out my online store and make sure to pick the item’s “Add Coupon” button for best pricing:
Carlson Civil Suite including one year of upgrades/maintenance
Carlson CADNet 2014 including one year of upgrades/maintenance
CADNet is a new module for 2014 – broken out of Takeoff. CADNet has tools for digitizing, importing raster and vector data from images and PDFs, merging two image files, BIM data and more. Check out this recent webinar introducing Carlson CADNet to see how powerful it is.
After several years of the same format for our end of year workshops, we’ve changed it up a bit this year.
For the first time, we will have one full day in both Statesville and Raleigh NC dedicated to Surveying and GIS topics and an additional day focusing on Civil and Hydrology topics. Each day will also include a unique presentation of the popular CAD Tips & Tricks session that, hopefully, sends everyone home with something they can use the next day.
In addition, we’re conducting 1/2-day events in Wilmington and Hendersonville (Asheville area) covering a variety of topics.
Each full-day class will give NC licensed surveyors and engineers 8 PDH credits and the 1/2 day events are eligible for 4 PDH credits. All events include lunch, software pricing specials and giveaways.
November 11th, Hendersonville NC - $49 for 4 PDH credits
Download Hendersonville (Asheville) Announcement Here
Register for Hendersonville (Asheville) Workshop Here
November 13th, Civil & Hydrology Workshop, Statesville NC - $99 for 8 PDH credits
Download Statesville Civil/Hydro Announcement Here
Register for Statesville Civil/Hydro Workshop Here
December 12th, Civil & Hydrology Workshop, Raleigh NC - $99 for 8 PDH credits
($89 registration thru 10/31/2013)
Download Raleigh Civil/Hydro Announcement Here
Register for Raleigh Civil/Hydro Workshop Here
A colleague pointed me to this post on the CADTechs group on LinkedIn:
Greater Raleigh AE firm looking for CAD talent. C3D 2012 Drafter for machine modeling, site survey, construction and engineering projects.
Carlson experience is a plus and Microstation/Geopak a double plus. Our ideal candidate will be able to learn new software quickly, have a good understanding of survey mapping and site civil design. For consideration, Drafter must be willing to take the lead, work on computer all day, have a stellar attitude, able to pass drug screening and have a good driving record.
Please forward resume to email@example.com or fax to 919-297-0090