That CAD Girl Has Some News to Share!
And we promise to make it a WIN! – WIN! – WIN!

We have some news to share! And it’s guaranteed to be…

A WIN for YOU – our current or future customers!

A WIN for Carlson Software!

A WIN for That CAD Girl and Carlson CAD Solutions!

I can’t believe it’s been 22 years since I launched That CAD Girl… wow! That’s so long ago you can be forgiven for not remembering that That CAD Girl started out by providing support and training for Land Desktop and Civil 3D 😊

By 2007, That CAD Girl had already changed directions by providing support and training for Carlson Software’s desktop products. When Carlson approached me about becoming an Authorized Reseller, I agreed, and the race was on!

Thanks to you, and the trust you’ve shown by sticking with me, That CAD Girl has been the top reseller of Carlson Software’s desktop products since 2010.

I truly believe the reason we’ve had such success as a Carlson Authorized Reseller is because we offer support and training – before and after the sale. Like our motto says – That CAD Girl helps you buy what you need – and use what you buy!

The down-side of all that success with selling software is that it left me with hardly any time for training – and I’m not complaining… it’s been a good problem to have!

Claire DiBlasi officially came on-board as “That CAD Girl’s Right-Hand” back in 2021. Our goal was for her to, eventually, handle all the software sales so I could get back to training. Claire is such a rock-star – she learned to fill my shoes in less than two years! She’s been handling most of the sales and maintenance renewal orders for a while now and I feel so blessed to have found someone who takes care of our customers the way I would. There have been so many times that I’ve read her emailed response to someone and had to double-check to make sure I hadn’t written it myself. You are in good hands with Claire!

Now for that News I mentioned up top… we have decided to let Claire launch a new division of That CAD Girl called Carlson CAD Solutions that will focus exclusively on sales of Carlson Software!

This will allow me to focus all future efforts of That CAD Girl on training and support of CAD and Carlson Software for the benefit of end-users, other software dealers and Carlson Software (the Company) – WIN! – WIN! – WIN!

What, exactly, will be changing?
We have a new website at that will become the Online Store for software. If you need to purchase new licenses of Carlson Software or request custom pricing for upgrades and maintenance renewals, please visit

The current site at will soon transition into one that is dedicated ONLY to support and training of CAD and Carlson Software. We will no longer sell software on this website.

Sales of Carlson from will offer the best discounts in addition to all the same FREE training from That CAD Girl that you’ve received in the past.

What isn’t changing? That CAD Girl WILL CONTINUE to help you buy what you need – and use what you buy!

What other changes are coming?

  • There will be a lot of cross-pollination… will provide links to for training and support AND will link to and/or other trusted partners
  • Claire has a new phone number and email address!
    She’ll start using [email protected] and will gradually let her old email forward to my [email protected] address before it is eventually deactivated. The new phone number for Claire and Carlson CAD Solutions is (804) CARLSON – or (804) 227-5766
  • For now, That CAD Girl and Carlson CAD Solutions will have a shared Customer Portal. However, there will eventually be two separate portals – one for managing software licenses and the other for accessing links, recordings and certificates for training.

Please have patience with us for the next few weeks as we work to sort out the logistics of covering sales, support and training going forward. We want to organize services between Claire and me, and the two websites in a logical fashion with a goal of making it easy for you to find what you’re looking for.

We are sincerely relying on your feedback about what you like, and what you don’t, so don’t be shy! Please reach out to Claire or me at any time – our contact information is at the bottom of this letter.

We will do everything in our power to follow through on our promise of a WIN! – WIN! – WIN! for everyone.

Jennifer DiBona, That CAD Girl
(254) 417-8351 or [email protected]

Claire DiBlasi, Carlson CAD Solutions (a division of That CAD Girl)
(804) 227-5766 or [email protected]

That CAD Girl’s Webinar Series
– Company and Individual Subscriptions now available!

We’ve been working on the behind-the-scenes logistics of this for awhile and are finally ready to roll it out to everyone! We can now offer Company and Individual Subscriptions to our Webinar Series events.

Your company will still get a year’s access for up to 10 users with any purchase of a new license of Carlson Software through That CAD Girl or one of our trusted partners (more about this coming soon!).

Now, with our Company and Individual Subscriptions, we have more to offer those who don’t need more software.

Click here to see a list of our Upcoming Webinars

Click here for the details and all the fine-print

If you want to sit in on an upcoming webinar, please click here to request a Guest Registration.

That CAD Girl is heading west!

We’re very excited – and appreciative! – to the Land Surveyors of Washington (LSAW) and to the Western Federation of Professional Surveyors for inviting us to present sessions at their 2024 conferences!

We will have some fun and exciting events at our booth that you won’t want to miss, so make sure to come by while you’re there!

In Tulalip at the 2024 LSAW Conference, That CAD Girl will be presenting Survey Project from Field to Plotted Sheet with Carlson Software – tentatively scheduled on Wednesday, Feb 28th.


At the Western Regional Survey Conference in Las Vegas, we will also have fun ‘n’ games at our booth and will be presenting Survey Project from Field to Plotted Sheet with Carlson Software.

And you won’t want to miss our other session! In Dueling Piano… err, Dueling CAD Stations: Civil 3D vs Carlson Software with John Dingwall of CAD Masters, we will go head-to-head to demonstrate how each program handles your day-to-day Survey work.

Early registration is still open for both Conference, so register today!

Have you registered for the NC Surveyors Conference & Trade Show yet?

You won’t want to miss this year’s NCSS Conference coming up February 8-10 at the Sheraton Imperial Conference Center in Durham! As always, there will be a full agenda of great educational sessions and a chance to catch up, visit and share all the best surveyors stories of the past year!

That CAD Girl will be there and we’d love to have you stop by our booth to say “Hi!” since it’s been awhile since we’ve been able to attend.



Fast Track to Carlson Takeoff – January 2024

Don’t miss our upcoming Virtual Classroom training from That CAD Girl!

Our goal for 2024 is to double our offerings of long-form Virtual Classroom sessions and that starts in January with our Fast Track to Carlson Takeoff. This will be 2+ days of demonstration and presentation where users will learn to:

  • Start your project from 2D images or paper
  • Use Takeoff’s layer-basaed systsem to track features and report quantities
  • Easily account for subgrades and topsoil in cut/fill calcs
  • Import CAD files and data from other programs
  • Build complex surface models with multi-floor buildings and retaining walls
  • Generate reports and cut/fill color maps
  • Export files for machine control

Click here to read the full announcement


You Could Attend for FREE!

Purchase a new license of Carlson Takeoff Suite or Takeoff OEM and receive 1 FREE registration to this training

Carlson Software 2024 has been released!

Carlson Software released the 2024 version of their desktop products on October 16, 2023.

With the 2024 release, Carlson has upgraded the IntelliCAD “experience” and now defaults to IntelliCAD 11 which is a major upgrade! Click here to review all the updates in the new 2024 software.

Carlson 2024 products can be installed with (included) IntelliCAD 10.1a or 11.1 or on top of your separately purchased license of AutoCAD 2018-2024.

Carlson Survey and Takeoff 2024 with embedded AutoCAD (OEM) are expected to be released within the next few weeks.

Any user who has purchases a new Survey or Takeoff with embedded AutoCAD (OEM) within 30 days of the new release will receive an automatic upgrade. If this applies to you, please Email us and we’ll make sure you get your free upgrade.

If you are currently running Carlson and have an active maintenance contract, you are eligible for a free upgrade to Carlson Software 2024. You will need your 2023 serial number and can use this Lookup screen to find your 2024 serial number.

If you’re a past customer of That CAD Girl, you may be able to find your Carlson Customer ID, serial numbers and maintenance reports on your That CAD Girl Customer Portal.

FAQ: What are the improvements to Carlson over previous versions? (a running thread)

FAQ: What you should know about purchasing Carlson Software

2022 Virtual Workshop Registration Discount!

Although we’ve already completed 2 of our 6-days of workshops, we’ve continued to get calls and requests to register for the remaining days. 

It’s true that “the best is yet to come” but, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and end-of-year specials, we’ve decided to reduce the cost of the registration to $99 for the remaining sessions.

Coming up Tuesday Nov 29th, we are putting the sales, support and development teams from Carlson Software in the hot seat to answer your questions! You won’t want to miss this!


Currently scheduled: Bruce Carlson, Leonid Entov, Scott Griffin, Butch Herter, Mark Long, Doug Aaberg, Sara Winter, Shan Lu, Lon Watson, John Gerber and more!

Carlson Software 2023 has been released!

On November 1, 2022 Carlson Software released the 2023 version of their desktop products. With the 2023 release, Carlson is focusing more on performance and stability and a little less on new bells and whistles… I’m guessing the next version will be heavy in the other direction!

Carlson 2023 products will ship with both a preview release of IntelliCAD 11.0 and 10.1 and can also run on top of your separately purchased license of AutoCAD 2018-2023.

Carlson Survey 2023 with embedded AutoCAD (OEM) is expected to be released within the next few weeks but it’s unclear at this time whether there will be a 2023 release of Takeoff OEM.

Any user who has purchased Survey OEM 2022 after 10/1/2022 will receive a free upgrade to Survey OEM 2023. If this applies to you, please Email us and we’ll make sure you get your free upgrade.

If you are currently running Carlson and have an active maintenance contract, you are eligible for a free upgrade to Carlson Software 2023. You will need your 2022 serial number and can use this Lookup screen to find your 2023 serial number.

If you’re a past customer of That CAD Girl, you may be able to find your Carlson Customer ID, serial numbers and maintenance reports on our new customer portal. You can access your portal by clicking here and entering your email address. If you haven’t been granted Admin privileges by your company’s primary point of contact, you may have limited access.

You can read more about the new features and find more information here on Carlson Software’s 2023 product page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel where you can find our Picks and Clicks videos plus several “Product Overview” recordings that demonstrate features in different programs.

FAQ: What are the improvements to Carlson over previous versions? (a running thread)

And, don’t forget…

Carlson Software 2022

Carlson Year End Specials – Sweet Suites & Bundles of Hardware

Carlson announced their year-end specials early this year and they have lots of great offerings for hardware and software… but we’ve done a little better!

Click here to browse all the discounts – pricing is good through 12/31/2016. And, don’t forget! If you purchase new software through That CAD Girl you will be eligible for 12 months of our live and interactive webinars. You can see the list of upcoming webinars here.

If you’ve never attended one of our webinars, we’d love to have you attend as a guest for one of our upcoming sessions. Click here to send a request or to request a custom proposal or live demonstration.

Also (hint, hint) you may want to register for our newsletter because we MAY have other That CAD Girl exclusive specials to announce later this month!


It’s been a fun (and busy!) few weeks…

Thanks to everyone who attended our workshops in Statesville & Hendersonville this month! We were pretty much busting the seams of our event space in Hendersonville and we’ll be better prepared for the crowd next year. I think it’s safe to say we’ll be back for a full day.

Here are a few snapshots of me and “the crew” who helped create this 3-ring circus.

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From left: Jeremy Taylor, aka “That CAD Guy”; Mark Long, Civil & Hydrology Training and Support for Carlson Software; me; Scott Griffin, National Civil Sales Director for Carlson Software; Butch Herter, Director of Hardware for Carlson Software and Mike Jones, Inside Sales Support for Carlson Software.

Pardon the smirks – a crude comment was made instead of just saying “Cheese!”





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Yeah, this is a little more honest.

I think we were at the end… of the day.









Tuesday in Statesville






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Tiny bit of false advertising.

This is Jeremy, That CAD Guy, explaining the ins-and-outs of Traverse Adjustment in Carlson Survey.





Feel like you missed out? There’s still time to register for our encore presentations in Raleigh in mid-December. Click here to find out more