[FAQ202] That CAD Girl Active Coupon Codes (a running thread)
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Why Coupons...?

Prices shown in our online store reflects Carlson Software’s Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) policy but additional discounts may be available at checkout, using coupons, or by requesting a custom proposal.

Takeoff Suite

After adding Takeoff Suite to your cart, select the coupon Takeoff Suite at checkout for an additional discount.

Includes FREE Maintenance and FREE access to RECORDINGS of January 2024 Takeoff Training

Takeoff OEM

After adding Takeoff OEM to your cart, select the coupon Takeoff OEM at checkout for an additional discount.

Includes FREE access to RECORDINGS of January 2024 Takeoff Training

Free Virtual Classroom Training

With the purchase of any new license of Carlson Software, you will have the option of adding a FREE registration to an upcoming 2- or 3-day Virtual Classroom training event to your cart.

Free Maintenance

When adding select Carlson Software to your cart, you will have the option of adding 1-Year of Free Maintenance coupon to your cart.

That CAD Girl Online Store Pricing

After adding select Carlson Software products to your cart, add the online store coupon at checkout for additional discounts

Discounted Maintenance Renewals and Upgrades

Send us your report and receive an extra discount on maintenance renewals and OEM upgrades!

Click here to upload your current maintenance or OEM upgrade report and request pricing for your maintenance renewal –

Select Suite Pick 2

After adding Select Suite Pick 2 to your cart, select the coupon Pick 2 Special at checkout for an additional discount.

This offer will end on 10/31/2023

Black Friday Discount

Discount to add Survey, Civil, Hydrology, GIS, CADnet or Point Cloud Basic to any current license

(regular price $750)

Email [email protected] for custom proposal

Black Friday Discount

Coupon automatically applied at checkout after adding select Carlson Software to your cart

That CAD Girl Standard Discount

Coupon automatically available at checkout after adding select Carlson Software products to your cart

Extra $100 Off

After adding Select Suite Pick 3 to cart, a coupon for an extra $100 off will be available

Available through 12/31/2021

That CAD Girl Maintenance Discount

After adding select Carlson Software AND maintenance to cart, use Coupon Code tcgmaintenance at checkout for additional discount. Currently available for Carlson Survey, Civil, Civil Suite, Pick 2 and Pick 4

Black Friday Discount

Coupon automatically applied at checkout after adding Carlson Takeoff Suite to your cart

Discount Workshop Registration

With the purchase of any new license of Carlson Software, you will have the option of adding 2022 Virtual Workshop Registration to your cart.

At checkout, click on the coupon 2022 Virtual Workshop to apply a coupon for $100 off the registration price.

Free Maintenance

When adding select Carlson Software to your cart, you will have the option of adding 1-Year of Free Maintenance to your cart.

No Coupon Code is required for this discount.

Ends 12/31

EXTRA $500 off

After adding Civil Suite or Select Suite Pick 4 to your cart, use Coupon Code dogdays2022 at checkout for additional discount.

This offer will end on 9/1/2022

Extra $100 Off

After adding Select Suite Pick 6 to cart, a coupon for an extra $100 off will be available

Available through 12/31/2021

End of Year Discount

Coupon available at checkout after adding Carlson Takeoff Suite to your cart

Expires 12/31/2021

Extra $100 Off

After adding select Carlson Software AND maintenance to cart, use Coupon Code extra100 at checkout for additional $100 discount.

Currently available for Carlson Civil Suite, Pick 3 and Pick 4

Free Maintenance

When adding select Carlson Software to your cart, you will have the option of adding 1-Year of Free Maintenance to your cart.

No Coupon Code is required for this discount.

Expires 12/31/2022

Extra $100 Off

After adding Select Suite Pick 5 to cart, a coupon for an extra $100 off will be available

Available through 12/31/2021

End of Year Discount

Coupon available at checkout after adding select Carlson Software to your cart

Expires 12/31/2021

Black Friday Discount

Coupon automatically applied at checkout after adding select Carlson Software to your cart

That CAD Girl Manuals

$50 discount coupon will be automatically available at checkout after adding any new license of Carlson Software and That CAD Girl Self-Study Training Manuals to your cart

Extra $250 Off

After adding select Carlson Software AND maintenance to cart, use Coupon Code extra250 at checkout for additional $250 discount.

Currently available for Carlson Takeoff Suite.

That CAD Girl Maintenance Discount

After adding select Carlson Software AND maintenance to cart, use Coupon Code “tcgmaintenance” at checkout for additional discount

That CAD Girl P3D Hydro & Topo

After adding Carlson P3D Hydro & Topo to your cart, use Coupon Code tcgp3dextra at checkout for additional discounts

That CAD Girl Preferred Pricing

After adding select Carlson Software products to your cart, use Coupon Code “tcg preferred” at checkout for additional discounts

 


    If you find the material on this website helpful, please consider supporting That CAD Girl by requesting a custom proposal or emailing us at [email protected] the next time you need to renew your maintenance, upgrade or purchase new software.

    [FAQ308] What features & menus are in Carlson Trench? (a running thread)
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    Carlson Trench 2017

    Features and Benefits of Trench 2017

    Carlson Trench is for calculations related to installing pipes, sewers, or utility lines. The CAD software calculates the volume of the trench cut, the volume of backfill (excluding the pipe size), and the linear footage of pipe broken down by the pipe material, size, and/or depth.

    Carlson Trench is fully integrated with Carlson Civil and Carlson Construction, and also Carlson Hydrology to meet the variety of customers’ needs.

    Menus in Trench 2017

     

    Menu Bar in Trench 2017

     

    The menus below are available in Carlson Trench 2017

    Trench Menu

    Trench 2017 Trench Menu

    Utility Menu

    Trench 2017 Utility Menu

    The menus below are in all non-OEM programs of Carlson 2017 desktop software

    (Click image to see more)

    Carlson Trench 2020

    Features and Benefits of Trench 2020

    Carlson Trench is for calculations related to installing pipes, sewers, or utility lines. The CAD software calculates the volume of the trench cut, the volume of backfill (excluding the pipe size), and the linear footage of pipe broken down by the pipe material, size, and/or depth.

    Carlson Trench is fully integrated with Carlson Civil and Carlson Construction, and also Carlson Hydrology to meet the variety of customers’ needs.

     

    Menu Bar in Trench 2020

     

    The menus below are available in Carlson Trench 2020

    Trench Menu

    Utility Menu

    The menus below are in all non-OEM programs of Carlson 2020 desktop software

    (Click image to see more)

    Carlson Trench 2022

    Features and Benefits of Trench 2022

    Carlson Trench is for calculations related to installing pipes, sewers, or utility lines. The CAD software calculates the volume of the trench cut, the volume of backfill (excluding the pipe size), and the linear footage of pipe broken down by the pipe material, size, and/or depth.

    Carlson Trench is fully integrated with Carlson Civil and Carlson Construction, and also Carlson Hydrology to meet the variety of customers’ needs.

    Menus in Trench 2022

     

    Menu Bar in Trench 2022

     

    The menus below are available in Carlson Trench 2022

    2022 Trench Menu

    2022 Utility Menu

    The menus below are in all non-OEM programs of Carlson 2022 desktop software

    (Click image to see more)

    Carlson Trench 2024

    Features and Benefits of Trench 2024

    Carlson Trench is for calculations related to installing pipes, sewers, or utility lines. The CAD software calculates the volume of the trench cut, the volume of backfill (excluding the pipe size), and the linear footage of pipe broken down by the pipe material, size, and/or depth.

    Carlson Trench is fully integrated with Carlson Civil and Carlson Construction, and also Carlson Hydrology to meet the variety of customers’ needs.

    Menus in Trench 2024

     

    Menu Bar in Trench 2024

     

    The menus below are available in Carlson Trench 2024

    2024 Trench Menu

    2024 Utility Menu

    The menus below are in all non-OEM programs of Carlson 2024 desktop software

    (Click image to see more)


      If you find the material on this website helpful, please consider supporting That CAD Girl by requesting a custom proposal or emailing us at [email protected] the next time you need to renew your maintenance, upgrade or purchase new software.

      [FAQ431] What are the improvements to Carlson over previous versions? (a running thread)
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      Carlson released the 2024 version of their desktop products on October 16, 2023. Click here to download a PDF of improvements in Carlson 2024 products. They released Survey OEM 2024 on November 3, 2023.
       
      Carlson released the 2023 version of their desktop products on November 1, 2022. They released Survey OEM 2023 on November 14, 2022. Click here to download a PDF of improvements in Carlson 2023 products.
       
      Carlson released the 2022 version of their desktop products on December 30, 2021. Click here to download a PDF of improvements in Carlson 2022 products.
       
      Carlson released the 2021 version of their desktop products on September 23, 2020. Click here to download a PDF of improvements in Carlson 2021 products.
       
      Carlson released the 2020/R11 version of Carlson Takeoff with embedded AutoCAD (OEM) on October 21, 2019. Click here to download a PDF of improvements in Takeoff T11.

      Carlson released the 2020 version of their desktop products on October 1, 2019. Click here to download a PDF of improvements in Carlson 2020 products.

       
      Carlson released the 2019 version of their desktop products on September 25, 2018. Click here to download a PDF of improvements in Carlson 2019 products.
       
      And, they released the 2018/T10 version of Carlson Takeoff with embedded AutoCAD (OEM) on October 20, 2017. Click here to download a PDF of improvements in Takeoff T10.

      Carlson released the 2018 version of their desktop products on August 31, 2017. Click here to download a PDF of improvements in Carlson 2018 products.

       
      Carlson released the 2017 version of their desktop products on July 28, 2016. Click here to download a PDF of improvements in Carlson 2017 products.
       
      Carlson released the 2016 version of their desktop products on August 3, 2015. Click here to download a PDF of improvements in Carlson 2016 products.
       
      Carlson released the 2015 version of their desktop products on July 22, 2014. Click here to download a PDF of improvements in Carlson 2015 products.


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        [FAQ400] Find Answers on your new That CAD Girl Portal
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          Find Answers on your new That CAD Girl Portal

          If you (or your company) have ever requested a proposal or invoice from That CAD Girl – Congrats! You have a portal!

          Every portal is specific for the email address we have on file for you, so – Click here to access That CAD Girl’s Customer Portal then enter your email address.

          The availability of tabs on your portal will depend on whether you have been granted Full Access by the primary contact in your company or if you have Restricted Access. Everyone will have Home, Free Webinars and My Training tabs while those with Full Access will have access to Recent Transactions, Serial Numbers and Maintenance Reports.

           

           
          Home – On this tab you can review the contact information about your company and also request updates to contacts or other out-of-date information. This screen also shows whether staff from your Company is eligible to attend our Monthly Webinar Series for Free.

           
          Recent Transactions – On this tab, you can review proposals and securely pay your invoice using any major credit card or directly from your bank account. You can also review and download PDF copies of past proposals, invoices and payment transactions. This tab is only available to users with Administrative Access.

           

          Clicking on an Estimate – When viewing an Estimate (Proposal) in Recent Transactions, you have different options depending on whether the Estimate has been previously converted to an invoice, is active (unexpired) or is past due (expired).

          For active (unexpired) and unconverted Estimates, you can click “Accept & Pay” to convert the Estimate to an Invoice and proceed directly to our payments screen or click “Create Invoice” to convert the Estimate to an invoice and proceed to the Invoice screen.

          For past due (expired) or previously converted Estimates, you only have the “Print” button that allows you to export to a PDF.

          NOTE: Once an Estimate has been converted to an Invoice using either option, you must return to the Recent Transactions table and open the Invoice to pay.

           

           

          Clicking on an Invoice – When viewing an Invoice in Recent Transactions, you have different options depending on whether the Invoice is active or past due.

          For active (unexpired) Invoices, you can click “Pay Now” to proceed to our payment screen.

          For past due (expired) Invoices, you only have the “Print” button that allows you to export to a PDF.

           
          Serial Numbers – On this tab, you can see a list of your company’s Active Carlson Software Serial Numbers. The table on this screen is searchable and can be filtered or downloaded in Excel format. This tab is only available to users with Administrative Access.

          DISCLAIMER: That CAD Girl has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information about your Carlson Software licensing that is provided on this website. Nevertheless, inadvertent errors may occur so all information shall be confirmed and validated directly by Carlson Software prior to use.


          Also, clicking on any serial number in the list brings you to a details page where you can add any “Customer Notes” that are helpful to you such as the user name, location or even the Change Key associated to that installation. You can also find the link to download and link to installation instructions.

           
          Maintenance Reports – On this tab you can see the most recent copies of Carlson Maintenance Reports. You can download a PDF version of any report by clicking the “Open Attachment” button in the row. This tab is only available to users with Administrative Access.

          DISCLAIMER: That CAD Girl has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information about your Carlson Software licensing that is provided on this website. Nevertheless, inadvertent errors may occur so all information shall be confirmed and validated directly by Carlson Software prior to use.

           

           
          Free Webinars – This tab is accessible to all users although the information will vary depending on your Company’s webinar eligibility (see Home tab). The information on this screen is broken down into 3 tables:

          • A list of Upcoming sessions in our Webinar Series with links to pre-register
          • A list of webinars that you attended and a button to download a Certificate of Attendance. Note: You can add your professional license numbers on your Home tab and they will appear on your certificates.
          • A list of recordings of webinars that you attended

           
          Your Training – This tab is accessible to all users although the information will vary depending on whether you or your Company have paid for specialized training. The information on this screen is broken down into 3 tables:

          • A list of Upcoming Training sessions that have already been paid for with links to pre-register
          • A list of Past Training sessions the user has paid for and attended with a link to download a Certificate of Attendance
          • A list of Past Training sessions with links to the recording

          Find Answers on your new That CAD Girl Portal

          If you have ever requested a proposal or invoice from That CAD Girl – Congrats! You have a portal!

          Every portal is specific for the email address we have on file for you and you can access yours by following this link and entering your email address.

          The availability of tabs on your portal will depend on whether you have been granted Full Access by the primary contact in your company or if you have Restricted Access. Everyone will have Home, Webinars and Paid Training tabs while those with Full Access will have access to Transactions, Serial Numbers and License Reports.

          Recent Transactions – On this tab, you can review proposals and securely pay your invoice using any major credit card or directly from your bank account. You can also review and download PDF copies of past proposals, invoices and payment transactions. This tab is only available to users with Administrative Access.

           

          Serial Numbers – On this tab, you can see a list of Active Carlson Software Serial Numbers. The table on this screen is searchable and can be filtered or downloaded in Excel format. This tab is only available to users with Administrative Access.

          DISCLAIMER: That CAD Girl has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information about your Carlson Software licensing that is provided on this website. Nevertheless, inadvertent errors may occur so all information shall be confirmed and validated directly by Carlson Software prior to use.


          Also, clicking on any serial number in the list brings you to a details page where you can add any “User Notes” that are helpful to you such as the user name, location or even the Change Key associated to that installation. You can also find the link to download and link to installation instructions.

           

          Maintenance Reports – On this tab you can see the most recent copies of Carlson Maintenance Reports. You can download a PDF version of any report by clicking the box next to the report and then clicking the “Open Attachment” button at the bottom. This tab is only available to users with Administrative Access.

          DISCLAIMER: That CAD Girl has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information about your Carlson Software licensing that is provided on this website. Nevertheless, inadvertent errors may occur so all information shall be confirmed and validated directly by Carlson Software prior to use.

           

          Webinars – This tab is accessible to all users although the information will vary depending on your Company’s webinar eligibility (see Home tab). The information on this screen is broken down into 3 tables:

          • A list of Upcoming sessions in our Webinar Series with links to pre-register
          • A list of Past sessions in our Webinar Series with links to the recording
          • A list of sessions the user has attended with a link to download a Certificate of Attendance

          Paid Training – This tab is accessible to all users although the information will vary depending on whether you or your Company have paid for specialized training. The information on this screen is broken down into 3 tables:

          • A list of Paid Training sessions the user has attended with a link to download a Certificate of Attendance
          • A list of Upcoming Paid Training sessions that have already been paid for with links to pre-register
          • A list of Past Paid Training sessions with links to the recording

           


            If you find the material on this website helpful, please consider supporting That CAD Girl by requesting a custom proposal or emailing us at [email protected] the next time you need to renew your maintenance, upgrade or purchase new software.

            [FAQ200] What you should know about purchasing Carlson Software
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            About Carlson Software, the Company

            Carlson Software is a software developer based out of Maysville, Kentucky. They have been developing land development-focused software since 1983 and their offerings include modules for the land surveying, civil engineering, construction and mining industries.

            FAQ: About Carlson Software

            About Carlson, the Software

            Carlson’s desktop programs run on 64-bit MS Windows-based computers.

            Carlson programs work natively and produce DWG format files. There is NO need to convert, import or export – only Open and Save.

            The programs are primarily delivered as “vertical” modules that can be installed and run on top of a generic-CAD platform.

            Carlson’s desktop modules for land surveying, engineering and construction are built to run on top of the ITC’s IntelliCAD and Autodesk’s AutoCAD platforms. The modules include: Survey, Civil, Hydrology, GIS, Geology, Underground Mining, Surface Mining, Natural Regrade, Field, CADnet, GeoTech, Trench, Construction and Point Clouds.

            Additionally, Survey and Takeoff are developed and run on top of an embedded AutoCAD (OEM).

            You Have Options!
            Purchase Carlson with the Platform that's Best for You

            Option 1: With IntelliCAD/for YOUR AutoCAD

            Carlson’s desktop programs can be installed as a standalone program on top of IntelliCAD or on top of your separately-purchased, full-AutoCAD-based program.

            Each purchase includes a license of the latest version of IntelliCAD – it doesn’t have to be purchased separately.

            Your separately-purchased, full-AutoCAD-based program can be AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map, Land Desktop, Civil 3D or other vertical – but does NOT include AutoCAD LT.

            The following modules are available with IntelliCAD/for YOUR AutoCAD: Survey, Civil, Hydrology, GIS, Geology, Underground Mining, Surface Mining, Natural Regrade, Field, CADnet, GeoTech, Trench, Construction and Point Clouds

             

            Option 2: With embedded AutoCAD (OEM)

            Carlson Survey and Takeoff can be purchased and installed standalone with embedded AutoCAD (also known as the OEM version).

            Each purchase includes a license of the latest version of embedded AutoCAD (OEM) – it doesn’t have to be purchased separately.

            Note that embedded AutoCAD (OEM) is more similar to AutoCAD LT than AutoCAD – so, experienced AutoCAD users may end up missing much of the functionality they are accustomed to.

            The embedded AutoCAD (OEM) programs do not include IntelliCAD and do not require a separate purchase of AutoCAD.

            Importantly, although both programs can be installed on the same computer, programs installed with the OEM platform will be completely separate from those installed with IntelliCAD/your AutoCAD.  This means that you will not be able to work in a DWG file and simply switch between menus – you’ll have to close the drawing in one program in order to open it in the other.

            Carlson's Versions vs AutoCAD's Versions

            Carlson Software typically releases a new version of their programs approximately 4-6 months after Autodesk releases each new version of AutoCAD.

            Carlson Software will run on earlier versions of AutoCAD; however, you cannot run a version of Carlson that is older than the AutoCAD. For instance, Carlson 2024 will run on AutoCAD 2018-2024 but Carlson 2022 will only run on AutoCAD 2018-2022.

            Which Program or Modules Do I Need?

            We definitely recommend that you request a 30-day trial and test it for yourself – but here are links to help you decide!

            Retail Pricing for Carlson Software vs That CAD Girl Pricing

            * Prices shown in our online store reflects Carlson Software’s Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) policy but additional discounts may be available at checkout or by requesting custom pricing.

            ProgramRetail Price of Standalone
            (effective 10/16/2023)
            Retail Price of NetworkThat CAD Girl Pricing
            Select Suite - Pick 6 (from Survey, Civil, Hydrology, GIS, Point Cloud Basic, CadNet)$ 4,950$ 5,445* See in store
            Select Suite - Pick 5 (from Survey, Civil, Hydrology, GIS, Point Cloud Basic, CadNet)$ 4,650$ 5,115* See in store
            Civil Suite or Select Suite Pick 4 (from Survey, Civil, Hydrology, GIS, Point Cloud Basic, CadNet)$ 4,250$ 4,675* See in store
            Select Suite - Pick 3 (from Survey, Civil, Hydrology, GIS, Point Cloud Basic, CadNet)$ 3,850$ 4,235* See in store
            Select Suite - Pick 2 (from Survey, Civil, Hydrology, GIS, Point Cloud Basic, CadNet)$ 3,350$ 3,685* See in store
            Survey$ 2,150$ 2,365* See in store
            Civil$ 1,950$ 2,145* See in store
            Hydrology$ 1,550$ 1,705* See in store
            GIS$ 1,250$ 1,375* See in store
            Takeoff Suite
            (Construction, CADNet, Trench, GeoTech)
            $ 7,500$ 8,250* See in store
            Construction$ 3,950$ 4,345* See in store
            CADNet$ 1,750$ 1,925* See in store
            Trench$ 1,595$ 1,755.50* See in store
            GeoTech$ 1,595$ 1,755.50* See in store
            Takeoff with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)$ 9,000$ 9,900* See in store
            Survey with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)$ 3,250$ 3,575* See in store
            Other Software or Hardware*See in store

            Upgrading Carlson Software

            IntelliCAD/for CAD Products

            Upgrades are managed through the Annual Maintenance Plan which, essentially. allows users to pre-pay for future upgrades.  As long as your Maintenance is active at the time a new version is released, you are eligible for an automatic upgrade to the new version.

            See additional information about Maintenance below…

             

            Survey and Takeoff with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)

            Maintenance is NOT available for these products so upgrades are only available after a new version has been released.

            The cost to upgrade Carlson’s OEM products is subject to change each year and varies depending on the program and how many versions behind you are.

            However, Carlson never charges more than 50% of the current retail price to upgrade any license to the latest and greatest version of the software.

            You can click here to request Custom Pricing for your upgrade.

            Carlson Software Annual Maintenance

            Maintenance with New Licenses

            Every new license of Carlson with IntelliCAD/for CAD includes 90 days of free Maintenance. This is Carlson’s way of ensuring that anyone who purchases a new license inside of that 90-day window can be assured of getting the free upgrade.

             

            Renewing Maintenance Before it Expires

            Renewing Maintenance is optional for users.

            However, if you prefer to keep your software up-to-date when new versions are released, keeping the Maintenance plan active is the best way to do that.

            If it is renewed prior to expiration, maintenance costs 10% of the retail price of the software.

             

            Renewing Expired Maintenance

            If your Maintenance has expired, you can pay the regular 10% Maintenance fee plus the expiration fee to activate your Maintenance for one-year. While Maintenance is active, you’ll be eligible for an immediate upgrade to the current version AND for automatic upgrades to any new versions released during the Maintenance year.

             

            How Old is Too Old (to Renew)?

            For licenses of Carlson with IntelliCAD/for CAD that are more than 4 years old, users can pay 50% of the retail price to activate Maintenance for 1-year.

            While Maintenance is active, you’ll be eligible for an immediate upgrade to the current version AND for automatic upgrades to any new versions released during the Maintenance year.

            See the tables below for sample pricing for Carlson Maintenance.

             

            Carlson Software Maintenance Fees – per Product

            Carlson’s policy on Software Maintenance can be viewed by clicking here

            ProgramRetail Price
            of Standalone
            (effective 10/16/2023)
            Annual Maintenance
            for Standalone
            Retail Price
            of Network
            Annual Maintenance
            for Network
            Select Suite Pick 6$ 4,950$ 495$ 5,445$ 544.50
            Select Suite Pick 5$ 4,650$ 465$ 5,115$ 511.50
            Select Suite Pick 4$ 4,250$ 425$ 4,675$ 467.50
            Select Suite Pick 3$ 3,850$ 385$ 4,235$ 423.50
            Select Suite Pick 2$ 3,350$ 335$ 3,685$ 368.50
            Civil Suite$ 4,250$ 425$ 4,675$ 467.50
            Survey$ 2,150$ 215$ 2,365$ 236.50
            Civil$ 1,950$ 195$ 2,145$ 214.50
            Hydrology$ 1,550$ 155$ 1,705$ 170.50
            GIS$ 1,250$ 125$ 1,375$ 137.50
            Takeoff Suite$ 7,500$ 750$ 8,250$ 825.00
            Construction$ 3,950$ 395$ 4,345$ 434.50
            CADNet$ 1,750$ 175$ 1,925$ 192.50
            Trench$ 1,595$ 159.50$ 1,755$ 175.50
            GeoTech$ 1,595$ 159.50$ 1,755$ 175.50

             

            Carlson Software Maintenance & Expiration Fees

            Carlson’s policy on Software Maintenance can be viewed by clicking here

            Maintenance StatusAnnual Maintenance
            (Percentage of Retail)
            Expiration Fee
            (Percentage of Retail)
            Total Fee to Renew
            (Percentage of Retail)
            Active10%010%
            Expired, up to 1 year10%10%20%
            Expired, up to 2 years10%20%30%
            Expired, up to 3 years10%30%40%
            Expired, more than 3 years10%40%50%

             

            Sample Pricing for Active and Expired Maintenance Renewal Fees

            Carlson’s policy on Software Maintenance can be viewed by clicking here

            Program# of Years ExpiredRetail PriceTotal Fee
            (Percentage of Retail)
            Total Fee to Upgrade and/or
            Renew Maintenance for 1 Year
            SurveyNot expired, maintenance is current$ 2,15010%$ 215.00
            SurveyExpired for less than 1 year$ 2,15020%$ 430.00
            Networked SurveyExpired for less than 1 year$ 2,365
            20%$ 473.00
            Civil Suite or Select Suite Pick 4Not expired, maintenance is current$ 4,25010%$ 425.00
            Civil Suite or Select Suite Pick 4Expired for less than 1 year$ 4,25020%$ 850.00
            Networked Civil Suite or Select Suite Pick 4Expired for less than 1 year$ 4,67520%$935.00

            Carlson Licensing

            Perpetual Licensing

            A purchase of Carlson Software grants a perpetual license to the owner. This means that, once purchased, you “own it” and never need to pay additional fees to use it.

             
            Network Licensing

            Carlson allows users to “network” their licenses for an additional fee. The fee is 10% of the retail price of the software being networked.

             
            Installing and Re-Installing

            When installing their desktop software, Carlson recognizes 5 different “Reasons for Installation”:

             

             

             

             

             

            After installation and registration, Carlson provides a Registration Report that includes a “Change Key” and it’s a good idea to save the report and the change key.

            And here’s a Pro-Tip for you! The Serial Number screen on your That CAD Girl Customer Portal has a “Customer Notes” section – that’s a great place to save your Change Key and other important information about each license!

            System Requirements for Desktop Software

            Because it changes from version to version, my “go-to” answer is this FAQ which links directly to Carlson’s website and their recommendations for running Carlson with embedded AutoCAD (OEM), on top of AutoCAD and with IntelliCAD.

            FAQ: What are the system requirements to run Carlson Software in the office? Do I need a monster computer?

            Technical Support & Training

            Carlson Software offers FREE technical support for Carlson Software and IntelliCAD. This is the case whether you are running the latest version of Carlson or one that’s 10 years old or, even, if you’re only trying before you buy.

            You can see all the opportunities for training with That CAD Girl here and you can follow these links to see our FAQs about the training and technical support available from Carlson and That CAD Girl.

            30-Day Trials

            Want to try before you buy? Any Carlson desktop software is available for a 30 day trial – just Click here to request a 30 day trial.

            Once you decide to purchase, you won’t even need to uninstall. You can activate your software by simply updating your registration with your purchased serial number.

            Why Buy from That CAD Girl?

            Want to try before you buy? Any Carlson desktop software is available for a 30 day trial – just Click here to request a 30 day trial.

            Once you decide to purchase, you won’t even need to uninstall. You can activate your software by simply updating your registration with your purchased serial number.


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              [FAQ420] I’ve Installed My Carlson Software – Now What Do I Do?
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              Just getting started…? Try these FAQs!

              Installing and Registering

              FAQ: How do I register my Carlson Software? And what are change keys?

              FAQ: Can I install my Carlson desktop software on two computers?

              FAQ: What happens if I get a new computer and need to reinstall Carlson?

              FAQ: What happens if I get a new computer and need to reinstall Carlson?

              Tracking my Licenses and Keeping Up to Date

              FAQ: That CAD Girl Customer Portal

              FAQ: My Maintenance is Current… Where’s My Upgrade?

              FAQ: When I upgrade, do I immediately lose access to the older version of my software?

              FAQ: I can’t seem to keep up with my Carlson maintenance – Can you help?

              FAQ: Do I qualify for an automatic upgrade to the new version of Carlson?

              Technical Support

              FAQ: Where do I get support for Carlson Software and how much will it cost me?

              FAQ: How can I be sure I’m running the latest build of my Carlson Software?

              FAQ: How can I find out when new versions or builds of Carlson are released?

              FAQ: Where do I find the build date or build number of my Carlson Software?

              FAQ: I think I found a bug in my Carlson Software – how can I get it resolved?

              FAQ: What is the latest and greatest version/build of my Carlson Software? (a running thread)

              FAQ: What is “The Little CAD Engine That Could” Website?

              Training

              FAQ: What options do I have for training on CAD or Carlson Software?

              FAQ: What is Carlson Academy?

              Self-Study Training Manuals: 1) Getting Started: Settings, Setup, Configuration and Points and 2) Field to Finish

              FAQ: Am I eligible to attend your Carlson Software webinars for free?

              FAQ: Before I buy, can I attend a webinar for free?

              FAQ: Does That CAD Girl training qualify for PDH/CEU/continuing education credit?

               


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                [FAQ430] How do I register my Carlson Software? And what are change keys?
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                After installation of any Carlson desktop software program, you will be required to register the serial number that was entered during the install process. After the software and serial number has been successfully registered a report will be displayed on screen. The registration report includes a 5-digit “Change Key” that eliminates most steps in the registration process in the event that you need to re-install with the same serial number.  It is best to print or otherwise save this report for future reference.

                Pro-Tip! The Serial Number screen on your That CAD Girl Customer Portal has a “Customer Notes” section – that’s a great place to save your Change Key and other important information about each license!

                 
                In the first tab of the dialog box you must specify your Registration Method. If you have a change key from a previous registration, you can simply choose the option Already have a change key. Otherwise, choose the option Register to obtain a change key.
                 
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                In the next tab you must specify the Reason for Installation from one of these 5 options:
                 
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                1. Initial install or maintenance upgrade of Carlson
                2. Re-installation of Carlson
                3. Windows or AutoCAD Upgrade
                4. Home/Field use. See License Agreement.
                5. New Hardware (new hard drive, network card, new computer)

                 
                It’s a little dated but you can refer to this Knowledge Base article from Carlson’s website explaining these options: Carlson KB 893: Desktop Software Reasons for Registration. This FAQ explains where to find your Carlson Software License Agreement (EULA).


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                  [FAQ204] That CAD Girl’s top reasons to purchase Carlson Software
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                  1

                  You have options as to the platform: embedded AutoCAD (OEM), on top of full-AutoCAD or IntelliCAD

                  2

                  Carlson has Free Technical Support regardless of whether your software is 1 year or 10 years old or even if you’re still trying it out before buying.

                  3

                   Carlson gives you the ability to design dynamically but does it with basic CAD entities such as lines, polylines, text and blocks which makes it easy to share drawings with others.

                  No more proxy entities or AECC Objects to fight with!

                  4

                   Carlson doesn’t retire their products and never forces you to upgrade. Their annual maintenance is optional.

                  5

                   Carlson Plays Well With Others: Their goal is to have their software be compatible with as many other software and hardware manufacturers as possible. There is a seemingly endless list of “Import from…” and “Export to…” commands in the software.

                  6

                   Carlson gives you the tools you need.

                  The first 7 or 8 menus in all programs are identical and have all the basic tools you need to be more productive. Here are just some of the things you can do in every program:

                  Work natively in DWG files and import/export DGN, DXF & DWF
                  Import and Export LandXML/RoadXML/Google Earth files
                  Full management and editing of point data including point groups
                  and edit tracking
                  Esri-powered Search Published Control feature
                  Export files for many GPS-guided machine control systems
                  Customize project folders & sub-folders to organize project data
                  Drawing Cleanup
                  Join Nearest
                  Drawing Inspector
                  Layer Inspector
                  Shrinkwrap Entities
                  Twist Screen
                  2D and 3D Polyline utilities such as reverse polyline, add/remove segments, add/remove vertices, daylight polyline to surface, etc
                  Layer Tools such as Erase and Copy by layer, Isolate, Restore
                  3D Viewer Window
                  Surface 3D Viewer


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                    [FAQ250] What is Carlson Software’s Maintenance Plan?
                    And why should you buy it through That CAD Girl?
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                    Carlson Software’s Maintenance Plan is a program that helps users stay up-to-date with the latest release of their program(s) at a reasonable cost. Essentially, maintenance allows you to purchase upgrades in advance, and on an annual contract that helps with organizational budgeting.

                    The maintenance program is available for programs that include IntelliCAD and/or run on top of a separately purchased license of an AutoCAD-based program. The following modules of Carlson office products are available with maintenance: Survey, Civil, Hydrology, GIS, Basic Mining, Geology, Underground Mining, Surface Mining, Natural Regrade, Field, CADnet, GeoTech, Trench and Construction.

                    This maintenance program does not include Carlson Survey or Takeoff with embedded AutoCAD (OEM). These programs must be upgraded individually after a new version has been released.

                     

                    BENEFITS OF MAINTENANCE FROM CARLSON SOFTWARE:

                     

                    COST OF MAINTENANCE FROM CARLSON SOFTWARE:

                    • An active Maintenance Plan can be renewed annually at a cost of 10% of software retail price.
                    • If Maintenance is not renewed prior to expiration, Maintenance increases by 10% per year after the expiration date.
                    • Importantly… Carlson never charges more than 50% of the retail price of any program to upgrade and bring it up to the current version.

                     

                    WHY BUY FROM THAT CAD GIRL?

                     


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                      [FAQ509] What is Carlson Academy?
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                      Carlson Academy is an online learning system developed by Carlson Software. It is a relatively new addition to Carlson’s User Account Portal.

                       

                      According to Carlson’s website, Carlson users with an active maintenance plan can access the lessons provided in Carlson Academy after creating or logging into their account here.


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                        [FAQ432] Where do I find the build date or build number of my Carlson Software?
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                        To find the build date/build number of the software you have installed, go to the Help Menu > About Carlson. The build will be listed in the top line of the white text box.

                        The number shown here roughly corresponds to the date that the updated file was posted to Carlson’s downloads page using a YY/MM/DD format. You can reference this FAQ to determine the current build of the software you have installed.


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                          [FAQ433] What is the latest and greatest version/build of my Carlson Software? (a running thread)
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                          New versions of most Carlson Software desktop products are released on an annual basis (Civil Suite 2016, Takeoff 2016, Takeoff R8, etc) and Carlson field software every 1-2 years (SurvCE 4.0, SurvPC 5.0, etc). However, in between these major releases Carlson will post patches called “Builds” that fix bugs or errors that have been found since the initial release.
                           
                          If you are having trouble or suspect you have found a bug, the first thing to do is make sure you have the latest “Build” installed for your version of software.

                          FAQ: Where do I find the build date or build number of my Carlson Software?

                           
                          You can visit Carlson’s Downloads page to see if a newer Build is available; however, the easiest way to get to the correct page is to go to Help > About Carlson and then click the Registration button from the About Carlson screen to open the Add/Remove Serial Number window.

                           

                           

                           

                           

                           

                           

                           

                           

                           

                           

                           

                           

                           

                           

                          Next, click to highlight your Serial Number and click Downloads to open the download screen specific to your product and version.

                           

                          Carlson Survey/Civil/Mining/Takeoff for CAD

                          This can be installed on AutoCAD or with included Intellicad.

                          The following modules are included: Survey, Civil, Hydrology, GIS, Basic Mining, Geology, Underground Mining, Surface Mining, Natural Regrade, Field, CADnet, GeoTech, Trench, Construction and Point Clouds.

                          VersionBuild Date
                          202410/14/2023
                          20239/26/2023
                          202210/11/2022
                          20213/16/2022
                          20209/2/2021
                          201912/20/2019
                          20185/20/2019
                          201711/15/2017
                          20166/29/2016
                          20157/28/2015
                          20148/11/2014

                          Carlson Survey with Embedded AutoCAD (OEM)

                          VersionBuild Date
                          202411/3/2023
                          202311/14/2022
                          20227/22/2022
                          20212/14/2022
                          20206/23/2020
                          20196/28/2019
                          20189/27/2018
                          20176/22/2017
                          20166/15/2016
                          20155/8/2015
                          20147/14/2014

                          Carlson Takeoff with Embedded AutoCAD (OEM)

                          VersionBuild Date
                          2022/R1212/1/2022
                          2022/R126/25/2022
                          2020/R113/10/2021
                          2018/R102/26/2019
                          2017/R97/3/2017
                          2016/R812/11/2015
                          2015/R79/26/2016
                          2014/R65/16/2013

                          SurvPC Data Collection Software

                          VersionBuild Date
                          7.xx8/29/2023
                          6.007/10/2018
                          5.0812/8/2017
                          5.068/1/2017
                          5.054/3/2017
                          5.0412/12/2016
                          5.039/6/2016
                          5.027/25/2016
                          4.0711/19/2015
                          4.067/23/2015
                          4.055/15/2015
                          4.0312/17/2014
                          3.031/24/2014

                          SurvCE Data Collection Software

                          VersionBuild Date
                          6.172/3/2023
                          6.168/16/2022
                          6.091/21/2021
                          6.089/29/2020
                          6.078/4/2020
                          6.035/3/2019
                          6.021/31/2019
                          6.007/10/2018
                          5.0812/8/2017
                          5.068/1/2017
                          5.054/3/2017
                          5.039/6/2016
                          5.027/25/2016
                          4.0711/19/2015
                          4.067/23/2015
                          4.055/15/2015
                          4.0312/17/2014
                          3.031/24/2014

                          Precision 3D Software (Topo, Drill, Blast and Hydro)

                          VersionBuild Date
                          20238/25/2023
                          20226/16/2023
                          20222/28/2023
                          20217/15/2021
                          20215/14/21
                          202012/11/2020
                          20198/13/2019
                          20181/9/2018
                          201711/19/2017
                          20166/6/2016
                          20156/10/2016


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                            [FAQ434] How do I know if I’m running the latest build of my Carlson Software?
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                            The first time you launch your Carlson Software after a computer restart, the program will usually check in with Carlson’s website to see if a new build of the software has been posted; however, sometimes this automatic Check for Updates doesn’t occur and you have to force it to check.
                             
                            There is a link to Check for Updates in your Windows Carlson Software program folder as shown below:
                             
                             


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                              [FAQ435] How can I find out when new versions or builds of Carlson are released?
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                              You can visit Carlson’s Email Preference Center and sign up to receive emails directly from Carlson for updates.

                              You can also refer to the FAQ below for an active list of the most recent builds for most of the desktop and Carlson field software programs.

                               

                              FAQ: What is the latest and greatest version/build of my Carlson Software? (a running thread)

                              FAQ: How do I know if I’m running the latest build of my Carlson Software?

                              FAQ: Where do I find the build date or build number of my Carlson Software?

                              FAQ: What is “The Little CAD Engine That Could” Website?


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                                [FAQ458] What is “The Little CAD Engine That Could” Website?
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                                The developers at Carlson Software that work on desktop programs with IntelliCAD are constantly chasing bugs and updating the program. In addition, the IntelliCAD developers at the ITC are also updating that platform program regularly.

                                Across all software platforms, the nature of bug fixes is that, when you fix one… you might create several more. And the new ones may be absolute show-stoppers that Murphy’s Law guarantees will happen on a weekend when projects need to be completed and no one is on-duty at Carlson to help.

                                Fear of that happening on a broad-scale is one reason that Carlson only posts a new Build, with updates to both the IntelliCAD and Carlson programs, every few months.

                                So, as a way to incorporate and test more often, Carlson’s development team has been posting interim TESTING Builds to a separate website – The Little CAD Engine That Could – for many years.

                                Users who are comfortable working in testing/beta releases of Carlson with IntelliCAD can find additional testing Builds at this website and, if you report a bug to Carlson Support, they may point you here as well.

                                Two of my favorite things about the posted Builds at The Little CAD Engine That Could are

                                1) there is a Comment section that allows the developers to describe the bugs that have been fixed in the Build and allows users to provide feedback and comments and

                                2) in addition to providing links to update to the newer testing Build, they also provide links to revert to previous Builds that may end up being more stable.

                                 


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                                  [FAQ277] Carlson Software End User License Agreement (EULA)
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                                  Users of Carlson Software are bound by the terms of the License Agreement (EULA).
                                   
                                  The most current, up-to-date version of your End User License Agreement can always be found by launching your software, then going to Help > Carlson Help. Search for “License Agreement”.
                                   

                                  The text below is a SAMPLE only

                                   

                                  License Agreement
                                  Copyright 1992-2023 Carlson Software All Rights Reserved

                                  CAUTION! READ THIS NOTICE BEFORE USING SOFTWARE

                                  Please read the following Software License Agreement before using the SOFTWARE. Using this SOFTWARE indicates that you have accepted its terms and conditions.
                                  Carlson 2024

                                  END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR CARLSON SOFTWARE

                                  IMPORTANT-READ CAREFULLY: This Carlson Software End-User License Agreement (“EULA”) is a legal agreement between you (either an individual or a single entity) and Carlson Software, Inc for the software accompanying this EULA, which includes computer software and may include associated media, printed materials, and “online” or electronic documentation (“SOFTWARE PRODUCT” or “SOFTWARE”). By exercising your rights to use the SOFTWARE, you agree to be bound by the terms of this EULA. If you do not agree to the terms and conditions of this EULA, you may not use the SOFTWARE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS EULA, DO NOT INSTALL OR USE ANY PART OF THE SOFTWARE.

                                  Carlson Software, Inc., referred to as “LICENSOR”, develops and/or licenses proprietary computer programs and sells use licenses for such proprietary computer programs together with or apart from accompanying copyrighted material and documentation and;

                                  End User desires to obtain the benefits thereof and, in return for which, is willing to abide by the obligations and fee agreements applicable to LICENSOR’s use licenses in LICENSOR’s proprietary computer programs.

                                  For good and valuable consideration, including but not limited to license grant in accordance with this Agreement by LICENSOR to End User’s covenant regarding LICENSOR’s proprietary rights, LICENSOR agrees to permit End User to utilize materials representing LICENSOR’s product or products subject to the following terms and conditions:

                                  1. License Grant: Subject to the terms, conditions and limitations of this EULA, LICENSOR hereby grants End User a personal, limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, license to utilize the Software Product you have purchased. The license granted in this EULA creates no license, express or implied, to any other intellectual property of Licensor, except for the specific Software Product which they have lawfully purchased from LICENSOR.
                                  This EULA grants you the following rights: You may install and use one copy of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT, or any prior version for the same operating system, on a single computer. The primary user of the computer on which the SOFTWARE PRODUCT is installed may make a second copy for his or her exclusive use on a portable computer.
                                  Storage/Network Use. You may also store or install a copy of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT on a storage device, such as a network server, used only to install or run the SOFTWARE PRODUCT on your other computers over an internal network; however, you must acquire and dedicate a license for each separate computer on which the SOFTWARE PRODUCT is installed or run from the storage device. A license for the SOFTWARE PRODUCT may not be shared or used concurrently on different computers.

                                  2. Exclusive Source. End User shall obtain all LICENSOR authorized product materials through LICENSOR or LICENSOR’S authorized representative and no other source. LICENSOR authorized product materials include, but are not limited to, manuals, license agreements and media upon which LICENSOR’s proprietary computer programs are recorded. End User shall make no copies of any kind of any of the materials furnished by LICENSOR or LICENSOR’s authorized representative, except as specifically authorized to do so in this EULA. End User is not entitled to make archival copies of those portions of LICENSOR’s product(s) that are provided on a machine readable media.

                                  3. Proprietary Rights of Licensor. End User agrees that LICENSOR retains exclusive ownership of the trademarks and service marks represented by its company name and logo and all of the documentation and computer recorded data related thereto. End User also agrees that all techniques, algorithms, and processes contained in LICENSOR’s computer program products or any modification or extraction thereof constitute TRADE SECRETS OF LICENSOR and will be safeguarded by End User, but in no event shall End User exercise less than due diligence and care in accordance with the laws of the country of purchase and International Law, whichever operates to best protect the interests of LICENSOR. End User shall not copy, reproduce, re-manufacture or in any way duplicate all or any part of LICENSOR products WHETHER MODIFIED OR TRANSLATED INTO ANOTHER LANGUAGE OR NOT, or in any documentation, or in any other material provided by LICENSOR in association with LICENSOR’s computer program products regardless of what manner of storage and retrieval the product exists, except as specified in this Agreement and in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement which remain in force. End User agrees that in the event End User breaches this EULA, End User will be liable for damages as may be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.

                                  4. Restrictions. End User’s rights and obligations under this EULA are nonexclusive and personal in nature, and the intellectual property Licensor grants to End User is subject to applicable law other than bankruptcy law. End User may not transfer or assign the SOFTWARE, rights under this EULA or accompanying user documentation, or any updates of the SOFTWARE which may be provided under this EULA, to a third party unless End User receives written consent from Licensor at least 30 days prior to the completion of transfer. Licensor reserves the right to deny transfer or assignment if, in its sole discretion, Licensor determines the transfer not to be a necessity. Whether or not a transfer or assignment is allowed shall be determined in Licensor’s sole discretion after taking into consideration certain factors to find the existence of a necessity including, but not limited to, merger or acquisition of an entity, complete asset acquisition, change of control, severe economic hardship, severe loss of human resources or significant loss in business divisions, or winding down of entity affairs.

                                  If Carlson consents to a transfer, such transfer shall be allowed only as a one-time permanent transfer of this EULA and Software to another end user, provided the initial End User retains no copies or previous versions of the Software. The transfer must include all of the Software, including all component parts, any media and printed materials, any upgrades, this EULA, and any associated license key. The transfer may not be an indirect transfer, such as a consignment, rental or lease. No corresponding Maintenance Agreement rights shall transfer with the SOFTWARE transfer to the subsequent end user. Prior to the transfer, the subsequent end user receiving the Software from the initial End User must agree to all terms of this EULA, with the added condition that no further transfers to third parties are permitted for any reason whatsoever, and shall agree to the terms and conditions of a new Maintenance Agreement with Licensor.

                                  You may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the SOFTWARE or alter the images utilized in the SOFTWARE and user documentation. The SOFTWARE PRODUCT is licensed as a single product. Its component parts may not be separated for use on more than one computer. You shall communicate to any individual user in your facility that they are bound by the restrictions of this license agreement may not copy or alter the SOFTWARE for use outside End User’s facilities.
                                  Upgrades. If you purchase an upgrade of a SOFTWARE PRODUCT and you use it on different machine from one where upgraded SOFTWARE PRODUCT was used, use of original SOFTWARE PRODUCT must be discontinued and confirmed within 30 days. If such use is not discontinued, it is a material breach of this EULA and LICENSOR shall be entitled to all remedies available to it under this EULA, and under the laws of Kentucky, USA.

                                  5. Security Mechanisms. Licensor and its affiliated companies take all legal steps to eliminate piracy of their software products. In this context, the Software Product may include a security mechanism that can detect the installation or use of illegal copies of the Software Product, and collect and transmit data about those illegal copies. Data collected will not include any customer data created with the Software. By using the Software Product, you consent to such detection and collection of data, as well as its transmission and use if an illegal copy is detected. Licensor also reserves the right to use a hardware lock device, license administration software, and/or a license authorization key to control access to the Software. You may not take any steps to avoid or defeat the purpose of any such measures. Use of any Software without any required lock device or authorization key provided by Licensor is prohibited.

                                  6. Audit Rights. End User agrees that LICENSOR has the right to require an audit (electronic or otherwise) of the LICENSOR Materials and the Installation thereof and access thereto. As part of any such audit, LICENSOR or its authorized representative will have the right, on fifteen (15) days’ prior notice to End User, to inspect End User’s records, systems and facilities, including machine IDs, serial numbers and related information, to verify that the use of any and all LICENSOR Materials is in conformance with this Agreement. End User will provide full cooperation to enable any such audit. If LICENSOR determines that End User’s use is not in conformity with this EULA, End User will obtain immediately and pay for a valid license to bring End User’s use into compliance with this EULA and other applicable terms and pay the reasonable costs of the audit. In addition to such payment rights, LICENSOR reserves the right to seek any other remedies available at law or in equity, whether under this Agreement or otherwise.

                                  7. Warranty. THE PRODUCT IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITH ALL FAULTS. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, LICENSOR HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANITIBILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND WARRANTIES THAT THE PRODUCT IS FREE OF DEFECTS AND NON-INFRINGING, WITH REGARD TO THE SOFTWARE, AND THE ACCOMPANYING WRITTEN MATERIALS. YOU BEAR ENTIRE RISK AS TO SELECTING THE PRODUCT FOR YOUR PURPOSES AND AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE PRODUCT. THIS LIMITATION WILL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING THE FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY REMEDY. In any event, LICENSOR will not honor any warranty shown to exist for which inaccurate or incorrect identifying data has been provided to LICENSOR. The product(s) provided are intended for commercial use only and should not be utilized as the sole data source in clinical decisions as to levels of care.

                                  8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY LAW, LICENSOR AND ITS DISTRIBUTORS, DIRECTORS, LICENSORS, CONTRIBUTORS AND AGENTS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “LICENSOR GROUP”) WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATING TO THIS EULA OR THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE PRODUCT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF GOODWILL, WORK STOPPAGE, LOST PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, AND COMPUTER FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES AND REGARDLESS OF THE THEORY (CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE) UPON WHICH SUCH CLAIM IS BASED. THE LICENSOR GROUP’S COLLECTIVE LIABILITY UNDER THIS AGREEMENT WILL NOT EXCEED THE GREATER OF $500 (FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS) AND THE FEES PAID BY YOU UNDER THIS LICENSE (IF ANY).

                                  9. Update Policy. LICENSOR may, from time to time, revise the performance of its product(s) and in doing so, incur NO obligation to furnish such revisions to any End User nor shall it warrant or guarantee that any revision to the SOFTWARE will perform as expected by the End User on End User’s equipment. At LICENSOR’s option, LICENSOR may provide such revisions to the End User.

                                  10. Customer Service. Although it is the LICENSOR’s customary practice to provide reasonable assistance and support in the use of its products to its customers, LICENSOR shall not be obligated to any End User to provide technical assistance or support through this Agreement and may at LICENSOR’s sole election charge a fee for customer support.

                                  11. Termination of End User License. If any one or more of the provisions of this Agreement is breached, the license granted by this Agreement is hereby terminated. In the event of such termination, all rights of the LICENSOR shall remain in force and effect. Any protected health information data of End User maintained on LICENSOR’S data base shall upon reasonable notice to End User and at the discretion of LICENSOR may be destroyed.

                                  12. Copyright. The SOFTWARE (including, but not limited to, any images, photographs, animations, video, audio, music and or text incorporated into the SOFTWARE), and all intellectual property rights associated with it, whether exists in a tangible media or in an electronic image media is owned by LICENSOR and is protected by United States copyright laws and international treaty provisions and all other commonwealth or national laws. LICENSOR reserves all intellectual property rights in the Products, except for the rights expressly granted in this Agreement. You may not remove or alter any trademark, logo, copyright or other proprietary notice in or on the Product. This license does not grant you any right to use the trademarks, service marks or logos of LICENSOR or its licensors. You may not copy any user documentation accompanying the SOFTWARE.

                                  13. Injunctive Relief. It is understood and agreed that, notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, LICENSOR has the unequivocal right to obtain timely injunctive relief to protect the proprietary rights of LICENSOR.

                                  14. Entire Agreement. This EULA constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes any prior agreements. This EULA may only be changed by mutual written consent.

                                  15. End User Agreement Acknowledgment. The End User hereby accepts all the terms and conditions of this Agreement without exception, deletion, alteration. End User acknowledges they are authorized to enter this agreement on behalf of any organization for which the license is sought. Any unauthorized use of LICENSOR products will be considered a breach of this Agreement, subject to liquidated damages and otherwise unlawful and willful infringement of LICENSOR’s trade secrets and/or proprietary products.

                                  16. Payment and Refund Policy. The use of the SOFTWARE herein is deemed a commercial use and under the terms of this license agreement End User shall not be entitled to any refund of purchase price. End User agrees to pay all user fees promptly. LICENSOR is authorized by End User to suspend any further access to SOFTWARE in the event fees are not fully paid. End user entity shall promptly pay any and all access and use charges incurred regardless of the end user. End user is responsible for protecting any pass word and user identity supplied to End User.

                                  17. Loss/Theft/Misuse. End user shall promptly report to LICENSOR the theft or other loss of any password and/or user identity required to access SOFTWARE. LICENSOR shall not be responsible for maintaining the integrity of End User data in the event that end user’s data base is accessed and/or altered by an unauthorized end user due to the failure of licensed End User to protect its password or user identity. End User shall be responsible for any costs incurred by LICENSOR due to the negligence or reckless disregard of End User’s failure to protect its password or user identity.

                                  18. Civil/Criminal Investigation. End user shall fully cooperate with LICENSOR and or any person authorized by LICENSOR (including local, state, or federal law enforcement officials) to investigate any alleged theft, misuse or unauthorized use of SOFTWARE or data related thereto.

                                  19. U.S. Government Restricted Rights. The SOFTWARE PRODUCT and documentation are provided with RESTRICTED RIGHTS. Use, duplication, or disclosure by the Government is subject to restrictions as set forth in subparagraph (b)(1)(ii) and (c) of the Rights in Technical Data and Computer Software clause at DFARS 252.227-7013 or subparagraphs (c)(1) and (2) of the Commercial Computer Software-Restricted Rights at 48 CFR 52.227-19, as applicable.

                                  20. Governing Law. This EULA shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, USA.


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                                    [FAQ201] Why should I purchase Carlson from That CAD Girl instead of someone else?
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                                    Whether you need 1 license or 10, That CAD Girl will give you the same level of support and service.

                                    We don’t try to get rich off of any single sale or customer. Instead, we give decent discounts on Carlson software products that still allow us to provide as much free support, service and training to our customers as possible.

                                    We can’t always be 100% successful, but our goal is to answer every email and phone call and to be an extra resource for your organization.

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                                      [FAQ252] Where do I get Carlson support? How much will it cost me?
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                                      It’s free. It’s always free. Straight from Carlson. Or straight from That CAD Girl. 

                                      It doesn’t matter if you’re on the latest version or on a version that’s 10 years old – it’s always free.

                                      You can email Carlson tech support or call (606) 564-5028. You might also check Carlson’s Knowledge Base site which provides answers to many common questions including KB 1078: Troubleshooting Guide

                                      Because we Carlson as our backup, That CAD Girl also tries to answer as many tech support questions as we can. You can follow this link to send us a Request for Tech Support.

                                      Pro-Tip!: When calling or emailing for technical support, the first question you’ll likely get from either me or Carlson is “Are you using the current build?”. If you want us to love you even more and help us answer your question in the first phone call, make sure to say, “Oh, by the way, I’ve already checked and I’m using the current build”.

                                      FAQ: Where do I find the build date or build number of my Carlson Software?

                                      FAQ: What is the latest and greatest version/build of my Carlson Software? (a running thread)


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                                        [FAQ220] What versions of AutoCAD & IntelliCAD & Windows does Carlson run on top of? Does it run on AutoCAD LT? (a running thread)
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                                        Carlson Desktop Software with IntelliCAD or for Your AutoCAD

                                        Carlson can be installed on top of any full-AutoCAD-based program such as AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map, Land Desktop or Civil 3d.

                                        Carlson cannot be installed on top of any version AutoCAD LT.

                                        Carlson VersionAutoCAD & IntelliCAD PlatformsWindows Platforms
                                        2024AutoCAD 2018-2024, IntelliCAD 10.1a and 11.164 bit Windows
                                        2023AutoCAD 2018-2023, IntelliCAD 10.1a and 11.064 bit Windows
                                        2022AutoCAD 2017-2022, IntelliCAD 10.0a and 10.1a64 bit Windows 10
                                        2021AutoCAD 2017-2021, Intellicad 10.0a64 bit Windows 10
                                        2020AutoCAD 2015-2020, IntelliCAD 9.264 bit Windows 10
                                        2019AutoCAD 2010-2019, IntelliCAD 932 or 64 bit Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10
                                        2018AutoCAD 2010-2018, IntelliCAD 8.232 or 64 bit Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10
                                        2017AutoCAD 2010-2017, IntelliCAD 8.232 or 64 bit Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10
                                        2016AutoCAD 2007-2016, IntelliCAD 8.132 or 64 bit Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10
                                        2015AutoCAD 2007-2015, IntelliCAD 8.0XP, 32 or 64 bit Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1
                                        2014AutoCAD 2004-2014, IntelliCAD 7.2XP, 32 or 64 bit Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1

                                         

                                        Carlson Desktop Software with Embedded AutoCAD (OEM)

                                        Carlson VersionEmbedded AutoCAD EngineWindows Platforms
                                        Survey 20242022264 bit Windows
                                        Survey 2023202264 bit Windows
                                        Survey 2022/Takeoff R12202264 bit Windows
                                        Survey 2021201864 bit Windows
                                        Survey 2020201864 bit Windows
                                        Survey 2019/Takeoff R11201864 bit Windows
                                        Survey 2018/Takeoff R102018Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10
                                        Survey 2017/Takeoff R92013Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10
                                        Survey 20162013Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10
                                        Survey 2015/Takeoff R82013Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10
                                        Survey 2014/Takeoff R72013Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10


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                                          [FAQ411] Download & install your license of Carlson Software (General)
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                                          The instructions below are fairly generic and can be used to install many or most licenses of Carlson Software. You can refer to these other FAQs for instructions specific for some programs:

                                          FAQ: Download and install your Carlson Software (with your AutoCAD or IntelliCAD)

                                          FAQ: Download and install your Carlson Survey with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)

                                          FAQ: Download and install your Carlson Takeoff with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)

                                          FAQ: Download and install your Carlson SurvCE

                                           

                                          1. Follow this link: http://www.carlsonsw.com/support/software-downloads/
                                          2. Use the drop-down box below the prompt “Select product you are looking for”, to select the correct program
                                          3. From the drop-down list, select the correct “Product Version”
                                          4. Download #1 or #2 will be the full, complete, up-to-date version of the software. Select “Download”.
                                          5. During installation, enter your serial number when prompted: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX.

                                           
                                          If you have previously downloaded and installed Carlson and have been running it under a trial serial number, you do not need to re-download and re-install. You can follow the instructions below to update your registration with your new purchased serial number:
                                           

                                          1. Start Carlson Software
                                          2. Go to Help > About Carlson
                                          3. Pick the “Change Registration” button
                                          4. Once the “Add/Remove Serial Number” dialog box is open, pick the “Add” button
                                          5. Complete the Registration Information with your new serial number: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX.

                                           
                                          For Network Licenses

                                          Instructions for installing the network license manager can be found here: http://www.carlsonsw.com/support/knowledge-base/?action=display_topic&topic_id=55.

                                          You can also refer to this FAQ: Download and Install the Carlson Network License Manager

                                          If you need a new (or updated) network license file, please contact Brian Hammer in Carlson’s Boston office. His email is [email protected] and the phone number is 606-564-5028.

                                           


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                                            [FAQ241] Is embedded AutoCAD (OEM) more like AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT?
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                                            The embedded AutoCAD (OEM) that ships with Carlson Survey (OEM) and Takeoff (OEM) is much closer to an AutoCAD LT than to full-AutoCAD.

                                            FAQ: Compared to AutoCAD or IntelliCAD, what would I miss in the embedded AutoCAD (OEM) versions of Survey & Takeoff? (a running thread)


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                                              [FAQ452] When I upgrade, do I immediately lose access to the older version of my software?
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                                              No!

                                              Actually, when you purchase your upgrade or receive a new serial number by virtue of a maintenance upgrade, nothing happens until you want it to.

                                              Whenever you’re ready to install the upgrade, you can do so on the same computer or on a different computer. When you install and register the license with the new serial number, a 60-day “clock” starts counting down on the older installation. When the 60-days expire, the old license will de-activate and will revert to running in trial mode.


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                                                [FAQ508] Why don’t you post recordings of your webinar series presentations for all to see?
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                                                Basically because I consider these CAD webinars to be live, interactive training – like a virtual classroom. Instead of reserving a conference room here in Raleigh and inviting everyone in, we’re doing it online. And, if you were coming to a live presentation in a conference room, there’s no expectation of a recording afterward.

                                                The advantage of doing it this way is to keep the material fresh. I repeat some of the topics but, just because it’s called “Surfaces, Centerlines and Profiles” in March, doesn’t mean you’ll get the same exact lesson if I repeat it in November. For one thing, between March and November, a new version of the software with updates and new features will have been released and I’ll have different things to show.

                                                Now, on the flipside (I’m a woman, you know there had to be at least two-sides… right?), I DO record each webinar and make it available for a short period of time but only to those who attended it live. That’s just to allow those who sneezed or rattled a bag of potato chips at the wrong time to figure out exactly what I said or what options I picked.

                                                And, you can always use this link to my Video Library to watch the webinars I’ve done in the past for Carlson.


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                                                  [FAQ507] Before I buy, can I attend a webinar for free?
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                                                  Be our guest! Be our guest!
                                                  Put our service to the test
                                                  Tie your napkin ’round your neck, cherie
                                                  And we’ll provide the rest

                                                  Of course! Click here to let us know which one you want to attend!


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                                                    [FAQ506] Am I eligible to attend your Carlson Software webinars for free?
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                                                    If you have purchased a new license of Carlson Software directly from That CAD Girl in the preceding 12-months, you’re eligible to attend any and all webinars listed here, for free!

                                                    You can also log in to your That CAD Girl Customer Portal to confirm your webinar eligibility:

                                                    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.

                                                    On the Free Webinars tab of your portal, you can find links to pre-register or join a session in progress.

                                                    Follow this link to pre-register for any webinars you’d like to attend.


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                                                      [FAQ505] Why did you start doing your webinar series for Carlson and CAD training?
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                                                      In 2013 I became overwhelmed by requests for one-on-one Carlson and CAD training – the requests were mostly from new customers who needed an introduction to Carlson, but also from experienced users wanting to know more about Carlson Field to Finish or other more advanced topics.

                                                      Over a 3 week period I had 14 2-hour sessions with different people or groups. At that point I realized I needed to find a better way if I wanted to continue to support those who purchased software from me – and the webinar series was born!

                                                      Now it has grown and is, I think, a great way to make everyone happy. Those needing an overview of the software or particular features can get that on a regular basis. And, it frees me up to offer more specialized training to those who want and need custom training.


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                                                        [FAQ302] What features & menus are in Carlson Survey with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)? (a running thread)
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                                                        Survey 2017 with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)

                                                        Features and Benefits of Survey 2017 with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)

                                                        Carlson Survey is a comprehensive program containing all of the tools that a surveyor needs. Here are some of the things you can do with Carlson Survey:

                                                        • Access both the Carlson Survey and the full C & G menus,
                                                        • Utilize the very best software tools for all your site design & subdivision design needs,
                                                        • Enter deed descriptions and generate a variety of lot reports including fully customizable legal descriptions,
                                                        • Enter deed descriptions and correlate field located property corners with deed property corners to find the best fit orientation & alignment,
                                                        • Use the Deed Reader command to extract deed line and curve data from a text file (the text file can sometimes be generated using the OCR feature of scanning software),
                                                        • Use the Lot Network feature to create a dynamic subdivision design that takes into account road centerline and right of way, building setbacks, wetland or poor soils areas and inserts one or more building footprints onto each lot,
                                                        • Have full point CAD management capabilities including data collector download/upload, import/export points in text and most other formats including Civil 3d,
                                                        • Process raw data files using various methods including SurvNet Least Squares,
                                                        • Perform dozens of COGO functions,
                                                        • Use Field to Finish (F2F) to process automatic linework and description key/description code definitions,
                                                        • Utilize dozens of time-saving point stake out commands,
                                                        • Import surfaces from Civil 3d and Google Earth®,
                                                        • Create surface model files for existing and proposed conditions,
                                                        • Edit the contours generated from a surface model and automatically update the underlying TIN file,
                                                        • Design and balance cut and fill for one or more building pads at a time,
                                                        • Calculate earthwork volumes between two surfaces including building pads, stockpiles and borrow pits,
                                                        • Create, define, edit and draw centerline alignments using a variety of methods including best fit,
                                                        • Create, define, edit and draw profiles using a variety of methods,
                                                        • Automatically update stationing when centerlines change, profiles when centerlines or surfaces change, etc,
                                                        • Automatically generate plan and profile sheets in model or paper space,
                                                        • Import, edit and export GIS shape files,
                                                        • Import a variety of image files including MrSid and geo-referenced TIF and JPG files.

                                                        Menus in Survey 2017 with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)

                                                         

                                                        Menu bar in Survey 2017 showing the compact version of the CG-Survey menu

                                                        The menus below are available in Carlson Survey 2017 with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)

                                                        File Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM File Menu

                                                        Edit Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM Edit Menu

                                                        View Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM View Menu

                                                        Draw Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM Draw Menu

                                                        Inquiry Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM Inquiry Menu

                                                        Settings Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM Settings Menu

                                                        Points Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM Points Menu

                                                        Survey Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM Survey Menu

                                                        COGO Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM COGO Menu

                                                        Centerline Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM Centerline Menu

                                                        Area/Layout Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM Area/Layout Menu

                                                        Annotate Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM Annotate Menu

                                                        Surface Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM Surface Menu

                                                        GIS Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM GIS Menu

                                                        CG-Survey Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM CG-Survey Menu

                                                        Window Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM Window Menu

                                                        Help Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM Help Menu

                                                        Menu bar in Survey 2017 showing the expanded version of the CG-Survey menu

                                                         

                                                        The menus below are available when using the expanded version of the CG-Survey menu

                                                        CG File Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM CG File Menu

                                                        CG Trav Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM CG Trav Menu

                                                        CG Cogo Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM CG Cogo Menu

                                                        CG Draw Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM CG Draw Menu

                                                        CG Mngmt Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM CG Mngmt Menu

                                                        CG Topo Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM Topo Menu

                                                        CG Tools Menu

                                                        Carlson Survey 2017 OEM Tools Menu


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                                                          [FAQ301] What features & menus are in the non-OEM Carlson Survey program? (a running thread)
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                                                          Survey 2017 with IntelliCAD or for your AutoCAD

                                                          Features and Benefits of Survey 2017

                                                          Carlson Survey is a comprehensive, CAD software program containing all of the tools that a surveyor needs. Here are some of the things you can do with Carlson Survey:

                                                          • Access both the Carlson Survey and the full C & G menus,
                                                          • Utilize the very best software tools for all your site design & subdivision design needs,
                                                          • Enter deed descriptions and generate a variety of lot reports including fully customizable legal descriptions,
                                                          • Enter deed descriptions and correlate field located property corners with deed property corners to find the best fit orientation & alignment,
                                                          • Use the Deed Reader command to extract deed line and curve data from a text file (the text file can sometimes be generated using the OCR feature of scanning software),
                                                          • Use the Lot Network feature to create a dynamic subdivision design that takes into account road centerline and right of way, building setbacks, wetland or poor soils areas and inserts one or more building footprints onto each lot,
                                                          • Have full point management capabilities including data collector download/upload, import/export points in text and most other formats including Civil 3d,
                                                          • Process raw data files using various methods via CAD software including SurvNet Least Squares,
                                                          • Perform dozens of COGO functions,
                                                          • Use Field to Finish (F2F) to process automatic linework and description key/description code definitions,
                                                          • Utilize dozens of time-saving point stake out commands,
                                                          • Import surfaces from Civil 3d and Google Earth®,
                                                          • Create surface model files for existing and proposed conditions,
                                                          • Edit the contours generated from a surface model and automatically update the underlying TIN file,
                                                          • Design and balance cut and fill for one or more building pads at a time,
                                                          • Calculate earthwork volumes between two surfaces including building pads, stockpiles and borrow pits,
                                                          • Create, define, edit and draw centerline alignments using a variety of methods including best fit,
                                                          • Create, define, edit and draw profiles using a variety of methods,
                                                          • Automatically update stationing when centerlines change, profiles when centerlines or surfaces change, etc,
                                                          • Automatically generate plan and profile sheets in model or paper space,
                                                          • Import, edit and export GIS shape files,
                                                          • Import a variety of image files including MrSid and geo-referenced TIF and JPG files.

                                                          Menus in Survey 2017

                                                           

                                                          Menu bar in Survey 2017 showing the compact version of the CG Survey menu

                                                          Survey 2017 Menu with compact C & G menu

                                                          Survey Menu

                                                          Survey 2017 Survey Menu

                                                          COGO Menu

                                                          Survey 2017 COGO Menu

                                                          Centerline Menu

                                                          Survey 2017 Centerline Menu

                                                          Area/Layout Menu

                                                          Survey 2017 Area/Layout Menu

                                                          Annotate Menu

                                                          Survey 2017 Annotate Menu

                                                          Surface Menu

                                                          Survey 2017 Surface Menu

                                                          GIS Menu

                                                          Survey 2017 GIS Menu

                                                          CG-Survey Menu

                                                          Survey 2017 CG-Survey Menu

                                                          Menu bar in Survey 2017 showing the expanded version of the CG-Survey menu

                                                          Survey 2017 Menu with the expanded version of the CG-Survey menu

                                                           

                                                          The menus below are available when using the expanded version of the CG-Survey menu

                                                          CG File Menu

                                                          Survey 2017 CG File Menu

                                                          CG Trav Menu

                                                          Survey 2017 CG Trav Menu

                                                          CG Cogo Menu

                                                          Survey 2017 CG Cogo Menu

                                                          CG Draw Menu

                                                          Survey 2017 CG Draw Menu

                                                          CG Mngmt Menu

                                                          Survey 2017 CG Mngmt Menu

                                                          CG Topo Menu

                                                          Survey 2017 CG Topo Menu

                                                          CG Tools Menu

                                                          Survey 2017 CG Tools Menu

                                                          The menus below are in all non-OEM programs of Carlson 2017 desktop software

                                                          (Click image to see more)


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                                                            [FAQ300] What features & menus are in ALL Carlson, non-OEM, desktop software programs? (a running thread)
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                                                            Carlson 2017

                                                            Features and Benefits of all Carlson desktop programs

                                                            The list below includes some, but not all, of the commands and functionality that is currently available in ALL Carlson software desktop programs:

                                                            • Work natively in DWG format files – whether using the IntelliCAD or AutoCAD platform,
                                                            • Import DGN, DXF, DWF files,
                                                            • Import and Export LandXML/RoadXML files,
                                                            • Export Google Earth KML/KMZ files,
                                                            • Export files to be used in GPS guided machine control systems,
                                                            • Export DTM, Google, Idan, Microstation, MOSS, Peabody, Topcon, and 12D polyline files
                                                            • Customize project folders and sub-folders to organize your project data,
                                                            • Incorporate your own CAD Standards Tools into basic drafting functions,
                                                              Import, export and convert points using text or most any other format including Civil 3d,
                                                            • Access to the entirety of the Carlson software File, Edit, View, Draw, Inquiry, Settings, Points and 3D Solids menus including these popular commands:
                                                              • Drawing cleanup
                                                              • 2d and 3d polyline editing commands to reverse polylines, add/remove segments or vertices, etc.
                                                              • Shrinkwrap entities
                                                              • Boundary polyline
                                                              • Erase and Copy by layer
                                                              • 3d Viewer Window
                                                              • Surface 3d Viewer
                                                              • Search Published Control – an Esri-powered command

                                                            Menus in all non-OEM Carlson desktop programs

                                                            File Menu

                                                            Carlson 2017 File Menu

                                                            Edit Menu

                                                            Carlson 2017 Edit Menu

                                                            View Menu

                                                            Carlson 2017 View Menu

                                                            Draw Menu

                                                            Carlson 2017 Draw Menu

                                                            Inquiry Menu

                                                            Carlson 2017 Inquiry Menu

                                                            Settings Menu

                                                            Carlson 2017 Settings Menu

                                                            Points Menu

                                                            Carlson 2017 Points Menu

                                                            3D Solids Menu

                                                            Carlson 2017 3D Solids Menu

                                                            Window Menu

                                                            Carlson 2017 Window Menu

                                                            Help Menu

                                                            Carlson 2017 Help Menu


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                                                              [FAQ027] Are there any problems running Carlson on Windows 10?
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                                                              Updated August 2019:

                                                              Carlson Software running on Windows 10 seems to present just a couple of issues: registration and graphics card/performance. If you encounter any issues you may also want to check in here to see if you can narrow down the problem: KB 1078: Troubleshooting Guide.

                                                              Registration:

                                                              When Windows 10 originally came out, Carlson 2015 and earlier versions would not install and Carlson had to change the program to make it work, so Carlson 2016 was the first one supported on Windows 10. Microsoft may have changed Windows 10 since then and it’s possible that these versions will install today.

                                                              If you ARE able to install these versions, Carlson will able to help with the registration; however, every time Windows 10 has major update, Carlson products prior to the 2017 release will likely lose their registration and will have to be re-registered because Windows changes the signature that was used for the initial registration. Carlson has re-worked this mechanism to avoid the problem in later releases.

                                                              Graphics Cards and Performance Issues:

                                                              Carlson KB1108: Slow entities creation and modification on Windows 10

                                                              Carlson KB1123: Changing graphics card settings to use your dedicated GPU on a Windows computer

                                                              Carlson KB1131: NVidia video card: visual artifacts, pixelized lines, wrong text display


                                                              Only one that seems to show up every once in awhile… But it’s Microsoft’s fault!!

                                                              Windows 10 does updates – automatic updates – a lot. And, sometimes these updates can mess with your Carlson license registration. Carlson has free technical support so you can always call 606.564.5028 or email them at [email protected] during regular business hours but, if this happens on a weekend, their support staff is probably out enjoying Kentucky bourbon. Or something.

                                                              So, when Murphy’s Law strikes, you can refer to this Knowledge Base article on Carlson’s website: Carlson KB 995: Windows 10 effect on previously registered software.


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                                                                [FAQ457] Working with Carlson’s network license manager
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                                                                [FAQ262] Whew, what’s with all these changes to Autodesk purchasing, renting, subscriptions, etc…? Can you help?
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                                                                As to the first question… Whew, what’s with all these changes to Autodesk purchasing, renting, subscriptions, etc…? 

                                                                My answer is: I have no earthly idea and God bless Carlson Software for loving their customers and making it so easy!

                                                                In all seriousness, Autodesk’s pricing and purchasing model is changing so often and in substantial ways, I can’t keep up with it either.

                                                                I am not an Autodesk reseller so I can’t help other than to make referrals and give my opinion. But, I have a couple Autodesk resellers that I trust and who have helped me keep my own licenses of AutoCAD and Civil 3d straight over the years. They have also been hugely helpful to my Carlson customers needing to purchase licenses of AutoCAD.

                                                                Feel free to email me for a referral.


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                                                                  [FAQ025] How can I access and use my old Civil 3d, Land Desktop, Eagle Point or Terra Model data?
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                                                                  The simple answer is “use LandXML”.

                                                                  From my Picks and Clicks: LandXML Data article in Professional Surveyor

                                                                  What Is LandXML?

                                                                  LandXML refers to a file format (.xml) containing data that has been generated from a civil engineering or land surveying software program.

                                                                  If you’re hearing about it for the first time and want to learn more about the uses and acceptance of the LandXML initiative, visit www.landxml.org. According to their page LandXML.org in a Nutshell, “… LandXML.org is committed to providing a non-proprietary data standard (LandXML), driven by an industry consortium of partners.”

                                                                  Simply put, the easiest way to convert, transfer, and archive data between Civil 3D, Carlson Software, Land Desktop, Eagle Point, TerraModel, and many other programs is to use the Import from LandXML and Export to LandXML functions available in these programs. Additionally, many machine control systems allow you to import LandXML files. I am most familiar with the Carlson and Autodesk families of civil/survey programs, so most examples in this article refer to them.

                                                                  For a little more current look at where LandXML is today, you don’t want to miss this archived webinar from September 2015: If You’re Not Using LandXML, You Should Be… Yes, All of You!

                                                                  The very best advice I can give to anyone who has years of archived Land Desktop, Terra Model or Eagle Point data and is still able to get into and run those programs is to start exporting all of it to LandXML files – starting yesterday! Many of these programs will be (or already are) impossible to re-install on new Windows computers so take advantage of it while you can.

                                                                  Since LandXML is the industry standard, having all that data in the generic XML format virtually guarantees that you will be able to convert and work with it in any new software package you use in the future.

                                                                  In addition to LandXML, Carlson gives you a bunch of different ways to import, export and convert data to and from other desktop, field and machine control software. For instance, here’s the menu for Import/Export Surface Data that’s in Construction, Civil & Survey:

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                                                                  Civil 3d data is, by far, the most difficult data to share… In some cases it’s literally impossible to save data such as points and surfaces and be able to use it in any previous version of Civil 3d!

                                                                  However, you can use the EXPORTTOAUTOCAD commands in Civil 3d to basically explode all the custom entities so they can be opened and used in other programs or in earlier versions of Civil 3d. Of course, by exploding everything, you essentially lose any perceived benefit of working on the drawing in Civil 3d.


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                                                                    [FAQ278] That CAD Girl’s terms & conditions of sales
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                                                                      [FAQ026] How can I install Land Desktop on a Windows 7 computer?
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                                                                      Here’s a little trick that may allow you to install Land Desktop on Windows 7 machines without using a virtual machine or XP Mode…

                                                                      I had actually forgotten about this but recently had to re-install Land Desktop myself and I figured it was worth sharing. This method is not guaranteed but it just might work.

                                                                      Instead of trying to install Land Desktop from the original DVD, try copying the contents of the DVD to a new folder on the hard drive of the Windows 7 machine. Then, run the installation from there by clicking on the Setup.exe file.

                                                                      I haven’t tried this with anything newer than Windows 7 but it worked flawlessly on my Windows 7 64 bit computer.


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                                                                        [FAQ307] What features & menus are in Carlson CADNet? (a running thread)
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                                                                        Carlson CADNet 2017

                                                                        Features and Benefits of CADNet 2017

                                                                        Carlson CADnet, introduced in 2014, allows users to import faster images and PDF files and, if needed, even to merge multiple images into one file that can be digitized or otherwise converted by CAD software using a variety of raster-to-vector routines. CADNet also gives you many tools to help clean up text and linework generated from raster images.

                                                                        Recent updates to CADNet gives you the ability to export drawing entities to 3D PDF files, import Sketchup files and import and export BIM models (doors, windows, walls, roofs, etc.) and bring them into CAD as CAD software entities; plus, CADnet includes a routine to export surfaces into BIM.

                                                                        Menus in CADNet 2017

                                                                         

                                                                        Menu Bar in CADNet 2017

                                                                         

                                                                        The menus below are available in Carlson CADNet 2017

                                                                        Digitize Menu

                                                                        CADNet 2017 Digitize Menu

                                                                        Raster Menu

                                                                        CADNet 2017 Raster Menu

                                                                        PDF Menu

                                                                        CADNet 2017 PDF Menu

                                                                        BIM Menu

                                                                        CADNet 2017 BIM Menu

                                                                        The menus below are in all non-OEM programs of Carlson 2017 desktop software

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                                                                          [FAQ306] What features & menus are in Carlson Construction? (a running thread)
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                                                                          Carlson Construction 2017

                                                                          Features and Benefits of Construction 2017

                                                                          Carlson Construction includes powerful Carlson software tools for designing and modeling different aspects of road design, from new construction to road widening and repaving.

                                                                          Fully supporting all of the major 3D Machine Control formats for today’s heavy equipment with 3D Machine Control Systems, Carlson Construction gives you the tools you need for taking your data into the 3D environment. Whether your Carlson software need is “Data Preparation,” “Site Preparation,” or specifically creating Machine Control Guidance Models, Carlson Construction will get the job done for you.

                                                                          Menus in Construction 2017

                                                                           

                                                                          Menu Bar in Construction 2017

                                                                           

                                                                          The menus below are available in Carlson Construction 2017

                                                                          Elevate Menu

                                                                          Construction 2017 Elevate Menu

                                                                          Surface Menu

                                                                          Construction 2017 Surface Menu

                                                                          Takeoff Menu

                                                                          Construction 2017 Takeoff Menu

                                                                          Roads Menu

                                                                          Construction 2017 Roads Menu

                                                                          Survey Menu

                                                                          Construction 2017 Survey Menu

                                                                          Annotate Menu

                                                                          Construction 2017 Annotate Menu

                                                                          Display Menu

                                                                          Construction 2017 Display Menu

                                                                          The menus below are in all non-OEM programs of Carlson 2017 desktop software

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                                                                            [FAQ305] What features & menus are in Carlson GIS? (a running thread)
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                                                                            Carlson GIS 2017

                                                                            Carlson GIS 2017

                                                                            Features and Benefits of GIS 2017

                                                                            Here are some of the things you can do with Carlson GIS:

                                                                            • Take advantage of the Carlson/Esri® partnership with these and other CAD software commands:
                                                                              • Import/Export Esri SHP files
                                                                              • Export DWG file with Esri MSC data
                                                                              • Export Esri Projection file
                                                                            • Import and Export GIS Data between Carlson GIS and Carlson SurvCE
                                                                            • Work with many image formats including:
                                                                              • Geo-referenced images
                                                                              • Google Earth images
                                                                              • CAD software images
                                                                              • MrSID images
                                                                            • Convert GIS data to and from AutoCAD Map
                                                                            • Query and Report GIS generated entities
                                                                            • Hatch & Label GIS generated polylines
                                                                            • Create, Audit and Erase links to GIS database
                                                                            • Define Note file prompts for data collection

                                                                            Menus in GIS 2017

                                                                             

                                                                            Menu Bar in GIS 2017

                                                                             

                                                                            The menus below are available in Carlson GIS 2017

                                                                            GIS Data Menu

                                                                            GIS 2017 GIS Data Menu

                                                                            GIS Tools Menu

                                                                            GIS 2017 GIS Tools Menu

                                                                            Images Menu

                                                                            GIS 2017 Images Menu

                                                                            The menus below are in all non-OEM programs of Carlson 2017 desktop software

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                                                                              [FAQ304] What features & menus are in Carlson Hydrology? (a running thread)
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                                                                              Carlson Hydrology 2017

                                                                              Features and Benefits of Hydrology 2017

                                                                              Carlson Hydrology provides CAD support comparable to the hydrology components of programs such as: DCA®/Softdesk®/Land Desktop, Civil 3d, Eagle Point®, TerraModel®, GeoPak® and InRoads®.

                                                                              Here are some of the things you can do with Carlson Hydrology:

                                                                              • Use it to perform all of your stormwater modeling and design or use it to compile data that can then be used in other hydrology programs,
                                                                              • Link directly to other hydrology programs including HydroCAD®, Pizer HYDRA®, TR-20, SEDCAD, HEC-RAS and HEC-2,
                                                                              • Analyze and design using either SCS or Rational method,
                                                                              • Determine runoff volumes with easy-to-use, layer-based tools
                                                                              • Track runoff and analyze watershed data within the entire watershed or just above a selected point – such as a catch basin,
                                                                              • Create surface model files with CAD support for existing and proposed conditions
                                                                              • Design and then report storage volumes for bench and valley ponds that can be designed using various design criteria such as adding multiple interior benches and automatically removing the berm in cut conditions,
                                                                              • Create custom fields for pipe structures and inlet libraries,
                                                                              • Tap extensive libraries for rainfall data, inlets, manholes and outlet structures,
                                                                              • Pick a button to “Process” or have updates automatically occur when changes to road designs surfaces affect storm or sewer structures,
                                                                              • Design sanitary sewer or storm pipe runs in a dockable palette or in a spreadsheet editor,
                                                                              • Tie pipe design criteria to surfaces, centerlines and profiles
                                                                              • Calculate inlet intercepted and bypass flows, gutter spread and depth, pipe flow depth and velocity, and hydraulic and energy grade lines
                                                                              • Choose to match stormwater pipes at the crown or at the flowline
                                                                              • Receive warnings for collisions and when pipe length, cover, slope, flow rates or other design criteria do not fall within an acceptable, customizable range
                                                                              • Design ponds, spillways, orifices, weirs, multiple outlets, channels, culverts, pipes and lift stations
                                                                              • Draft sewer pipe dynamically in plans, profiles and 3D

                                                                              Menus in Hydrology 2017

                                                                               

                                                                              Menu Bar in Hydrology 2017

                                                                               

                                                                              The menus below are available in Carlson Hydrology 2017

                                                                              Surface Menu

                                                                              Hydrology 2017 Surface Menu

                                                                              Watershed Menu

                                                                              Hydrology 2017 Watershed Menu

                                                                              Structure Menu

                                                                              Hydrology 2017 Structure Menu

                                                                              Network Menu

                                                                              Hydrology 2017 Network Menu

                                                                              HydroCAD Menu

                                                                              Hydrology 2017 HydroCAD Menu

                                                                              The menus below are in all non-OEM programs of Carlson 2017 desktop software

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                                                                                [FAQ303] What features & menus are in Carlson Civil? (a running thread)
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                                                                                Carlson Civil 2017

                                                                                Features and Benefits of Civil 2017

                                                                                Carlson Civil is a fully dynamic, 3d civil design program that contains all the tools an engineer, designer or design build professional needs. Here are some of the things you can do with Carlson Civil:

                                                                                • Utilize the very best Carlson software support tools for all your design build, site design & site grading, subdivision design & subdivision grading and road design & road grading needs,
                                                                                • Perform tasks associated with civil BIM (Building Information Modeling),
                                                                                • Use the Lot Network feature to create a dynamic subdivision design that takes into account road centerline and right of way, building setbacks, wetland or poor soils areas and inserts one or more building footprints onto each lot,
                                                                                • Use vehicle path tracking to ensure adequate roadway clearance,
                                                                                • Create, define, edit and draw centerline alignments using a variety of methods including best fit,
                                                                                • Easily elevate 2d, zero-elevation polylines from points, text or text with a leader for detailed site grading,
                                                                                • Label elevation, slope and other properties of polylines,
                                                                                • Design a centerline and profile along a surface that maintains a maximum slope,
                                                                                • Import surfaces from Civil 3d and Google Earth®,
                                                                                • Create surface model files for existing and proposed conditions,
                                                                                • Design and balance cut and fill for one or more building pads at a time,
                                                                                • Edit the contours generated from a surface model and automatically update the underlying TIN file,
                                                                                • Calculate earthwork volumes between two surfaces including building pads, stockpiles and borrow pits,
                                                                                • Report storage volumes for bench and valley ponds that can be designed using various design criteria such as adding multiple interior benches and automatically removing the berm in cut conditions,
                                                                                • Use the layer-based SiteNet commands to calculate and report volumes and/or quantities:
                                                                                  • Of an entire site or within a perimeter Polyline,
                                                                                  • Of cut & fill dirt; of topsoil removal & replacement; of materials such as asphalt, stone, concrete and curb; and of pipe and structure depth,
                                                                                  • That can be exported directly to Microsoft Excel®,
                                                                                • Create cut & fill color maps or a grid of cut and fill labels,
                                                                                • Create, define, edit and draw profiles using a variety of methods including best fit,
                                                                                • Create, define, edit and draw cross sections using a variety of methods,
                                                                                • Define, edit and draw typical cross sections to create a library of roadway templates that meet detailed design standards,
                                                                                • Use the Road Network feature to dynamically design a network of highways or roads that automatically tie intersections together, allow detailed grading at each intersection and cul-de-sac and allow real-time volume determination as the road profile is adjusted,
                                                                                • Design roads that that incorporate varying roadway widths, multiple templates, super elevation, topsoil removal & replacement, road rehabilitation including overlays after leveling or milling operations and more,
                                                                                • Automatically elevate building pads and property lot lines using grading rules applied to a road design,
                                                                                • Process Road Design for final sections, final contours and volumes,
                                                                                • Pick a button to “Process” or have updates automatically occur when changes to centerlines or surfaces affect profiles, changes to profiles affect cross sections or changes to surfaces affect storm or sewer structures,
                                                                                • Automatically generate a Carson software support plan and profile sheets in model or paper space where the plan and profile views can be shifted or rotated incrementally with the pick of a button,
                                                                                • View your entities or surfaces in 3d or drive through them in a humvee, police car or school bus.

                                                                                Menus in Civil 2017

                                                                                 

                                                                                Menu Bar in Civil 2017

                                                                                 

                                                                                The menus below are available in Carlson Civil 2017

                                                                                3D Data Menu

                                                                                Civil 2017 3D Data Menu

                                                                                Surface Menu

                                                                                Civil 2017 Surface Menu

                                                                                SiteNet Menu

                                                                                Civil 2017 SiteNet Menu

                                                                                Centerline Menu

                                                                                Civil 2017 Centerline Menu

                                                                                Profiles Menu

                                                                                Civil 2017 Profiles Menu

                                                                                Sections Menu

                                                                                Civil 2017 Sections Menu

                                                                                Roads Menu

                                                                                Civil 2017 Roads Menu

                                                                                Area Layout Menu

                                                                                Civil 2017 Area Layout Menu

                                                                                Annotate Menu

                                                                                Civil 2017 Annotate Menu

                                                                                The menus below are in all non-OEM programs of Carlson 2017 desktop software

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                                                                                  [FAQ211] I’m a land surveyor. What software do I need?
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                                                                                  Carlson Survey, of course! And, if you truly need ONLY Carlson Survey, you have an option between Survey with IntelliCAD or For Your AutoCAD or Survey with embedded AutoCAD (OEM).

                                                                                  But, I find a lot of surveyors also need Carlson GIS for bringing in aerial photos, images of quad and soils maps.

                                                                                  And, this is a little out of the box, but if you’re a surveyor who does a lot of construction staking, I highly recommend Carlson Civil as well. Carlson Civil has a lot of tools that are meant to be used for design but, in my experience, can be invaluable for stakeout.

                                                                                  Most of these tools are in the 3D Data menu of Carlson Civil and include:

                                                                                  • 2D to 3D Polyline by Points and by Text with Leader
                                                                                  • Assign Contour Elevations
                                                                                  • Pad Polyline by Interior Text
                                                                                  • Draw Building Perimeter Polyline
                                                                                  • Convert Spot Elevations to Points
                                                                                  • Points by Slope

                                                                                  If you need Survey plus any of these other programs, you will have to use Carlson Survey with IntelliCAD or For Your AutoCAD because Survey and Takeoff are the only programs available on the embedded AutoCAD (OEM) platform.

                                                                                  And if you need Survey plus any of these other programs, you may want to consider the Civil Suite because the bundled pricing is often better than buying 2 or more individual modules.


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                                                                                    [FAQ212] I’m a civil engineer. What software do I need?
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                                                                                    Primarily you’ll probably need Carlson Civil and Hydrology but GIS has a lot of nifty tools for importing images so you may also consider that program a “need” instead of just a “want” as well.

                                                                                    Since all three of these modules are included in the Carlson Civil Suite, that’s usually the better deal.

                                                                                     


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                                                                                      [FAQ021] Does Carlson with IntelliCAD have an option to print to PDF?
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                                                                                      No, not at this time.
                                                                                       
                                                                                      It’s my understanding that the cost of each license of Carlson would have had to increase by quite a bit to absorb the cost of embedding an Adobe PDF writer into the software. So, Carlson decided to not add it and to just encourage users to use one of the many after-market AtoCAD to PDF writers on the market.
                                                                                       
                                                                                      Creating PDFs for CAD training and other tasks is a large part of my job so I actually use Adobe Acrobat which is rather pricey. Here are a few more that range from free to pretty cheap to pricey:
                                                                                       


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                                                                                        [FAQ213] I’m a contractor and need to do takeoffs and create machine control files.
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                                                                                        Probably some version of Takeoff – either Takeoff Suite which is modular and includes Construction, CADNet, Trench and GeoTech or the Takeoff with embedded AutoCAD (OEM).

                                                                                        The good thing about the Takeoff Suite is that you can buy the whole thing or just the pieces and parts you need. Many contractors only need the functionality of Construction and CADNet so, unless you need Trench and GeoTech as well, you could save a little money by just buying those modules. And you could always add the other pieces later if necessary.

                                                                                        Construction includes most of the functionality you will need for building models and doing takeoffs: tools for elevating 2D to 3D, site and roadway surface modeling (including resurfacing), quantity calcs, exporting to machine control and more.

                                                                                        CADNet includes the digitizing and imaging tools such as raster to vector, importing PDFs and BIM files and more.

                                                                                        GeoTech is for importing borehole data for analyzing subsurface conditions and materials.

                                                                                        Trench is for calculations related to installing pipes, sewers, or utility lines.

                                                                                        One other thing to note is that Construction is mostly a blend of the functionality you’ll find in Carlson Survey & Civil. Since the pricing of Civil Suite is the same as Construction, you may find that purchasing Civil Suite and CADNet is a good alternative to Construction and CADNet.

                                                                                        These images were current for the Carlson 2021 products but I don’t think much has changed…


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                                                                                          [FAQ020] Are Express Tools available in Carlson?
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                                                                                          Technically, no. But through Carlson software training, you’ll learn that they have their own set of layer management commands that handles most of the functionality you might miss from the Express Layer Tools and Layers II Toolbar commands. These tools are available in programs with IntelliCAD software as well as those with embedded AutoCAD (OEM).

                                                                                          Carlson Layer Tools are highlighted in the View menu below:

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                                                                                          And the Carlson Layers toolbar has many of those handy commands such as Isolate Layers, Restore Layers, Freeze or Off by Picking and Erase by Layer.

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                                                                                            [FAQ471] I lost my data collector with SurvCE, am I outta luck?
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                                                                                            Not at all.
                                                                                             
                                                                                            Carlson allows you to purchase hardware and software separately so all you need to do is purchase a new collector and install your SurvCE on it. You will need your SurvCE serial number but, if you have trouble finding it, just email me and I’ll help you track it down.


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                                                                                              [FAQ268] If I use Carlson Survey in the office, do I have to use SurvCE on my data collector?
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                                                                                              Nope.

                                                                                              Carlson Survey allows you to import, export and convert points and raw data from dozens of different formats and from a wide variety of manufacturers. Carlson Software, as a company, does everything within their power to make their software and hardware compatible with as many other manufacturers’ products as possible. Carlson wants their users to have the option of mixing and matching their software and equipment in a way that works best for their individual needs.

                                                                                              Here are just two examples of many throughout the program allowing you to import, export or convert external data.

                                                                                              The Convert Point Format menu:

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                                                                                              The Import Raw File menu:

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                                                                                                [FAQ315] What data collectors, GPS and total stations can I run with my Carlson SurvCE or SurvPC?
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                                                                                                Click here for the list of data collectors, GPS and total stations that are supported in the various versions of SurvCE and SurvPC.
                                                                                                 
                                                                                                It’s easy to overlook but the “micro-links” at the bottom of the table let you switch between Carlson data collectors, Carlson GPS and total stations.
                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                  [FAQ221] What are the system requirements to run Carlson Software in the office? Do I need a monster computer?
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                                                                                                  Save your money! You only need a monster computer if you’re running it on top of an Autodesk product that requires a lot of horsepower. If you’re running Carlson on top of AutoCAD or one of their vertical applications like Civil 3d, then yes, you will want to make sure your computer is configured to meet Autodesk’s specifications.

                                                                                                  But, Carlson’s core product and IntelliCAD can run on pretty light-duty machines.

                                                                                                  The minimum system requirements for running Carlson with embedded AutoCAD (OEM), on top of AutoCAD and with IntelliCAD are posted here.

                                                                                                  Updated for 2020: Carlson 2020 software will no longer run on 32 bit machines.

                                                                                                  Note: If you are using an Nvidia video card, you will want to make sure you get the driver and updates directly from Nvidia.com and not just let Windows search for updates.

                                                                                                  See also: Carlson KB1123: Changing graphics card settings to use your dedicated GPU on a Windows computer

                                                                                                  See also: Carlson KB1131: NVidia video card: visual artifacts, pixelized lines, wrong text display


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                                                                                                    [FAQ240] Is IntelliCAD more like AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT?
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                                                                                                    I believe you will find the functionality of IntelliCAD to be MUCH closer to that found in full-versions of AutoCAD than to AutoCAD LT or even the embedded AutoCAD (OEM) programs that Carlson offers.

                                                                                                    Now, you also shouldn’t expect IntelliCAD to be the equivalent of today’s AutoCAD. IntelliCAD is a generic version of AutoCAD and will have the feel of an older “model” of AutoCAD and be missing some of the bells and whistles included in newer releases of AutoCAD.

                                                                                                    But, it’s more customizable, supports LISP routines and 3D drafting.

                                                                                                    Follow these links to see my FAQs that explain the differences between AutoCAD, Carlson’s IntelliCAD and the embedded AutoCAD  (OEM) platforms.

                                                                                                    You may also want to read this Software Review: AutoCAD and IntelliCAD that I wrote for Professional Surveyor Magazine several years ago.


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                                                                                                      [FAQ453] How is the price of Carlson maintenance calculated?
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                                                                                                      If you always want to have the latest and greatest version of your Carlson Desktop Software with IntelliCAD (or with your own CAD), the cheapest way to do that is to keep your maintenance current. If it is renewed prior to expiration, the price will remain the same – 10% of the retail price of the software.

                                                                                                      However, if Maintenance is not renewed prior to expiration, a 1-year Maintenance Plan costs 20% of software list price and increases by 10% per year after the expiration date.

                                                                                                      But, regardless of how many years you’ve fallen behind, Carlson will never charge more than 50% of the current retail price of the software in order to bring your license up to the current version.

                                                                                                      If your license is not currently on maintenance, you can pay the maintenance fee plus an expiration fee which will both upgrade you to the current version of the program AND include any upgrades that are released within the maintenance year.

                                                                                                      Carlson’s policy on Software Maintenance can be viewed by clicking here.

                                                                                                      That CAD Girl tries to keep a copy of your most current Maintenance Report uploaded and available to you on your That CAD Girl Customer Portal.

                                                                                                      Click here to request pricing for your Maintenance Renewals or Upgrades – if you upload a current Maintenance or Upgrade Report you received from Carlson, you may receive discounted renewal or upgrade pricing!

                                                                                                      FAQ: I can’t seem to keep up with my Carlson maintenance – Can you help?

                                                                                                      FAQ: What is Carlson Software Maintenance? And why should I buy it from That CAD Girl?

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                                                                                                      (Percentage of Retail)
                                                                                                      Active10%010%
                                                                                                      Expired, up to 1 year10%10%20%
                                                                                                      Expired, up to 2 years10%20%30%
                                                                                                      Expired, up to 3 years10%30%40%
                                                                                                      Expired, more than 3 years10%40%50%

                                                                                                      ProgramRetail Price
                                                                                                      of Standalone
                                                                                                      (effective 10/16/2023)
                                                                                                      Annual Maintenance
                                                                                                      for Standalone
                                                                                                      Retail Price
                                                                                                      of Network
                                                                                                      Annual Maintenance
                                                                                                      for Network
                                                                                                      Select Suite Pick 6$ 4,950$ 495$ 5,445$ 544.50
                                                                                                      Select Suite Pick 5$ 4,650$ 465$ 5,115$ 511.50
                                                                                                      Select Suite Pick 4$ 4,250$ 425$ 4,675$ 467.50
                                                                                                      Select Suite Pick 3$ 3,850$ 385$ 4,235$ 423.50
                                                                                                      Select Suite Pick 2$ 3,350$ 335$ 3,685$ 368.50
                                                                                                      Civil Suite$ 4,250$ 425$ 4,675$ 467.50
                                                                                                      Survey$ 2,150$ 215$ 2,365$ 236.50
                                                                                                      Civil$ 1,950$ 195$ 2,145$ 214.50
                                                                                                      Hydrology$ 1,550$ 155$ 1,705$ 170.50
                                                                                                      GIS$ 1,250$ 125$ 1,375$ 137.50
                                                                                                      Takeoff Suite$ 7,500$ 750$ 8,250$ 825.00
                                                                                                      Construction$ 3,950$ 395$ 4,345$ 434.50
                                                                                                      CADNet$ 1,750$ 175$ 1,925$ 192.50
                                                                                                      Trench$ 1,595$ 159.50$ 1,755$ 175.50
                                                                                                      GeoTech$ 1,595$ 159.50$ 1,755$ 175.50

                                                                                                      Sample Upgrade & Maintenance Renewal Pricing

                                                                                                      Program# of Years ExpiredRetail PriceTotal Fee
                                                                                                      (Percentage of Retail)
                                                                                                      Total Fee to Upgrade and/or
                                                                                                      Renew Maintenance for 1 Year
                                                                                                      SurveyNot expired, maintenance is current$ 2,15010%$ 215.00
                                                                                                      SurveyExpired for less than 1 year$ 2,15020%$ 430.00
                                                                                                      Networked SurveyExpired for less than 1 year$ 2,365
                                                                                                      20%$ 473.00
                                                                                                      Civil Suite or Select Suite Pick 4Not expired, maintenance is current$ 4,25010%$ 425.00
                                                                                                      Civil Suite or Select Suite Pick 4Expired for less than 1 year$ 4,25020%$ 850.00
                                                                                                      Networked Civil Suite or Select Suite Pick 4Expired for less than 1 year$ 4,67520%$935.00


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                                                                                                        [FAQ470] Maintenance for my SurvCE & SurvPC – Since when?
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                                                                                                        Yeah, well, that was short-lived. Carlson offered maintenance on SurvCE & SurvPC for only about a year and then discontinued it because there’s no guarantee a new version will come out every year. Carlson has now gone back to a straight upgrade type program. You can follow this link then click on Request a Custom Proposal to request upgrade pricing.

                                                                                                        If you purchased maintenance during that time feel free to send me a message and I’ll see if you’re eligible for an automatic upgrade.


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                                                                                                          [FAQ242] What’s the difference between Carlson with IntelliCAD and with the embedded AutoCAD (OEM) platform?
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                                                                                                          The price is the biggest difference.

                                                                                                          Whether you’re using Carlson Survey or Takeoff on the IntelliCAD or embedded AutoCAD (OEM) platform, the Survey and Takeoff functionality will be identical. Any differences are going to be strictly limited to the underlying engine – IntelliCAD or embedded AutoCAD.

                                                                                                          • From a feature and functionality standpoint, IntelliCAD will be closer to a full AutoCAD and embedded AutoCAD (OEM) will be closer to an AutoCAD LT.
                                                                                                          • IntelliCAD is generic version of AutoCAD and tracks closer to a 4-5 year old version of AutoCAD. See this FAQ comparing IntelliCAD and AutoCAD
                                                                                                          • Embedded AutoCAD (OEM) will look more like today’s AutoCAD and may have more of the current bells and whistles – but it’ll also be missing some key functionality such as the ability to create aliases (command shortcuts) and load LISP routines. See this FAQ comparing embedded AutoCAD (OEM) and AutoCAD

                                                                                                          It’s a work in progress but you can check out this FAQ where I’m starting a list of the differences between the two programs.


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                                                                                                            [FAQ231] Is it better to network Carlson than use standalone licenses?
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                                                                                                            This is another one of those maybes

                                                                                                            The only time I’d recommend networking individual licenses such as Survey, Survey OEM, Civil, etc. is if you have 2 or more people who can literally share a license. For instance, if you have a technician who works in one office or on one computer from 8-12 and another who works in a different office or computer from 1-5 then, yes, network away!

                                                                                                            Using this example, only one license will ever be in use at any one time so you would only need to buy one networked license that can be shared on multiple computers.

                                                                                                            Networking one or more licenses of individual seats can also be beneficial if you have several people using the software part-time. Maybe you buy 3 licenses for 4 to share because only 3 people will ever be using it at the same time.

                                                                                                            All that being said, networking one of Carlson’s Suites (Civil or Takeoff) can potentially save a lot of money. Civil Suite includes 4 programs: Survey, Civil, Hydrology and GIS. Takeoff Suite includes 4 as well: Construction, CADNet, GeoTech and Trench. If you network either of the Suites, each of those programs acts like an individual license. Sweet Suite!

                                                                                                            So, if you buy one standalone license of Civil Suite, that license is registered to one user who can access any of the 4 programs at will. But, if you network that Civil Suite, you can have one person working in Survey at the same time someone else is working in Civil, while a 3rd person is working in Hydrology and a 4th is in GIS.

                                                                                                            Even though this sounds like a great way to save money, you should also be aware that sharing licenses can also become a headache to your staff and lead to some loss in productivity. It’s like anything else, networking the Suites has its pros and cons.

                                                                                                            You may also want to refer to this updated FAQ: Working with Carlson’s network license manager for more information.


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                                                                                                              [FAQ260] Why do you prefer Carlson Civil Suite over Civil 3d?
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                                                                                                              Well, how long do you have? Better grab a cup of coffee. Make it a Grande… isn’t that the biggest one? Anyhoo, no surprise, I think Carlson is the best option in software for land surveyors, engineers and contractors on the market these days.

                                                                                                              I always qualify my endorsement by acknowledging the fact that I make my living selling their software; but, I’m independent. And, if some day I get to the point where I no longer believe Carlson is the best option, I’ll be up front and admit that too.

                                                                                                              I’ve written several times and in various formats over the years about Carlson vs Civil 3d and those word-storms seem to hold up pretty well so, rather than repeat everything, I’ll just link to the old stuff and put a few new comments in at the bottom here.

                                                                                                              And, yes, it’s pretty much cheating but I’m stealing most of the rest of this from my FAQ I miss my Land Desktop/LDD! What is my next, best option?

                                                                                                              One Reason I’m a Carlson Fan

                                                                                                              Carlson has a lot of the dynamic functionality (RoadNet, LotNet, Design Pad Template, etc.) that we wanted in Land Desktop. But, the entities created by these cool automated tools are all standard CAD entities such as polylines and 3d polylines and text.

                                                                                                              The benefit is that, when you get to the end of your design and need to pinpoint and tweak an area, you have the option of doing basic CAD-editing of standard polylines or text to make changes the old-fashioned way.

                                                                                                              One of my complaints about Civil 3d is that users get very little credit for knowing AutoCAD. Civil 3d requires you to create “Styles” for everything and these styles override basic CAD management of all other properties such as colors, layers, linetypes, text styles, formatting and so on.

                                                                                                              Here is one of my favorite examples to illustrate the point. I have a 100 x 200 lot below that has a label inside for area in square footage and acres. The labels are generic and crappy-looking but I can change that later. At this point, all I want to do is add a silly comma so that the area in SF reads “20,000 SF”.

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                              If I’m in Carlson, I double-click on the label and edit it – because it’s CAD and it’s text.

                                                                                                              If I’m in Civil 3d, that label is tied to the parcel-object and the style of the object must be changed. Unless you explode the object and lose all the perceived benefits of Civil 3d, there are many clicks and digging deep into dialog boxes to make the same change.


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                                                                                                                [FAQ275] About IntelliCAD
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                                                                                                                IntelliCAD is a cooperative CAD development platform that is becoming more and more accepted as an alternative to AutoCAD.

                                                                                                                IntelliCAD – An IntroductionThe development of IntelliCAD is overseen by the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, “an organization of CAD software developers, who develop applications for IntelliCAD, a Computer-aided design engine. The IntelliCAD engine, which is based on the DWGdirect library from the Open Design Alliance reads and writes the ‘.dwg’ data format – a widely used file format for storing both graphic and textual information of CAD-related software applications.”

                                                                                                                The primary goals of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium are to “research and develop CAD technology, the IntelliCAD platform, and to deliver CAD solutions to customers worldwide.” In other words, to provide the personal and commercial CAD markets with a cost-effective solution that is capable of reading and writing the common drawing (DWG) file.

                                                                                                                The ITC is a non-profit, independent organization of commercial software developers (members). The ITC has an elected, volunteer, member based Board of Directors which guide its strategic vision. An independent (non-member) President manages the tactical business operations. Members pay annual dues that fund the ITC. Today the ITC has over 50 members who support 13 languages and ship product in more than 35 countries.

                                                                                                                IntelliCAD – A Trip through Time

                                                                                                                Except where noted, each of the following items were obtained from An Outside Look in at IntelliCAD (used by permission) which requires the free Adobe Reader.

                                                                                                                “Where did the name come from? The name of the software ‘IntelliCAD’ comes from a programming company that was formed in the early 1990s in San Diego, CA, USA. Their main claim to fame was ADE (AutoCAD Data Extension), which they sold to Autodesk, and which eventually became part of Autodesk Map.”

                                                                                                                “IntelliCAD the software has a complex and fascinating history that winds its way through Softdesk, Autodesk, Boomerang, Visio, just missing Microsoft, then onto the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, and now [includes] a variety of brand names, such as CADopia, Bricscad, and DWGEditor.”

                                                                                                                1994, August: “IntelliCAD is purchased by Softdesk of Henniker, NH.”
                                                                                                                1996, December: “Autodesk acquires Softdesk… Softdesk apparently did not tell Autodesk about its AutoCAD clone.”
                                                                                                                1997, March: “Autodesk investigated by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) over the alleged monopoly status of AutoCAD… The FTC allowed Autodesk to purchase Softdesk after Autodesk agreed to: (1) spin off IntelliCAD; (2) not attempt re-acquire the technology; (3) not attempt to acquire any company that owns or controls IntelliCAD; and (4) not interfere with employees who leave Autodesk to work with IntelliCAD… IntelliCAD was spun off as Boomerang Technology in San Jose, CA.”
                                                                                                                1997, March: “Visio bought Boomerang.”
                                                                                                                1998, March: “IntelliCAD 98 ships. The price was originally pegged at US$495; upon release, the price dropped to $349 as a ‘special introductory price’; the price drops further to $149 at computer superstores, such as CompUSA. Through to the end of June, the first three months of sales for IntelliCAD were nearly 12,000 licenses, producing $3 million in gross revenue — an average of $250 per license.”
                                                                                                                1998, May: “IntelliCAD is suddenly incompatible with AutoCAD! Autodesk releases a maintenance release for AutoCAD R14.01 that makes a change to the .dwg format, and preventing IntelliCAD from reading drawing files… Visio updated IntelliCAD 98 to work with 14.01 files.”
                                                                                                                1999, July 27: “Visio cuts IntelliCAD loose by granting the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium a royalty-free, perpetual license for the source code of the IntelliCAD 2000 technology. The ITC was set up by Visio, but run by an independent board of directors.
                                                                                                                1999, September: “IntelliCAD Technical Consortium opens its Web site at http://www.intellicad.org/.”
                                                                                                                Subsequent releases of IntelliCAD through the ITC occur every year since its initial release (see the IntelliCAD version history link under the Press section of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium web site).

                                                                                                                IntelliCAD Release History

                                                                                                                IntelliCAD 6.4 July 27, 2007
                                                                                                                IntelliCAD 6.3 February 28, 2007
                                                                                                                IntelliCAD 6.2 May 27, 2006
                                                                                                                IntelliCAD 6.1 September 5, 2005
                                                                                                                IntelliCAD 6.0 May 3, 2005
                                                                                                                IntelliCAD 5.1 January 12, 2005
                                                                                                                IntelliCAD 5.0 October 24, 2004
                                                                                                                IntelliCAD 4.0 March 14, 2003
                                                                                                                IntelliCAD 2001 version 3.3 July 19, 2002
                                                                                                                IntelliCAD 2001 May 22, 2001
                                                                                                                IntelliCAD 2000 March 6, 2000
                                                                                                                IntelliCAD 98 May 1, 1998
                                                                                                                Carlson Support for IntelliCAD

                                                                                                                The Carlson 2009 installation comes with IntelliCAD 6.4 built-in. When you choose IntelliCAD as the CAD platform during installation, the IntelliCAD engine is installed along with the Carlson program files. Carlson 2009 only works with this built-in version of IntelliCAD and not on any other version of IntelliCAD or other IntelliCAD based products like Bricscad.

                                                                                                                Running Carlson 2009 on IntelliCAD is largely the same as running on AutoCAD. IntelliCAD supports a development environment with a similar interface as AutoCAD which allows Carlson Software to use the same code base on both CAD platforms. Of the over 1700 Carlson commands across the Carlson 2009 products, there are 11 commands that are not supported with IntelliCAD for the Carlson 2009 release. These are:

                                                                                                                Editor Reactors (ie Link Points To Coordinate File)
                                                                                                                Point Object Snap (node snap does work)
                                                                                                                Text Explode To Polylines
                                                                                                                Edit Centerline On-Screen
                                                                                                                Extract Centroid Data
                                                                                                                Label Object Data Areas
                                                                                                                Drape Image On Surface
                                                                                                                Retaining Wall Placement
                                                                                                                Pillar Cut
                                                                                                                Calculate Variogram
                                                                                                                Production By Block Model
                                                                                                                IntelliCAD – AutoCAD Comparison

                                                                                                                IntelliCAD has a very similar user interface as AutoCAD, supports the core AutoCAD commands and uses the DWG drawing formats 2009 to R14. For some Carlson commands, creating entities in AutoCAD is twice as fast as IntelliCAD which makes a significant difference in routines that create lots of entities.

                                                                                                                The upcoming IntelliCAD 7 will be built on DWGdirect from the Open Design Alliance and will add a “DRX development environment” similar to ObjectARX with AutoCAD. Using DRX should greatly improve the speed of entity creation within IntelliCAD.

                                                                                                                While most of the AutoCAD commands Carlson clients use in AutoCAD can also be found in IntelliCAD 6.4, there are many features in AutoCAD that are not in IntelliCAD. Among these features are ones for architectural and mechanical applications that don’t apply to Carlson customers. For this initial release of Carlson 2009 on IntelliCAD 6.4, here are AutoCAD commands that Carlson customers might miss:

                                                                                                                Spell Check
                                                                                                                DGN import/export
                                                                                                                Orbit command
                                                                                                                Find command
                                                                                                                Express Tools
                                                                                                                Tool Palettes
                                                                                                                Annotative Text
                                                                                                                Sheet Set Manager
                                                                                                                Page Setup Manager
                                                                                                                Import .PC3 Files
                                                                                                                Irregular viewports
                                                                                                                Clipboard commands for copybase and paste to original
                                                                                                                VBA not supported for custom applications; VB with COM is supported
                                                                                                                Object Enablers for LDT points and contours
                                                                                                                User-interface for menu customizaiton (no CUI, old MNU method)
                                                                                                                Ctrl-pick cycle for object selection
                                                                                                                Dialog user interface for WBlock
                                                                                                                Dialog user interface for Purge command
                                                                                                                Dialog user interface for Filter command
                                                                                                                Right-Click menus
                                                                                                                Entity Properties as docked-dialog
                                                                                                                Grip snapping to other grips
                                                                                                                Highlighting of entities when dragging cursor over them
                                                                                                                Mudst hatch pattern
                                                                                                                If you identify any other AutoCAD feature that you miss when running Carlson with IntelliCAD, please email us at [email protected] and we willl add to this list which helps guide future developments.

                                                                                                                Bibliography

                                                                                                                “IntelliCAD Technology Consortium – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”
                                                                                                                Available at:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IntelliCAD_Technology_Consortium 09 April 2008

                                                                                                                “IntelliCAD® Technology Consortium: The intelligent alternative for CAD developers.”
                                                                                                                Available at: http://www.intellicad.org/join/index.php 09 April 2008

                                                                                                                “Natural monopoly – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.”
                                                                                                                Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_monopoly#Regulation 09 April 2008

                                                                                                                “An Outside Look in at IntelliCAD.”
                                                                                                                Available at: http://www.intellicad.org/WorldMeeting2004/presentations/OutsideLookAtIntelliCAD.pdf 09 April 2008

                                                                                                                Information in this document is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of the vendor.

                                                                                                                IntelliCAD® is a registered trademark of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, Inc. and is used under permission.

                                                                                                                AutoCAD® is a registered trademark of Autodesk, Inc.

                                                                                                                Windows® and Visio® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

                                                                                                                All other registered or unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

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                                                                                                                  [FAQ504] I’m just learning CAD. What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to make me a power user?
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                                                                                                                  Forget the toolbars & menus – learn to run your commands and set your settings from the Command: line!

                                                                                                                  I lost one of my first CAD jobs because I’d been away from CAD work for about 6 months and I was given a CAD test during an interview. While my interviewer watched, I tried to draw a roadway intersection on a computer that had a 2-button mouse and a newly installed copy of AutoCAD R10. I quickly realized that in all my prior work and training I’d become too dependent on macros, LISP routines and the dreaded digitizer tablet (remember those?!). In those days we only had a Command: line and a right sidebar menu – not a toolbar to be found!

                                                                                                                  Commands like ERASE, COPY and MOVE were easy to remember but FILLET? Forget about it. I tanked.

                                                                                                                  I found a computer with CAD to practice and refresh a bit and made it through my next interview and test but I never forgot the experience. Although they were available if I wanted them, I swore off the digitizer tablet and even stopped using command aliases for a long time and typed in the whole long command in most cases. As new versions came out and new menus and toolbars came and went, I realized that the commands entered at the Command: line changed very little from version to version. Unlike co-workers, I didn’t panic with each new version install and had no problems working on someone else’s computer if necessary because it didn’t matter if I couldn’t find my magic toolbar.


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                                                                                                                    [FAQ503] How much training will I need to learn Carlson?
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                                                                                                                    It really depends on what program(s) you’ve used in the past. Online CAD program training may be a good option for you.

                                                                                                                    If you’ve used anything AutoCAD-based (such as Land Desktop, Eagle Point, Civil 3d) then the only thing you will need to learn is how Carlson manages points or surfaces compared to those programs. In many ways Carlson Software and Land Desktop are more similar than Land Desktop and Civil 3d so the learning curve is pretty short.

                                                                                                                    But, if you’re coming from TerraModel or Microstation-based program, learning the AutoCAD or IntelliCAD platform underneath Carlson programs will probably double the time it takes to learn the program. It’s all CAD so you’re not starting from scratch, but figuring out the fundamental differences between layers and levels, templates and seed files, cells and blocks, paper space and plan/profile views and so on will take some time.

                                                                                                                    Refer to this FAQ for training that’s available if you need to learn CAD or Carlson Software.


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                                                                                                                      [FAQ502] Does That CAD Girl training qualify for PDH/CEU/continuing education credit?
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                                                                                                                      Maaayyybbeee…

                                                                                                                      That CAD Girl is an approved provider of continuing education credit for the THE NORTH CAROLINA BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR ENGINEERS AND SURVEYORS so anyone licensed in NC should have no problem.

                                                                                                                      For those out-of-state who attend webinars or other online training, we do provide “Certificates of Attendance” for each session. We also archive recordings of all training (technology willing!) and are happy to provide access to these for proof of training and auditing.

                                                                                                                      Links to past or upcoming training sessions and your Certificates of Attendance can be found on your That CAD Girl Customer Portal.

                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                      Pro-Tip! You can add your professional license numbers to your Home Screen to have them displayed on your Certificate!


                                                                                                                       


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                                                                                                                        [FAQ501] What options do I have for training on CAD or Carlson Software?
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                                                                                                                        Lots!

                                                                                                                        But, don’t forget – there’s a difference between Carlson software TRAINING and Carlson Software TECH SUPPORT… you have to pay for one and the other is free!

                                                                                                                        I recommend you Click here to complete our Training Questionnaire – this will help you (and us) identify the training that will work best for you.

                                                                                                                        If it’s training you need, the best and most timely training I provide is through my live webinars or custom online training. You can see the list of upcoming webinars here or follow this link to Request Custom Training to schedule one-on-one custom training.

                                                                                                                        If it’s movies and videos you want, Carlson has an extensive library of recorded webinars and I’ve posted the webinars I presented on Carlson’s behalf here in my Video Library.

                                                                                                                        And, if you prefer written material, you may be interested in my Carlson Self-Study Training Manuals. These don’t cover everything Carlson… they’re more of the inch-wide but mile deep variety.


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                                                                                                                          [FAQ500] What is Carlson College?
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                                                                                                                          Carlson Software  has expert training facilities through the approved Members of the Carlson College Training Program. Each member of Carlson College has met Carlson Software’s standards for training excellence and each individual trainer is an expert on Carlson Software’s products.

                                                                                                                          That CAD Girl was one of the first two training centers to meet the qualifications for Carlson College.


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                                                                                                                            [FAQ416] Download & install your license of Carlson SurvPC
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                                                                                                                            Related FAQ: Download and install your Carlson SurvCE

                                                                                                                            When downloading Carlson SurvPC (and SurvCE), you are first required to enter a serial number before being directed to the correct page to download. This is to ensure you have the correct version (due to device compatibility).

                                                                                                                            How to install and run a trial: During installation you will be prompted for your serial number. If you are installing for the purpose of running a trial, it is not necessary to enter the serial number during installation; however, without a serial number, SurvPC will run in 15-point demo-mode for an unlimited number of days. If you use the  trial serial number during installation, it will unlock unlimited points but will also reduce the trial period to 30 days.

                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                            1. Follow this link: https://web.carlsonsw.com/files/updates/updates05.php?ss_email=&product=SurvPC
                                                                                                                            2. Enter your serial number XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
                                                                                                                            3. Enter your email address (for a trial)
                                                                                                                            4. Click on “Show Files”
                                                                                                                            5. Download #1 or #2 will be the full, complete, up-to-date version of the software. Select “Download”.
                                                                                                                            6. During installation, enter your serial number when prompted: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX.

                                                                                                                             


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                                                                                                                              [FAQ415] Download & install your Carlson SurvCE
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                                                                                                                              As of 2023, Carlson Software has stopped developing SurvCE on the Windows Mobile platform and, now, exclusively develops SurvPC on the Windows platform.

                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                              NOTE: You must have your SurvCE serial number in order to download the installation file.

                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                              1. Follow this link: http://www.carlsonsw.com/support/software-downloads/?product=SurvCE
                                                                                                                              2. Select your “Product Version”
                                                                                                                              3. Enter your serial number to get access to the download files: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX.

                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                               


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                                                                                                                                [FAQ414] Download & install your license of Carlson Takeoff with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)
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                                                                                                                                The instructions below are for installing your Carlson Takeoff with embedded AutoCAD (OEM).
                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                1. Follow this link: http://www.carlsonsw.com/support/software-downloads/?ss_email=&product=TakeOff
                                                                                                                                2. Next to, “Takeoff”, pick “Show Files”.
                                                                                                                                3. From the drop-down list, select the correct “Product Version”
                                                                                                                                4. Download #1 or #2 will be the full, complete, up-to-date version of the software. Select “Download”.
                                                                                                                                5. During installation, enter your serial number when prompted: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX.

                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                If you have previously downloaded and installed Carlson and have been running it under a trial serial number, you do not need to re-download and re-install. You can follow the instructions below to update your registration with your new purchased serial number:
                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                1. Start Carlson Software
                                                                                                                                2. Go to Help > About Carlson
                                                                                                                                3. Pick the “Change Registration” button
                                                                                                                                4. Once the “Add/Remove Serial Number” dialog box is open, pick the “Add” button
                                                                                                                                5. Complete the Registration Information with your new serial number: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX.

                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                For Network Licenses

                                                                                                                                Instructions for installing the network license manager can be found here: http://www.carlsonsw.com/support/knowledge-base/?action=display_topic&topic_id=55.

                                                                                                                                You can also refer to this FAQ: Download and Install the Carlson Network License Manager

                                                                                                                                If you need a new (or updated) network license file, please contact Brian Hammer in Carlson’s Boston office. His email is [email protected] and the phone number is 606-564-5028.

                                                                                                                                 


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                                                                                                                                  [FAQ413] Download & install your license of Carlson Survey with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)
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                                                                                                                                  The instructions below are for installing your Carlson Survey with embedded AutoCAD (OEM).
                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                  1. Follow this link: http://www.carlsonsw.com/support/software-downloads/?product=CarlsonSurveyEmbedded
                                                                                                                                  2. Next to, “Carlson Survey Embedded”, pick “Show Files”.
                                                                                                                                  3. From the drop-down list, select the correct “Product Version”
                                                                                                                                  4. Download #1 or #2 will be the full, complete, up-to-date version of the software. Select “Download”.
                                                                                                                                  5. During installation, enter your serial number when prompted: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX.

                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                  If you have previously downloaded and installed Carlson and have been running it under a trial serial number, you do not need to re-download and re-install. You can follow the instructions below to update your registration with your new purchased serial number:
                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                  1. Start Carlson Software
                                                                                                                                  2. Go to Help > About Carlson
                                                                                                                                  3. Pick the “Change Registration” button
                                                                                                                                  4. Once the “Add/Remove Serial Number” dialog box is open, pick the “Add” button
                                                                                                                                  5. Complete the Registration Information with your new serial number: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX.

                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                  For Network Licenses

                                                                                                                                  Instructions for installing the network license manager can be found here: http://www.carlsonsw.com/support/knowledge-base/?action=display_topic&topic_id=55.

                                                                                                                                  You can also refer to this FAQ: Download and Install the Carlson Network License Manager

                                                                                                                                  If you need a new (or updated) network license file, please contact Brian Hammer in Carlson’s Boston office. His email is [email protected] and the phone number is 606-564-5028.

                                                                                                                                   


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                                                                                                                                    [FAQ412] Download & install your license of Carlson Software (with your AutoCAD or IntelliCAD)
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                                                                                                                                    The instructions below are for installing your Carlson Software on top of a separately purchased license of AutoCAD or the IntelliCAD that comes with the program.

                                                                                                                                    These instructions are applicable to perpetual licenses, 90-day licenses and 30-day trials for the following modules: Survey, Civil, Hydrology, GIS, Geology, Underground Mining, Surface Mining, Natural Regrade, Field, CADnet, GeoTech, Trench, Construction and Point Clouds.

                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                    If you are installing this license for the first time

                                                                                                                                    1. Follow this link: http://www.carlsonsw.com/support/software-downloads/
                                                                                                                                    2. Next to, “Carlson Survey/Civil/Mining/Takeoff for CAD”, pick “Show Files”
                                                                                                                                    3. From the drop-down list, select the correct “Product Version”
                                                                                                                                    4. Download #1 or #2 will be the full, complete, up-to-date version of the software. Select “Download”.
                                                                                                                                    5. During installation, enter your serial number when prompted: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
                                                                                                                                    6. When prompted for the platform, select IntelliCAD or your current version of AutoCAD.

                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                    If you only need to change or update the serial number

                                                                                                                                    If you have previously downloaded and installed this same version of Carlson and have been running it under a trial serial number or you’ve purchased additional modules, you do not need to re-download and re-install.

                                                                                                                                    You can follow the instructions below to update your registration with your new purchased serial number:

                                                                                                                                    1. Start Carlson Software
                                                                                                                                    2. Go to Help > About Carlson
                                                                                                                                    3. Pick the “Change Registration” button
                                                                                                                                    4. Once the “Add/Remove Serial Number” dialog box is open, pick the “Add” button
                                                                                                                                    5. Complete the Registration Information with your new serial number: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX.

                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                    For Network Licenses

                                                                                                                                    Instructions for installing the network license manager can be found here: http://www.carlsonsw.com/support/knowledge-base/?action=display_topic&topic_id=55.

                                                                                                                                    You can also refer to this FAQ: Download and Install the Carlson Network License Manager

                                                                                                                                    If you need a new (or updated) network license file, please contact Brian Hammer in Carlson’s Boston office. His email is [email protected] and the phone number is 606-564-5028.

                                                                                                                                     


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                                                                                                                                      [FAQ410] Where can I download my Carlson Software?
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                                                                                                                                      If you are installing for the first time, you can go to Carlson’s Software Download page to download complete installation files. Or, if you have already installed, you can also visit this page to download files that will update your current installation to the newest build.

                                                                                                                                      If you are doing this manually, you will first have to select the correct program and version for downloading. You can choose your Carlson program and version from a drop-down list or, if you’re not sure of one or both, you can also enter your serial number to find the right download.

                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                      If you’re choosing your own product, here are some tips:
                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                      • For any of the Carlson Software desktop products that run on top of AutoCAD or come with IntelliCAD, select the default product Carlson Survey/Civil/Mining/Takeoff for CAD
                                                                                                                                      • For Survey with embedded AutoCAD (OEM) select Carlson Survey Embedded
                                                                                                                                      • For Takeoff with embedded AutoCAD (OEM) select Takeoff

                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                      After selecting the correct product, pick the Show Files button and then select the correct version.
                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                      Depending on the program and version you choose, you may be presented with a long list of downloadable files including full versions for 32-bit or 64-bit computers and various files that will update your current installation to the newest build. Just read the download file descriptions carefully and download the one that matches your system.

                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                      FAQ: How do I know if I’m running the latest build of my Carlson Software?

                                                                                                                                      FAQ: What is the latest and greatest version/build of my Carlson Software? (a running thread)


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                                                                                                                                        [FAQ314] What features are in Carlson Precision 3D? (a running thread)
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                                                                                                                                        Shortly after each new release of the program, we will update this FAQ to show the updated list of features in the new release.

                                                                                                                                        Refer to this FAQ to see the latest improvements to Carlson’s desktop software products

                                                                                                                                        Carlson Precision 3d Topo 2017

                                                                                                                                        Features and Benefits of Precision 3D 2017

                                                                                                                                        With Carlson Software’s Precision 3D Topo… True 3D Topo Editing in a 3D Environment is Here!

                                                                                                                                        Carlson Precision 3D Topo’s editing ability of digital terrain models (DTMs) offers many benefits:

                                                                                                                                        • Load and review the two most common formats for surfaces: LandXML and DXF files of 3D Faces, in addition to TIN and Grd files from Carlson Software.
                                                                                                                                        • Overlay other LandXML file types such as points, alignments, parcels, storm and sanitary sewers, culvert pipes and other piping systems.
                                                                                                                                        • View the 3D Surface with user-controlled textures to quickly spot errors in the DTM.
                                                                                                                                        • Fix the errors in the DTM for re-saving and use in CAD programs, or for direct output for machine control and survey stakeout.

                                                                                                                                        Never before has there been such an array of tools to locate and correct DTM errors, all in a sharp 3D interface. Surveyors, contractors and engineers alike can use the software to make sure the final DTM surface is of the highest quality. Editing tools include surface blending, spike and dimple removal, DTM vertex editing and surface pad placement by defined polygon and outslope conditions. Multiple undoes and redoes allow you to study your changes and makes things perfect.


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                                                                                                                                          [FAQ313] What features are in Carlson iCAD? (a running thread)
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                                                                                                                                          Shortly after each new release of the program, we will update this FAQ to show the menus that come with the installation.

                                                                                                                                          Refer to this FAQ to see the latest improvements to Carlson’s desktop software products

                                                                                                                                          Carlson iCAD is an affordable CAD program that is .dwg file based and designed to fit into your production workflow. Carlson iCAD allows drafters to finish drawings and engineers to review drawings.

                                                                                                                                          This program is comparable to AutoCAD LT.

                                                                                                                                          Features and Benefits of Carlson iCAD 2017

                                                                                                                                          General Menu:

                                                                                                                                          • Open/Save .dwg and .dxf files: Supports 2017 and earlier formats
                                                                                                                                          • Plot: Output to printers and PDF
                                                                                                                                          • Google Earth: Import and Export KML/KMZ
                                                                                                                                          • Civil 3D: Convert Civil 3D custom objects to standard CAD entities
                                                                                                                                          • Xref: Manage external references
                                                                                                                                          • Drawing Utilities: Functions include spell check and purge

                                                                                                                                          Edit Menu:

                                                                                                                                          • Clipboard: Copy and paste drawing entities
                                                                                                                                          • Standard CAD Edits: Functions include move, copy, erase, offset, trim
                                                                                                                                          • Text: Edit, resize, rotate and move text
                                                                                                                                          • Polyline Utilities: Smooth, reduce, reverse and edit polylines
                                                                                                                                          • Join Nearest: Create polylines from lines and arcs
                                                                                                                                          • Image: Adjust quality and clip images

                                                                                                                                          View Menu:

                                                                                                                                          • Zoom: By window, center, extents
                                                                                                                                          • 3D Viewer Window: 3D display of drawing entities with lighting controls
                                                                                                                                          • Twist Screen: Set plan rotation for drawing display
                                                                                                                                          • Display Order: Control display order for entities
                                                                                                                                          • Layer Controls: Edit layer properties and display

                                                                                                                                          Draw Menu:

                                                                                                                                          • Standard CAD entities: Line, polyline, circle, rectangle, arc
                                                                                                                                          • Text: Draw either regular Text or MText
                                                                                                                                          • Hatch: Use Hatch Wizard or regular CAD Hatch
                                                                                                                                          • Image: Supports many formats including .jpg, .tif, .sid, .png and .bmp
                                                                                                                                          • Leader: Several leader styles plus option to draw labels
                                                                                                                                          • Blocks: Includes Write Block and Insert

                                                                                                                                          Inquiry Menu:

                                                                                                                                          • Drawing Inspector: Show tooltip of properties as move cursor over entities
                                                                                                                                          • Entity Info: Pick entity to report layer, curve info, angle info or distance
                                                                                                                                          • List: Report details of selected entities

                                                                                                                                          Settings Menu:

                                                                                                                                          • Options: Settings for CAD engine
                                                                                                                                          • Symbol Library: Manage your collection of symbol drawings to insert
                                                                                                                                          • Quick Keys: Define command line shortcut names for commands
                                                                                                                                          • Toolbar Setup: Manage your toolbar layouts
                                                                                                                                          • Object Snap: Set CAD screen pick snap modes

                                                                                                                                          Annotate Menu:

                                                                                                                                          • Angle/Distance: Commands to label bearing or azimuth and distance of lines
                                                                                                                                          • Annotate Arc: Commands to label arc dimensions
                                                                                                                                          • Areas: Commands to label areas defined by linework boundaries

                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                          System Requirements:

                                                                                                                                          • Microsoft® Windows® 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista® are supported
                                                                                                                                          • Both 32-bit and 64-bit processors are supported

                                                                                                                                          Menus in Survey 2017

                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                          Menu bar in Survey 2017 showing the compact version of the CG Survey menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 Menu with compact C & G menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey Menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 Survey Menu

                                                                                                                                          COGO Menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 COGO Menu

                                                                                                                                          Centerline Menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 Centerline Menu

                                                                                                                                          Area/Layout Menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 Area/Layout Menu

                                                                                                                                          Annotate Menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 Annotate Menu

                                                                                                                                          Surface Menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 Surface Menu

                                                                                                                                          GIS Menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 GIS Menu

                                                                                                                                          CG-Survey Menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 CG-Survey Menu

                                                                                                                                          Menu bar in Survey 2017 showing the expanded version of the CG-Survey menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 Menu with the expanded version of the CG-Survey menu

                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                          The menus below are available when using the expanded version of the CG-Survey menu

                                                                                                                                          CG File Menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 CG File Menu

                                                                                                                                          CG Trav Menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 CG Trav Menu

                                                                                                                                          CG Cogo Menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 CG Cogo Menu

                                                                                                                                          CG Draw Menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 CG Draw Menu

                                                                                                                                          CG Mngmt Menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 CG Mngmt Menu

                                                                                                                                          CG Topo Menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 CG Topo Menu

                                                                                                                                          CG Tools Menu

                                                                                                                                          Survey 2017 CG Tools Menu

                                                                                                                                          The menus below are in all non-OEM programs of Carlson 2017 desktop software

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                                                                                                                                            [FAQ312] What features & menus are in Carlson SurvCE and SurvPC? (a running thread)
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                                                                                                                                            SurvCE and SurvPC 5.xx

                                                                                                                                            Features and Benefits of SurvCE and SurvPC 5.x

                                                                                                                                            Carlson SurvCE is the first choice in data collection software, combining advanced functionality, ease-of-use, and sheer capability:

                                                                                                                                            • Get the software that supports a wide variety of equipment, old or new.
                                                                                                                                            • Enjoy excellent, free (and prompt) technical support
                                                                                                                                            • Be heard – Carlson listens to its customers’ input for new features or drivers for all of its products

                                                                                                                                            Carlson SurvCE is a complete data collection system for Real Time (RTK) GPS and Total Stations with in-field coordinate geometry. It supports the widest range of popular and new release RTK GPS and conventional/robotic total stations.

                                                                                                                                            SurvCE and its full-windows companion SurvPC can be configured with various combinations of 4 modules: Total Station (Basic), Robotics (requires Basic), Carlson GPS and Advanced Roading (Requires Basic or other Carlson GPS).

                                                                                                                                            Refer to this FAQ to see if your hardware is supported in SurvCE & SurvPC

                                                                                                                                            Refer to this FAQ for system requirements

                                                                                                                                            Menus in SurvCE and SurvPC 5.x

                                                                                                                                            File Menu

                                                                                                                                            SurvCE and SurvPC 5 File Menu

                                                                                                                                            Equip Menu

                                                                                                                                            SurvCE and SurvPC 5 Equip Menu

                                                                                                                                            Survey Menu

                                                                                                                                            SurvCE and SurvPC 5 Survey Menu

                                                                                                                                            COGO Menu

                                                                                                                                            SurvCE and SurvPC 5 COGO Menu

                                                                                                                                            Road Menu

                                                                                                                                            SurvCE and SurvPC 5 Road Menu

                                                                                                                                            Select Equipment

                                                                                                                                            SurvCE and SurvPC Select Equipment Options

                                                                                                                                            Map View | FILE Menu

                                                                                                                                            SurvCE and SurvPC 5 Map View | FILE Menu

                                                                                                                                            Map View | VIEW Menu

                                                                                                                                            SurvCE and SurvPC 5 Map View | VIEW Menu

                                                                                                                                            Map View | DRAW Menu

                                                                                                                                            SurvCE and SurvPC 5 Map View | DRAW Menu

                                                                                                                                            Map View | COGO Menu

                                                                                                                                            SurvCE and SurvPC 5 Map View | COGO Menu

                                                                                                                                            Map View | TOOLS Menu

                                                                                                                                            SurvCE and SurvPC 5 Map View | TOOLS Menu


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                                                                                                                                              [FAQ311] What features & menus are in Carlson Takeoff with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)? (a running thread)
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                                                                                                                                              Takeoff 2017 (R9) with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)

                                                                                                                                              Features and Benefits of Takeoff 2017 (R9) with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)

                                                                                                                                              Carlson Takeoff is a cut/fill volumes and data prep (for layout or machine control) program that can estimate jobs using paper plan digitizing, PDFs, or electronic CAD files which is ideal for CAD management.

                                                                                                                                              Key features include:

                                                                                                                                              • Calculate site cut & fill and topsoil
                                                                                                                                              • Differentiate strata volumes & dirt vs. rock
                                                                                                                                              • Accurately determine subgrade quantities
                                                                                                                                              • Estimate trench and pipe quantities
                                                                                                                                              • Estimate roadways from cross-sections
                                                                                                                                              • Prepare the design info for exact staking
                                                                                                                                              • Create a 3D model for machine control

                                                                                                                                              Menus in Takeoff 2017 (R9) with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                              Menu bar in Takeoff 2017 (R9)

                                                                                                                                              The menus below are available in Carlson Takeoff 2017 (R9) with embedded AutoCAD (OEM)

                                                                                                                                              File Menu

                                                                                                                                              Carlson Takeoff 2017 OEM File Menu

                                                                                                                                              Edit Menu

                                                                                                                                              Carlson Takeoff 2017 OEM Edit Menu

                                                                                                                                              View Menu

                                                                                                                                              Carlson Takeoff 2017 OEM View Menu

                                                                                                                                              Draw Menu

                                                                                                                                              Carlson Takeoff 2017 OEM Draw Menu

                                                                                                                                              Digitize Menu

                                                                                                                                              Carlson Takeoff 2017 OEM Digitize Menu

                                                                                                                                              Raster Menu

                                                                                                                                              Carlson Takeoff 2017 OEM Raster Menu

                                                                                                                                              Elevate Menu

                                                                                                                                              Carlson Takeoff 2017 OEM Elevate Menu

                                                                                                                                              Takeoff Menu

                                                                                                                                              Carlson Takeoff 2017 OEM Takeoff Menu