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Carlson Software Forms Civil Engineering Division

MAYSVILLE, Ky. – In recognition of the diverse needs of the civil marketplace, Carlson Software has formally formed a Civil Engineering Division incorporating its civil software development team and a specialized sales force headquartered in strategic locations throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Carlson, an independent company founded in 1983, has been providing comprehensive civil engineering solutions for more than two decades. Carlson civil software solutions include Carlson Civil, Carlson Hydrology, Carlson Roads and the Carlson Civil Suite, which is made up of the modules, Civil, Survey, Hydrology and GIS. The company is also well known for its surveying, mining, construction and machine control software.

“Over 10 percent of all Carlson employees are licensed civil engineers, and we have linked this expertise with our elite programming staff and formed this division based on the demands of the marketplace for better civil engineering software,” says Bruce Carlson, PE, PLS, founder and president of Carlson Software. “With the challenges of the current economy and the critical need for improved productivity by civil engineers, Carlson Software is ready with its tried-and true solutions combined with its industry-leading free tech support and customer service.”

Harry O. Ward, PE, of Front Royal, Va., has been named to head the division. Ward, who also serves as director of the Training Division, Carlson College, at Carlson Software, brings more than 20 years of experience in applying CADD within the Civil Engineering and Surveying industry. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, a licensed contractor, a member of the Engineering Faculty at George Mason University, is on the P.O.B. Editorial Advisory Board and is a columnist for P.O.B. and Site Prep magazines.

“Carlson is dedicated entirely to providing the tools that civil engineers need and offering the industry a choice,” says Ward. “We believe in providing solutions with a complete toolset – one that allows civil engineers to move into 3D as needed with 3D intersection design, multi-baseline road networks, lot layout, and storm and utility analysis and design.”

Joining Ward on the team is Scott Griffin of Jacksonville, Fla., who will direct Carlson’s National Civil Sales Team. Griffin also serves as Carlson Software’s director of Southeast Sales and brings more than 15 years of civil design and sales experience to the position.

“We are a service-oriented sales team, dedicated to providing software that works the way our clients need it to work,” says Griffin. “We’ll help customers to pick and choose to get just the right software for the complete scope of their projects in addition to a civil engineering solution that they can use.”

Dave Carlson, V.P. of Development for Carlson Software, will continue to direct the product development of Carlson’s civil engineering solutions, listening closely to input from customers and Carlson’s civil engineering team. Carlson, a 1992 BA Computer Science graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, has more than 15 years of experience in civil software development and has led the development of the dynamic options of LotNet, SiteNet, RoadNet, and StormNet, which are available in Carlson civil products.

Other members of the Carlson Civil Engineering Division include: Gary Rosen of Salisbury, N.H.; Jim Carlson of New York, N.Y.; Ken Crawford of Pittsburgh, Pa., Jim Reinbold of Morrison, Colo.; Ladd Nelson of Bellevue, Iowa; Mike Hyman of Rochester, N.Y.; Dave Sanford of Grapevine, Tex.; Boyd Jensen of Chandler, Ariz.; and Michael Manning of Queensland, Australia.

Carlson Software specializes in CAD design software, field data collection, and machine control products for the surveying, civil engineering, construction, and mining industries worldwide, providing one-source technology solutions from data collection to design to construction. For more information about Carlson Software and its civil engineering software choices, call 800-989-5028 or visit

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