The 2018 edition of Carlson Survey field-to-office software is now available. Key improvements include prioritization and placement of building footprints on lots, a new Field-to-Finish Ramp Special Code and expanded 3D capabilities. Carlson Survey software is a toolkit for surveyors including everything from network least squares to surface modeling.

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

Surveyors can now set up multiple building footprints in the LotNetwork with their individual dimensions and setback requirements. They can also designate the order of placement priority. Lots are automatically drawn with the building footprint designated. There are also new options to leave empty lots and to draw driveways.

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

New tree and pipe features have been added, and offset curb lines can now be automatically labeled with elevations. The aim of the new capabilities is to further automate the creation of plans and surface models, Aaberg says.

The surveyor software solution now offers more flexibility to identify wall heights in the field. “This, together with the expanded 3D object library, allows users to create true three-dimensional models straight from the field,” Aaberg says.

Additional notable improvements to Carlson Survey 2018 include:

  • New Field-to-Finish method to control size, symbol, layer and color points based on GIS values
  • New Coordinate Cloud command for storing and retrieving points (can include pictures and comments) to an online database that can be shared
  • Ability to fix text overlap to clean up annotation
  • New method to geo-locate DWG files in Google Earth

Along with Carlson Survey for 2018, Carlson Software is also releasing the 2018 versions of Carlson Civil, Carlson GIS and Carlson Hydrology, which, together with Survey, make up the Carlson Civil Suite. Carlson’s 2018 release also includes: Carlson Point Cloud, Carlson Field, Carlson Mining, Carlson Construction, Carlson GeoTech, Carlson CADnet, Carlson Trench and Carlson Natural Regrade, all featuring their own industry-specific improvements. 

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