Carlson Software’s popular and versatile in-the-field land surveying software, Carlson SurvCE 6.0 for data collectors and Carlson SurvPC 6.0 for ruggedized tablets and laptops, is now available.

The newly released software has several new features, improvements, and introduces the optional paid Hybrid+ module, which allows users to survey with both GPS and a total station at the same time.

“SurvCE 6.0 really focuses on efficiency,” says Sarah Winter, director of SurvCE Programming Division. “The beauty of Hybrid+ is that it puts all of the surveyors' tools at their immediate disposal so that they are always ready to get the shot they need when they need it. We know that when our customers are out in the field, they need to collect accurate data as quickly as possible. Time is money.”

New 6.0 features include:

  • GIS Inspector - Allows easy viewing of GIS attributes when selecting points in the map and prompts for attributes when storing points from the map view.
  • Surface Inspector - Allows easy comparison of plan versus as-built in elevation difference, making it simpler to store and stake any point in elevation difference.
  • Obstructed Point Stakeout - An enhanced stakeout method to stake a point that is obstructed by marking azimuth and distance on two points.
  • Automatic Backsite Check – A button to turn to the backsite, measure the position and report the error at any time.

The new voice prompting for stakeout and instrument status is exclusive to SurvPC 6.0; however, SurvCE 6.0 does offer audible stakeout directions to points, allowing users to keep focus on a point.

SurvCE 6.0 provides the option to use Google, Open Street, or Esri map backgrounds, and presents enhanced icons in survey screens like the Laser Pointer icon, which allows users to toggle their laser pointer from any screen. The Instrument Status icon is now available on all screens, indicating a connected and fixed position, and the Search icon now offers all available search options.

Newest instrument drivers added to the list compatible with SurvCE/SurvPC can be found at

SurvCE 6.0 is available in more than two dozen languages: English, Spanish, German, French, French (Canadian), Russian, Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, Chinese, Korean, Greek, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Swedish, Latvian and more.