MAYSVILLE, Ky. -- Carlson Software Inc. recently launched an all-out effort to help colleges and universities throughout the country better educate their engineering and surveying students in the use of the most up-to-date land development software.

The new Carlson Software Educational Program has already provided free software and data collectors to the engineering departments at more than 43 schools covering 28 states.

“Your gift allows our students to work on projects throughout their time as a surveying major, using the same software as professionals in their fields,” wrote Joan Jones, Dean of Applied Studies at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Tex. “Thank you for your partnership in educating these students.”

Products available to colleges and universities include: Carlson Civil, the company’s flagship engineering office product, which contains robust functionality for road design, site and subdivision design, and a full compliment of tools for working with points, surfaces and annotation; Carlson Survey, an extremely versatile, productive, and intuitive AutoCAD-based survey solution; and Carlson SurvCE, a complete data collection system for Real Time (RTK) GPS and Total Stations with in-field coordinate geometry.

“Carlson designs its software to work simply with a wide variety of popular instruments, file formats, and handheld devices,” said Bruce Carlson, founder and president of Carlson Software. “Having Carlson Software to learn with enables students to get the broad background they need to tackle real projects. These products teach, as well as prepare, and students progress quickly because of the intuitive interface.”

“In order for our students to be competitive in the marketplace, it is critically important for them to be well versed in using the software most commonly used in the industry,” wrote Leigh Perry of the University of Kentucky. “Thank you for helping make that happen.”

Carlson Software provides its software for educational purposes to qualified academic institutions. In addition, thanks to an agreement with Two Technologies, which produces Carlson’s rugged hand-held computers, colleges and universities will receive up to five hand-held data collectors for use by their students.

To learn more about the program and to receive application materials, call Lauren Brown at Carlson Software at 606-564-5028.

Founded in 1983, Carlson Software specializes in office design, field data collection, and machine control products for the civil engineering, surveying, construction and mining industries worldwide, providing one-source technology solutions from data collection to design to construction. Carlson Software, www.carlsonsw.com, is headquartered in Maysville, Ky., with offices in Boston, Atlanta, and Queensland, Australia.