Carlson Survey

Carlson Survey is a Windows software application for the Surveyor’s office to manage the complete job cycle from field data collection to drafting a final plan with several CAD options. With minimum effort and time, Carlson Survey allows users to design and produce a 2D drawing, an enhanced 3D surface model and construction layout data sets, for increasing their efficiency and profitability.

Key Features

• Compatibility: AutoCAD©, AutoCAD Map©, Land Desktop©, Civil3D© & IntelliCAD©
• Automated Plan Drafting from Field Data
• Generation of Surface Models, Roadways, Lots and Plans
• Full COGO Features
• Simple or Advanced Configurations

System Requirements


  • Built on AutoCAD and IntelliCADCarlson Survey will run in AutoCAD® as well as AutoCAD® Map, Land Desktop and Civil3D and also on IntelliCAD.
  • Project SetupFlexible data storage methods
  • Drawing CleanupFix common drafting errors
  • Drafting EnchancementsHandy tools for working in AutoCAD® such as Join Nearest, Shrinkwrap Entities, Polyline Utilities, Drawing Inspector, Layer Inspector and Twist Screen
  • Data CompatibilitySupports industry standard LandXML and scores of specific data conversions


  • Build SurfacesBy triangulation or rectangular grids
  • ContouringOne step triangulate and contour from 3D entities as well as contouring from surface files
  • Surface ManagerChange surface display properties and adjust surface functions to add and remove points and breaklines and swap edges
  • VolumesEarthwork volumes between triangulation or grid surfaces
  • Pad DesignTie cut/fill slopes from pad perimeter to surface, build pad surface, calculate and balance volumes, and edit pad parameters


  • Design and Edit CenterlinesDesign or input alignments on screen or in dialog with graphics
  • Label Stations and OffsetsAnnotate station and offsets along centerline and at selected points
  • Calculate OffsetsReports stations and offsets for selected points along centerline
  • Create Offset PointsCreate points at specified stations and offsets
  • SpiralsFlexible handling of the most complex spiral curves including “spiral-only” elements going arc-spiral-arc, arc-spiral-line and line-spiral-line


  • Create ProfilesFrom surfaces, screen entities, points on centerline, etc.
  • Quick ProfileOne step profile creation with real-time update while adjusting centerline
  • Input-Edit ProfilesEnter profile data in dual spreadsheet and graphic window, and design in reference to controlling profile grade points
  • Draw ProfilesDraws profiles on grids or plan-profile sheets with auto-updating based on edits
  • Profiles To 3DCreate points and 3D polylines from profiles


  • Import/ExportUser-defined import and export of point data along with conversions with specific other formats
  • Draw PointsDraw points with settings for symbols, layers and styles
  • Point GroupsPoint group manager to define sets of point by filters
  • Coordinate File HistoryTracks all changes to points with report and undo functions
  • Fix Point Label OverlapsFinds point label overlaps with rule options to fix automatically
  • Point ToolsUtilities for modify point labels such as move with leader, twist and resize


  • Data Collection InterfacesUpload and download to
    popular data collectors
  • Traverse AdjustmentSpreadsheet editor for raw data with graphics and processing for traverse adjustments
  • SurvNETAdvanced network least-squares for total station, GPS and level data
  • Field-to-FinishDraw points with styles and in point groups set by point descriptions and draw linework by several flexible methods
  • Field-to-Finish InspectorInspect all field-to-finish elements, see description source and re-draw based on descriptions edits
  • COGOStreamlined inverse, traverse, sideshot, intersections, interpolation, translate, rotate, scale and align
  • Coordinate TransformationsTransform coordinates and screen entities between lat/lon and grid projections as well as local to local by Helmert and least-squares methods
  • DeedsEnter deed by description, read deed data from deed file, deed reports, deed correlation and generate legal description from drawing
  • Cut SheetsCreate custom cut sheet reports with reference grades and station-offsets


  • Label AreasCustomized area label styles and several methods to select areas to label
  • Size AreasSliding side area, hinged area, area radial from curve and bearing area cutoff
  • Lot ManagerLot definitions by point numbers with functions to create lots, conduct mapcheck for closure, edit in spreadsheet with graphics, report lots and draw lots
  • Lot LayoutSize lots along alignment with controls for target area, setback and frontage
  • Offsets, Intersection and Cul-de-SacsLayout for ROW and EOP linework


  • Angle & Distance LabelsFlexible routines to label linework in all possible layout combinations plus available rules to automatically fix label overlaps and revise labels when entities move
  • Curve LabelsLabel curve data in stack, along arc or in table
  • Survey TextRoutines to create typical plat labels such as offset and building dimensions
  • Label ElevationsLabel spot elevations along an alignment
  • LinetypesDraw special linetypes

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4317 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 274-2052

601 S. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 624-4056

Albuquerque, NM 87123
Phone: (505) 366-7722

Surveying Equipment Distributor Serving the Arizona and New Mexico areas.