Carlson Civil Suite


Carlson Software’s Civil Suite is a powerful software bundle that includes Carlson Survey, Carlson Civil, Carlson Hydrology & Carlson GIS. These four civil-related modular programs, working together, will allow you to create all of your deliverables at a fraction of the long-term costs compared to other software alternatives.

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Carlson Civil Suite is a bundle that includes Carlson Survey, Carlson Civil, Carlson Hydrology & Carlson GIS. It can run standalone with the included license of IntelliCAD or on top of a separately purchased license of full AutoCAD. All Carlson Software purchases will be delivered by email with your new serial number and download instructions within two business days.

The programs of the Civil Suite are mostly comparable to civil/survey programs such as: DCA/Softdesk/Land Desktop, AutoCAD Map, Civil 3d, Eagle Point, TerraModel, GeoPak and InRoads. However, some features of Carlson Civil also match up well to construction estimating software such as Paydirt, Quest and Agtek.

Civil engineering design software that puts you in the passing lane

What might take days with other civil engineering software takes just hours, or even minutes, with the powerful and intuitive Carlson Civil–it’s advanced technology that will work for you. Work with Carlson Civil on AutoCAD (versions 2010 to current) or with the built-in IntelliCAD 8.1. With Carlson Civil, you’ll get true 3D, easy-to-use 3D, plus, with the updated 3D Flyover, any surface edits made in CAD are automatically updated in the 3D view.

Road NETwork. Build all roads, intersections and cul-de-sacs in 2D and 3D with a single click of the “PROCESS” button.

SiteNET. Elevate your estimating accuracy with this intuitive layer-based surface generator and earthwork calculator.

LotNET. Quickly define an entire subdivision of lots based on an outer boundary, interior ROWs or Centerlines, and a simple set of user-defined “rules,” then pick “PROCESS” and the lots appear, defined and labeled.

The Civil Suite is designed especially for civil engineers and CAD technicians who need power and flexibility to make “short work” of even the most challenging design projects. At its foundation, Carlson Civil contains sophisticated and integrated command sets that are easy to learn, cost-effective and even fun to use!


Drawing Cleanup
Perform data integrity checks, convert proprietary objects into usable entities and eliminate wasteful redundancies with this powerful tool for control over the drawing no matter who had it before you.

Join Nearest
Highly improved command that allows you to define tolerances and safety checks when joining objects together.

Shrink-Wrap Entities
Time- and effort-saving method of defining boundaries.

Drawing Inspector
Get an instantaneous and dynamic readout of bearings, distances, elevations and other information for Quality Assurance activities.

3D Viewer Window
View perspectives and get elevational analysis of 3D data and surfaces with this tool, which has eliminated the need for costly graphics hardware upgrades.

2D/3D Polyline Utilities
With these, Carlson gives you tools to enhance the use of polylines that AutoCAD® doesn’t have.

Erase by Layer
Save time eradicating data on layer(s) without having to isolate, erase and restore them.

Quick Keys Editor
Quickly key in shortcut commands to speed your own projects.

Point Data Management
Organize your point data with these valuable tools for setting, managing, modifying and reporting point data.

Product Data Management
Define and Assign… Carlson Civil allows you, the end user, to define your project folder structure in the way that makes sense to you and your organization, with as little or as much complexity as suits your needs, and then assign the data types used in the Carlson Civil Suite to the folers you’ve defined. At Carlson Software, we know that this is a critical key to your successful implementation of the software, so we let you design it yourself.

Surface Modeling
Develop and analyze surfaces and their respective contours and labels in just one step. This tool eliminates the need to run a complex series of commands to perform this oft-needed function. External and sharable files are stored, various analyses are performed to ensure data integrity and automatic labeling guarantees that all contours are appropriately labeled with reactive annotation precisely as the user wishes.

Produce clean, well-documented project plans fast and efficiently with precise tools that use Carlson Civil’s library of annotation features. Carlson Civil allows you to introduce your own annotation style to personalize your drawing and provides the tools to quickly clean up complicated annotation challenges in dense drawings. Text overlaps are automatically checked and you have the option of allowing the software to correct it or choose the correction you prefer.

The Civil Suite’s volume computations use the industry’s most accurate algorithms and can be based directly on the source data, thereby eliminating any inaccuracies found in other algorithms. Detailed reports in a variety of ways, plus cut/fill labels, color maps and centroids in the drawing file can be produced, all with easy-to-use tools.

New for 2021

2021 General Carlson Software Improvements

AutoCAD 2021Added support for this new version.
IntelliCAD 10.0Tool palettes with key Carlson command. New revision control feature for drawings. Graphics upgrade with anti-aliasing, visual styles and lighting.
Carlson Photo CaptureNew command to download project data including TINs, images, coordinate files and point clouds.
User InterfaceAdded 5 new ribbons, added 50 new toolbar icons and updated hundreds of icons.
File SelectionAdded functions to create, rename and remove subfolders.
Save Drawing Named By Current TimeNew command to create a copy of the current state of the drawing with a unique name by the current date and time.
Report FormatterAdded setting for attribute format for output to Excel. Added option to underline rows.
3D ViewersAdded ability to place text in the scene and draw text to CAD. Added support for TIN files with textures.
Google Earth ExportAdded option to make polygons for closed polylines.
Join NearestAdded setting to skip the options dialog. Added progressive filters option to automatically run multiple times with greater tolerances.
Draw 3D PolylineAdded ability to create a 2D polyline at the same time. Added method to create an arc to a specified tangent out. Added ability to simultaneously draw the polyline in the 3D Viewer window.
Draw TableAdded method to create a table from scratch using spreadsheet entries. Added setting for table justification.
Add Polyline VertexAdded method for projecting picked point onto the polyline.
Boundary PolylineAdded method to auto-select entities to process. Colors From Layers
Drift OffsetNew command the increases the offset amount proportional to the distance along the polyline.
Offset 3D PolylineAdded option whether to remove co-linear points.

2021 Improvements - Survey

Area AnnotationAdded method to create both area labels and area table. Added options to label with underline and italics.
Line AnnotationAdded method to place labels at a percent position from the end points.
Stack Label ArcAdded more leader format options.
Point Import Text FileAdded option to apply prefix or suffix to point names. Added filter to skip points with a specified description string.
List PointsAdded option to report GIS attributes from CRDB format. Added full set of projection definitions for reporting a second projection.
Point Group ManagerAdded method to create a group by non-surface status and method to switch group definition to a point list.
Dynamic Point AttributesNew command to create point attributes that dynamically resize to view in the current zoom level.
Move Point Attribute With LeaderAdded option to turn off snaps. Added setting to control offset from leader to the label.
Auto AnnotateAdded suffix setting to total distances.
Edit Process Raw FileAdded report of points by date. Added support for linking photos to points using SurvPC coding in the RW5.
Field To FinishWhen redrawing points, the program will retain any custom edits of the label positions. Added setting for linetype text font style. Added method to set linetype by code or GIS attribute. Added prefix wildcard coding. For the pipe features, added option to use the code description for the pipe material or name. For the tree features, added support for companion codes for the tree canopy, option to skip treeline for specific codes, added setting to report in fractions of an inch and added option to only use the label setup for the table and not the point description. Added a separate setting whether to draw GIS attribute labels. Added new COLOR special code to set the entity color. For OH special coding, added support for changing the number of offset along the polyline.
SurvNETFor computing closures, added automatic traverse loop detection. Added option to report traverse point only, not sideshots. Added option to use the normal distribution for error ellipse on points that pass the Chi-Square test. The standard error results are now automatically stored as point attributes to the output CRDB file.
Legal DescriptionAdded option to report course numbers. Added option to report railroad curve values and option to report scaled areas.
Double Proportion Line DivisionAdded option to output resulting point to the coordinate file.
Edit Text On ArcAdded option to change text offset.
Best Fit CircleAdded option to report using the report formatter.
Best Fit CenterlineAdded option to remove outlier points.
Create Points From EntitiesAdded option to create points at center of polyline rectangle.
Change Polyline LinetypeAdded option to set the text font style.
Offset DimensionsAdded option to create labels as MText.
Label Point ComparisonNew command to label the difference between two points.
Label Offset DistancesAdded settings for layer, style, rotation, curvy, mtext and sizes.
Label CoordinatesAdded settings for number of digits before the decimal.

2021 Improvements - Civil

Grid File UtilitiesImport georeferenced TIF files uses projection to set GRD position.
Triangulate & ContourAdded index label style. Added method to set label distance as a scaler by horizontal scale.
TIN EditingAdded undo within the editor and apply function to save the current changes.
Triangulation Surface VolumesAdded option to report deep cut and deep fill volumes separately.
Draw Curb RampAdded method to pick curb direction.
Design Pad TemplateFor grading limits, added method to put retaining wall next to pad and then slope to limits.
Cut/Fill MovementAdded option to apply shrink and swell factors.
Spot Elevation Links ManagerNew command to report number of spot labels per surface and reassign surface file.
Export DEM TIF FileNew command to create a GeoTIFF DEM file from a TIN file.
Quick ProfileAdded settings for the profile colors.
Profile EditorAdded function to set depth from reference profile including method to transition depths between stations. For check stations, added ability to check offset as a cross slope.
Create Curb ProfilesNew commands to create curb profiles from a reference EOP profile with series of different templates.
Draw ProfileAdded method to clip grid lines above the profile lines. Added new stack profile label method to group values from multiple profiles. Added new grid style of ticks along axis. Added option to label CL stations for PC/PT along profile. New grid title setup for profile names, scales and datum.
Draw SectionAdded method to clip grid lines above the section lines. For closed loop sections, added method to report over cut and under cut end areas. Added option to label subgrades with the end areas.
Design TemplateAdded method to force berm at top of cut.
Draw Typical TemplateAdded option to label template name and label subgrades for the right side.
Vehicle Path TrackingAdded option to hatch the path, option for path at CL offset, multi-axle support, method to pick icon positions and new description field.
Road NetworkAdded methods to Draw Profiles and Draw Sections for selected roads. Added support for self-intersecting centerlines. For cul-de-sacs, added option to adjust the centerline to the offset and added method for a hammerhead style with the curb all the way around. For intersection curb return profiles, added method for direct start to end profile without any PVI. Added method to turn off selected roads from processing.
Contour From GridAdded settings for default layer prefix/suffix. Added option to draw labels as MText.
Surface 3D FlyoverAdded model tree of entities in the scene.
2D to 3D Polyline By TextAdded options to keep the existing polyline and assign a new layer to the elevated polyline.
Station Polyline/CenterlineAdded method to create offset points at vertices of reference offset polylines. Added option to label the northing/easting at the end point. Added text justification settings for deflection labels.
Station/Elevation LabelAdded option for label underline.
Parking Perimeter ToolsAdded separate methods for interior corners, exterior corners and extended corners. Added undo function and ability to change settings while in the command. Added graphic previews in the dialog.
Design Parking Inside PerimeterNew command to layout parking spaces inside a closed perimeter polyline.
Connect DrivewaysAdded option to fillet with curves or flare.

2021 Improvements - Hydrology

Time of ConcentrationAdded regression equation method used by LA County.
Curve NumbersAdded area precision settings for both dialog display and reports.
Peak FlowAdded Modified Rational Method used by LA County.
Runoff HydrographAdded Rising Limb Factor method.
Overland Sheet Flow Manning’s nNew library for this type of Manning’s n.
HydroNet ExplorerAdded ability to process using EPASWMM engine and added support for Rational method. Added method to reference pre-existing values when reporting proposed analysis results.
Sewer Network ModelAdded setting for initial velocity. Added snap to curb method for placing new structures.
Sewer Network Plan ViewAdded method to draw easement boundaries and added option to use wipeout with the structure labels when using MText. For structure labels, added option to draw a box around the labels and option for no rim elevations on outfalls
Sewer Network ProfileAdded ability to label collision clearance of crossings. Added option to prefix or suffix layer names of the profile entities using the sewer network system name. Added layer and color settings for tributary pipe crossings.
Sewer Network ReportsAdded subarea report for each catch basin with report formatter.
Check/Label ClearanceNew command to label vertical clearance and elevations for two pipes picked in plan view.
Stage-Storage EditorAdded option for biofiltration, option for stone encasement for underground pipes and improved the report.
Design Bench PondAdded option to use biofiltration.
Design ChannelAdded circular pipe method and PDF reporting.
Check CollisionsAdded method to check 3D polylines.
LateralsAdded new methods to create perpendicular connections on pipes. Added support for multiple cleanouts.
Import Laterals From Text FileNew command to add laterals to the model using data in a delimited text file.
EPASWMMAdded assign average slope method for runoff input types.
HEC-RASAdded boundary conditions. Added multiple steady state station/flow values to export. Added option to output velocity and depth points.
Utility NetworkAdded method to add utility lines by selecting multiple 3D polylines. Added method to automatically set profile at depth from surface. Added option to draw easement boundaries. Min Cover Check report includes position of min and max cover. Added method to link Draw Profile to Utility Network to auto update the profile when the network model changes. Added method to draw laterals on the profile.

2021 Improvements - GIS

Color TIN by ImageNew command to assign colors to the TIN faces using color from a georeferenced image.
Point GIS EditorAdded method to add all attributes for a feature. Added imports for Trimble JXL and format settings for Trimble CSV.
Define GIS FeaturesAdded import for feature attribute definitions from Google KML.
Import ODBCNew command to import GIS data from ODBC databases including relational databases.


Own your Software, Upgrade When You Want To

Carlson Software’s Civil Suite is offered through “perpetual” licensing. Check out the long-term saving below or contact your Carlson Software Representative for sales assistance including questions regarding Networking, Maintenance, and Financing.


System Requirements

For Carlson’s CAD-Based Products

Note: Carlson products installed on top of the CAD products of IntelliCAD or AutoCAD, are subject to the same requirements as the CAD engine itself. Please follow the requirements for the CAD platform listed below and allow an additional 750 MB of hard-drive space for the Carlson application.

Carlson 2016-2018 with IntelliCAD 8.x

  • Compatible with 32 or 64 bit Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10
  • For hardware requirements, see Carlson 2013-2015* below

Carlson 2013-2015* with IntelliCAD 7.2

*Starting with 2013 build 130120

Intel® Pentium® 4 or comparable (minimum), Intel i7 or at least Intel i5 or comparable (recommended). Due to the variety of processors on the market, one can use to do comparative analysis. While the overall processor score matters, the single thread performance is of the most interest.

  • 32-bit Windows 7-8.1: 1 gigabyte (GB) of RAM minimum for, 4 GB recommended.
  • 64-bit Windows 7-8.1: 2 GB of RAM minimum for, 8+ GB recommended.
  • Windows Vista: 1 GB of RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended.
  • Windows XP: 512 megabytes (MB) of RAM minimum, 2 GB recommended.

Graphics card compatible with OpenGL Version 1.4 or higher:

  • Recommended are desktop graphics level discrete (not integrated cards like Intel HD) graphics cards.
  • Preferably Nvidia Geforce due to their more consistent driver support.
  • Discrete ATI/AMD cards will be adequate, but ATI’s driver support has been spotty and user is frequently deferred to the computer manufacturer for support.
  • Professional Nvidia Quadro cards are not currently recommended due to driver issues.
  • Powerful gaming cards are not required and probably would not provide as much benefit as investment in more memory or better CPU

Carlson 2012 and earlier with IntelliCAD 7.1 and 6.x based products

  • Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® 7
  • Intel Pentium® or more powerful processor
  • 64-bit machines are supported, but application itself is 32-bit
  • 1 GB RAM (minimum), 4 GB recommended (for complex drawings)
  • 400 MB of free hard disk space (1.2 GB Total, see Note above)


Please visit the AutoCAD System Requirements page for current specifications which are subject to change without advance notice.

Please visit the Autodesk summary of the Operating system compatibility for AutoCAD (Autodesk Bulletin TS14078105) for historical references between AutoCAD and its supported operating system(s).

Please see Note above for hard disk space requirements for the Carlson application.

Embedded AutoCAD® OEM Engine

Carlson solutions based on AutoCAD 2018 Embedded

Takeoff R10 / Survey OEM 2018

Please note the CPU compatibility below: older AMD CPUs like Athlon XP+ do not support SSE2 technology and can not run Embedded AutoCAD 2018 products.

  • Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit only); Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355 (32-bit & 64-bit); Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • 4 GB RAM (minimum), 8 GB (recommended)
  • 2 GB free disk space for installation
  • 1360 x 768 (1920 x 1080 recommended) with True Color
  • Windows Internet Explorer® 11 or later
  • Install from download or DVD

Carlson solutions based on AutoCAD 2013 Embedded

Takeoff R6, R7, R8, R9 / Survey OEM 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Please note the CPU compatibility below: older AMD CPUs like Athlon XP+ do not support SSE2 technology and can not run Embedded AutoCAD 2013 products.

  • Windows® 8 and 10 Standard, Enterprise, or Professional edition (8 requires installation of AutoCAD LT 2013 Service Pack 2); Microsoft® Windows® 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium edition (SP3 or later) with an Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology.
  • 1 GB RAM (minimum), 8 GB (recommended)
  • 1.4 GB free disk space for installation
  • 1,024 x 768 VGA display with true color
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later
  • Install from download or DVD

Carlson solutions based on AutoCAD 2010 Embedded

Takeoff R4, R5 / Survey OEM 2010, 2011, 2012

Please note the CPU compatibility below: older AMD CPUs like Athlon XP+ do not support SSE2 technology and can not run Embedded AutoCAD 2010 products.

  • Microsoft Windows 7, or,
  • Windows Vista, SP1 or later (Enterprise, Business, Ultimate, Home Premium) operating system, with,
  • Intel Pentium 4 processor or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or greater with SSE2 technology
  • 1 GB RAM (minimum), 8 GB (recommended)
  • 850 MB free disk space for installation
  • 1024 x 768 VGA display with true color
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 web browser or later
  • DVD drive


  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Home Edition operating system (SP2 or later), with,
  • Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or greater with SSE2 technology
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 850 MB free disk space for installation
  • 1024 x 768 VGA display with true color
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 web browser or later
  • DVD drive

Carlson solutions based on AutoCAD 2007 Embedded

Takeoff R2, R3 / Survey OEM 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Microsoft Windows 7, or,
  • Windows Vista, or,
  • Windows XP Home or Professional SP1 or better, or,
  • Windows XP for Tablet PC SP2, or,
  • Windows 2000 SP3 or better
  • Pentium III 800 minimum, Intel Pentium IV recommended
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 550 MB free disk space for installation
  • 1024 x 768 with True Color
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 or higher
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Mouse, trackball, or compatible pointing device

Carlson solutions based on AutoCAD 2004 Embedded

Takeoff R1 / Survey OEM 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Microsoft Windows XP (Professional, Home Edition, or Tablet PC Edition), or,
  • Windows 2000, or Windows NT 4.0 (SP6a or later)
  • Pentium III 800 minimum, Intel Pentium IV recommended
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 300 MB free disk space for installation
  • 1024 x 768 VGA with true color (minimum)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0
  • Mouse, trackball, or compatible pointing device
  • CD-ROM drive

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