Carlson Civil


A complete CAD-based, civil engineering design software for roads/highways and a wide variety of land development projects.

Carlson Civil can be purchased as a standalone module or as part of the Civil Suite which also includes Survey, Hydrology and GIS.

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Road and Site Design Made Easy

Carlson Civil provides the most robust automation and ease-of-use of any civil design solution available today, and it does dynamic updating without a single custom object. Carlson Civil’s wide selection of “power” tools enable users to increase their productivity as they create better road, site, and subdivision designs in less time.

Carlson Civil is comparable to civil design programs such as: DCA/Softdesk/Land Desktop, AutoCAD Map, Civil 3d, Eagle Point, TerraModel, GeoPak and InRoads. Some features of Carlson Civil also match up well to construction estimating software such as Paydirt, Quest and Agtek.

Carlson Civil can be purchased as a standalone module or as part of the Civil Suite which also includes Survey, Hydrology and 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.

Carlson Civil users have an extensive selection of analysis and design tools at their fingertips, including these favorites:

  • Road NETwork – Use it for the design of streets, highways, roadway intersections, Cul-de-Sacs, traffic circles and more!
  • Lot NETwork – Design and layout of tracts of land including residential subdivisions, office parks and commercial property development projects!
  • Site NETwork – Automate the tasks of subgrade design, takeoffs, cost-estimating and surface model generation and migrate this data to GPS-assisted machine control products including Carlson Grade!
  • Design Pad Template – For complex grading scenarios involving foundation pads, drainage basins, parking lots and more!
  • Project Setups – Flexible data and settings storage
  • Data Compatibility – Supports industry stand LandXML, plus specific data conversion

CAD Standards:

  • Draw Standard Items: Create common CAD entities with pre-defined properties
  • Settings Explorer: Manage all program settings from single interface
  • Settings Libraries: setup tables for symbols, layers, road templates, etc.
  • Data Depot: Document management for workgroups and archiving
  • Project Sub-Folders: Custom controls of data folders by type

New for 2022

2022 General Carlson Software Improvements

AutoCAD 2022Added support for this new version.
IntelliCAD 10.1Improved speed and new features like sheet sets with the Publish command.
ToolbarsAdded over 30 new toolbar icons and a new ribbon for GeoTech.
Open Drawings Map Added method for custom properties for drawing records and method to store a drawing database on a shared network location. From the Map view, added function to open Windows File Explorer for the drawing’s project folder.
Settings ServerAdded method to copy data files into project folders.
Project Data Sub-FoldersAdded separate Program Settings folder for settings files.
Data DepotAdded details to the history log and the ability to restore a previous version of a data file. Adding files to Data Depot supports working from project level with controls on which files to add.
Carlson ConfigureAdded setting to control font used for dialogs.
Select CAD Default SettingsNew command to choose classic or modern CAD user interface settings.
Drawing CleanupAdded functions to remove duplicate text and to remove unused registered apps.
Import Polyline FileAdded method for locating by station/offset values from the file.
Drawing Inspector For polylines, added reporting of current position distance. For centerline polylines, added reporting of spiral data.
Draw MText In many commands that create MText, added an option to set the Text Frame to draw a box around the text.
Translate LayersAdded method to import layer names from the drawing.
Line Up Text Added method to pick two points to define angle, option to respace and option to use text for alignment reference.
Arrowhead with LineNew command to draw a two point leader with an arrowhead.
Boundary PolylineAdded option to create 3D polyline.
Shrink-Wrap Entities Added options to ignore zero elevation entities for input, to elevate zero elevation vertices, and to erase the input entities.
Add Intersection PointsAdded option to average elevations at intersection within a tolerance.
Draw Label For Companion LineworkNew command for Draw To Standard to create a label using properties by layer.
Draw Standard Item by Quick KeyNew command to create entities for Draw To Standard by typing a quick key instead of dialog list selection.
Reports For PDF reports, added option to make PDF report files read-only. For Report Formatter, new option to put text lines at the bottom of the report and added function to sort the list of available fields.
3D ViewerAdded zoom extents function.
Angle InfoAdded ability to handle 3D angles.
Layer IDAdded option to label the layer name.
Command SearchAdded reporting of toolbars for the commands.

2022 Improvements - Civil

Triangulation Surface ManagerAdd Point inside TIN hole has new option to fill the hole.
Triangulation File UtilitiesAdded a Remove Spikes tool and added function to draw drainage low points.
Grid File UtilitiesAdded export for DEM files.
Triangulate & ContourAdded option to use linetype for depression contours.
TIN Rebuild Inside PerimeterAdded method to apply inverse distance to adjust elevations within a perimeter. Added method to raise low points within a perimeter to fill-in low points to prevent ponding.
2D to 3D Polyline By ProfileNew command to elevate a polyline using a profile.
2D to 3D Polyline By ScreenAdded method to extrapolate elevations.
Curb RampAdded graphic preview to dialog. Added option to taper only the first ramp section. Added method to do curbcut only with no ramp. Added method to pick the curb position separately from the polyline selection. Added a separate curb taper method.
Wall Polyline Editor Added layback slope, freeboard, bury depth, output to solid model (.mdl), color/texture for 3D viewing, and report including backfill quantities and wall volume. Added double-click on the wall polyline to run the wall polyline editor. Added support for using wall polylines in Takeoff design surface modeling.
Elevate Pads By Grade RulesAdded option to add break points to lot lines and option to create swales.
Cut/Fill MovementAdded option to label cells.
Stockpile VolumeAdded method to use lowest elevation around perimeter as flat base elevation.
Surface 3D FlyOver Added support for viewing solid models (.mdl). Added settings for camera based light and shading for front, back or both sides. Add Model to the scene also draws a symbol in the drawing when the Model Library has the model defined with a CAD symbol.
Slope At PointsAdded method to use a coordinate file and two points to define the slope.
Elevation Zone AnalysisAdded method to use TIN surface and set colors in the TIN file for the elevation zones.
[doc] Vehicle Path TrackingAdded option to draw section view of vehicle with dimensions and added vehicle section view preview to dialog.
Polyline To Centerline FileAdded method to define station at a reference point.
Label Station OffsetAdded method to label CL crossings in plan view with option to label layer names.
Design Parking Inside PerimeterAdded ability to create islands at ends of parking rows. Added option whether to create spaces around the perimeter and option to add remainder parking space to the corner.
Design Parking Along Alignment Added support for alignments with multiple segments, ability to use a polyline or centerline file for the alignment, and support for angled parking. Added functions to create auto treatments and to mirror treatments between left and right sides.
Draw Template PolylinesAdded option to densify the template polylines.
Template Series FileAdded interpolation option for none.
Shrink/Swell TableNew command to define different shrink/swell factors by station range for cut/fill and subgrade materials.
Draw Super Elevation Color CenterlineNew command to draw the centerline polyline with colors for the super elevation transition zones.
Process Road DesignAdded method to Template Point Profile to apply change in slope to another grade for a divided highway. Added method to use clip lines at the ends of the road for skewed ends.
Road NetworkAdded method to create a bottom of subgrade surface. Added method to hatch the template grade areas. Added method for road template gaps by station range.
Lot Network > Road NetworkAdded option to chamfer ROW intersections instead of arcs.
Station Polyline/CenterlineAdded method to store deflection angle into the point description.
Draw Profile Added option for fixed grid top/bottom elevations. Added option to draw horizontal line at bottom of elevation axis labels. Added option for line under label base elevations. For utility profiles, added pipe thickness and option to limit max offset for station by reference CL. For hatch, added option to label areas. For sewer profile labels above the rim, added method to place by grid top location and option for vertical labels with a leader from the rim. Added option to label manhole names using MText.
Draw Section File Added method to label the total section distance. For tunnel sections, added support for end areas from a single closed section. Added option to create labels as MText.
Added ability to set a description for each station that can be drawn in Draw Section File and reported in Section Report. For slope labels, added filter by user-specified slope amount.
Section File EditorAdded ability in translate elevations to use a profile to adjust the sections.
Section ReportAdded method to only report user-specified offsets.
Set Descriptions By OffsetNew command to set cross section descriptions by offset.
Draw Mass DiagramAdded method to graph as immediate cut/fill difference instead of accumulative.


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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