Carlson Survey


Carlson Survey is designed to complement land surveying operations and provides a variety of survey features to process data from surface modeling to Least Squares Network Adjustment. Users work seamlessly between the office and the field by utilizing company-wide design styles for ease of use and efficiency.

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Carlson Survey can be purchased as a standalone module or as part of the Civil Suite which also includes Civil, 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 Survey includes features that are comparable to the survey and GIS components of programs such as: DCA/Softdesk/Land Desktop, AutoCAD Map, Civil 3d, Eagle Point, TerraModel, GeoPak and InRoads.

General Features
  • Built on AutoCAD and IntelliCAD
  • Carlson Survey will run in AutoCAD® as well as AutoCAD® Map, Land Desktop and Civil3D and also on IntelliCAD.
  • Project Setup – Flexible data storage methods
  • Drawing Cleanup – Fix common drafting errors
  • Drafting Enchancements – Handy tools for working in AutoCAD® such as Join Nearest, Shrinkwrap Entities, Polyline Utilities, Drawing Inspector, Layer Inspector and Twist Screen
  • Data Compatibility – Supports industry standard LandXML and scores of specific data conversions
  • Build Surfaces – By triangulation or rectangular grids
  • Contouring – One step triangulate and contour from 3D entities as well as contouring from surface files
  • Surface Manager – Change surface display properties and adjust surface functions to add and remove points and breaklines and swap edges
  • Volumes – Earthwork volumes between triangulation or grid surfaces
  • Pad Design – Tie cut/fill slopes from pad perimeter to surface, build pad surface, calculate and balance volumes, and edit pad parameters
  • Design and Edit Centerlines – Design or input alignments on screen or in dialog with graphics
  • Label Stations and Offsets – Annotate station and offsets along centerline and at selected points
  • Calculate Offsets – Reports stations and offsets for selected points along centerline
  • Create Offset Points – Create points at specified stations and offsets
  • Spirals – Flexible handling of the most complex spiral curves including “spiral-only” elements going arc-spiral-arc, arc-spiral-line and line-spiral-line
  • Create Profiles – From surfaces, screen entities, points on centerline, etc.
  • Quick Profile – One step profile creation with real-time update while adjusting centerline
  • Input-Edit Profiles – Enter profile data in dual spreadsheet and graphic window, and design in reference to controlling profile grade points
  • Draw Profiles – Draws profiles on grids or plan-profile sheets with auto-updating based on edits
  • Profiles To 3D – Create points and 3D polylines from profiles
  • Import/Export – User-defined import and export of point data along with conversions with specific other formats
  • Draw Points – Draw points with settings for symbols, layers and styles
  • Point Groups – Point group manager to define sets of point by filters
  • Coordinate File History – Tracks all changes to points with report and undo functions
  • Fix Point Label Overlaps – Finds point label overlaps with rule options to fix automatically
  • Point Tools – Utilities for modify point labels such as move with leader, twist and resize
  • Data Collection Interfaces – Upload and download to popular data collectors
  • Traverse Adjustment – Spreadsheet editor for raw data with graphics and processing for traverse adjustments
  • SurvNET – Advanced network least-squares for total station, GPS and level data
  • Field-to-Finish – Draw points with styles and in point groups set by point descriptions and draw linework by several flexible methods
  • Field-to-Finish Inspector – Inspect all field-to-finish elements, see description source and re-draw based on descriptions edits
  • COGO – Streamlined inverse, traverse, sideshot, intersections, interpolation, translate, rotate, scale and align
  • Coordinate Transformations – Transform coordinates and screen entities between lat/lon and grid projections as well as local to local by Helmert and least-squares methods
  • Deeds – Enter deed by description, read deed data from deed file, deed reports, deed correlation and generate legal description from drawing
  • Cut Sheets – Create custom cut sheet reports with reference grades and station-offsets
  • Label Areas – Customized area label styles and several methods to select areas to label
  • Size Areas – Sliding side area, hinged area, area radial from curve and bearing area cutoff
  • Lot Manager – Lot definitions by point numbers with functions to create lots, conduct mapcheck for closure, edit in spreadsheet with graphics, report lots and draw lots
  • Lot Layout – Size lots along alignment with controls for target area, setback and frontage
  • Offsets, Intersection and Cul-de-Sacs – Layout for ROW and EOP linework
  • Angle & Distance Labels – Flexible routines to label linework in all possible layout combinations plus available rules to automatically fix label overlaps and revise labels when entities move
  • Curve Labels – Label curve data in stack, along arc or in table
  • Survey Text – Routines to create typical plat labels such as offset and building dimensions
  • Label Elevations – Label spot elevations along an alignment
  • Linetypes – Draw special linetypes

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 - Survey

Drone Mission PlanningNew command to create a drone mission plan.
Carlson PhotoCaptureAdded method to download files by file type.
Input/Entry Distance ScaleAdded method to scale distances in many COGO commands such as Enter Deed Description.
Import Text/ASCII FileAdded ability to read points from a SurvCE/Layout job database (.jdb) file. Added functions to save and load settings to a .rpnt file.
Import Distance/Angle FileAdded field for deed name for importing multiple deeds.
Edit Process Raw DataAdded function to update the descriptions in the RW5 from a coordinate file. Added function to apply Field-to-Finish substitution codes to the descriptions in the RW5 file. Added report option for the description on the same line as the data. Added an optional warning on processing for points with a blank description. Added option to use a larger font for the spreadsheet. For processing GPS records added storing the lat/lon and RMS values to the CRDB as attributes.
Edit Process Level DataAdded method to adjust elevations based on the number of turns.
SurvNETAdded option to merge output point text file with control points.
Draw PointsAdded option to label elevations in inches.
Point Group ManagerAdded methods to create a point group of points unassigned to a group and to create group from point number suffix.
Field to FinishAdded ability to run Triangulate & Contour to draw contours or make a TIN of the points and polylines.
Added new utility feature. For pipe features, added ability for separate pipe feature settings per code, option to label structure names along the pipe and option to draw both pipe 3D faces and polylines. For tree features, added offset by tree symbol size as factor of text offset, added option to draw labels as MText and added settings to control order of input parameters. Added setting for annotative points per code. For GIS attributes on a line, added support for multiple attributes. Added option to match first symbol scale when creating a second symbol. New special code of OO for Offset Only that draws only the offset polyline. For OH offset horizontal special code, added method to repeat the offset multiple times. For hedge linetype, added ability to control width using OH or OFB special codes. For RECT special code, added setting for using a third point as a rectangle corner or an offset for the rectangle width. For text attributes prefix/suffix settings, as string of [DESC] gets replaced by the point description. Added method to draw only points with GPS status of Fixed. Added option to hide the drawing under the Mtext labels. Added support for using fixed parameters with multiple codes.
Offset Point EntryAdded option for slope stations.
Annotation Added option to use a custom block for endpoint leaders. For Stack Label Arc and Annotate With Leader, added option to create as MLeaders. For bearing leaders, added support for annotative leaders.
Line/Curve TableAdded option to draw the table as MText without the grid lines.
Stack Label Arc Auto PlaceNew command to automatically place the arc labels at the mid-point of the arc.
Stack Label Arc Pick SideAdded option whether to draw leader.
Label AngleAdded method to create an angle table. Added ability to handle 3D angles.
Distance TableNew command to create a distance table of pairs of points and distances.
Offset DimensionsAdded option to use CAD’s current dimension style.
LinetypesAdded method for multiple dashes between the symbol/letter such as —C—C—.
Legal DescriptionAdded method to report exterior angles.
Map CheckAdded support for azimuth format angles.
Deed CorrelationAdded method to screen pick points.
Process Deed FileAdded option to report using the Report Formatter.
Area Descriptions By Interior TextNew command to tag area descriptions by automatically finding text inside polylines.
Best Fit Line Added method to screen pick CAD points, method to add more points to the calculation and option to set output layer.
Convert CRD to ASCII By FolderNew command to batch process converting coordinate files to text files.



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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