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Carlson Survey

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arlson Survey is designed for use for land surveying. It provides a full tool kit for surveyors with everything from network least squares to surface modeling. Users get the ability to work seamlessly between the office and the field and they can establish company-wide design styles to ease and speed their work.

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Carlson Survey review by Terrance R.
Terrance R.
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"Good alternative software to big and powerful Autodesk."

What do you like best?

What I like best about this software is the fact that a person can get their work done in an industry satisfactory manner without breaking the budget. Also, they have good support and licensing practices.

What do you dislike?

The one thing I dislike is the fact that the end product of my work is in a different format (manufacturer proprietary) than what Autodesk uses, .dwg. This makes extra work to get it into an acceptable file for some clients.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use a trial version of the software first to be sure it will meet your needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This software allows us to complete our drafting and survey work for our clients while keeping costs down. Carlson is a solid piece of software that should have a larger share of the market when compared to the giant Autodesk who does not care about their customers as they should.

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Carlson Survey review by Nhuy N.
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"Great survey software"

What do you like best?

Carlson Survey knows a surveyor's needs for Field to Finish, Deed description and legal description writer, COGO and they make it all very easy to use. It has the full menu for those who used to C&G software before, but also has its own menu to control, and support survey points. The GIS menu intergrate ARCGIS shape files to and geo-image into AutoCAD. Carlson also has an option to export lineworks to Google Earth.

The support is also top rate. They reply to email ticket within 24 hours, and any problem after that they reply really fast.

What do you dislike?

The Centerline and Lot Layout of Carlson Survey relies heavy on Polyline, not points. These can be hard to manage if you change point coordinates, everything doesn’t update to the points. Luckily there is still the CG menus, which handles that through separate point group file.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The program has all you need to solve survey problems outside and inside office, and more. If you know CG or AutoCAD Land Survey then it is very easy to learn.

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Carlson Survey review by User in Construction
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"Constant problems with upgrades."

What do you like best?

The price of the Carlson software is extremely attractive compared to other software bundles.

What do you dislike?

The functionality and ease of operation has declined with every "Upgrade" and software update we have installed. Basic functions such a drawing a polyline with arcs and hatching an area that includes splines locks up our computers and wastes our time. Tech support never tries to solve the issue beyond recommending that we install their latest product, which we have done only to find that it not only did not resolve the issue but included new bugs as well. We are constantly having to find ways to bypass basic drafting functions that no longer work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I personally would not use this product if I could afford to purchase something better.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Drafting of surveys relating to topography, title surveys and residential construction are what we utilize the Carlson Survey program for. Besides a much lower cost for the software we have not really seen any other benefit. In fact the amount of time we are having to spend trying to find ways to work around it's ever growing list of problems is starting to eat into our profit margin.

Carlson Survey review by Adam S.
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"A great product but didn't fit my needs"

What do you like best?

Lots of features and surveyor specific. Easy to get up and running.

What do you dislike?

Basic features I was looking for are buried deep in the program and I was not happy with that.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was looking for a basic 2d drafting software, Carlson can do that, but it is more tailored to large data projects including BIM.

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