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Carlson Software
Carlson CADnet
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Developed for more than 10 years within Takeoff,  Carlson’s popular site estimating and data prep software, Carlson CADnet joins with Carlson GeoTech and Carlson Trench to provide customers the flexibility to obtain just the software they need at an affordable price. The three new modules can also be paired with Carlson Construction to form the all new Carlson Takeoff Suite, replacing the non-OEM version of Takeoff. (Note: the Carlson Takeoff  R-series with built-in AutoCAD remains the same.)

Key Capabilities

  • Import PDF Files
  • Import BIM using IFC Files
  • Export Carlson surface to BIM using IFC Files
  • Convert Raster images to vector CAD entities
  • Modify Raster images using cut, copy, remove speckles and thicken commands
  • Create CAD entities from the raster image using Trace functions and raster snaps
  • Create text entities extracted from the raster images
  • Digitize from paper plans or on-screen images
  • Full set of digitize routines for points, poly lines, areas, contours, profiles, sections and end-areas
Carlson Trench
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A new module from Carlson Software, Carlson Trench is for calculations related to installing pipes, sewers, or utility lines. The software calculates the volume of the trench cut, the volume of back fill (excluding the pipe size), and the linear footage of pipe broken down by the pipe material, size, and/or depth.

Core capabilities in Carlson Trench include:

  • Calculates trench excavation and back fill quantities
  • Creates trench network of structures and pipe lines
  • Draws trench network in plan view, profile and 3D
  • Produces Trench Reports including Manhole Depth Summary, Pipe Length By Size, Stations Depth Summary, Structure Details, etc.
  • Built on AutoCAD and IntelliCAD
Carlson Takeoff Suite
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Carlson Takeoff is available in two configurations: Takeoff OEM and Takeoff Suite. Takeoff OEM includes an AutoCAD® engine built-in and has all of the same ingredients as the Takeoff Suite, which works on AutoCAD® sold separately, or with IntelliCAD® built-in. The Takeoff Suite is comprised of the modules Carlson CADnet, Carlson Trench, and Carlson GeoTech combined with Carlson Construction. All are fully integrated with Carlson Civil and Hydrology to meet the variety of customers’ needs.

Key features include:

  • Calculate site cut & fill and topsoil
  • Differentiate strata volumes & dirt vs. rock
  • Accurately determine subgrade quantities
  • Estimate trench and pipe quantities
  • Estimate roadways from cross-sections
  • Prepare the design info for exact staking
  • Create a 3D model for machine control

For more information, see brochure.


Carlson SurvPC
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Like Carlson SurvCE, SurvPC supports the widest range of popular and new release RTK GPS and conventional/robotic total stations. Carlson SurvCE and SurvPC are complete data collections systems for Real Time Kinematic (RTK) GNSS and Total Stations with in-field coordinate geometry. SurvPC can be utilized on standard Windows PC computers such as ruggedized laptops.

New from Carlson SurvPC is the ability to work in the Esri® ArcGIS® system, yet with a familiar interface, achieving seamless accuracy in GIS. New functionality allows users to use Esri’s Map Objects to perform all survey functions with no downtime learning new software. In the new ArcGIS-enabled version of Carlson SurvPC, Esri’s Desktop can be used intuitively to perform all survey functions; ArcGIS points, lines and polygons can be used for staking. ArcGIS Nodes can be used for resections and localization; and users will be able to query GIS feature attributes at any time with the Store Points, Stake Points, and Map View screens.

Advantages include:

  • Increased hardware capability
  • Increased virtual memory & ability to work with large sets of data
  • Larger screen size & more convenient touch screen usage
  • More processing & graphic power (with aerial photo overlays)
  • Save directly to an Esri geodatabase with no import/export
  • File formats compatible with Carlson office products (.fld, .flc, etc.)
  • Import of MicroStation .dgn files and Import/Export of AutoCAD .dwg files is possible. Output to Excel for simple data management.

For more information, see brochure.


Carlson Survey
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Carlson Survey is designed for use for land surveying. It provides a full toolkit 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.

For more information, see brochure.



  • 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

Carlson SurvCE
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Carlson SurvCE is the first choice in data collection software, combining advanced functionality, ease-of-use, and sheer capability.

New Look
  • SurvCE  has a colorful look. Icons have been standardized to create continuity throughout the product, while modernizing the user experience.
Hot List
  • The Hot List lets users jump to the SurvCE routines that previously had shortcuts without having to memorize key strokes. It also provides shortcut functionality to devices without keyboards.
  • SurvCE can compute volumes between two surfaces, one surface and an elevation or simple stockpile volumes. Surfaces can be defined by graphical entities and points or by Carlson TIN files.
  • The software has optional on-board help files. These files are the entire user manual and can be installed separately. Click on the SurvCE icon and select Help to get the help document that pertains to the current routine.
  • SurvCE can be used to collect trigonometric level loops and digital level loops. Loops can be processed and adjusted on the device and all existing project coordinate points can be updated.
GPS Networks
  • SurvCE  supports several GPS network protocols, such as NTRIP, TCP and UDP.
  • The software supports an unlimited number of localization points. All project scale settings and coordinate system options have been centrally located in the localization dialog.
Angle Sets in Store Points
  • SurvCE allows users to “Configure” how each reading is measured with regard to direct and reverse options (Formerly know as SS/Trav). If direct and reverse readings are taken at the backsight, then any direct and reverse foresight will be considered an angle set and will be reduced accordingly. This eliminates the need to use a separate routine for angle sets.
Station Equations
  • SurvCE supports station equations.
Job Settings
  • SurvCE has the option to use a template DXF file for new jobs so that all layers and colors are automatically created per your company standard
  • It has the option to auto-load cutsheets and control files from the previous job for those users that work on one site continuously
  • SurvCE has the ability to turn off the auto-descriptions in stakeout and completely customize how all stakeout routines behave
  • Point Number by Interval –SurvCE can interval the point ID by using the “Add to Next Pt ID” option. To number all points on the odd numbers, start at 1 and use 2 in this field.
Feature Coding
  • SurvCE can collect parallel lines using the offset horizontal and offset vertical line drawing commands and close a rectangle by three points using the rectangle command. In the settings section of Special Codes, the user can even auto compute and store the additional points at the line vertices that were created by the software.
  • SurvCE allows the user to code in numerous coding styles that may be defined by their office package.
Instrument Switching
  • SurvCE keeps track of every instrument completely separate. This includes all base stations, rovers and total stations, so that mixing equipment is easy. Simply configure your gear once and forget it. The instrument icon has been enhanced to allow you to switch between your current equipment.
Skew Angle Staking

SurvCE supports staking offsets on a skew angle and provides the option to stake offset intersections and bisectors at angle points and the radius or PI point of an arc without leaving the Stake Line/Arc routine.

SurvCE Has More
  • Supported Instruments
  • Supported File Formats
  • Supported Handheld Devices
Carlson Hydrology
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Carlson Hydrology 2017 is here with the main new features including access to lookup rainfall amounts in NOAA Atlas 14, new watershed commands operated by grid files for watershed perimeters and runoff tracking, plus the option to draw out sewer lines just as a polyline before converting them in the sewer model.

  • Hydrograph Editor – New command to edit time and flow data in a spreadsheet.
  • Pipe Culvert Design – Added outlet control by gradually varied flow method.
  • Utility Network – New command to define model for utility networks.
Carlson GeoTech
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Carlson GeoTech provides the ability to import borehole data for analyzing subsurface conditions and materials.

Developed over the past 10 years within Takeoff,  Carlson’s popular site estimating and data prep software, Carlson GeoTech joins Carlson CADnet and Carlson Trench to be paired with Carlson Construction to form the all new Carlson Takeoff Suite, replacing the non-OEM version of Takeoff. (Note: Carlson Takeoff with built-in AutoCAD remains the same.)

Key Capabilities

– Input and edit drill hole log data with strata elevation, depth and attribute data
– Generate drill hole log reports
– Label drill holes
– Draw Geologic Columns
– Draw Fence Diagrams
– Draw Isopach Maps for strata thickness, elevation or attributes
– Draw Strata Surfaces
– Draw Strata Depth Contours and Cut Color Maps
– Model Strata Surfaces with linkage to Carlson Civil and Construction for strata quantities
– Annotate plan view drill hole location maps

Carlson Construction
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Carlson Construction is an integrated cut/fill takeoff and 3D surface modeling software solution designed for site and road construction. It offers powerful inspection and 3D viewing tools for elevating 2D designs to 3D model files. Notable new commands in Carlson Construction include added methods to process, reverse the polyline, and to pick the point, plus added support for up to 7 subgrades, a command to color the surface TIN using the color assignments in Define Layer Target, and a method to apply textures to design layers in addition to the colors for viewing in 3D.

Core Abilities:

  • Cut/Fill Estimating
  • Output 3D Machine Control Files (Carlson Grade, Trimble, CAT-Accugrade, Leica, and Topcon)
  • Output Construction Staking files for Site, Roadway, and Building Columns and Offsets

For more information, see brochure.


Carlson Civil
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Carlson Civil is the 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.

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.

For more information, see brochure.


Carlson Civil Suite
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Carlson Software’s Civil Suite is a powerful bundle made up of: Carlson Survey, Carlson Civil, Carlson Hydrology, and 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 of other software providers.

For more information, see brochure.


Topcon Software
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MAGNET Office design software is the best software solution for our customers.  The ability to collaborate within your private, safe, and secure MAGNET Company Account places MAGNET Office software above the competition, but at an aggressively lower price point.

Features & Benefits:

  • MAGNET Office Tools automatically included
  • MAGNET Enterprise and SIteLink 3D enabled
  • Mutliple modules to pick from
  • Supports all surveying and construction applications
  • Full 3D-MC data support
  • Full road design and resurface functionality
MAGNET Office Tools
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MAGNET Office Tools is a cloud-enabled data processing software application that enables users to generate final coordinates from MAGNET Field, MAGNET Field Site, TopSURV, Pocket 3D files, as well as Topcon and Sokkia total stations, levels, and GPS raw data files.

Features & Benefits

  • Autodesk® RealDWG inside for seamless exchange with AutoCAD®
  • MAGNET Ribbon within Autodesk Civil 3D
  • Direct connection to MAGNET Company Account
  • Microsoft Bing®  satellite image background
  • Import and Process any and all GNSS and Total Station Data
  • Large Library for Third Party File Support
  • Full 3D-MC support
MAGNET Construction
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Features & Benefits

  • Low, or no-cost app for Android and iOS handheld devices
  • Wireless connectivity using either WiFi or Bluetooth methods*
  • Easy and intuitive graphical interface to simplify common workflows
  • Secure connectivity to MAGNET Enterprise service
  • Available now within Google Play Store and Apple iTunes App Store

*WiFi-only for iOS platforms


MAGNET Construct is ready to drive your Topcon robotic total stations** and Layout Navigator instruments. This mobile app delivers precise design layout as well as quick and intuitive options for field measurements. It’s ideal for BYOD users seeking better jobsite layout productivity.

As you move around the jobsite, just place the pole to quickly measure existing items and features. MAGNET Construct provides a streamlined layout workflow with graphic, real-time positioning to any point, line, or feature on your project site.

Magnet Enterprise
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The heart of MAGNET Enterprise is a web browser environment that runs with individual windows or Widgets which allow complete configuration of how you like to work, so that you have what you need, where and when you need it.  All it takes is a web browser to communicate, collaborate, and exchange data.

Features & Benefits:

  • Secure Cloud Storage
  • Geo-referenced projects for team-based collaboration
  • Exchange data between project site and office in real time
  • Track unlimited projects (based on available storage)
  • Asset Manager tracks your entire inventory of instruments
  • Live Chat with multiple members simultaneously
  • View survey results of points and lines on top of Google Map® imagery
Magnet Field Layout
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Purpose Built.  MAGNET Field Layout is a focused and customized version of MAGNET Field data collection software that increases building layout productivity.  With in-the-field plans and dimensional entry, you can go from paper plan to building layout faster than ever.

Features & Benefits

  • Flexible building plan entry
  • Intuitive and graphical building layout menus
  • Large file format support including DWG
  • Fast creation of design points from lines
  • Hardware support for conventional and robotic total stations
  • Hardware support for Topcon HiPer SR
  • Exchange with MAGNET Enterprise
MAGNET Field Site
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MAGNET Field Site is data collection software for construction measurement and layout activities.

Features & Benefits

  • Graphical and Intuitive Grade Management
  • Cloud Connectivity to MAGNET™ Enterprise and SiteLink™ 3D
  • Advanced road and surface stakeout tool sets
  • Vast library of Import / Export file formats
  • Volumetrics derived in the field
  • Bing Maps® real-time background images
Magnet Office Layout
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MAGNET Office Layout provides the ability to collaborate within your private, safe, and secure cloud-based Company Account.  Don’t let is simplicity deceive you.  This is a powerful yet “just what you need” CAD software solution ideal for small site design.

Features & Benefits:

  • MAGNET Enterprise enabled
  • Supports All Surveying and Construction Applications
  • Full Topcon 3DMC Data Support
  • Flexible CAD Functionality
Topcon 3D Office
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3D-Office allows you to create, edit, import/export, design and prepare files for any jobsite. You can export your files to the 3D-MC control box and Pocket 3D controller for immediate use in the field as well as importing them later on for further processing or volume calculations.  3D-Office is also used to remote connect to machines, send new job files or messaging with sitelink3D.

Features & Benefits:

  • Import/Export 3D-MC files
  • Import/Export Road Alignments
  • Projection, Datum, and Geoid Support
  • Merge TIN Surfaces
  • Cut/ Fill color mapping and volume calculation
  • Sitelink3D Remote Connect/File Transfer/Messaging
Topcon Pocket 3D
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Topcon’s powerful jobsite management tool made for contractors and the way they work. Topcon’s Pocket 3D Grade Management solution brings GPS down to earth.

Features & Benefits

  • Industry’s easiest to use interface
  • Move files from Pocket 3D to 3D-MC Machines
  • Stakeout pads, roads / curbs, top and toe of slopes & daylight lines
  • Compatible with all Topcon GNSS and Robotic System
  • Operates on all Topcon Field Controllers
  • Connect to sitelink3D