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Carlson FAQ

  1. What is the latest and greatest version/build of my Carlson Software?

New versions of most Carlson Software desktop products are released on an annual basis (Civil Suite 2023, Takeoff 2023 etc.) and Carlson field software every 1-2 years (SurvCE 6.16, SurvPC 6.16, etc.). However, in between these major releases, Carlson will post patches called “Builds” that fix bugs or errors that have been found since the initial release. For Carlson Survey/Civil/Mining/Takeoff for CAD the latest version is the 2023 and 21/12/2022 Build Date.


  1. What is Carlson Survey?

Carlson Survey is Computer Aided Drafting software specifically designed for survey work computations, drawings and plotting. It is one of the Carlson Solution tiers which include; Carlson Civil & Hydro, Carlson Mining, Carlson Construction, Carlson GIS, Carlson Machine Control and Carlson Data Collection.


  1. Does Carlson Survey work on the Linux operating system and Mac?

No, Carlson software, including Carlson Survey, only works on Windows-based computers. If your Mac is set up to emulate a Windows machine it should run but we cannot provide support for this type of system.


  1. What is the difference between AutoCAD and IntelliCAD?

AutoCAD is a CAD (Computer Aided Design or Computer Aided Drafting) software application for 2D and 3D design and drafting developed and sold by Autodesk, Inc. whereas IntelliCAD is a CAD-software programming toolkit and API published by the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (“ITC”). IntelliCAD aims (at some levels) to emulate the basic interface and functions of AutoCAD.


  1. What is the difference between Icad/Acad and OEM/Embedded Versions?

Icad/Acad stands for IntelliCAD or AutoCAD. This version comes with the IntelliCAD engine or you can install it on your copy of AutoCAD. See System Requirements for compatible versions.

OEM/Embedded means that AutoCAD is included.


  1. How do I license the product?

Carlson Software supports three retail licensing modes;

  • Regular standalone license; the user is issued a serial number containing a license to run one or more modules of the Carlson application. This authorizes user to install and register the software on one machine and one machine only.
  • Network license; licenses are loaded into the license server and software is installed locally on the workstations with a network serial number instructing the software to look for the license on the network server. License is not tied to a particular machine
  • Hardware lock license; the physical hardware USB key is plugged into the computer in order for the computer to be able to use the software. It can be used in a single machine at each time.


  1. How do I place an order for Carlson Survey Software?

Please contact us on sales@osl.co.ke for a formal quotation on any of our products.


  1. What are the data exchange formats supported by Carlson Survey?

Carlson Survey supports DGN, DXF, DWS, DWT, RoadXML, MDL,3DX, KML, KMZ, and LandXML data exchange format, Carlson Software’s proprietary data files can be exported to LandXML standards which can be imported into other software programs or viewed as simple text.


  1. Is there an evaluation license for Carlson Survey?

Yes, Carlson Survey has a range of special mode of licenses;

Demo license model; Demo serial number license is limited both by the duration and built-in use counter and allows for full use of software within the demo period.

Educational institutional license; is a network license server for accredited institutions for the purpose of a teaching course on Carlson software at a nominal cost of software maintenance instead of list price.

Educational student license model; it’s a student’s license purchased at a significantly discounted standalone license which run for 1 year from the date of purchase. A proof of enrollment is required.

Not for resale license model; this is essentially a standalone license model governed by additional restrictions of license use. Serial numbers designated as “not for resale” are issued only to Carlson personnel and Carlson resellers.


  1. While running Carlson on AutoCAD as a platform, does it appear as an extension?

No, Carlson Survey isn’t an extension and independently-run using IntelliCAD platform.


  1. What is Field to Finish?

Field to Finish is the name Carlson Software assigned to a very sophisticated set of tools within Carlson Survey that it has developed and improved over many years. Field to Finish is designed to look at the points in a Carlson Survey coordinate file and process them to accomplish three primary functions. Based on the descriptions associated with each point


  1. Where does the data come from that Field to Finish uses?

The origin of the points used in Field to Finish is often field data collection.


  1. How big of an undertaking is it?

Field to Finish requires an investment of time to set up a code library, but this can typically be done with several hours of work, at least to accommodate a typical set of 20 to 30 to perhaps 50 field codes used in significant percentage of field surveys.

The significant gain in productivity more than makes up for the small upfront investment of time required to use this feature.


  1. Can the predefined Field-to-Field Special Codes be modified?

 Yes. The Carlson Survey Field-to-Finish Special Codes can be modified to suit the users’ or organization’s standard survey code.


  1. What is the file format output type for Carlson Survey GIS?

Carlson Survey enables importation of ESRI .SHP file with or without the associated data. The GIS feature file used in Carlson Survey is. GIS extension that stores the schema of features and attributes in a user defined database while the output file is a MS Access .MDB database that the data from the .SHP is written to. The .SHP file data can be edited, queried, inspected and analyzed.


  1. Can you import image on Carlson?

Yes, Carlson Survey supports the importation and geo-referencing of aerial imagery. It supports different file types like world file, TIF/TFW, JPG/JPW and SID/SDW files. Moreover, it supports Bitonal, Greyscale and Color types of raster.

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