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New Carlson 2019 Releases, Including DGN

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Carlson Software recently released version 2019 of its product suite including Carlson Mining, Carlson Survey, and Carlson Civil/Hydrology/GIS. Carlson products come with IntelliCAD built-in and an option for their end-users to purchase Autodesk® AutoCAD® separately if desired. 

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As expected, new features are found throughout the Carlson product line. Special mention goes to working natively with both .dwg and .dgn files. Open, save, print, and edit all with one CAD editor thanks to the IntelliCAD 9.0 engine.

For more details from Carlson, see:

Topics: CAD Survey Civil IntelliCAD Carlson Software DGN DWG

Fonts, Linetypes, and Print Setups Move with New IntelliCAD Users

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How to convince end users that it's easy to switch to working with software based on the IntelliCAD engine?

Take a look at the writeup from the archives at Carlson Software about a few things users should consider when switching to IntelliCAD, particularly how fonts, linetypes, and print setups are just files that you easily link to:

Carlson-iCADBox3D.pngIntelliCAD comes built-in to Carlson Software products, but you can also purchase it separately as iCAD 2017 — a low cost perpetual license for 2D and 3D CAD modeling:

Interested in additional companies that deliver IntelliCAD? Check out the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium member page:

Topics: Carlson Software CAD ITC IntelliCAD

Carlson "Go West" User Conference in April 2018

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Carlson Software will host its "Go West" user conference April 9–11, 2018 in San Diego, California. Thinking of attending? Be sure to check out how Carlson Software incorporates the IntelliCAD engine into their product lines. About the conference, host director Shane Gardner said:

We poured over your feedback from past conferences. You wanted more options. We have added courses on CAD basics and have broadened the overall offerings to give you more and better choices."

Early bird pricing ends this week, January 31. Conference details >>

Interested in how Carlson Software's membership at the ITC works out? 

 

Topics: Carlson Software CAD ITC IntelliCAD IntelliCAD 6.6 Survey Civil

Carlson Software Comes with IntelliCAD Built In

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When purchasing Carlson Software, customers decide on their CAD engine: use built-in IntelliCAD at no extra cost or purchase AutoCAD, sold separately. Carlson programs include Survey, Civil, Hydrology, Mining, GIS, Point Cloud, Field, Natural Regrade, Construction, GeoTech, CADnet, and Trench.

The latest version of Carlson Software programs, Carlson 2018, was released last fall and is built on the IntelliCAD 8.3 engine. It includes new commands such as mleader, selection filters, gradient coloring and etransmit. While stability improvements were the main focus, the new version also has performance improvements such as selection, snapping, multithreaded open and regen.

Learn about Carlson and IntelliCAD working together >>

Learn about Carlson 2018 >>

 

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC Carlson Software Survey Civil

ITC Entrepreneurs take the Stage

iw2017members.pngEntrepreneurial solutions from entrepreneurs. It was the morning of the last day at IntelliCAD World when four ITC members presented their IntelliCAD solutions and highlights of why they were members of the consortium. 

David Carlson, Carlson Software

Carlson Software has been in the CAD business since the 80s and delivers products in the civil, mining, GIS, construction, survey, data collection, and machine control markets. In Auckland, we saw a demo of working with 3D contours: overburden, elevations, fence diagrams, ground, strata.

When Carlson joined the ITC in 2007, in under a year they released their same software that ran with Autodesk® AutoCAD® to run with IntelliCAD too. Now Carlson's products come with IntelliCAD built-in at no extra cost, and users decide whether to purchase a seat of AutoCAD. The ability to choose matters.

We also learned that Carlson is a big contributor to LandXML, where they contributed a free 3D LandXML viewer and upgrade tools. LandXML is an open data standard used within the land development industry. Open standards also matter.

Go Carlson Software >>

Bill Wright, Wrightsoft

Wrightsoft has also been in the CAD business since the 80s when it started out with no venture capital. Seeing a need back then for better heating, ventilation, and air conditioning design, they continue to deliver HVAC planning, design, sales, and installation software for the desktop and now for tablet and mobile.

Wrightsoft has solutions based on their own CAD editor and another line that's based on IntelliCAD, which we saw in action: load meters, diameters and sizes, data extraction, and automatic calculations on-the-go when you change anything in a room or building.

And then there's BIM. With Wrightsoft and IntelliCAD, you can auto-trace a BIM .rvt file to automatically generate smart objects and make calculations. It's a great example of what members are doing with the beta version libraries for reading and writing BIM .rvt files.

Wrightsoft has also changed the way HVAC gets done. They were an original partner with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) to define HVAC standards that continue to be used today. Market disruption matters. Standards matter. 

Go Wrightsoft >>

Brian Sloman, MicroSurvey 

MicroSurvey has been in business for 30 years. They joined the ITC in 2005 and ported their code base to IntelliCAD 6. They build vertical solutions on top of IntelliCAD for survey design and mapping, mining, and the public safety sector. 

At IntelliCAD World we saw a demo of IMS Map360 that runs with IntelliCAD. It can import data from manual measurements (think tape measures which are still very common), survey equipment, laser scanners, terrestrial (tripods), and cameras mounted on vehicles, drones, and backpacks. Output includes sketches and reports that are often used during court hearings to prove facts. There's heavy use of point clouds (even animated), architectural objects, trajectory rods (cones of uncertainty), and Trimble SketchUp symbols

With all of this technology, the design for public safety products has to be simple and easy to use. Their end-users aren't CAD from the CAD world and shouldn't need to be in order to get all the precision of CAD. Good design matters.

Go MicroSurvey >>

Mark Taylor, FRAMECAD

FRAMECAD has been in business since 1987 and joined the ITC in 2011. They develop the FRAMECAD System — software and hardware that designs and builds efficient, strong, and durable steel framed buildings.

A few days before at the start of the conference, we were at the FRAMECAD site to see a live demo of the IntelliCAD-based software at work. And then the machine was at work, taking in steel and outputting braces for a wall, all within a couple of minutes.

Back at the conference, we learned that BIM is really important for FRAMECAD moving forward: reading in drawings that contain all the data they need in a "fast, easy, friendly" way. But it's more than that: BIM has the power to move from planning and drawing in a silo to planning and drawing in collaboration. And collaboration is key from the FRAMECAD perspective to build faster and with fewer mistakes when all the various players show up to the construction site. Collaboration matters. 

Go FRAMECAD >>

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC IntelliCAD World Conference FRAMECAD BIM Microsurvey Survey Civil HVAC Accident Reconstruction Carlson Software Wrightsoft

Introducing Carlson iCAD 2017

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Just added to the Carlson Software product lineup: iCAD 2017, based on the IntelliCAD engine.

For almost a decade, IntelliCAD has come built-in to Carlson Software products. But the all-new iCAD 2017 allows new and existing Carlson customers to purchase a low cost perpetual license for 2D and 3D CAD modeling that also includes Carlson-specific drafting and annotation commands built-in.

Topics: CAD Carlson Software IntelliCAD ITC

This Fall: Check Out Carlson Software and IntelliCAD

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Carlson Software will be at the following tradeshows in Europe this fall. Come check out IntelliCAD in action as part of the many Carlson solutions that excel in the civil and hydrology, construction, GIS, land surveying, and mining industries. 

  • The Netherlands
    Geobuzz 2017
    21-22 November, 2017
    ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
    More details >>

  • Germany
    INTERGEO
    26-28 September, 2017
    Berlin, Germany
    More details >>

Topics: Carlson Software IntelliCAD CAD Civil

Engineering Company Switches to Carlson Civil Suite

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Curious whether engineering groups like working with IntelliCAD? Curious how a group makes the switch to IntelliCAD? Check out how Gibson-Thomas Engineering tried it, liked it, and are making the switch to Carlson Civil Suite which includes IntelliCAD built-in.

"Believe me," said Dan Fmura who is a draftsman at Gibson-Thomas, “the quicker we can switch over to Carlson, the better.”

For details and a video, see the Carlson website.

For details about how Carlson Software benefits from ITC membership, see here.

Topics: CAD ITC IntelliCAD Carlson Software

This Spring: Check Out Carlson Software and IntelliCAD

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Traveling to a conference or show this spring? Come check out IntelliCAD in action as part of the many Carlson solutions that excel in the civil and hydrology, construction, GIS, land surveying, and mining industries.

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
    New Mexico Professional Surveyors Conference
    March 24-25, 2017
    More details >>
  • Victoria, British Columbia
    Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors Annual General Meeting
    April 5-7, 2017
    More details >>
  • Houma, Louisiana 
    56th Annual LSPS Convention
    April 5-7, 2017
    More details >>
  • Jasper, Alberta
    Association of Alberta Land Surveyors Annual General Meeting
    April 20-21, 2017
    More details >>
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
    ASPS 50th Anniversary Spring Conference & Expo
    April 20-21, 2017
    More details >>
  • Moscow, Russia
    Mining World Russia
    25-27 April, 2017 // Carlson booth А845, Pavilion 2, Hall 8
    More details >>
  • Montréal, Quebec
    CIM 2017 Convention // The Palais de Congrès
    April 30-May 3, 2017 
    More details >>
  • Tucson, Arizona
    Arizona Professional Land Surveyors Conference
    May 18-19, 2017
    More details >>
Topics: Carlson Software IntelliCAD CAD Civil

With Carlson Software, CAD Users Choose Their CAD Platform

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Carlson Software creates software for land development, engineering, and mining. Since 2007, when Carlson Software joined the ITC, Carlson customers have had a choice in CAD platforms: IntelliCAD® or Autodesk® AutoCAD®. 

"If a user already has AutoCAD, they can run our solutions. If they are looking for an effective, lower cost CAD alternative, then Carlson's products come with IntelliCAD built in, ready to use for no extra cost." – Bruce Carlson, President/Founder of Carlson Software

To learn about how Carlson Software and the ITC work together, go to www.intellicad.org/carlson-case-study.

Carlson Software: www.carlsonsw.com
IntelliCAD Technology Consortium: www.intellicad.org

 

 

 

Topics: CAD IntelliCAD ITC Carlson Software Civil Survey CO-OP Membership