A Practical Guide to Carlson Survey 2014


This new Carlson Survey 2014 book focuses on effectively using this powerful software, providing you with skills that other professionals are using in the workplace every day.

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Welcome to the next generation of training materials for Carlson Survey, the Practical Guide.

The Practical Guide books have been formatted to maximize learning by starting all lessons with an explanation of the concepts and processes that will be covered; followed by real world examples in step-by-step exercises that you can perform yourself with the included dataset.

It features 55 exercises organized into 35 lessons in 6 chapters. Each lesson includes detailed descriptions of processes and theory with many illustrations and diagrams, to help you understand “why”, not just “how”.

This new, large format book is spiral bound, to lie perfectly flat on your desk.

This new Carlson Survey 2014 book focuses on effectively using this powerful software, providing you with skills that other professionals are using in the workplace every day.

Instructors: this book is used in classrooms worldwide. Find out more about using it in your next class.

After completing this book, you will be able to:

  • Navigate the Pull-down Menus and Ribbon Menus.
  • Set up Carlson Survey to use the Project approach.
  • Work with Coordinate Files.
  • Draw Points into the Drawing.
  • Edit Points in the Drawing and External Point Database.
  • Create Point Groups.
  • Prepare Surface Data using Points and 3D Polylines.
  • Create Surface Models.
  • View and Edit Surfaces.
  • Perform Surface Inquiries
  • Generate and Label Contours.
  • Utilize Field to Finish Coding and Drawing.
  • Import and Export Land XML Data.
  • Import and Export to Google Earth.
  • Work with Centerlines.
  • Generate Linework Labels.

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Features and Benefits of all Cadapult books:

  • Lessons build upon one another using a contiguous dataset, providing consistency through the entire book
  • Skills learned through easy-to-follow, step-by-step procedures
  • Sequential exercises that follow one logical, real-world example project
  • Flexible datasets allow you to “skip ahead” to a relevant lesson, or use as an on-demand reference guide
  • Detailed explanations and chapter summaries facilitate learning and retention
  • Written by instructors with decades of industry and teaching experience
  • Tested and refined in classrooms with a broad cross-section of students

This book has 268 pages, organized into 6 chapters, in a large-format, spiral bound volume.

Author: Rick Ellis

ISBN 978-1-934865-16-3

Written, printed and published in the United States of America.

Meet the Author

Rick Ellis of CADapult Software SolutionsRick Ellis, president of Cadapult Software Solutions, Inc, has worked with and taught AutoCAD Civil 3D, along with Map 3D and other Autodesk products since the mid-90s. He is the Author of several critically acclaimed books on AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D, Land Desktop and Carlson Software; including the Practical Guide  series.

Rick continues to use AutoCAD Civil 3D on projects in a production environment, in addition to teaching classes to organizations both large and small around the country, helping them get the most out of their design software investment.

This practical background and approach has made him a highly rated speaker at Autodesk University, a member of the national speaker team for the AUGI CAD Camps and a sought after instructor by organizations around the world.


Weight 2.25 lbs
Dimensions 11.25 × 10 × 1.5 in

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