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A superior choice for civil technicians, designers and engineers, Carlson Civil 2009 is the flagship engineering office product from Carlson Software that will increase your productivity as it enables you to create better designs in less time. Carlson Civil 2009 is available now. To find a Carlson dealer near you, click here. Read some in-depth Civil testimonials from longtime Carlson Software users.

A superior choice for civil technicians, designers and engineers, Carlson Civil 2009 is the flagship engineering office product from Carlson Software that will increase your productivity as it enables you to create better designs in less time. Carlson Civil 2009 is available now. To find a Carlson dealer near you, click here. Read some in-depth Civil testimonials from longtime Carlson Software users.

Carlson Civil 2009 provides the highest level of robust automation and ease-of-use of any civil design solution available today. What used to be difficult, time-consuming procedures are accomplished quickly and easily thanks to the Carlson Civil 2009 wide selection of “power” tools – dozens of brand new commands, along with hundreds of user-driven improvements.

NEW this year, in addition to Carlson Civil 2009 running on top of any AutoCAD® or Map® versions 2000, up to and including 2009, Carlson Civil comes with built-in IntelliCAD® -- a robust, DWG-compatible CAD platform that every CAD developer can build upon) for no extra cost with every license of Carlson products.

Built from the Carlson SurvCADD product line, first introduced in 1989, Carlson Civil 2009 has the deepest, most consistent code base in the civil engineering industry. It's the CADD solution that Simply WORKS!


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Carlson Civil 2009 runs atop any AutoCAD®, including regular AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map®, Land Desktop® or Civil 3D®, versions 2000-2009, and included in Carlson Civil 2009 are hundreds of enhancements to basic AutoCAD commands. New this year, Carlson Civil 2009 also comes with built-in ICAD.

Carlson Civil 2009 is part of the Carlson Civil Suite 2009 (left), which includes Carlson Survey 2009, Carlson Hydrology 2009, and Carlson GIS 2009.



  • CAD Platforms : Runs in AutoCAD versions 2009 to 2000 as well as AutoCAD Map, Land Desktop and Civil3D, with added support for running on IntelliCAD 6.4
  • 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

3D Data

  • Elevate 2D to 3D: For spot elevation, polylines, contours and pads
  • Edit-Assign Polyline Elevations: Elevates 3D polylines using control points
  • Create Ridge Polylines From Contours: Creates 3D polylines for ridges, valleys and summits to enhance surface from contours
  • 3D Polyline Tools: Draw, offset, fillet and merge 3D polylines


  • Build Surfaces: By triangulation or rectangular grids
  • Contouring: One step triangulate and contour from 3D entities as well as contouring from surface files
  • Triangulation Utilities: TIN math (add, subtract, multiply, divide) by value or another TIN within perimeters, and offset, simplify and merge functions
  • Surface Manager: Change surface display properties and adjust surface functions to add and remove points and breaklines and swap edges
  • Surface Inspector: Real-time elevation feedback while moving over surfaces
  • 3D Surface Flyover: 3D viewer with vehicle to drive over surface or follow 3D path
  • Slope Analysis: Label and report surface slopes at selected points and slope zone analysis


  • 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
  • Cut/Fill Color Maps and Labels: Draw shaded map of red/blue and flexible labels for cut/fill and surface elevations
  • Cut/Fill Centroid Analysis: Outlines perimeter and finds center of mass for each cut/fill area with option to report optimized earthwork movement
  • Earthwork and Material Quantities: Volumes adjusted by subgrade zones and material quantities for count, length, area and volume by entity layer
  • Story Stakes: Create different styles of story stake reports


  • 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
  • Design Road Profile: Create road profile on profile grid or spreadsheet with simultaneous profile, plan and section views
  • Design Sewer/Pipe Profile: Create profiles with invert elevations, pipe sizes, rim elevations and manhole sizes
  • Profiles To 3D: Create points and 3D polylines from profiles
  • Profile Reports: Several report functions such as Sag/Crest for roads and Pipe Depth Summary for trenches


  • Create Sections: From surfaces, screen entities, points, etc
  • Quick Sections: One step creation of sections
  • Draw Sections: Draw sections in vertical stack or on standard, logo-based sheets with flexible formatting and auto-updating based on edits
  • Input-Edit Sections: Enter section data in dual spreadsheet and graphic window with drive-thru function
  • Sections to 3D: Create points and 3D polylines from sections, with optional influence of profile, an essential process for creating DTMs for machine control on most highway projects, where sections “govern”
  • Mass Haul Diagrams and Analysis: Calculate and draw mass haul diagrams and routine to report optimized earth movement by distance ranges
  • Section Volumes: Calculates volumes between two section surfaces by end areas method

Road Design

  • Template Design and Drawing: Detailed yet simple template design with unlimited subgrades, rule-based cut, fill and superelevation methods and routine to easily draw typical template
  • Template Transitions: Define transitions for templates, superelevation, topsoil with control over each template grade line using 2 methods: lane width change by station range or “string” method where template IDs follow defined alignments
  • Process Road Design: Applies road design, reports quantities and outputs sections, surfaces and template points
  • Road Network: Dynamic road design with intersections and cul-de-sacs
  • Road Design Inspector: Real-time viewing of road design in plan, profile and section views


  • 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


  • 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

Companion Programs

  • Carlson SurvCE: Data collection for Windows CE and Pocket PC
  • Carlson Field: Take Carlson and AutoCAD to the field for data collection and stakeout with total stations and GPS
  • Carlson Takeoff: Construction Estimating for earthworks, subgrades, material quantities, strata quantities and trench networks
  • Carlson  Point Clouds: Process laser scan data to generate models, breaklines and points
  • Carlson Natural Regrade: Design stable land surfaces that follow natural hydrologic and geomorphology principles
  • Carlson Geology: Models drillholes and strata structures and attributes


3D Drive Simulation
3D Modeled Site
Road Intersection Modeled in 3D
Cul-de-sac Modeled in 3D
Road Network Showing Plan, Profile and Cross Sections
TIN Utilities Showing Editing Functions
Road Network Interface
Curb Return Profile Editor
Point Group Manager



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