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With tools for data capture and linking, data labeling, import/export of SHP files, polygon topology creation and analysis, and more, Carlson GIS 2009 is an awesome GIS “Swiss Army Knife” for the surveyor or engineer. See the Carlson GIS 2009 Improvement List.

Also included are hundreds of enhancements to basic AutoCAD commands. Part of the Carlson Civil Suite 2009, Carlson GIS 2009 runs atop any AutoCAD, including regular AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map, Land Desktop or Civil 3D, versions 2000-2009, plus on IntelliCAD 6.5.

Standard Features

  • GIS Database Settings
  • Input-Edit GIS Data
  • GIS Inspector
  • GIS Inspector Settings
  • GIS Query/Report
  • Hatch GIS Polylines
  • Mark GIS Polylines
  • Label GIS Polyline: Closed Polyline Image
  • Label GIS Polyline: Closed Polyline Data
  • Label GIS Polyline: Open Polyline Data
  • Links Manager
  • Create Links
  • Erase Links
  • Audit Links
  • Import SHP File
  • Export SHP File
  • Convert GIS Links to AcadMap
  • Convert AcadMap to GIS Links
  • Define Template Database
  • Define Note File Prompts
  • Note File Utilities
  • Define Block Database Links
  • Update Block Data
  • Insert Block with GIS Data



  • Built on AutoCAD: Runs in AutoCAD versions 2008 to 2000 as well as AutoCAD Map, Land Desktop and Civil3D and 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  


  • Runs with AutoCAD Map 3D: All Map tools are available when running with AutoCAD Map plus additional commands to use Map data such as Label Object Data Areas
  • Data Capture: Extracts drawing text or block attributes into database
  • Attach GIS Data  to Entities: Input, edit, label, inspect and report with simple tools, including querying for parcels or entities that meet conditions
  • Polygon Processor: Overlays layered polyline perimeters to create all the subareas
  • Import/Export ESRI: Conversions between ESRI Shape data and coordinates and polylines


  • 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


  • 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


To see some of the feature improvements in Carlson GIS 2009, click here.

Product Description and History

Product Description

Carlson GIS 2009 includes commands for processing data attached to drawing entities and commands for drawing cleanup and conversion. Carlson GIS 2009 supports three methods for attaching additional data to entities: AutoCAD Map, Carlson GIS links and Carlson note files. Links can be converted between these formats. For example, using the command "Convert GIS Links to AcadMap", you can convert Carlson-style GIS links to classic AutoCAD-style GIS links.  

Be aware, however, that the features in the MapPlus menu require Microsoft® Access 95 or Microsoft® Access 97 formats for the "mdb" file. If your Carlson-linked data (developed using the GIS pulldown commands) is in Microsoft® Access 2000 format or later, this conversion from Carlson to AutoCAD links will work, but the linked data will only be viewable using the Map pulldown rather than the MapPlus pulldown options such as View/Edit Data. All entities linked to data can also be converted to ESRI SHP files.

The AutoCAD Map links require one of the following AutoCAD Map versions: R2, R3, R4, R4.5, or R5. The commands for this method are in the Map and MapPlus menu and are available only if you are running AutoCAD Map. The AutoCAD Map drivers support multiple database formats including Microsoft®, Oracle and dBase. When using Map links, you have both the standard AutoCAD commands to work with in addition to the GIS 2009 MapPlus commands. The drawback to Map links is that they require more steps to setup and use. 

The Carlson GIS links use Microsoft® Access MDB database files to attach data to drawing entities. You do not have to have Microsoft® Access installed on your computer to use this method. The commands for the Carlson GIS links are in the GIS pull-down menu. These links are quicker and easier to setup and use compared to the Map links. Also the Carlson links can be used with Carlson Field which is Carlson Software's AutoCAD based data collection for total stations and GPS. The Carlson GIS links associate drawing entities to database records by attaching extended entity data (EED) to the entities. These links are self-contained and do not need Link Path Names and database environment setup like Map links require. The link EED contains the template file name (.MDB), the database file name (.MDB), the table name and the record ID. The database file and table names define where the data record is stored and these names are specified by the user when the link is created. The record ID is a unique key number to identify the record in the table. This number is automatically generated.

Product History

The Carlson 2009 product line introduces enhanced offerings from Carlson Software, addressing the GIS needs of the engineer and designer. It is an outgrowth of a well-established product line dating back to 1983. Since 2000, Carlson Software has emphasized development of a new set of advanced GIS tools.

Carlson GIS 2009 is designed for GIS technicians and engineers by civil engineers, based on 25 years of experience in the software industry serving this market. Carlson GIS 2009 takes the lessons of these years in land development feature development, adds in the comprehensive experience in the overlapping markets of survey, construction and mining, and distills the highest level of robust automation and ease-of-use of GIS processing solution available today.


GIS Data Pulldown Menu
Data Capture Dialog
GIS Tools Pulldown Menu
Import Shape File
Point Group Manager

We have been pleasantly surprised at the success of Carlson Softwares. It truly meets a need in the marketplace. It has been embraced by end users and dealers alike.

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