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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Carlson GIS 2008 Software Now Available

Carlson GIS 2008 Software is now available for purchase. With tools for data capture and linking, data labeling, import/export of SHP files, polygon topology creation and analysis, and more, Carlson GIS 2008 is an awesome GIS “Swiss army knife” for the surveyor or engineer.

Also included are hundreds of enhancements to basic AutoCAD commands. Part of the Carlson Civil Suite 2008, Carlson GIS 2008 runs atop any AutoCAD, including regular AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map, Land Desktop or Civil 3D, versions 2000-2008.

Product Description

Carlson GIS 2008 includes commands for processing data attached to drawing entities and commands for drawing cleanup and conversion. Carlson GIS 2008 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 2007 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 2008 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. With the continued addition of civil engineering and construction-oriented features, SurvCADD began to outlive both its name and its survey-based structure. Since 2000, Carlson Software has emphasized development of a new set of advanced GIS tools.

Carlson GIS 2008 is designed for GIS technicians and engineers by civil engineers, based on 24+ years of experience in the software industry serving this market. Carlson GIS 2008 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.