Working with a Civil 3D Surface in Carlson/IntelliCAD

What CAD software features matter to Surveyors?

In this post I want to show you that exchanging data between Civil 3D and Carlson Survey is relatively easy.  I made two posts today about transferring data using LandXML.  Additionally, in this blog post at Carlson Connection  you will find that working with Civil 3D data in Carlson/IntelliCAD is not such an impossible chore.  Carlson Survey for example has a command to convert a Civil 3D or Land Desktop surface to a Carlson TIN file.

LandXML from Carlson Survey to Civil 3D

A quick presentation of transferring points and a surface model from Carlson Survey to Civil 3D using LandXML.

Note: In the last part of the video the presenter edits an existing surface style making it look harder that it actually is.  A style to display contours is already defined in Civil 3D’s drawing template you simply change the style from a drop-down list in the surface properties instead of digging into the guts of an existing style to change settings.


The NPR program Science Friday had a segment on the brain’s ability to multitask. The conclusion is that the human brain is not very good at multitasking, in fact what happens is you simply jump from one focus to another. I think this subject is very relevant to performing CAD tasks. You need to put aside distractions to be more effective at CAD.  Listen to the segment and see if this changes they way you work.