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bobwesterman
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I was wondering how many are using Carlsons scanning tools, and if they could be considered an AutoCad alternative to TopoDOT.

We're just getting into scan Processing with TBC, and it's really cumbersome.

We have a Trimble X7 scanner, and a drone with the Rock Robotics R2A sensor.  

Most of our work is done in Civil3D, would Carlson be a good match? 

 
Posted : August 29, 2022 7:50 am
leegreen
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Carlson is very new to scanner market and they only work with terrain. RockRobotics will do a better job on terrain. TopoDOT requires Microstation but it is worthwhile if you are working with all kinds of point clouds like terrain, bim, piping, wall plumbness, floor flatness, bridge clearance, wire or transmission lines, rails, beams and more. They have been around fir many years.

 
Posted : August 29, 2022 2:24 pm
bobwesterman
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Posted by: @leegreen

Carlson is very new to scanner market and they only work with terrain. RockRobotics will do a better job on terrain. TopoDOT requires Microstation but it is worthwhile if you are working with all kinds of point clouds like terrain, bim, piping, wall plumbness, floor flatness, bridge clearance, wire or transmission lines, rails, beams and more. They have been around fir many years.

We've just begun looking into TopoDOT and I was asked if it might be a good idea to also look into Carlson.

One of the main rationals being that few of us are really comfortable with MicroStation. Another being he thought it might be more economical. I was just wondering how well Carlson works with roadways and small bridges.

At this point I'm not sure any of use are looking at major piping or plant work, but that could come in the future.

From what I've read around here so far TopoDOT does seem to be the way to go, but we're still looking for options.

I seemed to remember reading on here not too long ago that Carlson was getting ready to rewrite the software with a new point cloud framework or something like that, and wondered if it was getting any better. 

 
Posted : August 29, 2022 3:57 pm

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