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I'm interested what software do you use for making topographical plans? Something similar like this:

I currently use software build on autodesk, but I would like to try some alternatives. Thanks for sharing.

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I am in the UK. I use LSS which is a DTM software. It's a yearly licence but great value. The help is second to none. Hope this helps. It is great with Leica systems and others such as Topcon and Trimble. It's a UK based company but it is used worldwide. Have a look at the website [email protected]

Microstation or Autocad

I enthusiastically agree with the Moreira answer. Predicated upon what i write later, I lean towards the MicroStation side more than on the AutoDesk. For many years I used MicroStation and its predessesor, Intergraph, for all kinds of plots, formally topographic or illustrative to projects of a different nature. However, I'm not sure if MicroS is still as powerful and flexible as it was when it was delivered with the option of creating user commands using the original Intergraft Design Language. If that is not the case, i.e. Bentley has decided not to continue offering that capability, I certainly would not be so sure of its advantages over AutoDesk. I hope my remarks are clear. Regards for all the readers.


autocad civil 3d....

I use Terramodel. Although updating it has been discontinued by Trimble, the last version (10.61) is available and can be used free. The Survey Data Collector module is free. The free module won't do contours I don't think though.

(Download and copy the Terramodel 10.6 version to a USB stick to install it. Then, go and find the free 10.61 update by searching for that on Google. If you can't find these let me know and I'll setup a location for them.)

Terramodel is very simple and provides a great CAD platform as well. Printing is only available with a purchased copy.

This can be downloaded from Geocomp, a company in Australia which has taken up the torch and provides support and some updates to Terramodel. I recommend them if you want to get a paid package.

For 4 years I used an older version of Liscad. It was pretty simple but did the job of everything I needed it to do. Since changing employer I'm now using a programme called LSS. I think it's fairly similar but still getting to grips with using it. Their producer (McCarthy & Taylor) are ever so useful with any questions you may have and supply you with loads of tutorial videos - Once you find the right one you are looking for, are very useful.


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