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

http://www.midlandsurvey.co.uk/images/examples/TOPOGRAPHICAL-WOOD-L...

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

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Here a McKim & Creed in Florida we use whatever software that produces the topo map in the format they client needs, for example we use Bentley Microstation for most FDOT work and Autodesk Civil 3D for Municipal work and clients who request Autodesk .dwg format. We also use Carlson Survey for soe client projects.

Here at Underhill Geomatics Ltd in Burnaby, BC, Canada we use AutoCAD Civil 3D, our calculation software was developed in house and is called Copan. We have Trimble Business center for downloading from the Trimble equipment we have as well as Geolab.

Same here, but not Carlson.

- Surfer

- ArcGIS 3D Analytics extension tool

- Liscad

- Civil 3D

Another one is Topcon's Magnet Office Suite - this can be purchased outright or with an annual subscription. Here is a link for info: https://www.magnet-enterprise.com/ - select the Office icon for more information. You can also download a trial version for testing :-)

Model Maker

Hi,

All previous answers are good. But do not forget (generic) GIS...

Give some (open) GIS system, like Qgis, a try. Very handy and practical when it comes to making good looking plans. You can import data from most cad software like Acad/Civil. This cad software enables you to easily create lines/shapes/backgrounds; the typical client related products. You will need the cad software together with the GIS. But use the cad software only what is is good for: caDesign. And GIS what is is good for: G.. Information System.

Of course it does depends on your clients' requierements. Mine often accept GIS type formats like shape files. If the client really needs typical cad files, like dwg, than stick to the cad software. But: Very often the GIS can still be used for presentations. The cad for delivering the specific project related design elements only.

There are many tools for importing/exporting cad specific formats to and from GIS. The same applies to add ons to do the typical analisys and calculations, like volumes calculations.

Model Maker

We used to use Magnet Office, it's not to bad but can be a bit clunky.

We've just moved to N4CE, it's a cracking bit of survey software.

Civil Cad..

Dear Survenator, There are many software's which can handle these, Now a days there are built in software's by the total station Manufacturers which is given free of cost along with the purchase of total stations, Just in case you do not have it then you can try 1. Autodesk Civil 3d (You can install trial version) 2. EsurveyCad - Which is user friendly and also support team is always there to help you. Please loin to "www.esurveycad.net" for more details. These are the best known to me, you can google for more options . If you want only the points to be plotted then it can be done through excel also, In case you require this option, please email me for further needs.

Regards A Murali babu

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