Carlson Takeoff Software


Carlson Takeoff is an on-premise 3D takeoff solution developed for design/build firms, earthwork/excavating, engineers, heavy/highway contractors, paving and utility contractors. It enables users to accurately estimate cuts and fills using various sources including CAD, paper plans, PDF, TIFF and more.

The software allows users to convert plans from 2D to 3D, modify linework and drawing cleanups such as removing wrong elevations, empty layers and invalid linework. Carlson Software also features the ability to develop machine control models in Topcon, Trimble, Leica or Carlson format. The software comes with standard AutoCAD OEM or IntelliCAD and can run on various Windows platforms.

It can automatically trace linework in a PDF and “Merge Raster Files” allows users to combine multiple sheets at their match lines. Volume reports include Subgrade volumes, Cut/Fill volumes, Strata volumes, Over-Excavate volumes and Topsoil Removal/Replacement.


Carlson Takeoff - Surface
  • Carlson Takeoff - Surface
  • Carlson Takeoff - Subgrade Areas
    Subgrade Areas
  • Carlson Takeoff - Plan View
    Plan View
  • Carlson Takeoff - Color Map
    Color Map
  • Carlson Takeoff - Cross-Sections from PDFs
    Cross-Sections from PDFs
  • Carlson Takeoff - Dynamic Road Tools
    Dynamic Road Tools
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10

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Rebecca from Meridian Engineering
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Great overall product



Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money


CAD based - if you know CAD this is easy
Help Desk - They are great at getting me answers right away and helping me learn the software
Tutorials - They have many that can make learning a lot easier


CAD based - if you don't know CAD this can be a bit of a pain
No one else at my company wants to learn it so I'm stuck with it all, it gets to be a lot of work for each project
I'm on R7 and they have R9, so many of the things i was going to say here were taken care of