Carlson Software develops design and data analysis software tools tailored for surveying, civil engineering, and mining functions. The company's applications are used for data collection (FieldPlus), engineering design (PointCloud), drafting, mine planning, and construction estimation. Some of its products are designed as add-on components to AutoCAD, the popular design and drafting suite made by Autodesk. Carlson Software sells directly and through an extensive list of resellers in the US and abroad. The company has regional US branch offices in Georgia, Massachusetts, and Virginia, as well as an overseas office in Australia. Carlson Software was founded in 1983 by president Bruce Carlson.