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MicroSurvey CAD

Powered by IntelliCAD®, field to finish has never been this easy. Available in 5 different editions, MicroSurvey CAD is the design solution engineered especially for surveyors.

Complete survey drafting, COGO, DTM, traversing, volumes, contouring, point cloud, and data collection device interfacing. MicroSurvey CAD is compatible with field data from all major total stations and data collectors and is fully compatible with AutoCAD.

MicroSurvey CAD Standard and Premium are bundled with MicroSurvey inCAD. Ultimate edition includes surveyor tools plus point cloud processing, and Studio includes everything plus animation capabilities.


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MicroSurvey CAD is a complete desktop survey and design program created for surveyors, contractors, and engineers.

No plug-ins or modules necessary. Includes complete survey drafting, COGO, DTM, traversing, volumes, contouring, point cloud manipulation, and data collection interfacing. Fully compatible AutoCAD and data from all major total stations and data collectors.

Integrated Survey, Design, and CAD

  • Download, calculate, design, draft, check, and print – all incorporated into a field-to-finish package.
  • Easy-to-understand concepts – OSNAPs, coordinates, editing commands – familiar command line interface, and DWG native format.

Powerful Survey Calculations

  • Batch COGO – automatically record entries in our spreadsheet-style editor and reprocess!
  • Compatible with data from all major total stations and data collector packages.
  • Easy coordinate transformations including UTM, State Plane, and MTM.

Incredible Data Extraction from Point Clouds

  • Only available in the Ultimate and Studio editions.
  • Create surface and contour files directly from your point cloud data, and preview your work directly in the point cloud.

Enhanced Visualization and Point Cloud Manipulation

  • Powerful graphics and point cloud engine highly optimized for viewing and working with larger datasets.
  • Cut cubes, profile slices, and layer toggles for ultimate control over what you see.

Complete Traverse or Network Adjustments

  • Angle and vertical balance, transit, compass, Crandall’s rule.
  • Blunder detection, full 3D least squares adjustment.
  • Graphical ellipse display, instrument storage, reprocessing and pre-analysis.

Active Drawing Technology

  • MicroSurvey's Active Drawing Technology enables verification, editing, printing, and manipulation of data in the drawing, in the coordinate and traverse databases, and during batch COGO calculations.

Smart Information

  • Smart Objects: lines, points, curves, and text.
  • Pick and edit objects automatically without initiating a command.
  • Browse the entire coordinate database by simply picking any point in your drawing.

Powerful DTM Contouring/Modeling Volumes

  • 3D rendering.
  • Virtually unlimited point capability.
  • Simple to use: create a DTM and contour in four simple steps.

Complete Site Design

  • Site design: Ponds, ditches, stockpiles, and slopes.
  • Road design: Horizontal and vertical alignments, cross-sectional templates.
  • Create cross sections of existing ground and design surfaces.

Learning Resources

  • 12 hours of built-in training movies equivalent to thousands of pages of documentation.
  • Complete CAD documentation with movie links.
  • Context-sensitive HTML Help Menu system is easy to use.

Customizable Interface and Commands

  • Rearrange toolbars with "drag and drop" functionality or turn them off.
  • Graphical menu editor and "top or bottom" command window layout.

Quality Tools for Excellent Value

  • Full-featured software for greater efficiency at a low price.
  • Portable USB keys for license flexibility – share with other users and switch devices easily.
  • Connected device becomes MicroSurvey License Server.

Additional Information

Manufacturer ID SW-CAD-CFG
Manufacturer MicroSurvey
Supported Platforms Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 7 Ultimate
Engines IntelliCAD
Installation Standalone
Supported Languages (List May Not Be Complete) English (US)

Hardware Requirements

MicroSurvey CAD operates entirely within Windows, and has no hardware requirements over and above those of Windows itself except as noted below. We suggest the following basic system as a minimum for efficient operation:

  • Pentium processor - 2 GHz minimum
  • 2 Gigabytes of RAM (2GB or more if you are working in large drawings most of the time)
  • 10 Gigabytes of free hard disk space
  • Video resolution set to 1024x768 or better
  • Mouse, digitizing tablet or other pointing device
  • Dual screens for point cloud manipulation is more productive
  • High performance graphics adapter if working with point cloud data
  • Available USB port for the USB Security Key

In order to use the data collector communication features, your system will also need an external RS-232 serial port or a USB connection for best performance with MicroSurvey FieldGenius.

In order to get printed output, you will require a printer or plotter configured to work in your Windows environment. We recommend obtaining the most up-to-date printer/plotter drivers off of the manufacturers Internet web site.

Software Requirements

MicroSurvey CAD is designed for use with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7. Note: On Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 machines you will require Administrative rights to install the software.

Note for Windows 98, ME, NT Users

Windows 98, 95, ME and NT are no longer supported operating systems.

Network License Use

The new MicroSurvey License Server software is installed on one computer in the office. This computer must have the USB Security key plugged into it. We have had good success testing this on multiple machines.