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Oct 31 2001


Mac Land Surveying Software

Architosh admits this is a tough category for Mac users. Land surveying software is a very vertical market, and typically the rule of thumb is: the more vertical the market the less software choices for the Mac (in proportion to Windows). This rule of thumb applies to just about every market segment excepting the graphics and publishing markets, film and digital video, music, education and certain sci/tech markets. In other words, excepting all Mac strongholds.

Choices in Land Surveying and Geography-Related Items

One excellent land modeling app is Interstudio's Nonio C, which is now ready for Mac OS X as well. The program is very useful to surveyors and landscape architects.

Another program more specific to surveyors is Pythagoras, by ADW Software. The program combines interactive civil/survey drafting functions with computations. The program also features terrain modeling options and road design. Pythagoras is the only software of its kind available for both Mac and Windows.

Nemetschek's new VectorWorks LANDMARK is a program aimed squarely at landscape architects and related land design professionals. Other products which may be of interest to land surveyors include Interstudio's DigiCAD, a 3D program for doing building surveys (existing condition type stuff), mapping and photogrammetry. Additionally, DomusTerra is a smaller version of Nonio C. Cigraph S.r.L.'s HouseMap is a wonderfully useful program for architects and surveyors taking measurements in the field on a computer and their ArchiTerra is a great ArchiCAD add-on app for modeling terrain.

In the geography field there are many applications (almost 50) which can be looked up here). If we have left anything out that you think is key please let us know and we'll add it to this article.

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