Geo-tagging Photos

Geo-tagging is a simple yet powerful feature of Carlson SurvCE

The following step-by-step instructions will allow you Geo-tag Photos in a few minutes!
The points you measure should be measured with GPS equipment for attaching an Image to a point so we can plot it properly in Carlson Survey or Google Earth.
Images CANNOT be added to Total Station points and Exported a Google Earth KMZ file from SurvCE.

Geo-tagged Images from SurvCE or SurvPC can be Imported to Carlson Survey 2015 or higher:


Open SurvCE

Select the Equip tab

Select Configure

General tab

Check the box for “Prompt for Height & Description”

Scroll down and check the box for “Attach Photographs to Points/Lines”

Select Green tick to Save the settings.

Select  Survey tab

Store Point takes us to a more detailed screen,
Select “Camera” icon next to the Description to record an Image and assigned to the current point.


After attaching Photos to GPS points in SurvCE 4.03 or higher

Select File tab
Select Import_Export / Export Ascii File and change it to “File Type: KML/KMZ File *.kml”

Select Green tick to follow the prompts for creating a KMZ file in the data collector


Copy the *.KMZ file and the “project”/Images from the data collector to your Carlson Projects/ “project” folder on the office computer


Run Carlson Survey 2015 or higher

From Points menu

Select Set a Coordinate file

Create a New – “project” .CRD file

From Settings

Select  Drawing Setup and change to a “Grid” Coordinate System with “Projection: UTM and set the Zone the GPS points were created

Click OK


From Files menu

Select Import

Select Google Earth File and check the “Attach Image to Points” box then click “Set” on the right and browse to the Carlson Projects/”project” folder where your KMZ file is located

Click OK

Click OK again and browse to the KMZ file from last step and click “Open” and will plot the points into your DWG drawing and add automatically add them to the current (CRD) coordinate file


To view the attached images in Carlson

Load the GIS menu

Select  Image_Document_Inspector and hover the mouse over a point that has an image attached to see a preview the Image in the top left of your screen.

This completes the HOWTO