Nice to learn some details about using Carlson Civil. But getting the data over requires a Business plan. I am in a Pro plan so I am exploring what I can do within its export constraints (no DXF data export, no x,y,z point cloud export). As you can see, I now can do contour maps customized to my application and elevation maps based upon actual numerical values with my own custom colors. And I can create virtual, altitude-only GCPs for cm-level accuracy in the absolute elevation data of my maps. All this on a Pro plan without the $49/map cost of GCPs. So I am pretty happy. Being retired I have the time, map making gives me something new to learn, I get to use my Rhino skills and it fits within my budget.
I find that no matter what program I use, there are changes I want to make, enhancements I want to add and custom GUI interfaces to develop that streamline operations. Below is a jog wheel generator in Rhino that creates parts for CNC machining with 2 to 15 arms with adjustable Torus [radius, width, height, recess depth, outer edge bulge] and Arms [number, shape, curvature, reverse curve, top-center width, side-center width, overall arm width and height]. It also takes it own picture (check 2-15 box and push Generate), generating wheels with 2 to 15 arms, screen capturing each one and then these appear appropriately in the dynamic picturebox of the GUI as you change the number of arms. This generator sure beats editing Rhino by hand to create new versions.
So I have some time and I look for interesting investments. Managing my 1500+ trees with drone mapping is more interesting than I thought. I had no idea that easily affordable drones and software packages had developed to the point that 3D maps with cm-level relative elevation accuracy could be routinely generated. I am having a blast massaging the data with my own 3D programming in Rhino. My mapping GUI is going to be really fun to develop and will have capabilities probably not even though about by Carlson Civil since they are not up their alley.