Golden Software, a developer of 2D and 3D scientific modeling packages, has enhanced gridding and other key workflows in the latest release of its Surfer software. Surfer is a gridding, contouring and 3D surface mapping application used in environmental consulting, mining, oil and gas exploration and extraction, engineering, geospatial applications, and applied science worldwide.
Surfer has been relied upon for more than 30 years by geologists, environmental consultants, geospatial professionals, and many other scientists to visualize and interpret complex data sets. Known for its contouring algorithms, Surfer enables users to model data sets, apply an array of advanced analytics tools, and graphically communicate the results in ways anyone can understand.
The most widely used functions in Surfer relate to gridding (or interpolating) data, and Golden has redesigned the gridding dialog to walk users through their selection of algorithms, validation and map outputs. The new dialog eliminates confusion and speeds the gridding process. New gridding features include a co-kriging algorithm, the ability to load and save gridding parameters for repeat use, and instant map creation after gridding.
Surfer users can now create 3D models and then add axes, axes labels, titles, and grid lines to provide perspective for rotating the 3D model and viewing it from different angles. These axes give the user a frame of reference, so they know the point from which they are looking at the 3D representation.
After contour maps, base maps are the most popular outputs in Surfer. Users can now click on any point, polyline, or polygon in a vector base map to directly view and change the XY coordinates defining the feature. Users no longer have to change inputs via a data file to edit values.
The Beta version, which includes new features now under development, is available.