Golden Software enhances 3D functionality in Surfer surface mapping package

Information from Golden Software

Golden Software, a developer of 2D and 3D scientific modelling packages, has added new 3D capabilities to the latest version of its Surfer gridding, contouring, and surface mapping software.

The enhancements include 3D basemaps, contour volume/area calculation, 3D PDF exporting options and other automated features. These capabilities are focused on making it easier for users to visualise, display, and analyse complex 3D data for oil and gas exploration, environmental consulting, mining, engineering, and geospatial projects.

In addition to importing 3D basemaps (in DXF, SHP and other file formats), users can draw custom 3D features, such as polylines and polygons, and add them to the model. This is useful for visualising buildings, pipe systems, roads, or streams in Surfer models.

A new shortcut enables users to calculate volumes and areas above, below, or between contour lines. Users now also have the option of exporting PDFs at different resolutions and file sizes. Automation functions have been added for creation of scripts and workflows, including Point Sample, Grid Project, new Classed Post layer options, and Label Options for the Degrees Minutes Seconds (DMS) label format.

A Beta version released simultaneously with the new version gives customers a chance to try out new features while they are still in development, including a new 2D/3D drillhole visualisation tool, Alpha Shape boundary creation, Isopach calculation, and improved grid math and grid volume calculations.

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