Surfer is a flexible, powerful and easy-to-use 3D surface mapping and contouring package. It transforms your information into colorful vector maps, image, posts, wireframe, contour and surfaces. Surfer is an affordable tool that gives you the possibility of working with irregular space XYZ data. You can easily import the data and they will be transformed into publication-quality maps.
Surfer is usually used for landscape virtualization, contouring, terrain modeling, surface analysis, volumetric, gridding, 2D maps generation, and other tasks. Other interesting features are interactively measuring area and distance or automatic profiles. Surfer has facilities to perform these operations. The user can also include attributes such as labels and edit them or export them.
Several maps can be obtained quickly and in a simple way, even with the advantage of combining map types or adding base maps. You can also personalize the results and produce exactly the maps you are looking for. The customized aspects gave a lot of power to this program. There is free technical support available and a user guide.
Multiple uses of this software
Surfer is the referent contour and gridding mapping software. Geologist use it as it can help them a lot in their jobs, however, Surfer is also used by engineers and hydrologists. With this software you can use more than 10 gridding techniques, for instance, convert irregularities in spaced XYZ into a uniform grid by Kriging with variograms.
You will also have 8 customizable maps in 2D and 3D in which you can display digital elevations or grids. Within those maps you can find several types such as image, contour, shaded relief, watershed, 1-grid and 2-grid vector, etc. If you add post, base maps, and classed posts, you will enhance the display. Besides, the 3D maps and Contour maps will be very accurate and clear.
Surfer 4 Features
Here you can find the unique features that this PC program will provide you with once you download it:
- Interpolation Engine to transform XYZ information into maps
- Several Gridding methods to use
- Control over Gridding parameters improved
- Customizable variograms
- ESRI grid files and USGS DEM files supported, among some others
- Possibility of displaying your grids in several ways: 3D surface, 3D wireframe, Contour, Vector, Watershed, Post Maps and Shaded Relief
- Possibility of combining different map types
- Almost every aspect of your maps can be customized
If you are interested in Surfer and you want to know more about it before you the download to your PC, visit the developer's website .
You can see the minimum system requirements needed to correctly download and use this program in your PC listed below:
- Operating System: Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher
- RAM Memory: 512 MB RAM
- Hard Drive Space: 500 MB free available
- Monitor Resolution: 1024 x 768 with 16Bit color depth or higher
If your job is related to mapping, or simply you like it, this program is a good choice for you. Surfer will provide you with all the necessary tools to create accurate professional-like maps in a very easy way. Once you finish, you are free to share or publish your files or combine the different maps to enhance them.