Golden Software Improves Grid Displays and Data Coordinate Conversion in Latest Surfer Surface Mapping Package

The Scatter Labels command makes the map easier to read by moving feature labels so they don’t overlap.

Golden, Colorado, September 14, 2022 – Golden Software, a developer of affordable 2D and 3D scientific modeling software packages, has updated its Surfer® 3D meshing, contouring and surface mapping software package with improved options for displaying grid and data coordinate conversion.

“In the latest version of Surfer, our developers have focused on bringing new display features to users so they can communicate information more easily and clearly,” said Kari Dickenson, Surfer Product Manager. “Additionally, we’ve made it easier to convert data to the correct coordinate system to align with other layers or datasets.”

Known for its fast and powerful contouring algorithms that routinely outperform more expensive packages, Surfer surface mapping software allows users to model datasets, apply a range of advanced analysis tools, and communicate graphically the results in a way that everyone can understand. It is used by over 100,000 people worldwide, many of whom are involved in oil and gas exploration, environmental consulting, mining, engineering, and geospatial projects. The software has been used for over 30 years by users to easily visualize and interpret complex data sets.

Golden Software has made the following improvements in the latest version of Surfer released today:

Coordinate conversion for base layers – Users can specify mathematical calculations or simple georeferencing operations to reposition or convert vector base layer coordinates (for example, from DXF, SHP or XLSX files). This allows users to convert vector files from unknown local systems to referenced systems, such as Lat/Long, UTM, or State Plane Coordinate System, or move base layers in any direction, making it easier to layer vector data with other map layers. or use the converted data to create a grid file.

Show base and release layers in grid editor – Edit a grid from the plot window, and when the grid opens in the grid editor, any posts or base layers in the map are also displayed in the grid editor. Users can easily change the grid against background images, control points, coastlines, buildings, roads, or other objects in a background map or overlay.

Label scatter control – Users can automatically avoid label collisions in a base, pole, or borehole layer with a single click by scattering object labels so they don’t overlap, making it easier to read the map.

Leader lines – To ensure that the labeled map is easy to understand, users can enable leader lines that connect custom placed labels to the point, polygon or any other object they belong to in the base and drill layers.

Surfer Beta Available

As is tradition, Golden Software released a beta version of Surfer simultaneously with the new version to give customers the chance to try out new features while they are still in development. Users can find the beta version by clicking File | On line from Surfer.

“Our beta development introduces a powerful new 3D mesh feature to Surfer,” said Dickenson.

Here are the new features available in beta now, which will be officially included in the Spring 2023 release of Surfer:

  • 3D grids – Users can now create grids from X, Y, Z and an additional “C” variable, such as contaminant concentration in groundwater or soil. This helps to visualize how the concentration or another variable changes with depth or altitude.
  • Create 2D maps from a 3D grid – Users can create a 2D map of a slice through a 3D grid and use a cursor to move the slice up and down through the 3D grid, dramatically illustrating how the C value changes with depth on the map.
  • 3d rendered volume – Visualize the 3D grid in the 3D view as a rendered volume by assigning colors to different C values ​​to highlight variations in the data. Colors can be fully or partially transparent so that other surfaces or details remain visible.
  • Creating isosurfaces – Visualize the 3D grid in the 3D view as an isosurface – a surface of constant value within a three-dimensional volume – providing another way to visualize how C data varies with depth or elevation. Calculate the volume on either side of the isosurface value.

About Golden Software

Founded in 1983, Golden Software is a leading developer of affordable scientific graphics software. Its customer base includes more than 100,000 users involved in environmental consulting, oil and gas exploration and extraction, mining exploration and extraction, engineering, applied science, business, education and government in nearly 190 countries and territories. Golden Software offers two products: Surfer® for meshing, contouring and 3D surface mapping and Grapher™ for 2D and 3D graphics. For more information, visit or call 1-303-279-1021.