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Adding Wells to Cross Sections in Strater 5

Cross sections are an important tool in illustrating subsurface geology.  Among the many new features added to Strater 5 are several new cross section options including water level display, retaining custom levels, and adding wells to an existing cross section. This blog will address how a new well can be added to a cross section. For this example, we will use the Cross Section.sdg sample file that ships with Strater.

Strater 5: Cross section with four wells, well headers, two inset maps, horizontal cross section layers, a depth log, and a legend.The Strater 5 sample file “Cross Section.sdg” contains a cross section with four wells, well headers, two inset maps, a horizontal cross section, a depth log, and a legend. We will further manipulate this file by adding a new well and reshaping the default layers.

In the image above I’ve already applied some custom fills to the cross section and now I want to add another well.  To do this, I’ll simply add a new well selector to the map view, used to create the cross section, and assign that well selector to the cross section:

  1. In the View Manager, click the Map 1 – Detail view.
  2. In the Object Manager, click Map 2 to select it.
  3. In the Property Manager, click the Limits tab.
  4. Click the Fit All button to make all wells visible on the map.
  5. Click the Map | Add | Well Selector command.
  6. Click on each well in the map from left to right and then press ENTER.&nbsp A new well selector line is drawn beginning at South Barrow 16 (shown in red below).
  7. Strater 5 subsurface data visualization software: Well selector used to create and update cross sections.Update the well selector line in the map view, or add a new well selector line, to update your cross section with a new set of wells.

  8. Click Cross Section 1 in the View Manager.
  9. In the Object Manager, click the Cross Section object to select it.
  10. In the Property Manager, click the current value in the Well selectors field and select the South Barrow 16 well selector.
  11. Click Yes in the Strater Warning dialog to redraw the cross section layers.
  12. Click the current value in the Well spacing field and select Uniform, if desired.

The new well is added and default layers are drawn. Now I can reshape the layers and add a water level line to finalize the cross section.

Strater 5: Updated cross section with additional well, water level, and custom layers.

Strater 5 allows for even more customization of cross sections, including the ability to add wells, keep custom layers, and draw water level symbols and levels.

The ability to add wells to cross sections is a powerful tool for geologists, making it easy to play around with which wells give the best display and update existing projects with new data. Add to that the other cross section improvements and new features, like water table symbols, and Strater becomes your one-stop-shop for professional and informative cross sections!

 

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Guest - Paul Tromp on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 11:32

I'm using Strater 3, and see no easy way to copy a well from one project to another. I try to right click on a well, but do not see COPY as a choice. So I end up recreating the same table in the 2nd project and going through the process to recreate the well graphic. Can this be done more easily in v5?

I'm using Strater 3, and see no easy way to copy a well from one project to another. I try to right click on a well, but do not see COPY as a choice. So I end up recreating the same table in the 2nd project and going through the process to recreate the well graphic. Can this be done more easily in v5?
Jennifer Woodson on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 12:25

Hi again Paul,

You may also want to look into using Strater template (*.tsf) files if you find yourself recreating logs quite a bit. Additionally, I do recommend upgrading to Strater 5. Download the free demo to see what's new: http://www.goldensoftware.com/demo-downloads.

Jennifer Woodson
Technical Support

Hi again Paul, You may also want to look into using Strater template (*.tsf) files if you find yourself recreating logs quite a bit. Additionally, I do recommend upgrading to Strater 5. Download the free demo to see what's new: http://www.goldensoftware.com/demo-downloads. Jennifer Woodson Technical Support
Jennifer Woodson on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 12:01

Hi Paul,

When you say you're attempting to copy a well, are you attempting to copy from a data table, or are you copying a log from a borehole view? Additionally, are you copying between SDG files or just between borehole views?

You can copy a log by selecting it and clicking the Edit | Copy command. You're correct that the command is not available from the right-click menu in Strater 3. You can then paste the log into a new borehole view. You cannot paste into a new SDG file, however. It is necessary to import the data into a new project in order to create a log. I don't believe this has changed for Strater 5.

Jennifer Woodson
Technical Support

Hi Paul, When you say you're attempting to copy a well, are you attempting to copy from a data table, or are you copying a log from a borehole view? Additionally, are you copying between SDG files or just between borehole views? You can copy a log by selecting it and clicking the [b]Edit | Copy[/b] command. You're correct that the command is not available from the right-click menu in Strater 3. You can then paste the log into a new borehole view. You cannot paste into a new SDG file, however. It is necessary to import the data into a new project in order to create a log. I don't believe this has changed for Strater 5. Jennifer Woodson Technical Support
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In previous versions of MapViewer, similar to the new proportional pin map, the symbol map displays data by placing symbols sized according to a data value on each object. In MapViewer 8, the symbol map gives you more control than ever over your symbols with the added ability to color each one according to a different variable than was used to size them! To color and size your symbols according to two different variables, on the Map page of the Property Manager, set the Proportional properties to Size and color, and select the Data column in the Color section. Set any desired properties for the size, fill color and line color! The bivariate symbol map below shows population in the United States. The symbols are sized according to total population, and they are colored according to whether the state is populated by more males or females.

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This week's new feature series focuses on using text columns for classes in hatch maps and territory maps. In previous versions of MapViewer, classes for hatch maps and territory maps required a numerical data value. If you did not have numerical values to use for your classes, it was necessary to assign a numerical to each class, resulting in tedious data modifications. Now, you can create these classes based on a column of text! Create classes based on salespersons' names, geographical regions, or any other string of text!

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Before creating maps with text-based classes, it is important to be sure your class names are set up correctly. The text strings must match exactly in order for an object to be added to the correct class. For example, "Jen" and "Jenn" would create two different classes, and "Area1", "Area 1", and "Area-1" would create different classes. However, the classes are not case-sensitive, so "Jen", "JEN", and "jen" would only create one class.

Let's get started!

  1. Click the Map | Create Map | Territory command.
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  3. Click Open.
  4. In the Import Options dialog, click OK.
  5. In the Open Data File dialog, select the data file. I'm using countriesByContinents.txt.
  6. Click Open.
  7. In the Property Manager, on the General page, ensure the correct column is assigned for PID column. I'm using Column C: name.
  8. Click on the Map tab.
  9. In the Territories section, click the Edit button.
  10. In the Territories dialog, click the Map territories by text classes button.

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  11. Territories dialog

  12. In the Text Classes dialog, click the dropdown menu and select the appropriate column to use to create the classes. I'm using Column B: continent.
  13. Click OK to return to the Territories dialog.
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  15. Click OK, and the territory map updates to display the territories.

The territory map is complete! Quickly add a legend to your map with the Map | Add | Legend command! If desired, use the Property Manager to make adjustments to your display.

To create a hatch map using text classes, the process is quite similar:

  1. Click the Map | Create Map | Hatch command.
  2. In the Import dialog, select the boundary file. I'm using world_countries.gsm.
  3. Click Open.
  4. In the Import Options dialog, click OK.
  5. In the Open Data File dialog, select the data file. I'm using countriesByContinents.txt.
  6. Click Open.
  7. In the Property Manager, on the General page, ensure the correct columns are assigned for PID column and Variable column. The Variable column will be the column containing the text for the class names. I'm using Column C: name for the PID and Column B: continent for the variable. If you receive a warning that there is no data in the variable column, click OK.
  8. Click on the Map tab.
  9. Under Classes, set the Binning method to By text.

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  10. Map page of the hatch map Property Manager

  11. Click the Edit button to modify the color used for each class.

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Do you have any questions about this post? Do you have an idea for a blog post or have a topic you'd like to see featured? Let me know! Leave a comment, or send an email to jennifer@goldensoftware.com.

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