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Andrew Dudley has been a member of the Golden Software product management team and for nearly 7 years and is the product manager for both Voxler and Didger. He enjoys anything related to maps, making maps, mapping software, GIS, etc. In his free time he spends snow boarding, listening to live music, and spending time with his family.

Mapping the Summer Heat Wave in Surfer

Mapping the Summer Heat Wave in Surfer

As an avid outdoorsman in Colorado, I am always making sure I know what the current local weather pattern is going to do. Whether I’m going into Rocky Mountain National Park for a day hike, attending an outdoor show at Red Rocks amphitheater, or riding in the weekly Denver Cruiser ride, I have learned over the past 17 years that the weather in my colorful state is always unpredictable! I know I need to consult the forecast to see if I need to wear a rain jacket, pack a sweatshirt, cover myself with sunscreen, or a combination of all 3 before I embark on my journey. However, the past weeks and even few months seem to change this mode of thinking. The weather has been more predictable than past years; it’s going to be hot and dry.

There has been a lot of buzz in the media lately about El Niño and the global heatwave this summer. This piqued my interest; I was curious if Colorado was experiencing the same trend locally compared to previous years’ temperatures. My mapping professional side couldn’t balk at the opportunity to create some maps that compare the summer temperatures over past years in hopes to find some obvious temperature-increasing trends.

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Adding 3D Objects to Your Project: Using Voxler with TurboCAD

Adding 3D Objects to Your Project: Using Voxler with TurboCAD

About a month or so ago, I started working with a user trying to find an easy solution for adding 3D objects, such as buildings and storage tanks, to his Voxler models. The customer was using Voxler to create graphics for a soil contamination report and wanted to give the stakeholders for this project a good frame of reference for where the contamination plume extended under the existing structures. Adding the buildings and storage tanks to the Voxler model paints a clear picture of the subsurface contamination extent. Voxler does not currently offer 3D drawing functionality, so I took a look at some 3rd party applications to find the best solution for the user.

Searching for the Right 3D Drawing Application

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Jennifer Woodson
Hi Norman, You're correct that 3DSOLID entities are not supported at this time. This is a proprietary format we hope to support i... Read More
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:42
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Quickly Interpolate Elevation Data with Raster Tools

A classified raster layer in ArcMap generated from Raster Tools overlaid with a roads shapefile.

Golden Software’s new Raster Tools add-in for ArcMap leverages Surfer’s 12 different gridding methods directly in the ArcMap ecosystem to create accurate and precise raster datasets from your point data with only a few clicks. Raster Tools is a wizard-based add-in that walks you through all of the necessary interpolation parameters that have been elegantly laid out on 3 pages, so you have quick access to select an interpolation method, customize neighborhood search parameters, choose output raster extents and resolution, and more.

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Golden Software Celebrates National Beer Day

As I sat thinking last night, having a beer on New Beer’s Eve, about what to write my next blog about; it struck me, April 7th is National Beer Day and would be a great oppurtunity to discuss beer. National Beer Day celebrates the modification of the Volstead Act, which raised the legal alcohol level of beverages that can be consumed from .05 percent to 3.2 percent. On April 7th, 1933, President FDR took the initial leap towards ending Prohibition where he signed the act which allowed beer champions to legally purchase beer for the first time in over 13 years. After modifying the act, Americans consumed over 1.5 million barrels of beer! National Beer day was founded by beer enthusiasts Justin Smith and Mike Connolly in 2009 and has taken the nation by storm.

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Visualization of Oklahoma's Induced Earthquakes

As many of us earth and atmospheric scientists already know, seismic activity in Oklahoma has increased dramatically since 2009. This increase in earthquakes seems to be common knowledge. However, I was curious about some of the specific details and statistics surrounding this new phenomenon. According to the Oklahoma Geological Survey, or OGS, the northwest and central part of the state, which has historically had a low rate of seismic activity, has seen seismic activity rates jump by nearly 600% between the years 2009 – 2016 compared to the rate of activity from 2007 and earlier. I recently attended to the 22ndAnnual 3D Seismic Symposium in Denver, CO, where the director of the OGS, Dr. Jeremy Boak, gave a presentation about the seismology of induced, or human caused, earthquakes in Oklahoma and how this new trend was effecting the state.

Earthquake events in Oklahoma from 2009 - present mapped in Surfer color-coded by year.

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Hi Dr. Boak, Thank you for posting your comments here, they are definitely appreciated. I am no expert in earthquakes, geology, o... Read More
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Andrew Dudley
Hi Peter, Thanks for leaving your comments. I'm not sure if the distribution of the seismic events has a spatial relationship to ... Read More
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