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Industry Application: Visualisation of Multi-Resolution Public-Domain DEM Data Using Surfer

As a professional geologist, Lester Anderson has spent many years making maps for all types of data from elevation models to geophysical data (e.g. gravity and magnetics), and all too often it is apparent that we all have different viewpoints on how best to display data in map form. The transition from hand-drawn maps to computer-based mapping has ...
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Color line segments by attribute value using Surfer’s Base Symbology

A Surfer user contacted me a while back asking how to color segments of a line with different colors based on the attribute value of the line. He had the line defined in a BLN file with a different Z value assigned to each x,y pair. This can be useful for visualizing downhole measurement values down a well or borehole, traffic speed along a road (s...
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Adventures with LiDAR

Did you know LiDAR data is collected virtually everywhere? It's how new cars know to alert the driver when they cross the yellow line, how race car games look so realistic, and how cellular companies decide the best placement for a cell tower. LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology isn't new; it's very similar to RADAR and uses light waves ...
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Exploring the Moon's soils with Surfer 15's 3D viewer.

One of our Surfer 15 users Alain Paillou has been kind enough to share his work with us - he has been using Surfer's new 3D viewer to analyze the soils of the Moon. Please read on!  My name is Alain Paillou, I'm a hydrogeologist and I work for the French Environment Minister. I study surface and groundwater quality in the Bourgogne F...
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Make Meaningful Maps with Symbology in Surfer

Surfer's new base symbology feature can be used to create thematic maps. Thematic maps are used in a wide variety of fields to illustrate attributes or statistics about defined areas. For example, thematic maps can be used to show the population of counties in a region or the number of oil wells in a geographic zone. Combined with Surfer's already ...
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