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How to choose the software package that best meets your visualization needs

Oftentimes I get asked what program a user should purchase to display his or her geochemical data, geophysical data, or other industry-specific data type. The answer I give is that it's less about the type of data you have, than how the data is formatted, and what output you'd like to get from it. To that end, I've created the following flow chart ...
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The Synergy Between Voxler and Strater: Creating a 3D Conceptual Site Model

One of our power users is accomplishing his goals using a combination of our applications. Joe Harrer, who is an independent Hydrogeologist with Anthropocene Solutions Inc., is using a synergy between Voxler and Strater to create a conceptual site model of a brine storage facility located in rural Alberta. For those of you that follow my blogs, I recently posted a blog article on Joe Harrer’s application of Voxler to create a 3D brine plume model of the same storage facility. The model was used for ground water monitoring and remediation efforts. Joe has taken the brine plume model a step further and has developed it into a complete conceptual site model of the facility. In Voxler, he has incorporated cross sections of the site’s lithological layers that were generated from borehole data in Strater, groundwater and ground level surfaces, groundwater monitoring wells, a site map, and drone imagery to create a complete conceptual site model.

The 3D conceptual site model in Voxler showing a brine plume, monitoring wells, lithology cross sections, groundwater surface, and ground surface.

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S.O.S. Someone Help! An Overview of Golden Software's Support Resources

We've all been there. You have a project due and know exactly what you need to do to complete it. However, you're not sure just how to do it. You need some help, but it's after-hours for customer support. You're on on your own. What do you do?

If you're using Surfer or another Golden Software product, you have hope. Our knowledgeable support team is happy to help and answer questions while we're around, but occasionally, you may need help after hours, on a holiday, or on a weekend. Or, perhaps, you live in a time zone that doesn't quite match up with us here in the U.S. Maybe you just prefer to work on your own. No matter the reason, you can still find help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Golden Software has many resources for you to use to help yourself. 

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Hydrogeologist Maps Brine Plume in 3D with Voxler

One of the most interesting Golden Software user stories that I have recently heard was from an independent Hydrogeologist with Anthropocene Solutions Inc. named Joseph ‘Joe’ Harrer. Joe Harrer uses a combination of vertical EC measurement and groundwater sampling tools with Voxler to perform 3D brine plume modeling. Joe is working on a project where he was hired to do a groundwater characterization of a brine storage facility where initial studies proved that leakage beneath a brine plume has caused an impact to the soil and groundwater and that the impact has been spreading with the groundwater as it migrates down gradient. Local regulations required a full assessment of the plume’s extent and a model of the potential migration of the plume.  In addition, a groundwater remediation system is presently being installed at the site. Joe used our Voxler app for the 3D modeling portion of this project.

Site History and Initial Monitoring

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An Affordable 3D PDF Solution for Voxler Users

As one of the industry leaders in 3D visualization, Voxler does an excellent job creating detailed 3D models that visualize numerous types of 2D and 3D data, including well surveys, CAD and GIS data, imagery, and 3D point data. Our users spend a lot of time creating Voxler models and frequently request methods to share them amongst managers, project stakeholders, colleagues, and other team members that don’t have access to Voxler.

Currently, Voxler users can export their projects to a number of different static image or bitmap formats and can also export to 3D formats like DXF and IV. Although images exported from Voxler projects can be an effective way of presenting a model in a report, the most effective way to display a Voxler project is in three dimensions with zoom in and out capabilities and complete model rotation. This allows stakeholders and teammates to see the full extent and detail of the model in its entirety.

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