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Customer Spotlight: Dr. John Hall Uses Surfer For Geological Purposes

Golden Software customers possess a broad assortment of backgrounds from earth sciences and engineering to education and politics. This vast background results in a variety of uses for Golden Software’s products. Each customer uses the software in a unique way, and we are pleased to share these stories. This blog features Dr. John Hall of the Geological Survey of Israel and his use of Surfer.

Dr. Hall is a marine geophysicist and doctoral graduate from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Geological (now Earth) Observatory. Upon the completion of his doctorate, he worked for the Geological Survey of Israel until his retirement at the end of 2005. His research includes global tectonics, offshore geophysical surveys, and compilations of detailed gridded topography for Israel and neighboring areas. Although Dr. Hall is retired, he continues to utilize Golden Software’s own contouring, gridding, and 3D surface mapping program, Surfer.

“I have used Surfer since the time that it worked on piddling little grids with maybe 100 by 100 nodes and a thousand data points,” recalls Dr. Hall. His first copy of Surfer was a DOS version which ran on IBM’s Personal Computer Advanced-Technology (PC-AT). During this time, Dr. Hall used an innovative technique on the first PC-AT to generate grids. This technique generated the 25 meter grid of Israel by coloring in the areas between 10 meter contours on the 1:50,000 topographical sheets as he was not permitted to digitize the contours.

Surfer Grid Map - Israel
This image is the result of 12,000 hours of heads-up digitizing
on PC-ATs between 1987 and 1992 as viewed in Surfer.

Surfer has come a long way since the DOS version and is now used by Dr. Hall to create Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) of the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Red Sea and the Caspian Sea. To create these DTMs, hundreds of thousands of digitized soundings are compiled and then gridded using Surfer’s kriging method. As is the case with most digitized soundings, errors, also known as artifacts, are prevalent; therefore Surfer is used to separate the artifacts from the DTMs for analysis. Combining the tools provided by Surfer and other mapping programs, Dr. Hall can generate impressive models.

Surfer Digital Terrain Model - Kriging Method
In 2010, Dr. Hall spent 44 days on the icebreaker, Healy, mapping
50,000 sq. km up to the North Pole to investigate new bathymetric features.
 

Dr. Hall’s recent projects are quite fascinating. Just last week, Dr. Hall kriged 46,000 digitized soundings and 10 meter contours for the Gulf of Suez to generate 50 meter UTM grids. The grids will be used by a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz to create seiche animations to potentially illustrate how the Israelites crossed the Red Sea ~3,300 years ago. Additionally, Dr. Hall contributed to the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) Cook Book for making grids of the world’s oceans and his chapter detailed his use of Surfer and the other software packages. He states Surfer “is the program of choice for interpolation of grids.”

We are pleased Dr. Hall has integrated Surfer into his workflow, and it is exciting to see his application of Surfer’s tools.

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Comments 2

Guest - Chuck on Thursday, 31 December 2015 13:09

Thanks for sharing this! It is truly fascinating to see what others are doing with Surfer.

Thanks for sharing this! It is truly fascinating to see what others are doing with Surfer.
Jennifer Woodson on Thursday, 31 December 2015 13:13

Hi Chuck,

Thanks for your comment! Please contact me at jennifer@goldensoftware.com if you have work you would like to share! We're intrigued by all the different use cases we see too!

Thanks,
Jennifer Woodson
Technical Support

Hi Chuck, Thanks for your comment! Please contact me at jennifer@goldensoftware.com if you have work you would like to share! We're intrigued by all the different use cases we see too! Thanks, Jennifer Woodson Technical Support
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16 January 2015
MapViewer

In addition to all the great new features packed into MapViewer 8's thematic mapping software, Golden Software has also spruced up the user interface! Let’s take a tour through some of the improvements we’ve made. Each of the commands in the old MapViewer 7 toolbar have been mapped to the new command location in MapViewer 8’s ribbon bar, so click on a command in the screenshots below to determine where your favorite commands have moved.

Ribbon Bar

The biggest change to the user interface is the change from the classic menu to the ribbon bar menu. The ribbon bar may look familiar if you use Grapher 10 or 11, or Microsoft 2007 or newer products such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Here, you’ll find all of the features you used in MapViewer 7 and more! The ribbon can be quickly and easily customized by right-clicking on the ribbon and clicking the Customize the Ribbon command. Additionally, if you prefer a more traditional display, you can minimize the ribbon by right-clicking and clicking on the Minimize the Ribbon command.

Toolbars

The ribbon bar has also replaced the individual toolbars, such as the Standard, Drawing, and Map toolbars. For your convenience, you can add your most commonly used commands to the Quick Access Toolbar.

The Quick Access Toolbar has been added to put your most commonly-used commands at your fingertips! The Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) is fully customizable, and by default, contains commands such as New Plot, New Worksheet, Open, Save, and Print. To add a command to the Quick Access Toolbar, simply right-click the command and click Add to Quick Access Toolbar. You can also right click in the ribbon bar and select Customize the Quick Access Toolbar to add, remove, or rearrange commands in the QAT.

Managers

The managers have been updated to give you the utmost control over the display of your thematic maps! MapViewer 8 has 5 managers—the Property Manager, Object Manager, Data Manager, Coordinate Manager, and Inset Manager. The appearance may have changed slightly, but, for the most part, the Data Manager, Coordinate Manager, and Inset Manager remain the same.

The Object Manager in MapViewer 8 contains a combination of what was previously in the Layer Manager and Object Manager in MapViewer 7. Each layer in the map is now listed in the Object Manager. Click the + next to the layer to see all the objects on that layer. Select an object to change its properties or view information about it on the Info page of the Property Manager. Select a layer to change the map properties in the Property Manager.

The Property Manager, previously called the Property Inspector, has been enhanced to make changing the display of your maps easier than ever! The Info page contains information found in the Object Manager, the Layer Manager or in the Property Inspector in MapViewer 7. The other pages in the Property Manager change according to what type of object or map layer is selected and provide access to editable properties. Much of the information that was displayed in dialogs in MapViewer 7 has been moved to the Property Manager in MapViewer 8, to make it easier than ever to see what can be customized.

Commands

Below are screenshots that contain each command from MapViewer 7. Click on the command to see where it is located in MapViewer 8!

Plot/Map View

File menu

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Edit menu

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View menu

 

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Draw menu

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Arrange menu

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Map menu

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Boundary menu

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Analysis menu

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Image menu

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Tools menu

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Window menu

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Help menu

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Worksheet View

File menu

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Edit menu

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Format menu

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Data menu

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Tools menu

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Window menu

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Help menu

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For more information on customizing the user interface to suit your needs, check out the Customizing Commands help article. To access the MapViewer 8 help, click the Home | Help | Contents command. In the help, click on the Contents tab, and navigate to MapViewer 8 | File Menu Commands | Customize Ribbon.

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22 April 2015
Company News

April 22 marks an event celebrated across the globe--it's Earth Day! Earth Day began in America in 1970 as a way to honor the Earth and promote peace, as a response to the Vietnam War and the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. In 1990, the movement officially went worldwide when 141 countries joined in the celebration of the planet on which we live. Now, over 192 countries participate in the event! Global coordination is now handled by the Earth Day Network.

Here at Golden Software, we try to do our part to contribute to a healthy Earth. We have an office recycling bin that fills up frequently, many employees use public transportation or work from home to reduce carbon footprints, we encourage digital software downloads over physical packages shipped, and more! When we all do a little, we can do a lot! 

Many Golden Software users visualize data collected about the Earth and its inhabitants to analyze historical events and trends, as well as to use for planning and preservation for the future. One such example from the Surfer gallery is below. This animated image, a display of fresh water influx caused by flooding of the Burdekin River in Queensland Australia, was constructed by creating multiple maps in Surfer's mapping software and then combining them with a GIF creator. It was submitted by Felicity McAllister of the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

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Fresh water influx caused by flooding of the Burdekin River in Queensland Australia, created in Surfer.

How do you use Golden Software products to help better the Earth? We want to know! Send your story to jennifer@goldensoftware.com for a chance to be featured in a blog post, newsletter article, or in our image galleries!

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30 April 2015
Company News

This past weekend, the entire Golden Software team convened in beautiful Golden, Colorado for our annual all hands meeting (AHM). This was our 7th annual meeting, and like fine wine, it has improved with age; each year is better than the last!

Every year we meet all day Saturday and a half-day on Sunday. Our days consist of numerous presentations covering what we’ve accomplished over the past year, what our current endeavors entail, and where we’re headed in the coming years. We are always asking ourselves, “What’s best for the customer?” and the AHM gives us an opportunity to answer that question together. Our discussions are engaging as everyone contributes their thoughts and ideas. We can feel the energy increase as the meeting progresses.

Numerous components make up Golden Software. The AHM helps to piece all of those components together. By hearing from all sectors of the company, from developers and product managers to technical support and upper management, we all gain a better understanding of how all parts make up the whole.

Saturday night, business discussions are put aside when we gather with our friends and family and socialize over food and drink. It’s a joy meeting significant others and children as our personal lives make up so much of who we are. We share many, many laughs throughout the course of the evening.

Our all hands meetings are priceless. It gives us a chance to reconnect with one another, celebrate our successes, and anticipate the coming years. After each meeting, I find myself invigorated and eager to dive into the next project!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on how Golden Software is doing! Send me your feedback: blakelee@goldensoftware.com

-Blakelee Midyett, CEO

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