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Using Surfer to Generate Stunning Shaded Relief and Perspective Maps

Using Surfer to Generate Stunning Shaded Relief and Perspective Maps

As Blakelee mentioned in her introduction blog, my name is Scott C. Carter and I am the Owner and Creative Director of Creative Map Solutions, a Geographic Information System (GIS) solution and Mapping Support company based out of Firestone, CO.

Working as a cartographer utilizing geospatial datasets requires extensive knowledge of multiple GIS, CAD and graphic design software applications. Over the past 20 years of offering GIS and custom mapping solutions I have found that there has rarely been an instance where one software package will fulfill the requirements to design a map from start to finish. It is not uncommon that I will use five or more different software applications to create a presentation quality custom map. One of my favorite software applications to assist me with my project is Golden Software's Surfer program.

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Creating Terrain Slope Maps from Digital Elevation Models in Surfer

Creating a map of slopes is common practice when looking at slope stability. Some examples of when you may want to create slope maps would be to identify areas with high slope to indicate avalanche or landslide danger. Another example may be to present slope maps of the seabed so that a structure with set tolerances for inclination could be located. Slope and gradient maps can be easily generated using Surfer.

Slope information can be easily computed from grid, raster or digital elevation models (DEMs) using options under the Grid | Calculus menu command in Surfer. The slope values can be expressed either in degrees or as a decimal (rise/run) which can then be computed as a percentage. For example, using Grid | Calculus you could select:

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A Graphical Look at the 2016 Kentucky Derby

A Graphical Look at the 2016 Kentucky Derby

The 142nd annual Run for the Roses, better known as the Kentucky Derby, took place this past weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. The race for 3-year-old Thoroughbred horses began in 1875 and takes place annually at Churchill Downs. Each year horses compete in 35 preliminary races for 1 of 20 coveted spots in the Derby.

Location of the Kentucky Derby, base map created in Surfer 13.

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Hiking and Mapping the Manitou Springs Incline

While less than 1 mile (1.42 km) in length, the Manitou Springs Incline is not for the faint of heart. Originally built for cable cars used to carry materials during the construction of Pikes Peak pipelines, the Incline was a tourist attraction until 1990. Thereafter, the cable cars were disassembled, and soon the Incline grew in popularity as a hiking trail and fitness challenge.

The bottom of the Manitou Springs Incline. Approximately 2,744 railroad ties <br />make up the steps to get from this location to the summit.

The Incline’s average grade is 41% (68% at its steepest) over a 2,000 foot (610 meter) elevation gain. The trail consists of uneven stairs made with roughly 2,744 railroad ties. The Incline is a mecca for exercise enthusiasts and anyone desiring a challenge.

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All Hand's Meeting 2016

This past weekend, the entire Golden Software team met in Golden for our 8th annual All Hands Meeting. Golden Software is primarily a telecommuting company with employees located all over the US. Every year, we gather all of the Golden Software team together in a single room. We sit down and talk about what we’ve accomplished, what the future holds, and ways we can improve to best serve our customers. We also play some games, gather with our family and co-workers for a great Saturday evening dinner, and reconnect with each other. It is always fun at the end of the meeting to go back home knowing how everyone’s kids are doing, what new personal hobbies we all have, and what significant events have happened since we last saw each other.

This year’s meeting was primarily focused on the future and how Golden Software can change to meet today’s more demanding market. We are looking at possibilities that did not exist 10, or even 5, years ago. We’re all super excited to get back to the office and start working on future projects that will give you, our users, more of what you are asking for!

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