Create powerful, fast, customized 3D images and 3D models with a fusion of your geologic data, GIS data, well and borehole data, and point cloud data with Voxler. Easily import and combine data in a multitude of file formats to create stunning 3D models that visualize the relationships across your data set. This robust, yet user-friendly application gives you the power to display your data in full 3D.
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Sub heading:Your Complete 3D Well & Volumetric Data Visualization Solution
Explore the world of 3D well and volumetric data visualization with Voxler! Voxler is the industry leader in 3D well modeling, 3D geological data visualization, 3D surface mapping, and 3D point cloud visualization and interpolation. Voxler imports your raw, complex 2D and 3D data and seamlessly models it into a rich, interactive, user-friendly 3D visual environment that produces easy to interpret results and aides in decision making for scientists and major stakeholders alike. The updated, easy-to-understand user interface allows you to quickly combine, visualize, and examine the depths of your data in true 3D space. With robust data compatibility, importing data into Voxler is fast and easy. 3D point cloud visualization has never been more seamless; you can filter anomalies, duplicates, or areas you want eliminated and then interpolate the data. Interactively manipulate your data real-time while viewing the results, and generate publication-quality output.
Who should use Voxler?
Geoscientists, environmental scientists, project stakeholders, GIS analysts, independent consultants, and educators who are interested in visualizing any type of 3D data...
Voxler takes your raw and complex geologic, borehole, point cloud, and GIS data and models it in a rich, interactive, 3D visual environment that generates stunning models that speak for themselves. Scientist and stakeholders alike will be impressed with the astonishing ease that it takes to get up and running with Voxler and the quality of models that are efficiently fabricated. The updated, easy-to-understand user interface allows you to quickly visualize and examine the robustness of your data in 3D. With exceptional data compatibility, importing multiple data types and formats into Voxler is fast and easy.
A Voxler Isosurface extends the concept of the contour line (a line of constant data value in 2D) and frames it in a 3D perspective. Voxler uses Isosurfaces to display a surface of a constant data value that dissects a 3D volume. Color-code and combine multiple Isosurfaces by data value to show discrete values through 3D lattices. Adding Isosurfaces to your model is a simple way of displaying precious metals concentrations, rendering subsurface coal seams, performing 3D data visualization of ground water contamination plumes, displaying threshold levels of inversions of 3D MT (geothermal) data, connecting subsurface anomalies found in gridding borehole data, featuring objects like piping networks and rebar in GPR surveys, and many more applications. Volumetric calculations can be effortlessly performed on your data that is confined to within or outside an Isosurface, which makes Voxler’s Isosurface module an invaluable tool for the geosciences.
Voxler employs a direct volume rendering technique to render 3D volumetric data. The Golden Software developers belief that this technique, which is commonly used in medical imaging software, is also a great way to visualize earth and atmospheric sciences data as it allows you to see all aspects of your data within a 3D volume; not just the surface of the data. Voxler’s gridder is used to fabricate 3D lattices from discrete data samples that are gridded to create uniformly spaced 3D lattices of continuous data where all of the nodes within the lattice are mapped to specific color and opacity values. This gives you full control of you data, where with the VolRender module, Voxler allows you have a good look at the 3D contents of your data including the inhomogeneity inside a rendered object with the addition of appropriate opacity mapping. The VolRender is particularly good at displaying chemical concentration values, contamination plumes, and other types of geophysical data in full 3D.
Golden Software has always been known for its lightning-quick gridding algorithms and its exceptional contour map generation capabilities. These pillar components have been added to the 3D visualization world by being available as a powerful module in Voxler. Contours can be added to any gridded 3D dataset to display lines of constant data value along a 2D plane as slices. For a Surfer grid, the contours can be easily draped over the 3D surface by simply adding a Contours module to any Surfer grid file. Voxler's contours can be orientated in any direction though a 3D volume and allow for full control of the contour levels, the line widths, and the color mapping.
HeightFields are simply 3D surfaces. Use Voxler to generate 3D surface maps, 3D terrain models, 3D contour maps, and slices through 3D volumes by adding HeightField modules to your Voxler project. Voxler can create stunning, high-resolution 3D surfaces from numerous gridded 2D data formats including Surfer GRD files, ADF, ASC, BIL, DDF, DEM, ERS, FLT, GXF, HDF, HDR, LAT, P3D, RAW, and VTK. HeightFields can also be fit to any slice of a volume generated from full 3D datasets that have been gridded in Voxler.
Voxler can model straight and deviated well bore in full 3D space. Once a well path is modeled, multiple log variable can be rendered along the well paths simultaneously. In this image, differences in soil type are represented by different colors; differences in friction ratios are represented by different size disks rendered along the bore path. All of the properties are fully editable in Voxler.
Voxler now gives you the ability to quickly and easily calculate volumes using both the Isosurface module and the FaceRender module. With a click of the mouse, volumes can be found above or below the specified isovalue or from the number of blocks being displayed by the FaceRender. For an Isosurface, adjust the slider control to change the isovalue and the volume calculation dynamically updates and is quickly displayed in the Property Manager.
Voxler's FaceRender module displays un-interpolated voxel data in a 3D voxel model. Target component values are represented by the different colored blocks. The number of blocks, the average block value, and the volume of the blocks being displayed can be calculated and found in the Property Manager.
Stream lines are used to display the path of particles through a velocity field, the distribution of velocities of a medium in 3D space. Different colors indicate the magnitude of the velocities. The technique injects massless particles at specified seed points and traces their paths through the field. The particles stop when the new velocity is zero, the maximum stream length is exceeded, or when
A ScatterPlot displays a point cloud as points or symbols in true 3D space. Voxler is very versatile where it can take the XYZ or XYZC data from almost any available worksheet or tabular data format and specify different colors and a variety of different symbology for the different data values in your data, in true 3D space. This creates an outstanding 3D visualization of your data where Voxler’s 3D rotation gives a full view of the relationships within your point data. Voxler also offers several labeling options for the Scatter Plots.
Orthographic images and oblique images display slices of data. OrthoImages can also be used to display georeferenced image files at the correct map location. ObliqueImages display the image at any 3D direction. ObliqueImages are commonly used to show profiles or cross sections of a gridded volume of data.
Add axes to a plot to display the XYZ coordinate ranges. Axes are color-coded to identify each direction. Change the plane of the axis labels the axis and rotate the labels around a point centered at each tick mark.
The bounding box is a part of a plot that shows the limits of the XYZ data ranges. It is a good way to show the ranges when the settings produce a graphic that does not cover the entire range, as for some isosurfaces. It also provides a good reference system to orient the graphic output.
Voxler can take scattered XYZC data (XYZ coordinates with a data value C) and produce a uniform 3D grid using Inverse Distance, and Local Polynomial gridding methods. It also can calculate a large number of Data Metrics within the specified search radii, including minimum, maximum, median, mean, quartiles, standard deviation, variance, count, density, and distance to nearest and farthest point.
Voxler provides a number of computational options including filters for eliminating duplicate data points, removing data points based on the X, Y, Z, or data values, calculating normal, distance-weighted, Gaussian averaging, data metrics, and image processing.
The Voxler Network Manager graphically displays the modules (input data, computational, graphic output, info) and their connections. “LED” lights display green, yellow, or red to indicate the status of the module. Click on a module to select it and to display its settings in the Properties Manager.
Create your own scripts to automate repetitive tasks. You do not need to spend time doing the same process over and over again – write a simple script to simplify your workflow. Operations performed interactively can be controlled using an automation-compatible programming language such as Visual Basic, C++, or Perl. Voxler includes Scripter™, a built-in Visual Basic compatible programming envir...
Voxler adds a video record procedure so you can save animation to an AVI file. You can make changes to your maps and images, and have them recorded in the AVI to share with other users. Video settings allow you to control the quality and file size of the output AVI file.
Q1. What is the latest version? A. The most recent versions Voxler is 4.1.509.
Q2. How can I get the latest version of Voxler? A. Major upgrades (e.g. version 3 to version 4) cost US$159 plus shipping. Refer to the order form for more information.
minor updates (e.g. version 4.1 to 4.2) may be downloaded for free if your serial number is registered. Connect your computer to the Internet, go to the the Help | Check for Update command in Voxler. This will download the latest update and install it on your machine. Information about the latest version is listed on the Version History page.
If you experience any problems with this command or would like to download the full version of the updated software, please email your registered Voxler serial number to email@example.com. Once your serial number is verified, we will send you download instructions.
Q3. Where can I find my serial number? A. The serial number is on the registration card attached to the CD sleeve, or in the download instructions you received when you ordered the software. Please complete the registration card and return it to Golden Software or register online at our web site. After you install Voxler and run it for the first time, you can also find your serial number by opening the software and going to Help | About Voxler. The About Voxler dialog box will show the serial number.
Q4. Where can I find a list of fixes and changes between versions? A. A list of changes and fixes between minor versions (i.e. 4.1 to 4.2) can be found here.
Q5. What are the system requirements? A. Voxler system requirements are available here.
Q6. How do I install or uninstall Voxler? A. Installing Voxler requires that you be logged into an account that has Administrator rights. Golden Software does not recommend installing Voxler 4 over any previous version of Voxler. Please ensure that you install Voxler 4 into a new directory, which is what will happen by default. Voxler 4 can co-exist with older versions as long as they are in different directories.
To begin the installation, either insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive, or double-click on the downloaded EXE file to run it. See below for details of each method.
Installing Voxler on a Local Drive from CD:
Insert the CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive. The Setup program automatically begins on most computers.
Choose the "Install Voxler" option from the screen and setup will begin.
If the Setup program does not automatically start, double-click on the My Computer icon on your desktop. Open the CD-ROM drive which contains the Voxler disk by double-clicking on the CD-ROM icon. From the CD-ROM folder find and double-click on Autorun.exe to launch Voxler's Setup program. Select "Install Voxler" and setup will begin.
Installing Voxler on a Local Drive Using a Downloaded EXE:
Double-click on the My Computer icon on your desktop and navigate to the folder containing the downloaded file.
Double-click the downloaded file to begin the installation process.
To uninstall Voxler:
Windows XP To uninstall Voxler, go to the Control Panel and double click on Add/Remove Programs. Select “Voxler 4” (or “Voxler 4 Demo” for the demo version) from the list of installed applications. Click the Remove button to uninstall Voxler.
Vista To uninstall Voxler when using the Regular Control Panel Home, click the Uninstall a program link. Select “Voxler 4” (or “Voxler 4 Demo” for the demo version) from the list of installed applications. Click the Uninstall button to uninstall Voxler.
To uninstall Voxler when using the Classic View, go to the Control Panel and double click on Programs and Features. Select “Voxler 4” (or “Voxler 4 Demo” for the demo version) from the list of installed applications. Click the Uninstall button to uninstall Voxler.
Windows 7 To uninstall Voxler, go to the Control Panel and click the Uninstall a program link. Select “Voxler 4” (or “Voxler 4 Demo” for the demo version) from the list of installed applications. Click the Uninstall button to uninstall Voxler.
Q7. Do you offer training? A. Golden Software will occasionally offer live training courses. Visit our Training Classes page to view scheduled classes.
Golden Software does offer a variety of Free Training Resources. Please use the following links to learn more about Voxler.
Q8. Is technical support free? A. Yes, technical support is free to all users for as long as you own the product. You must register your product in order to receive technical support. You can reach technical support by phone, fax, or email.
Q9. Is Voxler 4 compatible with Windows 64-bit (XP, Vista, 7)? A. Yes, Voxler 4 comes as a 32-bit application and as a 64-bit application. Both can be installed and run on Windows 64-bit.
Q10. I can't find the Property Manager, Network Manager, or Module Manager. How can I get it back? A. The Property Manager, NetworkManager, and Module Manager windows can be restored to their default docked position by using the View | Reset Windows command.
Q11. Why does Voxler seem to be running slow? A. Make sure your OpenGL driver is hardware accelerated. The drivers that come from Microsoft are usually NOT accelerated, while the drivers that come from the hardware manufacturer usually ARE accelerated.
Make sure hardware acceleration is enabled in Files | Preferences | Enable Hardware Acceleration. Note that you must restart Voxler for this setting to take effect.
Some of the higher quality transparency modes can greatly slow down rendering. Make sure View | Transparency Type is set to Blend for best performance.
If there is a lot of hard disk activity and everything seems extremely slow, then your computer may have run out of memory and is trying to page to disk. Voxler requires all network data and graphics output to reside in memory. Several steps can be taken to reduce the amount of required memory:
Use the Subset module to extract a portion of large lattices, save the extracted data to disk, and use the saved file in future runs.
Use the ChangeType module to change the data type of large datasets to one that requires fewer bytes.
Avoid graphics that require large amounts of memory like Heightfields.
Q12. What are the terms of the Golden Software End User License Agreement? A. The full details of the End User License Agreement (EULA) may be found at http://www.goldensoftware.com/home/terms-of-use. The salient points of the EULA are as follows:
All Golden Software licenses are single user licenses, where a user is a person and not a machine.
Licenses may not be shared among multiple users.
Network installation is allowed, as long as a separate license is purchased for each individual user who will access the network install. For instance, if 4 different users plan to access the software, 4 individual licenses must be purchased.
Software may only be used on one computer at any time.
Software may be installed on multiple computers (i.e. home, office desktop, and field laptop), as long as only the licensed user accesses the software on any of the computers.
One (1) copy of the software and one (1) copy of the user documentation maybe be made for backup purposes only.
After a license is transferred to another user, the original user must uninstall the software from all machines they had it installed on. Any copies on original user’s hard-disk drive(s) or back-up media must also be destroyed.
After a license is upgraded to a newer version, the older software must be uninstalled. Any older version CDs, serial numbers, or backup copies on hard-disk drive(s) or back-up media must be destroyed within sixty (60) days of the upgrade.
Q13. I have a more technical question about the program, where can I find the answer? A. For more technical questions and answers, please visit our Knowledge Base.
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What's New in Voxler 4?
We have compiled a list of some of the top new features in Voxler 4. This list is only a small sampling of the new features added to Voxler 4.
Drape vector data over 3D surfaces to create valuable overlays of GIS data and other vector maps that include point, line, or polygon data. Simply import any one of the supported vector file formats (BLN, BNA, DXF, E00, GSB, GSI, KML, KMZ, MIF, or SHP) and drag the connector to a 3D surface module to overlay it on the 3D surface. Voxler offers vector overlay customizations, allowing full control of colors, line width, and opacity. All vector overlays are treated as true vectors, so zero pixilation occurs and the points, lines, and polygon borders look crisp and clean at any zoom level.
Drape GIS data over a 3D topography surface (HeightField), like these roads overlaying a DEM of Oahu, HI.
You have waited long enough, 3D DXF support is finally available in Voxler 4!
3D DXF files contain a variety of entities and objects, most of which are supported in Voxler 4. The import entities that are supported in Voxler 4 are LINE, 3DLINE, POINT, POLYLINE (which includes the variations of 3D polygon mesh and polyface mesh), LWPOLYLINE, MESH, 3DFACE, and VERTEX. Once a DXF is imported into Voxler, the drawing style for these entities can be changed from shaded to lines (typically a wire mesh) to points. This flexibility provides customized control of the DXF rendering in Voxler 4.
All of these entities and objects can be exported from Voxler, with the exception of MESH and 3DFACE entities. Additionally, surface color mapping is retained in the entities when exporting to 3D DXF, creating an almost exact replication of the resulting 3D DXF file.
An example 3D DXF of an abandoned mine where the different tunnels and shafts have been rendering using different colors.
Take full control of your data with Voxler's new Worksheet window.
Taking control of your data has never been easier in Voxler with the addition of a full-functioning worksheet window. All point data that has been imported into Voxler 4 can be "hot-edited" in the new worksheet and the edits will be instantly applied to the model in the Viewer window. This "hot-editing" capability allows you to edit the XYZ coordinates, labels, well trace information, and component values and have the model update as soon as the edits are made, transforming Voxler 4 into a great data QC tool.
The new worksheet also provides tools for formatting, statistics, data transformations, and coordinate conversions.
A look at the new worksheet window that vastly increases the data handling and management capabilities in Voxler 4.
Reprojecting point data to fit the current coordinates of your project is smooth and seamless with Voxler 4's new projections tools found in the worksheet. Point data can be imported and with a few mouse clicks, your data can be transformed using the coordinates of hundreds of well known, real world coordinate and projections systems. Voxler employs the most extensive and up-to-date coordinate and projection libraries on the market, so any system you can find will be supported and able to be converted.
This new tool allows you to search for known coordinate systems, modify the parameters of an existing system, and create new local coordinate systems.
The Assign Coordinate System dialog where hundreds of coordinate and projections systems can be used to transform point data to the desired system.
LAS files containing post-processed LiDAR data can now be imported into Voxler 4. Multiple filters are available at the time of import that aid in extracting the desired data from LAS files. LAS using any of the ASPRS LiDAR classification codes (unclassified, Ground, Low Vegetation, High Vegetation, etc) can be used to filter points based on the classification codes at the time of import. Spatial filtering is available at the time of import, which can be used to reduce the extent of large LiDAR datasets. Sample filtering is also available at the time of import that can down sample LAS files if necessary. All of these filtering options can be used in conjunction with one another, making Voxler 4 a powerful LiDAR tool.
A LiDAR scan of downtown Denver, including Coors Field, that is being rendered in Voxler as a ScatterPlot. Voxler is an excellent tool for filtering and visualizing LAS LiDAR data.
The data import process has been completely overhauled in Voxler 4; allowing for all coordinates, components, well trace information, and label columns to be set in the Property Manager. All column headings are preserved through the import process and displayed throughout the Property Manager; increasing the usability of large datasets where tracking and setting specific columns is now seamless. Any column assignments can be changed on the fly, so there is no need to re-import data to change component or coordinate columns.
A look at Voxler 4's Property Manager where all columns can be set for the coordinate, component, and label columns for point data.
The ScatterPlot module has been completely overhauled in Voxler 4. Many enhancements have been added including the addition of a new 3D symbol set, the ability to classify or bin data to create a classed ScatterPlot, label density controls, and the ability to color map RGB values from the source data to the individual ScatterPlot points.
Binning ScatterPlot points in the new Edit Classes dialog into 6 equal classes.
Find commands more easily than before with all commands having new, user-friendly easy-to-find icons. We have added new user interface color styles that personalize the appearance of Voxler's user interface. Open multiple Voxler project files and worksheets windows in the same instance with the new multiple tabbed document interface.
New user interface additions enhance the user experience of Voxler 4; multiple projects open on different tabs shown above.
Hit the ground running with Voxler’s new welcome dialog! Immediately create a new project or worksheet window, or open the Tutorial. Alternatively, select any of the project files in the Samples folder, the recent files list, or in your project folder and open them immediately. As long as a file was saved in Surfer 13 or higher, a preview of the SRF file is displayed when the file is selected. You no longer have to wonder what each file contains before opening it! A number of helpful pro-tips also pop-up on the dialog to increase your Voxler IQ.
Select any Voxler 4 project file from the Files list, and see a preview of the contents of the file!
Display SEGY and SGY Data Using Real-World Coordinates
SEG-Y and SGY files now import using the X, Y, and Z coordinate information and locate in true 3D space within your project. Both 2D and 3D SEG-Y files are also now supported; which are easily imported using the overhauled SEG-Y import options. Importing SEG-Y into your project has never been this seamless.
4 SEG-Y slices imported into Voxler 4 using their real-world UTM coordinates. All 4 slices locate in 3D space without an additional transformation.
Import ECW and SID files without Resampling or Extract a Region
Managing large image files in ECW and SID formats is more powerful than ever. Keep the original full resolution of the image upon import! Alternatively, don’t waste time importing areas and information you don’t want. Choose to extract a portion of the file upon import.
Choose to select a small area of a large SID or ECW image to import into Surfer.
Import ECW and SID files Without Resampling or Extract a Region
Managing large image files in ECW and SID formats is more powerful than ever. Keep the original full resolution of the image upon import! Alternatively, don’t waste time importing areas and information you don’t want. Choose to extract a portion of the file upon import.
Contours generated from Contours modules can now be used as the input for the new vector overlay feature. This addition allows contours generated from another lattice source or grid to be overlaid on a 3D surface. Multiple variables can now be displayed at the same time; for example geophysical property contours can be overlaid on a topography 3D surface to generate a more informative model.
Contours can now be used as a Vector Overlay on a 3D surface; where they drape without pixilation.
You've waited long enough. All aspects of Voxler now support international fonts and characters such as Chinese, Cyrillic, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Hungarian, and Hebrew! For example, you can set Text modules, Annotation modules, ScatterPlot labels, Legend labels, and WellRender labels to any language. Customize your project with language your audience will understand.
Effectively communicate your map to any audience. All aspects of Voxler projects support international fonts.
Part 2 continues demonstrating the different graphics output types of Voxler 3. This video covers face renders, vol renders, stream lines, vector plots, axes, bounding boxes, clip planes and well renders.
This video focuses on exporting XYZC data from the Gridder module in Voxler 3. This feature allows you to export the interpolated data as a data file containing the XYZC interpolated data values. This can be useful to use the data in another program or to see the interpolated component, C, value for each XYZ point.
This video focuses on displaying seismic data files in Voxler 3. Seismic data is often collected in independent slices that are equally spaced. For example, you may collect 5 seismic slices that are each 100 meters from apart. Since the slices are independently collected, each slice often contains the same Z value in the data file. A transform can be applied to each slice so that they appear equally spaced from each other.
This video focuses on combining seismic data slices in Voxler 3 into a single point cloud. Seismic data is often collected in independent slices that are equally spaced. The seismic data can be extracted from each slice and combined to create a single point cloud that can be interpolated and displayed as a 3D module.
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