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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I've been part of the Golden Software team since 2008. Colorado School of Mines is my alma mater (Go Orediggers!) where I earned a degree in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Economics/Business. I must say, I'm very proud of my CSM hardhat and whitewashed rock! When I'm not here in the office, I can typically be found hanging...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I've been part of the Golden Software team since 2008. Colorado School of Mines is my alma mater (Go Orediggers!) where I earned a degree in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Economics/Business. I must say, I'm very proud of my CSM hardhat and whitewashed rock! When I'm not here in the office, I can typically be found hanging around the beautiful Golden area with my family.


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Nov
06

Netherlands Company Uses Surfer to Search for Drowning Victim

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November 20, 2011 - Four recreational divers went looking for known wreckages at the bottom of De Nieuwe Meer in Amsterdam, Netherlands, a ~30 m deep lake with strong bottom currents.

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Oct
30

Golden Software Gives Back to the Community

Last month I had the honor of receiving the Colorado School of Mines 2015 Young Philanthropist Award. During their annual Evening of Excellence, Mines celebrated those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer and philanthropic involvement in the university. The Young Philanthropist Award was one of eight philanthropy awards presented that evening. I must say, I was deeply honored to share the stage with such generous alumni and staff. And I also learned CSM’s newly elected president, Paul Johnson, was a Surfer user!

Colorado School of Mines President Paul Johnson, Golden Software CEO Blakelee (Midyett) Mills, and CSM Foundation Board of Governors Executive Committee Chairman and CEO David Wagner.

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Oct
29

Customer Spotlight: The Velenje Coal Mine Benefits From Strater

The Velenje Coal Mine operates on the largest Slovenian coal deposit and on one of the thickest known coal layers in the world. In 137 years of operation of the coal mine, more than 225 million tonnes of lignite have been extracted from the lignite layers, which are up to 165 m in thickness.

We use Strater for producing our reports of completed wells. Our reports are comprehensive text reports with graphics produced with Strater. We gather data for Strater from a database of wells. We create many template files, each with a different look, for different types of graphical reports. With Strater, we can also create cross sections from our exploitation field to represent different geological data.

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Oct
06

Golden Software's Adventures in Yellowstone

For the past thirty-plus years, Golden Software's founders, Pat Madison and Dan Smith, have loaded up their backpacks and trekked out into the wilderness of Yellowstone National Park for a backpacking excursion. Five years ago the backpacking invitation was extended to me, and I have tagged along through sunshine, rain, sleet, and snow, across meadows and rivers, and over mountains and downed trees ever since.

Pat Madison and Dan Smith on their 1990 Yellowstone trip.

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Guest — Chris Pennel
What an extraordinary adventure!! Nice blog, Blakelee.
Thursday, 08 October 2015 22:30
Guest — Chris
What an extraordinary adventure!! Great blog, Blakelee.
Thursday, 08 October 2015 22:27
Guest — JK
Great software, but pictures ... Do not cut feet! Don't you feel pain looking at those poor people without feet!
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 16:25
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Sep
29

Verifying Reported Statistics with Grapher

I recently read about the decreasing gender wage gap for newly graduated college students in an article on the Liberty Street Economics, the blog of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In the article, there is a statement that “among recent college graduates, men earn about 3 percent more than women overall” but that the gap “widens significantly as workers approach mid-career”. The article summarizes this mid-career group of individuals, where they find that “men earn about 15 percent more than women.” Being the inquisitive person that I am, I wondered how these statements could be made – what evidence was there supporting these statements? I could have taken the table on their blog and calculated a quick mathematical average using a spreadsheet program. But, the table only included a sub-section of the full data being used and the data was already in statistical summaries instead of original polling numbers. I decided to find some raw data and create some graphs that would allow me to perform some analysis myself.

Much data is available for download and analysis from the US Census Bureau. This data can be downloaded and edited. It can then be used for graphing or mapping in many Golden Software programs. The data can also be used for analysis, such as creating statistics, comparing values, or providing supporting evidence for other statistics. In this case, I thought some simple bar charts for various populations would help support or overthrow the claims of the decreasing gender wage gap in young workers.

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