Golden Software’s Surfer program can be used in so many applied-science industries for so many different uses, I sometimes forget that it is equally applicable to more business or art-oriented fields. I had a user contact me recently with the following request (paraphrased):
“I have a paper copy of the blueprint of a house, and on it I’ve written elevation measurements that I collected while surveying on the premises. I also have a DXF file of the floorplan of the house. How can I create elevation contours in Surfer and limit them to the shape of the house?”
What a neat application! From a piece of paper and one digital file, can Surfer generate a beautiful and informative contour map of elevation values? You bet it can!
There are a few steps to this process. You need to convert your paper data into digital x,y,z data, grid that x,y,z data, create a BLN file of the outline of the house, and blank the grid file with that outline. Then you can create a contour map of the blanked grid, and display the DXF of the floorplan overlaid on the contours if desired. The steps for each of these processes are detailed below, and sample files are attached so you can step through this process yourself.
Now that your contour map is created, you can fill it as desired, and rearrange the layer ordering so the details in your floorplan display over top of the contours.
It’s amazing how much you can do from so little. From one piece of paper with some elevation values jotted down, you can create a stunning and informative image like this one!
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