Drillhole maps, isopach calculations and alpha shapes are just a few of the awesome new features in the latest release of Surfer! We focused on increasing processing speed, optimizing workflows to maximize your efficiency, and we included a lot of exciting new features as well. Read below to get a preview of the top new features that are available to anybody with a Surfer license that has active maintenance at no additional cost.
A powerful new visualization tool, Surfer easily imports drillhole data to generate a 2D drillhole layer that shows the location, deviation, and path of each hole, core, or well. Manage your data in the brand new Drillhole Manager. You can view the path in a 2D map view and then visualize the drillhole in true 3D!
3D VIEW IMPROVEMENTS
Take Surfer's brand new map type, the Drillhole layer to the next level by viewing in the 3D View! In the 3D View your well data comes to life with the ability to visualize the wells in true 3D along with its data content (e.g. contaminant concentration, mineralization concentration, assay results, geophysical properties, etc.) Drillhole paths, data points and intervals can be displayed and colorized by data values.
There is a new symbol type for view point vector data: the sphere. This symbol is a true 3D sphere (like the Cube symbol), which looks good at all angles, even when intersecting surfaces. In previous versions of Surfer, there was a symbol named Sphere, but was in reality a flat 2D circle that is shaded to appear 3D. This flat symbol is still available and has been renamed Shaded circle.
Create a tight polygon boundary around data points in post, classed post and base layers or directly from any data file, even in concave areas. Control how tight the polygon is shrink-wrapped to the data limits. The boundary can be a convex hull or a concave hull with holes. Use the polygon boundary for assigning NoData or delineating coverage area.
Surfer can now quickly and accurately measure the true stratigraphic thickness (isopach) or true vertical thickness (isochore) of a unit or layer regardless of its orientation with the brand new Grid Isopach tool! Use the Grid Isopach tool to measure the thickness of geologic horizons that have been tilted at any angle.
Do you need to perform mathematical calculations using one or more grid files? Or determine the volume between an upper and lower grid surface? These calculations were always possible in Surfer but only between grid files with identical geometry – a rarity in the real world. Surfer now allows users to perform these calculations with grids of different sizes and different X and Y value extents! This tool also allows you to perform calculations on grids in varying coordinate systems.
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To reiterate, it is always free to upgrade to the latest version of Surfer if you are an active maintenance user! You can do so by following the instructions linked for either a Single-user license or Concurrent license. We hope you enjoy the latest Surfer release and feel free to reach out to us with further questions at firstname.lastname@example.org