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Exporting Maps from Surfer Mapping Software into ArcMap

Over the years, one of the most common questions asked is “How can I get my contour map out of Surfer mapping software and into ArcMap?” It's actually quite easy to get maps from Surfer into ArcMap. You can just click File | Export from Surfer and export to a shapefile (*.SHP). There are other formats you can choose (e.g. DXF, MIF, GeoTIFF, etc.) but I will focus on SHP for this article.

You might ask, “What about attributes?” When exporting to a SHP file in Surfer 13, the Z value of the contour lines are exported as attributes to the associated DBF file. In addition, if you have objects in a base layer that have attributes, those attributes are exported to the SHP file as well. All attributes are stored in the associated DBF file for the SHP.

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Guest — Kari Dickenson
Hi Brian, If you map doesn't have a coordinate system assigned to it, then there will not be a Spatial References tab since there... Read More
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Guest — Brian Boer
why does my export options dialog window not include a "spatial references" tab? Any other way to assign a .prj to an exported sha... Read More
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Can we export the following from surfer to arc map with all spatial and project information : 1_ 3D Suface raster 2_ vector ma... Read More
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