In today’s fast-paced world where clients expected results yesterday, being able to instantly transform data into figures while on-site can drastically set you apart from the competition.
One geophysical survey firm is using Surfer to map the results of its projects within minutes of collecting the raw data. Cascade Imaging Solution’s technicians are able to access Surfer from the field and conduct initial data interpretation to generate georeferenced PDF maps that are accessible to stakeholders. Ensuring their clients walk away from the project site impressed, and with an understanding of what is going on beneath their feet.
“We do mapping on a laptop right in our truck,” said Brandon White, President of Cascade Imaging Solutions Inc. “The clients want the results right away, and we need to know we’ve surveyed the entire area.”
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, the geophysical firm uses frequency domain electromagnetic devices to measure the conductivity of the Earth. Specifically, they are looking for ionic compounds, such as salts, that indicate underground contamination from oil & gas, agriculture, and road maintenance operations.
High conductivity measurements correspond with abnormally high concentrations of subsurface salts, possibly related to leaks or spills of petroleum emulsions, fertilizers, livestock waste or road deicing chemicals.
“We use Surfer to image the data, producing a color contour map showing where the contamination is,” said White. “It’s usually a color-scale heat map [where] red means higher conductivity, or contamination.”