There are a ton of 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. The top new features are listed below. A more complete list of the new features can be found on the Surfer Version History page.
Visualize drilhole data in 2D and 3D! Display points, intervals and paths in the 3D view.
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!
Visualize your drillhole data using the brand new drillhole layer type, and manage data in the Drillhole Manager!
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.
After you've created your drillhole map, visualize the data and its components in a true 3D environment.
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.
Use the new 3D symbol, the Sphere.
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.
The ability to create a tight polygon shape around data points is here!
Delete areas in a grid file outside of an alpha shape directly in the Assign NoData, Grid Data, and Grid from Contours dialogs! The alpha shape allows you to create a tight polygon boundary around your data points, and you can control how tight the polygon clings around the data limits.
Create an alpha shape around your data points, and use it to Assign NoData when gridding.
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.
Instantly create isopach or isochore maps!
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.
Use Grid Math or Grid Volume on grids with varying grid geometries or coordinate systems!
Updated September 2021