Lengths, distances, and planar areas can be measured in Surfer. This can be accomplished using the Map Measure tool, or, the measurements can be taken from objects drawn in a base layer.
To measure planar area and lengths in Surfer, you can use the Map Measure tool.
- Select the map and click Map Tools | Map Tools | Measure.
- Click on the map and draw the line or area you want to measure. As you draw, the length and area are displayed in a Measure window that appears.
- Double click to end drawing.
- Press ESC on the keyboard to end measure mode. The item drawn is removed from the map. The Measure window is still open. You can copy/paste the results from that window, change the measurement units, or close it by clicking the red X in the upper right corner.
Alternatively, you can draw polylines, polygons, rectangles, rounded rectangles, or ellipses in a base layer over the map. Surfer automatically calculates the length and area for polylines and polygons in a base layer. This works well if you want to measure lengths and areas and want the measured area or line to be displayed on the map. Exact steps are:
- Select your existing map and click Home | Add to Map | Layer | Empty Base.
- Select the new empty Base layer in the Contents window.
- In the Features tab, click either Insert | Polyline or Insert | Polygon. You may also use a spline polyline, rectangle, rounded rectangle, or ellipse.
- Draw your object over the map. Create as many objects as you wish.
- When you are done, press ESC on the keyboard to exit drawing mode.
- Select one of the drawn objects and in the Properties window, click the Info tab.
- Set the Coordinate system to Map or Local and the length and area results are displayed.
- If you wish, you can change the units the geometry fields are displayed in by clicking on the value, then choosing your preferred units from the list.
Updated October 27, 2021
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