How can I set the Z limits for my 3D surface map in Surfer?

There is not a way in Surfer to set limits on the Z axis of a 3D map, but there is a workaround. You can use Grids | Calculate | Math to assign NoData values to the areas above and below certain Z values. For example, if you want to limit the surface map to show only areas with a Z value between 40 and 80, you can:

  1. Click Grids | Calculate | Math.
  2. In the Grid Math dialog, click the Add Grids button.
  3. Select your grid file and click Open.
  4. In the Grid Math dialog, enter the function: If (A>40 and A<80, A, 1.70141e+38). This tells Surfer that if grid A is between 40 and 80, then use the Z value in that grid, otherwise use the NoData value.
  5. Click OK and the new grid is created.
  6. Create a map from this new grid.


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Updated October 25, 2017

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