Strater displays your raw data as borehole and well logs, maps and
cross sections. Strater offers unsurpassed flexibility in design and
layout. Strater's intuitive point-and-click user interface makes it
easy to quickly visualize your subsurface data and create professional
Strater is a powerful and innovative well log, borehole and cross section plotting software package for geoscientists. With its modern and easy-to-use user interface, Strater is so straightforward even a beginner can create high-quality professional representations of subsurface data in no time.
Strater is compatible with all popular data formats, and can graphically display the data in sixteen fully customizable log types. Maps and cross sections are just a click away. All aspects of your design are easily changeable by simply clicking on it and updating its properties. Batch print or export all your hole data, and save your project file to a template to make log creation efficient and consistent for future projects.
Who should use Strater?
Anyone wishing to display borehole data as boring logs, perform drill hole analysis, create cross sections, or visualize wireline, lithology or geophysical data with depth.
We want to make sure you can have all your information easily accessible in one project file. Strater projects are made up of views (borehole views, map views, and cross section views) and data tables. The graphical display in each of the views is based on the data loaded into the data tables. It's as simple as that!
Strater offers unsurpassed flexibility in log design and layout. The advanced user interface makes designing and displaying your data easier than ever. Simply select the log type you want to create, click on the page where you want the log to be created, specify a data file and the import parameters, and the log is created. No other log plotting package in its class can create logs this easily.
Strater can create a top-down view of your borehole locations, complete with deviated well paths. You can label the symbols, change the symbol properties individually or by well type, and add base maps.
Cross Section View
Automatically create true, full-color customizable cross sections! Cross sections can be created from your lithology, wireline, or raster log data by simply connecting boreholes in a map view and pressing a button. Subsurface visualization has never been this easy.
A depth log displays the vertical scale of your view. Set your depth logs to show depth or elevation, measured depth or true vertical depth, depth for a specific well or overall depth for all wells in the project. Depth can be displayed in a variety of units, including meters and feet.
Lithology & Zone Bar Logs
Lithology and zone bar logs display interval data as filled blocks. They are both typically used to display lithologic or stratigraphic information, though zone bar logs can be used to display various other kinds of data. Lithology logs can show weathering and indenting in addition to fill.
Line/Symbol, Crossplot, & Function Logs
Line/symbol, crossplot, and function logs display data as a line down the borehole. Crossplot logs plot two line logs together for comparison of where they intersect. Function logs perform a calculation on data and plot the result as a new line log. Line/symbol logs display data like wireline and downhole measurements (typically in LAS files) with lines and/or symbols.
Complex Text Logs
Complex text logs can be used to show rock descriptions, alteration descriptions, and any general descriptive text that represents interval data. Complex text logs can have arrows, brackets, or offset ticks to separate the text fields. Each text block can be individually edited by double clicking on the text section.
Raster image files can be imported with depth-registration information, or without it. For unregistered logs, Strater allows you to manually add depth-registration. From a registered log, you can layer tops.
Post & Classed Post Logs
Post and classed post logs display data as symbols down the borehole. Post logs display uniform symbols and text at particular depths, and classed post logs bin numerical data into groups and then use those groups to determine the symbol properties.
Well Construction Logs
The well construction log replicates a well construction diagram for the log, and is generally used in the environmental industry. The well construction log shows how the monitoring well or piezometer was created. This log shows items such as screen, packing material, end caps, and covers.
Show your data as either a standard bar log or a polarity bar log! A standard bar plots a bar from the data minimum value to the row's data value. The polarity bar plots data based upon zero, so if there is a mix of negative and positive data, bars exist on both sides of the zero line.
Create graphic logs to display images directly on the log. The graphic log allows you to specify the graphic file names and show them to represent specified intervals of data. This is useful in displaying photos of the core, alterations, rock types, sample intervals, etc.
Visually compare the percentages of items in a borehole easily using the percentage log! The percentage log can be used to show different percentages of alteration types, mineralization types, geochemical data, or rock types.
Tadpole (or dipmeter) logs display data using a tadpole style arrow symbol. The head of the tadpole is plotted at depth against dip (0 to 90), and the tadpole vector line is rotated around by the dip direction (0 to 360).
Headers and Footers
Utilize the header and footer design areas to include comprehensive text descriptions, linked text, legends, imported image files, or drawing objects. You can set the header and footer areas to be any size you wish.
Quickly prepare your data with Strater's spreadsheet-like data table features.
Have an elaborate view or project? No need to recreate it each time you have a new data set, just use Strater's templates! Save your Strater project or view as a full or view-only template, and then load in new data to create the look you want quickly and easily. Using template files makes it easy and efficient to batch process logs.
Schemes provide a way to load drawing properties based on a keyword or data range defined for a data table. An example is the lithology keyword scheme, which is used to define fill, line, and text properties for lithology logs. The lithology keyword scheme contains keywords, such as granite or clay, which are matched to the keywords in the keyword column of the data table.
Strater has four different managers that make it easy to create and edit your project. The table manager shows all tables in the project, the view manager shows all views in the project, the object manager shows all objects in the active view, and the property manager shows the properties of the selected view or object.
Quickly and easily visualize your borehole data in 3D with Voxler! Strater comes with built-in commands that will transfer the data from Strater and build the visualization automatically in Voxler.
Strater is packed full of all kinds of features designed to make your job faster and easier. Here are some that haven't been mentioned in other feature's tour articles.
Supported File Formats
Strater supports many data and import/export formats.
Golden Software Releases Network Licensing for Strater®
New License Options Provide Flexibility for Organizations of Any Size.
GOLDEN, COLORADO, March 27, 2018 - Golden Software, LLC, the leading developer of affordable scientific graphics software, announces the immediate availability of concurrent-use licensing for Strater version 5, a powerful well log, borehole, and cross section plotting program.
The new concurrent-use license provides dynamic use and management options for Strater users. System administrators can track software usage and control access to the software while standardizing the software across their organization. Concurrent-use licenses maximize access to Strater while minimizing the cost to the organization.
"The new license model gives users greater flexibility when managing Golden Software licenses. Now, organizations of any size, from a one-(wo)man shop to a global enterprise can get the most from their software and their budget," said Golden Software CEO Blakelee Mills. "We are pleased to offer additional licensing options to best fit the needs of our users."
For users currently running single-user licenses of Strater, Golden Software is offering a trade-in credit for those wishing to convert to a concurrent-use license. "As providers of affordable software solutions, it only makes sense to provide an affordable solution for those wanting to transition to a concurrent-use license," said Mills.
Strater is a leading competitor in subsurface modeling software. Designed for geoscientists and engineers, Strater converts geotechnical, geological, geophysical, environmental, mining, mud, and gas data from a wide variety of file formats into 15 different log types for display in borehole models and cross section views. Strater offers unsurpassed flexibility in design and layout of the modeled data, which can be displayed as a single page, as multiple pages, or as a continuous log. Virtually every aspect of logs, maps, and cross sections in Strater are customizable, allowing users to quickly and easily create publication-quality reports.
Strater products operate in a Microsoft® Windows environment with Windows 7, 8 (excluding RT), or 10. Pricing information is available online. Discounted upgrade pricing from previous versions of Strater is available. The product also includes free updates and free technical support. Full online documentation is included. To download a free trial or place an order, visit www.GoldenSoftware.com.
Strater 5 takes well log, borehole and cross section plotting to a new level in ease of use. Strater users will experience major improvements in every aspect of functionality to increase log production speed and quality. The major additions and changes are highlighted in this section.
- New raster logs
- User interface enhancements
- Fill Style Editor and Manager
- Line/symbol log improvements
- Add well to cross section
- Water Level
- Customize headers/footers by page
- Misc. log improvements
- Show only legend entries that are in-use
- New and improved Text Editor
- "End of log" line
- Keep cross section customization
- Improvements to cross sections from line logs
- Linked text Hole ID filter
- New and improved import/export formats
- New and improved coordinate systems
- Additional Features
New raster logs
Import depth-registered raster logs, import unregistered raster logs and then depth-register them and pick layer tops, and create cross sections from raster logs. Strater 5 makes it easy to take your paper logs and use them with digital data to make informed decisions.
After importing an unregistered raster log from a TIF or other image file, easily depth-register it in a few
simple steps so it is properly depth-located relative to your other logs.
User interface enhancements
Find commands more easily than ever with the new ribbon bar user-interface. Additionally, use the new Table Manager to simplify your project, navigate to properties more confidently with the redesigned Property Manager tabs, and use the new Welcome to Strater dialog to quickly and easily begin a new project or recall an existing one.
Quickly create and customize your borehole, map, and cross section views with the intuitive new ribbon
bar interface, the new welcome dialog, and the new/redesigned managers.
Fill Style Editor and Manager
Strater 5 has added even more customization opportunity with the new Fill Style Editor and Fill Style Manager. Use the Fill Style Editor to create and save custom fill styles, and then view and manage predefined and custom fill styles in the Fill Style Manager.
Create multi-layered custom fill styles with the new Fill Style Editor, and then manage those custom fill
styles and the predefined fill styles in the Fill Style Manager.
Line/Symbol log improvements
Strater 5 has added much functionality to line/symbol logs. You can now add new curves to existing line/symbol logs so that all overlain logs are moved and optionally scaled together, and you can link the scale bar line color to the log line color.
Add additional curves to existing line/symbol logs with a click of the mouse, and automatically set the
scale bar line color to the log line color to fully customize your line/symbol logs.
Add well to cross section
Forgot to add a specific well to your cross section? Not sure what combinations of wells the client wants to see? No problem! Strater 5 allows for the addition of wells to pre-existing cross sections. Just edit your well selector line and then click the Recreate button for the cross section, or else create a new well selector line and choose it for your cross section.
Simply choose a new well selector to update your cross section with the new wells.
Display water level symbols on your logs without having to overlay post logs, and connect the water level symbols on cross section logs with a water level line to give the most accurate representation of the subsurface.
Any number of water level symbols from a depth table can be displayed on logs, and these symbols can
be connected with a customizable line on a cross section.
Customize headers/footers by page
Display a larger header pane on the first page, and display certain header/footer information only on the first page, so you can include all the information you need on the first page, and then streamline subsequent pages to just include the basics.
Choose to show more detailed project information on just the first page in a larger header and then more
abbreviated scale bars/log titles on subsequent pages in a smaller header.
Miscellaneous log improvements
Strater 5 has added many improvements to log types, including the ability to have much bigger tick marks for depth logs, so you can show a depth grid across your view, and the ability to repeat complex text log items that straddle a page break on both pages.
Increase the tick length for depth logs to create a depth grid across cross sections or borehole logs.
Show only legend entries that are in-use
Have a large library of scheme for your company? No problem! Strater 5 allows you to omit unused items by checking a box, so only the scheme items present in your current view are displayed.
Update your legend with only relevant information with the click of a button.
New and improved Text Editor with date/time format builder
Exercise more control over your data than ever with the new Text Editor. Use the new Date/Time Format Builder to create custom dates and times in the exact format you want, or choose from the list of predefined formats for your region now that Strater automatically recognizes your computer's locale.
Click the Insert Date/Time button in the improved Text Editor to open the new Date/Time Format Builder
dialog, where you can mix and match predefined and custom dates and times.
"End of log" line
Display a line at the end of your logs to indicate where the end of the hole was and separate out an area for additional notes.
Add an 'end of log' line to your cross section or borehole view to define where your hole ends.
Keep cross section layer customization
Strater allows for the flexibility of reshaping cross section layers if the defaults don't match your understanding of the subsurface, but certain actions cause the layers to be redrawn. Rather than being prompted each time the cross section will be redrawn, Strater 5 allows you to check one checkbox to always keep your customized cross section layers.
Completely customize your cross section layers and then, with one click keep the
customization through all other changes you make to the cross section.
Improvements to cross sections from line logs
Strater 5 has added many improvements to cross sections from line logs that help you to get the exact output you need. These include the ability to show well traces as deviated, the ability to add linked scale bars to the logs, and the ability to draw layers horizontally across all logs.
Display line log cross sections with deviated boreholes and linked scale bars
to get a true picture of the subsurface.
Linked text Hole ID filter
Have multiple boreholes in your borehole view? No problem! Strater now allows you to specify a Hole ID filter for applicable linked text items, so you don't have to manually type what you've already entered into data tables.
Choose a Hole ID filter for linked text items to display linked text for multiple boreholes in one view.
New and improved import/export formats
Take advantage of the newly available or enhanced import and export formats!
- Google Earth KML/KMZ
- Zipped Shapefiles (e.g. SHP in TAR.GZ)
- GPX GPS files
- XML, LIC, and DRA registration files for raster logs
- 56-bpp Landsat-based GeoTIFF
- TIFF: Support for YCbCr color format
- ECW/SID: Import without reducing resolution
- ECW/SID: Import subset with default "Region selected for import" set to image extents
- PDF: Increased DPI
- MID: Open files in worksheet
- Workaround to assign missing datum to TIFs with Popular Visualisation Sphere as the ellipsoid
- TIF: Support for #383 flag indicating fourth channel is not alpha
- GSI: Support raster and gradient fills
- DAT/TXT: Added Locale options (Language and Date order) to Data Import Options dialog
- Google Earth KML/KMZ
- SVG Scalable Vector Graphic file
- JPEG2000 (JP2)
- TIFF: Transparency support
- PDF (Vector): Total transparency support
- PDF (Vector): Compression option
- PDF (Vector): Partial transparency support for image fill patterns
- PDF (Raster): Page size option
- GSI: Export symbol properties
- GSI: Embed coordinate system
- BLN: Add blanking flag option
- DXF: Support rendered marker symbols
- GSI: Support transparent curves/areas
- Export cross section to Voxler: increased resolution
- GSI: Improved alignment of multiple lines of text
- EMF: reduction in output file size
- SVG: reduction in output file size
- Improved scaling of GDI+ stock patterns
New and improved coordinate systems
Strater 5 has added the ability to search for a coordinate system by name or EPSG code in the Assign Coordinate System dialog. Additionally, it has added these new coordinate systems, projections, and datums:
- SIRGAS-ROU98 / UTM zone 22S (EPSG 5383)
- Sri Lanka grid systems
- SVY21 coordinate system
- NWS-84 datum
- Europe UTM zone 29N using European 1950 - Port./Spain datum
- Mount Eden Circuit 2000 projection
- Sweref99 coordinate system
- Posgar94 coordinate system for Argentina
- More Australian grid coordinate systems
- GCS Idaho Transverse Mercator
- RGF93 / CC (zones 42-50) French coordinate system
- French coordinate systems with one standard parallel (Lambert I-IV, France I-IV, Lambert Corse, Lambert Sud France, Lambert Centre France, Lambert Nord France, Nord De Guerre)
- Jamaica National Grid
- WGS84 Web Mercator (900913) and WGS84 Web Mercator (EPSG 3857)
- Save tab visibility to SDG file
- Navigate to a specific page number
- Bulk-edit shared properties for multiple objects at once
- Import and save formatting in tables
- Option to turn off case-sensitivity for schemes
- Handles controlling log width now always in center of window
- Rotate well header labels
- Display well names at well bottoms or tops
- Added Find/Find Next search bar to Well Selector Editor dialog
- Windows XP SP2 or higher, Vista, 7, 8 (excluding RT), 10 or higher
- 32-bit and 64-bit supported
- 1024 x 768 or higher monitor resolution with 16-bit (or higher) color depth
- At least 500 MB free hard disk space
- At least 512 MB RAM minimum, 1 GB RAM recommended