A Powerful Contouring, Gridding,
and Surface Mapping Package for Scientists and Engineers
il software leader per la mappatura, la modellazione e l'analisi dati.
Permette di convertire
i dati nei seguenti tipi di mappe: contour, 3D wireframe,
vector, image, shaded relief, post, base.
La mappa può essere scelta tra quelle in archivio o creata
miscelando gli elementi di diverse mappe; può essere poi personalizzata
in tutti i suoi elementi al fine di arrivare al risultato
Con Surfer la produzione di mappe di qualità è non è mai stata
cosi veloce e semplice.
You work hard gathering your data. Don’t settle for subpar
visualization. Utilize Surfer’s extensive modeling tools to display your
data the way it deserves while maintaining accuracy and precision.
Clearly communicate information with Surfer.
Surfer appears to have been designed by people who really understand
what scientists like myself want to do. This allows me to look at data
and ask questions without being concerned with the technicalities of how
to load, manipulate and map data.
Barry Gardiner, Senior Scientist
Image courtesy of Alain Paillou, Amateur Astronomer
Discover the depths of your data with Surfer’s numerous analysis
tools. Adjust interpolation and gridding parameters, assess the spatial
continuity of data with variograms,
define faults and breaklines, or
perform grid calculations such as volumes, transformations, smoothing,
or filtering. Surfer quickly transforms your data into knowledge.
The wide variety and functionality of the
interpolation/extrapolation algorithms, as well as the geostatistical
functionality, is simply awesome!
Grant van Heerden, Principal Coal Geologist
Snowden Mining Industry Consultants
Communicate your hard-earned findings with confidence. Whether it is
for your project manager, thesis advisor, or client, Surfer facilitates a
complete and thorough understanding of data.
You make awesome products that give me the ability to present data in
clear, concise, visually appealing ways to help my clients understand
the concepts we are presenting.
Trusted Since 1983
Surfer has withstood the tests of time. See
for yourself why thousands of scientists and engineers across the globe
trust Surfer to display their data.
Surfer is actively used in the following industries:
- Oil & Gas
- Renewable Energy
- UAV / UAS
- Water Resources
We Are Here to Help
Expert advice and learning is a click away. We're here to help you through every stage of your project.
Create Professional Maps
Easily communicate both simple and complex spatial data. Surfer gives
you the tools to create high-quality maps to clearly deliver your
message to coworkers, clients, and stakeholders.
Surfer Map Types
- 3D Surface
- Color Relief
- Classed Post
- 3D Wireframe
- 1-Grid Vector
- 2-Grid Vector
- Grid Value
- Point Cloud
Image courtesy of Igor Yashayaev, Bedrod Institute of Oceanography, Canada
Model Data in Multi-Dimensions
Gain deeper insights into your data when viewed in three-dimensional
space. Surfer’s 3D viewer makes it easy to model, analyze, and
understand all aspects of your data. Switching between Surfer’s 2D and
3D perspectives ensures you discover all of your data’s patterns and
Achieve a 360° Perspective
- View point data in true 3D space
- Rotate your map
- Walk along the surface
- Adjust the vertical exaggeration
- Add X, Y or Z axes to gain a frame of reference
- Note the X, Y or Z position of the cursor in the status bar
- Create and record fly-through videos to share with others
LiDAR Point Clouds
LiDAR is an increasingly popular data collection method used within
many fields including archaeology, surveying, GIS, and more. Use
Surfer’s extensive LiDAR processing and visualization features to take
advantage of all that LiDAR has to offer.
Surfer's LiDAR Point Cloud Features
- Create a point cloud from multiple LAS/LAZ files
- Assign color by elevation, intensity, return number, or classification
- Select points interactively or by criteria
- Remove, reclassify or crop to selected points
- Create a grid from the point cloud or export to LAS/LAZ
- Visualize all aspects of the data in the 3D view
Surfer's LAS/LAZ Filtering Options
- Spatial filtering based on XY bounds or elevation data limits
- Import every Nth point
- Import only the desired Return type or Classification values
- Import data with specified Source ID
- Flag filters such as scan direction, edge of flight, or synthetic, key, and withheld points
You will be up and running in matter of minutes. Surfer’s user
interface was designed to take the guesswork out of learning a new
program. We worked hard to streamline workflows so you don’t have to.
Surfer User Interface Features
- Welcome dialog to get you started
- Map wizard to quickly create maps and models
- Customize ribbon and quick access toolbar
- Dock or float all windows
- Single window to view, edit, and manipulate the data and maps
- Contents window to easily manage layers of maps and models
- Properties window for quick feature editing
- Worksheet window to view or edit raw data
Enhance Maps & Models
Surfer gives you the tools to visualize and model all types of data,
but it doesn’t stop there. Surfer’s extensive customization options
allow you to convey complex ideas in an easy to understand manner.
Enhance your maps and models with a variety of customizations options.
Surfer Customization Options
- Add legends, cross sections, magnifiers, scale bars, and multiple axes
- Include headers and footers
- Apply linear or logarithmic color scales
- Adjust tilt, rotation, and field of view angle
- Edit all axis parameters
- Include graticule lines or another grid
- Combine or stack multiple maps
- Define custom line styles and colors
- Edit text, line, fill and symbol properties
- Add text, polylines, polygons, symbols, and spline polylines
- Include range rings
- Many more…
Full Grid Control
Surfer gives you extensive control over grid files. Create isopach
maps for structural geology, calculate volumes for inventory management
or derivatives for terrain analysis, and even create site suitability
models all with grid files. Achieve a complete understanding of your
Surfer Grid Features
- Directly edit the underlying grid data
- Calculate volume and area of grids
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide grids
- Perform custom mathematical functions on grids
- Calculate differential and integral operations or Fourier and spectral analysis
- Convert areas to nodata
- Project grids from one coordinate system to another
- Mosaic multiple grids together seamlessly
- Transform, offset, rescale, rotate, or mirror grids
- Filter grids with high- and low-pass filters
- Extract smaller areas from a grid
- Subtract the Z in the grid from the original Z
Edit contour lines down to the finest detail. Surfer’s grid editor
lets you quickly adjust contour lines by interactively editing the
underlying grid file. Brush, warp, smooth, push down or up, and erase
grid nodes, and immediately see the changes to your grid-based maps.
- Perform free-hand contour editing
- Brush specific Z values across nodes
- Smooth contours
- Pull up or push down contours in specific areas
- Warp contour lines
- Erase parts of the contour map
- Find the Z value at any XY point location
Grid Data with Certainty
Have complete confidence in the accuracy of your model. Surfer
provides numerous interpolation methods to grid regularly or irregularly
spaced data onto a grid or raster, and each interpolation method
provides complete control over gridding parameters. Plus, no time is
wasted with multithreaded gridding!
Surfer Gridding Methods
- Inverse Distance
- Minimum Curvature
- Natural Neighbor
- Triangulation with Linear Interpolation
- Nearest Neighbor
- Local Polynomial
- Polynomial Regression
- Data Metrics
- Radial Basis Function
- Modified Shepard's Method
- Moving Average
Surfer Interpolation Features
- Variogram models
- Kriging with external drift
- Faults and breaklines
- Control over search neighborhood size, shape, and constraints
- Data filtering
- Automatic data statistics
- Create grid files directly from contour polylines
- Grid to convex hull
- Duplicate handling
- Cross validation
- Control over output geometry and resolution
- Limit or clamp z-values
Make Meaningful Decisions
Get answers to your questions with Surfer’s geoprocessing tools.
Process your data and analyze relationships. Narrow down areas of
interest, highlight important intersections, or perform mathematical
calculations on the underlying data to make informed decisions.
Surfer Geoprocessing Tools
- View, create, edit and delete object attributes using the convenient Attribute Table
- Calculate attribute values
- Query objects based on attribute values
- Perform Delaunay triangulation
- Reshape, simplify, smooth polylines, polygons, and grids
- Create buffers around points, polylines, and polygons
- Convert between polygons and polylines
- Create polygons by combining existing polygons
- Create points or polygons in intersecting areas
- Connect or break polylines at specified locations
- Combine and split islands
- Georeference images
- Apply line, fill, and symbol properties based on attribute values
- Display symbology in the legend
- Select symbology based on unique values, unclassed colors and symbols, and classed colors and symbols
Immediate Access to Online Data
An abundance of data is at your fingertips waiting to be visualized.
Surfer gives you immediate access to worldwide aerial imagery, Open
Street Map imagery, worldwide vector data, and terrain data. If you have
your own favorite data servers or access to a private data server,
include a custom link to that source for easy access. Surfer makes it
easy to access the surplus of online data.
Supported server types:
- Web mapping server (WMS)
- Open Street Map server (OSM)
- Web coverage server (WCS)
- Web feature server (WFS)
Work Seamlessly with all Coordinate Systems
Your job is to transform data into valuable visualizations. Surfer’s
job is to make it easy for you. Surfer effortlessly manages unreferenced
data and data projected in different/multiple coordinate systems. It
really is that easy.
Surfer Coordinate System Features
- Over 2500 predefined coordinate systems
- Create custom coordinate systems
- Search coordinate systems by name or EPSG number
- Reproject coordinate systems
- Over 80 ellipsoids
- Over 45 predefined linear units
- Create custom linear units
- Add graticule or grid lines to view different coordinate systems on a map
Image courtesy of Eric Dickenson, Environmental Science and Engineering Division, Colorado School of Mines.
Seamlessly visualize and analyze data from multiple sources. Surfer natively reads numerous file formats
including SHP, DXF, and XLSX. Surfer also supports all popular export
formats. An extensive set of data management tools are at your disposal
for complete compatibility.
Collaborate with Confidence
Quickly share your work with colleagues, stakeholders, and clients.
Surfer models are ready for printed publication with the high quality
export formats including PDF or TIF. Alternatively, share your work
online with web compatible formats like JPG or PNG. If you are preparing
for a presentation, simply copy and paste your map or model into
presentation tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Word.
PDF snippet courtesy of Alecos Demetriades, Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration.
A., 2011. The Lavrion urban geochemistry study, Hellas. Chapter 25 In:
C.C. Johnson, A. Demetriades, J. Locutura & R.T. Ottesen (Editors),
Mapping the chemical environment of urban areas. Wiley-Blackwell, John
Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chichester, U.
Work Smart, Not Hard with Automation
Don’t waste time doing the same process over and over. Create scripts to automate repetitive or recurring tasks. Surfer can be called from any automation-compatible programming languages such as C , Python, or Perl. Surfer also ships with Scripter, a built-in Visual Basic compatible scripting tool.
Save time with automation, and save even more time by reviewing the extensive set of sample scripts in the Surfer Automation Knowledge Base!
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.
Fault planes and mineralization bodies displayed in the 3D View in Surfer
3D View improvements
- Display 3D polygons, 3D polylines, and 3D polymesh objects in the 3D View
The 2D plot view and the 3D view now supports 3D vector data, including polylines, polygons, and polymesh objects! Your entire model can come to life in the 3D view with the ability to display your 3D DXF, SHP, GPX, and more formats in true 3D. Show how the fracture zones in the rock sequence relate to some nearby tunnels and vertical shafts, or visualize your pipeline network. Identify fault planes or other lines intersecting with your surfaces.
Pipelines in DXF format displayed in the 3D View in Surfer
Give your graphics depth and dimension with tessellated polygon fills. Surfaces will respond to changes in environment lighting so you can highlight your area of interest. Buildings or other structures can be imported in DXF format and positioned on your DEM or topographic surface.
- Exporting to 3D PDF
We've improved the 3D PDF export when creating interactive PDFs from the Surfer's 3D View. Choose the quality upon export. The lower the quality, the faster the export and smaller the PDF files. If you want the most detail, choose the highest quality. You can choose what works best for you!
- Calculate area and volume between contours
You don't need to use a script or manually calculate volumes and areas within contour levels anymore. The new Contour Volume/Area tool automatically calculates the volume and area above, below, and between the contour levels of your choosing.
The new Contour Volume/Area Report in Surfer
- Display high resolution imagery without the alpha channel
Some imagery may have embedded alpha channel information, which can affect the colors of an imported image, making it look faded or grey. Now Surfer gives you the option to ignore the alpha channel for any imported image. Ignoring the alpha channel will import these graphics in rich, true and detailed color.
An image displayed with the alpha channel information (left) and without the alpha channel information (right)
- Work with 3D polylines and 3D polygons in the 2D View
Use 3D SHP, 3D DXF, 3D BLN files (and more) for geoprocessing and grid editing functions in Surfer! Import 3D geometry directly from your files into a base layer. Or, simply select or draw regular 2D polylines and polygons and convert them to 3D. We've made your life easier with the ability to edit Z values for the vertices right in the Property Manager.
Use 3D polylines and 3D polygons with the following grid processing functions:
- Assign NoData
- Grid from Contours
- Calculate Volume
- Grid Info
Use 3D polylines and 3D polygons to perform the following geoprocessing functions:
- Connect polylines
- Convert vector objects between 2D and 3D
- Break polylines
- New functions available via automation
We've added a lot of the newer functionality in Surfer to the automation model. New options in Surfer automation include:
- Create or edit 3D polygons
- Create or edit 3D polylines
- ClassedPostLayer now supports recent improvements made in the user interface (e.g. setting the class name, colormap, and symbol method, and saving the class file)
- Saving grids now has an output options string, including an option to save the spatial reference information.
- Use GridProject to convert the coordinate system of a grid file
- Update GridBlank to GridAssignNoData, with an option to use an existing polygon as the NoData boundary
- Apply DMS formatting to labels
- Use PointSample to calculate the Z values in a grid file at specific XY coordinates saved in a data file
- DXF Export: option to export LWPOLYLINE with no ZLEVEL (2D flat polylines)
Export polylines, such as contours, to DXF format as flat polylines with no ZLEVEL information, so you can view your contours in map view in Autocad. This is useful for people working with contour maps in AutoCAD.
- Windows 7 SP1, 8 (excluding RT), 10 and higher
- 32-bit and 64-bit operation system support
- 1024x768 or higher monitor resolution with minimum 16-bit color depth
- At least 500 MB free hard disk space
- At least 512 MB RAM for simple data sets, 1GB RAM recommended
- 3D View requirements:
- OpenGL v3.2 or later, including the following support:
Vertex, Fragment, and Geometry shaders
GLSL (GL Shading Language) 150