Who Uses This Software?

Surfer primarily serves geospatial industries including environmental, mining, oil and gas, GIS, water resources, archaeology, and exploration.

Average Ratings

1 Review
  • 5 / 5
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Live Online
  • Support
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Golden Software
  • www.goldensoftware.com/
  • Founded 1983
  • United States

About Surfer

Surfer is a powerful 2D and 3D mapping, modeling and analysis program designed to facilitate a deeper understanding of geospatial data. Used by thousands of scientists, engineers, and educators across the globe, Surfer is a leading competitor in data modeling software. Surfer offers 13 different gridding methods, including Kriging with variograms, to convert regularly or irregularly spaced XYZ data into uniform grids. Thereafter transform the gird into customizable 2D and 3D grid-based maps.

Surfer Features

  • 3D Modeling
  • Cross Section Creation
  • Data Exchange
  • Data Storage
  • Exception Notification
  • Fence Diagrams
  • Log Map Creation
  • People Tracking
  • Pit Optimization Reporting
  • Risk Management
  • Volumetrics

Surfer Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Surfer: A Softwaretool for Geographers

Jan 20, 2017
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not

Pros: Extremly powerful and good support (documentation and free support from staff at goldensoftware)

Cons: I would like to have animation export, e.g. like fly over

Overall: With Surfer you can visualize and analyze data from multiple sources as Surfer is able to import a huge range of file-formats. Of course all Industry-standards like shape-file and xlsx ¿ to name only two ¿ are supported.
Surfer also provides numerous interpolation methods to grid regularly or irregularly spaced data.
With Surfer you can generate a lot of different high-quality map-types in a minimum of time. As a geographer I especially like 3D-maps. You can make two different kinds: 3D wireframes and 3D-Surface maps. You can even georeference rastermaps with just a few mouseclicks and add them to your 3D-map or add various features (e.g. rivers, boundaries¿) from vectorfiles.
Surfers list of export formats is impressive: Various raster and vector formats, Google Earth KML/KMZ or PDF to name just the most popular. For presentation beside using for example png-files in powerpoint exporting from Surfer as html-imagemap-file comes handy. A nice to have in the future would be the possibility to use animation via threejs or something similar.

Overall Surfer is an extremely well-designed Sofwaretool!

Vendor Response

by Golden Software on January 20, 2017

Thank you, Kurt, for your review! We'll add your suggestion for a 3D flyover to our customer request database.