Who Uses This Software?

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


Average Ratings

9 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

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

About Surfer

Surfer is a full-function 2D and 3D mapping, modeling, and analysis software package for scientists and engineers. Surfer's sophisticated interpolation engine quickly transforms XYZ data into publication-quality maps. Virtually every aspect of the map is customizable. Enhance maps with profiles, legends, titles and labels, faults and breaklines, or external maps from any web mapping service. Surfer is used extensively by scientists, consultants, engineers, and many others across the globe.


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!


Capterra loader

Greatest GIS for geoscientists

Apr 01, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's top notch for geoscientists. Other softwares that serve the same function such as Arcgis are much more complex than surfer. Using surfer can save a lot of time and it's results are as good as other GIS softwares: beautifullly rendered 2D and 3D maps for georreferencing. Plus the mathematics behind surfer are excellent so we have great correlations.

Cons: When learning how to use surfer be prepared to be frustrated since there are not that many tutorials compared to other GIS softwares, but once you get to know how to work with it is just great.

Overall: Great georreferencing tool that I have been using since I was a student, using it in combination with other geoscientific tools generate beautiful maps. I strongly recomend that you pay for a tutorial though.

When the maps come to life

Sep 13, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: That fantastic feeling when a cold, flat map is turned into a 3D display where you can do whatever you want. Very precise coordinates and altitude. Of course, everything depends on how much data you supply to it; more points, better 3D display

Cons: I do not know. Sometimes I have the feeling that the tools are insufficiently used, and that the software offers a lot more than I use. Perhaps the constant work on all kinds of tutorials would be of great help

Overall: I dealt a lot with geophysics, and when I had to present my plan for fieldwork and profile positions to investors, and the problems that I would encounter, only with the surfer, I could convey to them the complete situation. With ordinary maps, this did not work for me because the investors are mainly people who are not from this profession and do not have a clear picture of the issues of geophysical profiling

Vendor Response

by Golden Software on September 27, 2018

Thank you for your kind words! Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We'd be glad to discuss ways you could further utilize Surfer's tools.

Surfer: A Softwaretool for Geographers

Jan 20, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Very useful for engineers and geoscientists

Aug 13, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: with surfer we are able to create good quality 2D and 3D maps . It allows you to import an excel sheet and work based on that data. Also you can create different types of maps ( I have made gravimetric and topographic maps ).

Cons: It is hard to use some of the tools and is not easy to find some kind of tutorial on internet. I have only used in small areas because I've only made school projects.

Overall: I discovered surfer when I was in a physics lab . I had to represent electric fields line and I didn't know how to do that. That is when I found a tutorial using this software to make it possible. Then, when I started to see more advanced subjects at my school . I found out that geoscientist use it a lot, that is where I started exploring all of its awesome features. I made a gravimetric study of all my school for a project and Surfer was really helpful for presenting the results of that study.

Vendor Response

by Golden Software on August 14, 2018

Thank you for the review!

There is a self-paced tutorial within Surfer's help. You can access the Help directly within the program or online- http://surferhelp.goldensoftware.com/#t=tutorial%2Fusing_the_online_tutorial.htm.

You're also welcome to contact our support team directly with any questions you may have - support.goldensoftware.com

Hope this helps!

Capterra loader

Good option for fast data processing and generation of associated three-dimensional maps.

Mar 08, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: For the mapping and modeling of small areas, I prefer it before more complex software such as Arcgis, simply for convenience and faster results.

Almost all aspects of the map can be customized, so the final presentation is exactly as the user intended.

Cons: I can not use it to model buildings and it also does not have video output format

It does not allow me to do double visualization in the same interface, option that if they have other similar programs like the qGis, for example.

Overall: Almost all aspects of the map can be customized, so the final presentation is practically what I want, with few format restrictions.

The most recent versions have incorporated improvements that allow me:

Develop 3D views to visualize data in real 3D, with the ability to walk on the surface and fly through the visualizations.

Now I can process and visualize the data more quickly on the surface that I have created.

I have also noticed that aspects related to data import formats have improved.

Capterra loader

Excellent for contouring maps.

May 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: As a geoscientist you normally use lots of GIS softwares, and I can honestly tell that working with surfer for me produced the best results, it is a mix of easier than other GIS software with beautiful maps. Its correlation tools and color palettes allow you to create great contour maps to represent any type of geophysical, geological or geographical data, such as magnetic and gravimetric.

Cons: As many of the GIS softwares it can be difficult at first, but once you get the hang of it you shouldn't have any issues, just beware that there are not that many tutorials online.

Overall: I truly recommend surfer to anyone who would like a much more streamlined GIS software that produces beautiful maps and it's cheaper than other top notch GIS programs.

Capterra loader

Great 2D and 3D mapping software

Mar 23, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: What I like the most about surfer is how detailed their maps can be, while working with gravimetric data or magnetic surfer's interpolations end up with beautiful and detailed maps whose outputs are much better than most mapping software. Plus is worth noting that it has excellent compatibility with excel which is a must since almost all data for mapping comes from excel databases.

Cons: It can be a bit non intuitive, so getting the hang of it can be a little bit overwhelming, but it's not a great issue compared to the benefits the software provides

Overall: Beautiful maps and representations with nice contouring and excellent interpolation methods

Capterra loader

A good choice to scientists

Oct 10, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Too easy interface with beginner user. Many options of math functions and import/export formats.

Cons: The too easy interface, turns the program some limited to high-end users due do not offers a personable options.

Overall: I like it, but when I need a powerful functions I need user other program.

Vendor Response

by Golden Software on October 15, 2018

Hello Professor Dourado:

Thank you for your kind words! We now offer an educational site license that would grant access to an unlimited number of Surfer licenses for the University of Rio de Janeiro State. More information can be found here - http://www.goldensoftware.com/education

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

User of the software for environmental studies, agricultural studies, and engineering projects.

Jul 10, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Customer support is fantastic. Basic features are relatively easy to use and advanced features have interesting applications that I look forward to learning and utilizing.

Cons: Some features are not exactly intuitive, would be nice to have more documentation on creating scripts to run batch processes.

Overall: Easy bridge from engineering/field data to map creation. Great compatibility with other mapping software.