Who Uses This Software?

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


Average Ratings

4 Reviews
  • 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.

Capterra-loader

Great 2D and 3D mapping software

Mar 23, 2018
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: 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

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.

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.