Three-Minute Tour

We have included several sample files with Surfer so that you can quickly see the variety of Surfer's capabilities. Only a few files are discussed here, and these examples do not include all of Surfer's many map types and features. The Contents window is a good source of information as to what is included in each Surfer file. The different types of maps that can be created is found in the program help in the Map Types topic.

Surfer, a powerful contouring, gridding, and surface mapping package, produces publication quality maps. Virtually all aspects of your maps can be customized to produce the exact presentation you want.

To access the example files from your computer:

  1. Open Surfer.
  2. Click the File | Open command.
  3. In the Open dialog, navigate to the Surfer Samples folder located in C:\Program Files\Golden Software\Surfer\Samples by default.
  4. Select the sample .SRF file of interest and click Open. The sample file is now displayed. Repeat as necessary to see the files of interest.

Examples of Surfer Capabilities

View Data in 2D and 3D

The 3D View sample files include examples of 3D contours, points, vector objects, drillholes, and volumes. To view the 3D model, open the SRF file, select the map in the Contents window and click Map Tools | View | 3D View to open a 3D view.

The 3DView.SRF sample file includes a base layer flight path you can view by clicking 3D View | Fly-Through | Play in the 3D View window.

Present Scientific Research

The Classed Post.SRF sample file displays two maps. The left map is a contour map with a classed post map layer displaying the location of the sample of copper in parts per million and assay results over a study area. The right map is a classed post map that displays the drill hole assay results by comparing the depth from surface to the Easting. A classed post map legend has been added to each map.


Display Complex Spatial Data

The Profile.SRF file contains a map with two base map layers, a contour layer, and a shaded relief layer. The base maps were created with the Map Tools | Add to Map | Profile command. At the bottom of the page, the A and B profile lines are displayed, showing two elevation profiles across the Mount St. Helens map.

Layer Multiple Types of Data

The BaseSymbology (PieChart).SRF sample file was created from one post layer and two base layers. The post layer displays circular symbols relatively sized according to population count in various cities throughout Florida. The base layer depicts population in all the counties in Florida using Unclassed Colors symbology. The Pies base layer uses Pie Chart symbology to depict the proportion of women to men in each county.

See Also

Using Surfer

Using Scripter

Map Types

Surfer User Interface

Surfer Tutorial