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Golden Software Surfer 15 3D Surface Mapping Software

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Explore the Depths of your Data. Compatible with Lorenz Deepmax Z1

Golden Software Surfer 15 3D Surface Mapping Software
Explore the Depths of your Data. Compatible with Lorenz Deepmax Z1

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.

Discover the depths of your data with Surfer’s numerous analysis tools. Surfer quickly transforms your data into knowledge.

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.

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.

User Interface Features:

  • Edit Contours
  • Full Grid Control
  • LiDAR Point Clouds
  • Streamlined Workflows
  • Grid Data with Certainty
  • Enhance Maps & Models
  • Create Professional Maps
  • Model Data in Multi-Dimensions
  • Immediate Access to Online Data
  • Work Seamlessly with all Coordinate Systems

Golden Software Surfer 15 3D Surface Mapping Software

Visualize Data

You work hard gathering your data. Don’t settle for sub-par 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

Visualize Data

Image courtesy of Alain Paillou, Amateur Astronomer

Analyze Data

Analyze Data

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 Results

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."

- Jeff Mattson

Communicate Results

Survey 2

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:

  • Agriculture
  • Archaeology
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Exploration
  • Geophysical
  • Geotechnical
  • Geothermal
  • GIS
  • Government
  • Maritime
  • Military
  • Mining
  • Mudlogging
  • Oil & Gas
  • Renewable Energy
  • UAV / UAS
  • Utilities
  • Water Resources

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

  • Contour
  • Base
  • Post
  • 3D Surface
  • Color Relief
  • Classed Post
  • 3D Wireframe
  • 1-Grid Vector
  • 2-Grid Vector
  • Shaded Relief
  • Watershed
  • Grid Value
  • Viewshed
  • Point Cloud
Professional Map

Video courtesy of Alain Paillou, Amateur Astronomer

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 trends.

Achieve a 360⁰ Perspective

  • Rotate Your Map
  • Walk Along the Surface
  • Adjust the Vertical Exaggeration
  • 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

  • Select Points Interactively or by Criteria
  • Create a Point Cloud from Multiple LAS/LAZ Files
  • Assign Color by Elevation, Intensity, Return Number, or Classification
  • 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

  • Import Every Nth Point
  • Import Data with Specified Source ID
  • Import Only the Desired Return Type or Classification Values
  • Spatial Filtering Based on XY Bounds or Elevation Data Limits
  • Flag Filters such as Scan Direction, Edge of Flight, or Synthetic, Key, and withheld Points
LiDAR Point Cloud 1
LiDAR Point Cloud 2

User Interface

Streamlined Workflows

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
  • Customize Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar
  • Dock or Float All Windows
  • Contents Window to Easily Manage Layers of Maps and Models
  • Properties Window for Quick Feature Editing
  • Worksheet Window to View or Edit Raw Data
  • Map Wizard to Quickly Create Maps and Models
  • Single Window to View, Edit, and Manipulate the Data and Maps

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 customization options.

Surfer Customization Options

  • Edit All Axis Parameters
  • Include Graticule Lines or Another Grid
  • Apply Linear or Logarithmic Color Scales
  • Adjust Tilt, Rotation, and Field of View Angle
  • Add Text, Polylines, Polygons, Symbols, and Spline Polylines
  • Include Headers and Footers
  • Include Range Rings
  • Combine or Stack Multiple Maps
  • Define Custom Line Styles and Colors
  • Edit Text, Line, Fill and Symbol Properties
  • Add Legends, Cross Sections, Magnifiers, Scale Bars, and Multiple Axes
  • Many More…
Profile Customization

Volcano Grid

Full Grid Controls

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 underlying data.

Surfer Grid Features

  • Directly Edit the Underlying Grid Data
  • Calculate Volume and Area of Grids
  • Add, Subtract, Multiply, and Divide Grids
  • Convert Areas to No Data
  • Perform Custom Math Functions on Grids
  • 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
  • Calculate Differential and Integral Operations or Fourier and Spectral Analysis

Edit Contours

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.

  • Smooth Contours
  • Perform Free-Hand Contour Editing
  • Brush Specific Z Values Across Nodes
  • Pull Up or Push Down Contours in Specific Areas
  • Warp Contour Lines
  • Find the Z Value at any XY Point Location
  • Erase Parts of the Contour Map
Edit Contours

Earthquake Contour
Airborne Geophysical Gridding

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 multi-threaded gridding!

Surfer Gridding Methods

  • Kriging
  • Inverse Distance
  • Minimum Curvature
  • Natural Neighbor
  • Nearest Neighbor
  • Triangulation with Linear Interpolation
  • Local Polynomial
  • Polynomial Regression
  • Data Metrics
  • Radial Basis Function
  • Moving Average
  • Modified Shepard's Method

Surfer Interpolation Features

  • Variogram Models
  • Anisotropy
  • 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

  • Perform Delaunay Triangulation
  • Reshape, Simplify, Smooth Polylines, Polygons, and Grids
  • Create Buffers around Points, Polylines, and Polygons
  • View, Create, Edit and Delete Object Attributes Using the Convenient Attribute Table
  • Convert Between Polygons and Polylines
  • Combine and Split Islands
  • Create Polygons by Combining Existing Polygons
  • Create Points or Polygons in Intersecting Areas
  • Connect or Break Polylines at Specified Locations
  • Georeference Images

Surfer Symbology

  • Display Symbology in the Legend
  • Apply Line, Fill, & Symbol Properties Based on Attribute Values
  • Select Symbology Based on Unique Values, Unclassed Colors and Symbols, and Classed Colors and Symbols
Geoprocessing Buffer

Download Online Maps

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 80 Ellipsoids
  • Create Custom Linear Units
  • Re-Project Coordinate Systems
  • Over 45 Pre-Defined Linear Units
  • Create Custom Coordinate Systems
  • Over 2500 Pre-Defined Coordinate Systems
  • Search Coordinate Systems by Name or EPSG Number
  • Add Graticule or Grid Lines to View Different Coordinate Systems on a Map
Coordinate Systems

Image courtesy of Eric Dickenson, Environmental Science
and Engineering Division, Colorado School of Mines


Complete Compatibility

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.

(To the Right : PDF snippet courtesy of Alecos Demetriades, Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration. Demetriades, 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.K., 424-456.)
Demetriades PDF

Automation Cog

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!

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