Surfer Introductory Course

1 day introduction to using the Surfer application

Information about Surfer is available here

The course covers:

  • Introduction to Surfer: The menus, "toolkit" and components; Setting up Surfer / setting preferences.
  • Raw data input: Format of input files. Entering and editing data in the worksheet; Raw data considerations.
  • Gridding the raw data: Introduction to the different interpolation methods used for gridding; comparison of contour maps generated by different interpolation methods; considerations when selecting interpolation methods.
  • Contour maps: Creating a contour map; Colour fill contours; Adding base and other map types, Overlaying maps; Adding a second surface; Adding images; Adding a fault line; Printing; Exporting. Using the Image and Shaded relief options; Digitising from map; Slice / Section generation; Customising contour display.
  • 3D Surfaces: Creating a 3D surface map; Changing viewpoint; Colour levels; Printing.
  • Grid Operations: Volume and Area calculations; Grid mathematics (generate Isopachite grid); Blanking a grid.
  • Combination maps: Draping contour maps and images over 3D surfaces; Stacking maps; Editing overlays.
  • Grid files: Edit grid file; Format of Grid files; External creation of grid files.

At the end of this course you will:

  • Know how to input and grid the raw data required by Surfer.
  • Be aware of the considerations for input data to produce valid contour maps.
  • Know the different interpolation methods available and be aware of their respective advantages and disadvantages.
  • Be able to create contour maps, 3D surfaces and perform mathematical operations on grid files (e.g. volumes).
  • Know how to print maps and export maps to other applications (such as Microsoft Word).
  • Know some short cuts and useful techniques for getting the most from your software.

Recent courses have been rated consistently good to excellent by attendees.

Surfer Introductory courses have been provided to:

  • Cumbria Contracts Ltd., Penrith, Cumbria.
  • Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), Northern Ireland, Queens University, Belfast.
  • Dept. of Environment Northern Ireland (DoENI), Lisburn. Three courses provided.
  • Environment Agency (EA), Shrewsbury.
  • Marine Institute, Galway, Ireland.
  • Marine Laboratory, Torry, Aberdeen.
  • Nishimatsu Construction Co. Ltd., (Dublin Tunnel Link project), Dublin.
  • Rodger Builders Ltd., Berwickshire.
  • RPS Health, Safety and Environment, London.
  • RTZ, Coal Division, Bristol.
  • Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), East Kilbride.

Course pre-requisites:

  1. A good knowledge of using Windows software applications is essential.
  2. Familiarity with drawing/graphics and / or GIS type applications is useful but not essential.

Surfer Combined course

The Introductory and Advanced courses can be combined to form a convenient two day course. Alternatively, you can replace both days with your own tailored course (see Customised courses below).

Customised courses

To get the most from a course it is often best to use data that you are working with. If we don't already have similar data or courses we can tailor courses to use your own data.

To provide a customised course we require at least four weeks advance notice, with the supply of relevant details and data to us at that time. There is an extra charge for preparation time (which may entail work of between half a day and three days). The preparation time depends on the complexity of data provided. GeoMEM are happy to provide a quotation after seeing the data and before proceeding with course development.


For pricing information please contact GeoMEM