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  1. If I have an excavation and a point on the crest (or a bunch of crest points) and I put in a slope of 4:1 and I have a known pit bottom floor. Will Surfer be able to calculate where the slope intersects the pit floor and what the XYZ coordinates will be at the point?

  2. I need to apologize but I am still confused. Do I digitize the polygon that I have already created in the drawing? How many points should I get? When I open the BLN in a worksheet is it the worksheet that contains the coordinates for the contour map, or do I open a new Worksheet? Once I create the BLN file and change the cell B1 from 1 to 0 and save the changes do I create a Grid file from that?

  3. I need help trying to figure out how to keep the contours within a defined area. I can specify the maximum and minimum x and y boundaries but the shape of the area I am using is more like a trapezoid and the contour lines are going outside the area because the program things it is a square.

  4. I have Surfer 9 and it gives me the area of the polygon but not the surface area of the land in the survey coordinates. Example: The area of the polygon was 439.77321590909 cm2 on a drawing of 1:5000 scale. Ineed the land area in m2 or Ha or Acres

  5. I finally figured out how to grid the data and how to use the two different grids (the upper and lower surface) to get a volume. My next question is: If the elevation is in metres then is the volume in cubic metres??

    Anthony :blink:

    Hi Anthony,

    Mitch is talking about gridding the data. In Surfer this is done with the Grid | Data menu command. This command requires the data in an ASCII or Excel XYZ file format.

    An example ASCII XYZ data file follows:

    "X" "Y" "Elevation"

    0.1 0 90

    3.5 0 45

    4.9 0 65

    6.2 0 40


    Grid the 2006 data file and the 2008 data file with the same XY min and max and the same number of grid lines. Then choose Grid | Volume to calculate the volume between the two surfaces.

    If you have further questions, please contact me.


    Tom B

    [email protected]

  6. I am really new at using Surfer and I am not sure how to make a grid. Is it just a grid map as I do have all the original survey data including elevations from 2006 and the most up to date survey.

    I would appreciate it if you could help me learn to make grids or point me in the direction to find out how to do it.


    Hi Anthony,

    Do you have the original grids or just the contours? Its much easier to calculate volume changes from a grid, you only need to create the new one with the same node spacing and size and then use the Grid Math functions in the Utilities.

    If you only have contours you'll need to digitize them either using a digitizing tablet (Didger) or on screen (RockPlot2D) to get the volume changes. Creating a correct surface grid from contours is surprisingly hard to do.


  7. I need help with calculating volumes for a gravel deposit. I have an original contour surface drawn from 2006 and a new contoured surface for 2008. I need to be able to show the differences between the two on the drawing (e.g. -12m etc..) and then be able to calculate what volume of material has been moved out of the pit since 2006. :blink:


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