geoSCOUT vs. Surfer

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
geoSCOUT
Score 9.9 out of 10
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geoSCOUT geological data analysis platform comes with preloaded data and can analyze geological data from other sources, from geoLOGIC systems in Calgary.N/A
Surfer
Score 9.0 out of 10
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Surfer is a data visualization suite from Golden Software in Colorado for oil and gas companies, or other entities in other industries requiring geological or environmental data.N/A
Pricing
geoSCOUTSurfer
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
geoSCOUTSurfer
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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User Ratings
geoSCOUTSurfer
Likelihood to Recommend
9.9
(3 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
geoSCOUTSurfer
Likelihood to Recommend
geoLOGIC systems
There are really only 2 tools in industry that have the function of geoSCOUT (the other being Accumap.) Both are similar. I'd recommend geoSCOUT for project/area specific work. I'd recommend Accumap for start-up companies who are trying to establish their 'playground' as it's easier to navigate province wide assets, whereas new maps are required for geoSCOUT.
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Golden Software
Surfer has been excellent for us, a small company, to process the electrical resistivity, refraction microtremor, and MASW data collected in the field. There are an increasing number of programs capable of assisting in this geophysical analysis but Surfer is the most advanced. The ability to create both 2D and 3D figures in the program while managing data is a huge help. It also greatly improved report quality and helped clients better understand what the results were for a study.
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Pros
geoLOGIC systems
  • Well ticket information.
  • Spatial analysis.
  • Query effectiveness.
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Golden Software
  • The interface is simple and easy/quick to learn, so that not much experience is needed to start generating maps.
  • The map layouts are easy to manipulate, change colors, scale, labels, contour interval, etc...
  • Simple but functional mathematical and logical functions allow for the calculation and manipulation of grids.
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Cons
geoLOGIC systems
  • Cross sections are not always that visually appealing. Cross sections from Petrel look much better.
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Golden Software
  • The user interface can be tricky at first. It's a little rough around the edges and takes a little time to get the hang of.
  • Not an ideal application for older employees. There are too many things with the interface that make it not worthwhile to train employees with less computer experience.
  • Manipulating data within Surfer is difficult because you have to do things in a certain order. Not terrible if you get the hang of it but certainly frustrating at first.
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Alternatives Considered
geoLOGIC systems
Accumap is also a similar tool. The two tools contain the same information, although geoSCOUT has extra modules which have been somewhat useful. For the most part, engineers pull raw production, completions and facilities data. geoSCOUT is better for visualizing plans and allowing toggling of different considerations using the layer manager.
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Golden Software
Surfer is very unique with respect to its capabilities. I am not aware of any other mapping software that is at the same time flexible, has a friendly interface, and creates such nice-looking maps.
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Return on Investment
geoLOGIC systems
  • Allowed for efficient information gathering thereby decreasing turnaround time on projects.
  • Helpful for competitor analysis.
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Golden Software
  • The worst thing about Surfer is the cost. My company can only afford one license at the moment which means only one employee gets to use it regularly. Not so great when someone is sick or you have a huge wave of projects.
  • The user interface is a little rough but younger employees have been great at catching on quickly and producing great images.
  • There's nothing else quite like Surfer. It's versatile and not to difficult to use so, though the licenses are expensive, it is an excellent program that has done wonders for our company!
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