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If you have many different DCSs or PLCs in your manufacturing plant, OSIsoft PI System does the job quite well to integrate all different types of sources and data. We have Yokogawa, Mitsubishi, Hitachi, and Azbil DCS and PLC. Connecting them is not a problem.
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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.
Read full review Pros Ability to integrate with many 3rd-party systems, 70 sources as per their marketing claims Great for big data management Read full review 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. Read full review Cons Missing some features and has some bugs Read full review 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. Read full review Support Rating
Good local support. The only issue is that there are not many system integrators that are well versed with OSIsoft. The implementation is also very costly.
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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.
Read full review Return on Investment Real-time data We don't require constant updates during crisis from a technician who usually will update to BCP team via WhatsApp. Read full review 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! Read full review