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July 17th, 2018

Golden Software Provides Golden Opportunity with Universities' Educational Site License

A new unlimited licensing plan for universities and educational institutions is available from Golden Software, a developer of affordable software for scientific data visualization and analysis. There will be an annual fee that provides faculty and students at a participating school unlimited access to three flagship Golden Software packages – Surfer, Grapher and Strater.

The 3D surface model of the Azores region was generated in Surfer from various data sources including multibeam bathymetry.

Currently Golden Software's software is used by more than 100,000 scientific and high-tech clients worldwide in:

  • environmental consulting
  • mining
  • oil & gas exploration and extraction
  • engineering
  • geospatial applications
  • applied science 


Golden Software CEO Blakelee Mills said that Golden Software products are already cost-effective alternatives to many scientific and GIS packages. Their Educational Site License makes it easier and more affordable than ever for students to learn how to extract knowledge from their scientific and geospatial data.

The software packages included in the new Educational Site License plan are:

  • Surfer – A robust data visualization and mapping package, Surfer allows users to model their data sets, apply an array of advanced analytics tools, and graphically communicate the results in ways anyone can understand.
  • Grapher – Giving users deeper insights into their data, Grapher offers 70 different 2D and 3D graphing tools to plot, analyze and display scientific data.
  • Strater – Developed for the creation of clear and concise geotechnical reports, Strater eliminates subsurface uncertainty by transforming raw subsurface data into understandable well logs, borehole models, and stratigraphic cross sections and profiles.


Educational Site Licenses may be purchased online at the following link. 

Mills continued that many of their clients who first learned to use Golden Software products in school tell them it gave them a head-start on their careers in science. “With our new Educational License, we hope to provide students and educators the tools they need to excel in their studies and professional careers.”

The Educational Site License allows qualifying universities, colleges and accredited trade schools to provide unlimited access to Surfer, Grapher and/or Strater for use by students, faculty, researchers and administrative staff. The software may be used in course instruction and non-commercial research, as well as administrative functions, such as asset mapping and construction modeling.

In addition to unlimited software access, any individual associated with one of the participating educational institution receives a 50 percent discount on Golden Software training classes. The class schedule may be found .

Golden Software offers six products: Surfer® for gridding, contouring and 3D surface mapping; Voxler® for 3D data visualization; Grapher™ for 2D and 3D graphing; Strater® for well log, borehole and cross section plotting; MapViewer™ for thematic mapping and spatial analysis; and Didger® for digitizing and coordinate conversion.