Scientific Analysis & Technical Graphing
Voxler 3
Create powerful, fast, customized 3D images and 3D models of your geologic data and point cloud data with Voxler 3. Easily import and combine data in a multitude of file formats to create stunning 3D models that visualize the relationships across your data set. This robust, yet user-friendly application gives you the power to display your data in a variety of formats and colors, model wells and boreholes in 3D, map surfaces in full 3D, capture video animation of your moving model, and select from several image and data export options to create stunning project and graphics.

Explore the world of 3D well and surface visualization with Voxler! Voxler is the leader in 3D well modeling, 3D geological data visualization, and 3D surface mapping; taking your raw, complex data and seamlessly modeling it into a rich, interactive, user-friendly 3D visual environment that produces great results for scientists and major stakeholders alike.

The updated, easy-to-understand user interface allows you to quickly combine, visualize, and examine the depths of your data in true 3D space. With robust data compatibility, importing data into Voxler is fast and easy. You can filter anomalies, duplicates, or areas you want eliminated. Interactively manipulate your data while viewing the results, and personalize Voxler with a multitude of settings.


Voxler Overview

Voxler takes your raw and complex geologic, borehole, point cloud, and GIS data and models it in a rich, interactive, 3D visual environment that generates stunning models that speak for themselves.  Scientist and stakeholders alike will be impressed with the astonishing ease that it takes to get up and running with Voxler and the quality of models that are efficiently fabricated. The updated, easy-to-understand user interface allows you to quickly visualize and examine the robustness of your data in 3D. With exceptional data compatibility, importing multiple data types and formats into Voxler is fast and easy.

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A Voxler Isosurface extends the concept of the contour line (a line of constant data value in 2D) and frames it in a 3D perspective. Voxler uses Isosurfaces to display a surface of a constant data value that dissects a 3D volume. Color-code and combine multiple Isosurfaces by data value to show discrete values through 3D lattices. Adding Isosurfaces to your model is a simple way of displaying precious metals concentrations, rendering subsurface coal seams, performing 3D data visualization of ground water contamination plumes, displaying threshold levels of inversions of 3D MT (geothermal) data, connecting subsurface anomalies found in gridding borehole data, featuring objects like piping networks and rebar in GPR surveys, and many more applications. Volumetric calculations can be effortlessly performed on your data that is confined to within or outside an Isosurface, which makes Voxler’s Isosurface module an invaluable tool for the geosciences.

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Volume Rendering

Voxler employs a direct volume rendering technique to render 3D volumetric data. The Golden Software developers belief that this technique, which is commonly used in medical imaging software, is also a great way to visualize earth and atmospheric sciences data as it allows you to see all aspects of your data within a 3D volume; not just the surface of the data. Voxler’s gridder is used to fabricate 3D lattices from discrete data samples that are gridded  to create uniformly spaced 3D lattices of continuous data where all of the nodes within the lattice are mapped to specific color and opacity values. This gives you full control of you data, where with the VolRender module, Voxler allows you have a good look at the 3D contents of your data including the inhomogeneity inside a rendered object with the addition of appropriate opacity mapping. The VolRender is particularly good at displaying chemical concentration values, contamination plumes, and other types of geophysical data in full 3D.

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Golden Software has always been known for its lightning-quick gridding algorithms and its exceptional contour map generation capabilities. These pillar components have been added to the 3D visualization world by being available as a powerful module in Voxler 3. Contours can be added to any gridded 3D dataset to display lines of constant data value along a 2D plane as slices. For a Surfer grid, the contours can be easily draped over the 3D surface by simply adding a Contours module to any Surfer grid file.  Voxler's contours can be orientated in any direction though a 3D volume and allow for full control of the contour levels, the line widths, and the color mapping.

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HeightFields and 3D Surfaces

HeightFields are simply 3D surfaces. Use Voxler to generate 3D surface maps, 3D terrain models, 3D contour maps, and slices through 3D volumes by adding HeightField modules to your Voxler project. Voxler can create stunning, high-resolution 3D surfaces from numerous gridded 2D data formats including Surfer GRD files, ADF, ASC, BIL, DDF, DEM, ERS, FLT, GXF, HDF, HDR, LAT, P3D, RAW, and VTK. HeightFields can also be fit to any slice of a volume generated from full 3D datasets that have been gridded in Voxler.

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3D Borehole Models

Voxler 3 can model straight and deviated well bore in full 3D space. Once a well path is modeled, multiple log variable can be rendered along the well paths simultaneously. In this image, differences in soil type are represented by different colors; differences in friction ratios are represented by different size disks rendered along the bore path. All of the properties are fully editable in Voxler.

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Calculate Volume

Voxler 3 now gives you the ability to quickly and easily calculate volumes using both the Isosurface module and the FaceRender module. With a click of the mouse, volumes can be found above or below the specified isovalue or from the number of blocks being displayed by the FaceRender. For an Isosurface, adjust the slider control to change the isovalue and the volume calculation dynamically updates and is quickly displayed in the Property Manager.

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Block Models

Voxler's FaceRender module displays un-interpolated voxel data in a block style model. Target component values are represented by the different colored blocks. The number of blocks, the average block value, and the volume if the blocks being displayed can be calculated and found in the Property Manager. A subsurface ore body being displayed within a volume by Voxler's Fac

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Stream Lines

Stream lines are used to display the path of particles through a velocity field, the distribution of velocities of a medium in 3D space. Different colors indicate the magnitude of the velocities. The technique injects massless particles at specified seed points and traces their paths through the field. The particles stop when the new velocity is zero, the maximum stream length is exceeded, or when


Vector Plots

A vector plot displays lines or arrows indicating the direction and magnitude indicated by the components of a 3D grid or point data set. The magnitude of the vectors is shown by length and color.


Point Clouds and Scatter Plots

A ScatterPlot displays a point cloud as points or symbols in true 3D space. Voxler is very versatile where it can take the XYZ or XYZC data from almost any available worksheet or tabular data format and specify different colors and a variety of different symbology for the different data values in your data, in true 3D space. This creates an outstanding 3D visualization of your data where Voxler’s 3D rotation gives a full view of the relationships within your point data. Voxler also offers several labeling options for the Scatter Plots.

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Ortho and Oblique Images

Orthographic images and oblique images display slices of data. Ortho images can also be used to display georeferenced image files at the correct map location. Oblique images display the image at any 3D direction. This example shows a georeferenced TIF file as an ortho image draped over a 3D HeightField.

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Clip Planes

Add a clip plane to any graphic to remove the portion on one side of the clip plane. Add multiple clip planes at different angles to display the area of interest without obstruction.



Add axes to a plot to display the XYZ coordinate ranges. Axes are color-coded to identify each direction. Change the plane of the axis labels the axis and rotate the labels around a point centered at each tick mark.


Bounding Box

The bounding box is a part of a plot that shows the limits of the XYZ data ranges. It is a good way to show the ranges when the settings produce a graphic that does not cover the entire range, as for some isosurfaces. It also provides a good reference system to orient the graphic output.


3D Gridding

Voxler can take scattered XYZC data (XYZ coordinates with a data value C) and produce a uniform 3D grid using Inverse Distance, and Local Polynomial gridding methods. It also can calculate a large number of Data Metrics within the specified search radii, including minimum, maximum, median, mean, quartiles, standard deviation, variance, count, density, and distance to nearest and farthest point.


More Computational Operations

Voxler provides a number of computational options including filters for eliminating duplicate data points, removing data points based on the X, Y, Z, or data values, calculating normal, distance-weighted, Gaussian averaging, data metrics, and image processing.

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Adding Light to a Scene

Lighting options include ambient light, camera headlight, directional, point, and spot lights with settings for color, intensity and direction. Use the graphical Dragger tool to aim and position directional, point, and spot lights.



Voxler features an improved print dialog with a print preview that is especially helpful when printing graphics that cover several pages. Don’t guess at how many pages a large plot will need! View the page requirements in the dialog preview. Print everything, or just the current view. Control image quality, add antialiasing to smooth a print out, and print the background color as needed.


Network Manager

The Voxler Network Manager graphically displays the modules (input data, computational, graphic output, info) and their connections. “LED” lights display green, yellow, or red to indicate the status of the module. Click on a module to select it and to display its settings in the Properties Manager.

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Property Manager

The Property Manager lists the settings for the selected module with edit boxes, sliders, and buttons for changing the settings.

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Supported File Formats

Voxler supports many import and export formats.

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Create your own scripts to automate repetitive tasks. You do not need to spend time doing the same process over and over again – write a simple script to simplify your workflow. Operations performed interactively can be controlled using an automation-compatible programming language such as Visual Basic, C++, or Perl.


Capture Video

Voxler 3 adds a video record procedure so you can save animation to an AVI file. You can make changes to your maps and images, and have them recorded in the AVI to share with other users. Video settings allow you to control the quality and file size of the output AVI file.The Voxler Capture Video command captures all rotations, zooms, and property changes of the objects in your vi

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What's New in Voxler 3?

Unleash Your 3D Potential

  • Render Well Data in 3D
  • 3D Volumetric Modeling with Volumetric Calcualtions
  • Label Scatter Plots by any X, Y, Z, C or Text Values
  • New 3D Block-style Model
  • Clip multiple graphical display modules
  • Expanded File Support
  • Drape Imagery over 3D HeightFields
  • The User Interface is Now More Friendly
  • Multithreaded Processing
  • Exporting 3D Gridded Data to a Single Data File
  • Flexible Data Transforms
  • Convert Data from Wells and Lattices into 3D Point Clouds
  • Drape Contours over Surfer Grid Files
  • Increased Range in Automation Controls
  • Display Cross-sections in 3D Space

Render Well Data in 3D, Including Deviated Boreholes

Rendering well data has never been easier! Voxler 3 can now render straight and deviated well bores in true 3D space. Once a well path is modeled, you can render from-to data, wire-line logs, curves, and directional survey data along the well path. Multiple variables can be rendered along the well paths simultaneously.

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Combine 3D well data, topography, and isosurfaces to outline an ore bodies in a mining area.

3D Volumetric Modeling with Volumetric Calcualtions

Generate 3D Isosurfaces from your gridded point dataset and now calculate the volume above or below the specified isovalue.

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Label Scatter Plots by any X, Y, Z, C or Text Values

Labels can now be displayed on the points of the ScatterPlot module. You can label your scatter plots by the X coordinates, the Y coordinates, the Z coordinates. a combination of all coordinates, any specified component values, or a text or data value from a label column in the source dataset. All labels have full formatting and editable font options.

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3D Volumetric Modeling has Been Expanded in Voxler with the Addition of a New 3D Block-style Model

Using Voxler's new FaceRender module, you can display true voxel data in a 3D block model. Display specific ranges of your data, count the number of blocks, calculate the average block value, and most importantly calculate the volume of the specified value range of your data. This module could be extremely helpful when you are trying to model a sub-surface ore body in 3D and estimate a volumetric calculation of the subsurface body.

Clip multiple graphical display modules at the same time

Voxler's enhanced ClipPlane module now accepts multiple inputs to save you time and effort clipping multiple graphical display modules at the same time. Only set the clipping parameters once!

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Expanded File Support

Voxler can now import and export Excel XLSX files. Import file support has been added for LAS files and ER Mapper's ECW files. Voxler can also now export ZMAP and CPS3 grid files.

Drape Imagery over 3D HeightFields

Voxler 3 now allows you to drape satellite and aerial imagery over 3D HeightField surfaces. We have added even more flexibility to Voxler by allowing this highly requested functionality to be compatible with Surfer-generated GRD files and by using superior texture mapping algorithms to fit the image to the surface.


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The User Interface is Now More Friendly

Many enhancements have been added to Voxler 3 to increase usability. We have added an exceptionally organized Property Manager to the interface that allows you to quickly find and manipulate the properties you are looking for. We have also added a number of highly-requested module behavior enhancements to the Network Manager, which allow for increased network management. Click and drag all Voxler project files and data files onto the user interface or Voxler icon for rapid loading and importing. The Viewer Window now supports tabbed windows so you can quickly go back and forth between multiple views of your project.

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Voxler 3 is much faster with the addition of Multithreaded Processing

You will undoubtedly see the increase in performance of Voxler 3; we have added multithreaded processing to almost every aspect of the program. Voxler 3 will now take advantage of SMP architectures for many of its processing algorithms.

Exporting 3D Gridded Data to a Single Data File

Voxler 3 now allows a much more streamlined export of lattices and 3D gridded data by supporting a single XYZC datasheet to be exported from the Gridder in XLS, DAT, CSV, and TXT formats.

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Transforming Data in Voxler's Scene is Now More Flexible

The transforms in Voxler have been completely overhauled to add much more usability and flexibility. Transformations are not just starting at the data's midpoint and moving out in equal directions. You can now specify the origin where you want the transformation to start. The Axes are now scaled along with the transformations, so no more stretched axes.



Convert Data from Wells and Lattices into 3D Point Clouds

Use Voxler's new ExtractPoints module allows you to quickly convert data from multiple well data sources into a single XYZVC Point Cloud. The point data can then be gridded and then rendered using any of Voxler's graphical display modules. Lattices can also be easily converted into a XYZC point set using this great addition to Voxler.

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Drape Contours over Surfer Grid Files

Voxler 3 now renders contours directly from Surfer GRD files and drapes them over HeightFields in true 3D space.


Voxler now drapes contours over Surfer grids.

Increased Range in Automation Controls

Repetitive tasks have never been easier to automate on Voxler with the newly updated version of Scripter that ships with Voxler 3. Transparency and view characteristic controls have also been added to Voxler's automation model. All new features, including well rendering, can be fully controlled from a script.

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Display Cross-sections that were Generated from Strater 3 in 3D Space

There is a direct link between Strater 3 and Voxler 3 where cross-sections that are created in Strater 3 can be directly exported, displayed, and rotated in Voxler's 3D scene.


The new Options dialog increases ease of use as you customize the views,
movements, colors, and functionality to work more efficiently in Voxler 2.

System Requirements
  • Windows XP SP2 or higher, Vista, 7, 8 (excluding RT) or higher
  • 32-bit and 64-bit supported
  • 1024 x 768 or higher monitor resolution with 16-bit (or higher) color depth
  • At least 100 MB free hard disk space
  • At least 512 MB RAM minimum, 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Video driver with openGL acceleration, highly recommended

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