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2D and 3D Environmental Data Visualization

  • Thu, April 11, 2013
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • SHERATON HARTFORD SOUTH HOTEL - Rocky Hill, CT (former Marriott)
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2D and 3D Environmental Data Visualization

The CT State Board of Examiners of Environmental Professionals has approved this course for 4.0 hours of continuing education credits (CTLEP-335). This course has been approved by the MA LSP Board for 4.0 hours of "technical" continuing education credit (Course #1454). This course has also been approved for NY PE credits (PS004528). The course has been previously offered in MA by LSPA.

Time and Location:

This seminar will be held on April 11, 2013 and runs from 1 PM - 5 PM at the SHERATON HARTFORD SOUTH HOTEL - Rocky Hill, CT (off I-91, Exit 23, former Marriott). Please arrive by 12:30 PM for registration.  For directions, see:



Stephen Boynton, Subsurface Environmental Solutions, LLC.


EPOC Members: $150, Non-members: $200, Gov't Employee/Student Members: $75


This course will introduce participants to the popular Surfer and Voxler software programs developed by Golden Software, Inc. Surfer is a 2-dimensional grid-based visualization tool well suited to creating multiple map types (contour maps, vector maps, image maps, surface maps). Voxler is a 3-dimensional grid-based data visualization program capable of creating detailed site models that can include soil stratigraphy, contaminant plumes, groundwater tables, and surface contour maps (with air photo overlays). Both tools are widely used in the geoscience professions.

This course is geared toward environmental professionals seeking a cost-effective way to create technically accurate and impactful visualizations of environmental data distributions.

Real-world data sets will be used to illustrate program capabilities. Participants will learn how to create Surfer maps and Voxler models in real-time from start to finish. By the end of the course participants will know how to create input data sets for both programs, perform mathematical gridding operations, and use the grid files to create dynamic visual presentations.

Note: Computers are not needed for the seminar.


Stephen Boynton is a Massachusetts Registered Professional Engineer and Licensed Site Professional with 28 years of professional experience in environmental and geotechnical consulting. In 2006, Mr. Boynton founded Subsurface Environmental Solutions, LLC.
Beginning in 2003, Mr. Boynton led efforts to reform regulations and practice standards related to assessment and remediation of properties contaminated by Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (LNAPL). As chair of the LSP Association’s Technical Practices LNAPL Subcommittee, Mr. Boynton oversaw the writing of two White Papers related to LNAPL. Mr. Boynton was a key participant in the MassDEP LNAPL workgroup.

Mr. Boynton began using Surfer in the late 1980's to create graphical output from groundwater and contaminant transport modeling software. He has used the program continuously since then to create groundwater contour maps and contaminant distribution maps. In 2011, Mr. Boynton served as a software beta-tester for Golden Software Inc.’s Voxler 3D imaging software (release 3). Mr. Boynton and Golden Software Inc. are currently in the process of creating a web-based White Paper to demonstrate Voxler’s capabilities for a large LNAPL release site.

Environmental Professionals Organization of Connecticut, Inc.
P.O. Box 176, Amston, CT 06231-0176
Seth Molofsky, Executive Director
Phone: (860) 537-0337, Fax: (860) 603-2075

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