Plaxis Bulletin Issue 40 / Autumn 2016

11 November 2016
Plaxis Bulletin Issue 40 / Autumn 2016

We are delighted to publish the autumn 2016 issue of the PLAXIS Bulletin, including an article from one of our users on their modelling efforts with PLAXIS 3D, information on new developments, new Plaxis solutions and our recent activities.  Read the full Plaxis Bulletin Issue 40 here

Since our last bulletin, the Plaxis’ development team has been working intensively on further expanding PLAXIS with new tools and features. Recently we delivered the latest iteration of our 3D product line, PLAXIS 3D 2016. This new version provides a revolution on tunnel modelling, making it easier and faster than ever before. Full 64-bit implementation, speed improvements, improved import and a switch to full parametric geometry complete the package, preparing PLAXIS 3D for the future, making it capable of dealing with the most complex geotechnical projects.

For the New developments column we take a look at the improved capabilities of the 2D Thermal module. As part of a European research project, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology has developed a constitutive model for creep in frozen soil. This model has been simpli ed to an implementation without creep and can now be used for practical application with PLAXIS 2D. The segment delves into the practical use and application of the model. In the PLAXIS Expert Services update we discuss the advanced  nite element modelling assistance our Expert Advisors provided to Big R Bridge leading to an understanding of the complex soil-structure interaction and behaviour of the Bolt-a-Bin. The investigation into the behaviour involved a parametric study with the Mohr-Coulomb and HS models.

The user article in this bulletin involves the modelling of Austria’s Rautenweg waste disposal site with PLAXIS 3D. For future usage of the facility the waste disposal site will require a heightening of up to 45 m above ground level. The engineers’ task was to investigate whether the circumferential sealing cofferdam would retain its sealing capacity under increasing lateral displacements due to gradual heightening of the disposal site. The user discusses the steps to come to a model by use of CAD import, as well as the major  ndings.

In Plaxis new solutions we highlight three new solutions that were introduced over the summer. With PLAXIS Online training, PLAXIS Customization and the new PLAXIS Subscriptions we equip (potential) users with the tools they need to deal with the ever increasing complexity of geotechnical projects.

In Recent activities we look back at some of the events we hosted or participated in, and we look back on the launch of PLAXIS 3D 2016 and the new website, which will be launched soon. We wish you a pleasant reading experience on another nice compilation of Plaxis content and look forward to your comments on this 40th edition of the Plaxis Bulletin! The Editors  Read the full Plaxis Bulletin Issue 40 here


The Plaxis Bulletin is the combined magazine of Plaxis bv and the Plaxis users association (NL). The Bulletin focuses on the use of the finite element method in geotechnical engineering practise and includes articles on the practical application of the PLAXIS programs, case studies and backgrounds on the models implemented in PLAXIS. For all Plaxis Bulletin please visit our archive