PLAXIS 3D Suite, which includes the 3D PlaxFlow and Dynamics module, is a powerful and user friendly finite element package intended for three-dimensional analysis of deformation and stability in geotechnical engineering and rock mechanics. PLAXIS is used worldwide by top engineering companies and institutions in the civil and geotechnical engineering industry. Applications range from excavations, embankments and foundations to tunnelling, mining and reservoir geomechanics.
PLAXIS 3D has advanced features to tackle modelling challenges in the most complex geotechnical projects, that cannot be solved with PLAXIS 2D.
Complex modelling made easy
Finite element modelling in full 3D has never been easier with a range of CAD-like drawing tools and extrude, intersect, combine and array operations. It’s almost like sculpting.
The user-friendly interface of PLAXIS 3D guides the user to efficiently create models with a logical geotechnical workflow. Via Boreholes users can define complex soil profiles or geological cross-sections. In the Structures mode, structural elements, like piles, anchors, geotextiles, and prescribed loads and displacements can be defined. Via Staged Construction users can perform a realistic simulation of the construction process. Powerful post-processing allows users to extract the necessary information to judge the soundness of their designs.
Soil and structures are often not only subjected to static loads due to construction in and on the ground surface but also to dynamic loads. When loads are powerful, like for example earthquakes, they may cause severe damages. In urban areas, vibrations can be generated due to pile driving, vehicle movement, heavy machinery or train travel. With the 3D Dynamics module PLAXIS 3D can analyse the effects of vibrations in the soil.
Groundwater flow is an important issue in many engineering fields such as geotechnical, environmental and hydrological engineering. In order to take groundwater flow into account in geotechnical software applications, advanced models for the simulation of the unsaturated, time-dependent and anisotropic behaviour of soil are required. With the addition of the 3D Plaxflow module these analyses can be performed with PLAXIS 3D.