Workshop: Practical use of PLAXIS 2D for Earthquake Geotechnical Analysis

Date 24/08/2017
Location Los Angeles
Lectures Richard Witasse, Plaxis bv
Organizer Plaxis bv

Price $790

registration closed


This one-day workshop is tailored towards practitioners in the industry to provide a good understanding of Plaxis 2D for Earthquake Geotechnical Analysis. The main goal of this workshop is to teach the practical application of the advanced soil constitutive models and most relevant modelling analysis features in the field of Seismic Geotechnical Analysis. For solving practical problems the PLAXIS 2D 2017 computer program will be used including the development in the field dynamic and seismic analysis.

During this day participants will become familiar with the different options that PLAXIS offers for modelling dynamics in 2D in the field of Earthquake Geotechnical Analysis. The participants will get acquainted with the use of PLAXIS 2D by doing elaborated and well-documented hands-on exercises. During these exercises, individual assistance will be provided by experienced Plaxis tutors.


The workshop consists of one single day and will be held in English by a Senior Plaxis Engineer with a thorough theoretical background and large experience in practical finite element modeling in the field of Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering.The program format consists of three lectures and three exercises with full tutoring and discussion.


08:00-09:00 Introduction to dynamic analysis features of PLAXIS 2D

  • Main PLAXIS 2D functionalities in the field of seismic analysis
  • Dynamic analysis workflow overview
  • Introduction to seismic-specific loading and boundary conditions

09:00-10:00 Exercise 1: 2D Analysis of a structure under Earthquake Loading
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 1D site response analysis with PLAXIS 2D

  • Modelling workflow
  • Deconvolution analysis
  • Comparison with SHAKE

11:00-12:15 Exercise 2: 1D Soil Column Analysis (Exercise)
12:15-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:45 Practical use of PLAXIS 2D for Earthquake Geotechnical Analysis

  • Soil material properties and damping
  • Evaluation of Seismic Motion Characteristics
  • Practical Use of Absorbent Boundary Conditions
  • Meshing considerations

14:45-15:00 Break
15:00-17:00 Exercise 3: Seismic Analysis of a Quay Wall
17:00-17:30 Questions & Answers session

Course Venue

The course will be held at MicroTek - Los Angeles - California

MicroTek - Los Angeles (El Segundo, CA)
222 N Sepulveda Blvd
Suite 1240
El Segundo, CA 90245-4319
United States


The total number of participants is limited to twenty-eight (28). Registration will be accepted in the order in which they will have been received. To register for the course, please complete the registration form and send it to the course organiser before August 15th 2017. For registration and cancellation of the course our Terms & Conditions apply.