SoilWorks is equipped with specialized and unique features that have been developed to expedite the modeling and analysis processes. With these features you will be able to generate high quality, optimal designs with greater efficiency than you ever imagined was possible.
Advanced Solutions for Geotechnical Modeling and Analysis
SoilWorks is equipped with a wide range of specialized features that provide highly accurate analyses and an advanced design experience.
The SoilWorks modeling interface is based on CAD interfaces that are most commonly used in the engineering field. These CAD based features are well-known to all experienced engineers. Typical commands such as "trim" "fillet" "extend" "array" "offset" and many more are available for your convenience. The program is also capable of directly importing CAD files in any format. These files can be imported selectively by layers and sections, which greatly reduces the time needed to filter highly detailed project drawings. You can also type in CAD-based shortcut commands directly into the command line for an even more efficient modeling experience.
2D geotechnical modeling requires that enclosed domains be assigned surfaces. These surfaces are needed to model soil layers and structures. Assigning these surfaces can be especially tedious if your project drawing has many enclosed domains. The smart surface feature enables you to automatically generate surfaces for enclosed domains with a single click your mouse. You can then assign material and structural properties with the intuitive "drag and drop" feature. This enables you to define your surfaces and corresponding properties within a matter of moments.
The creation of mesh is essential for finite element analysis. The complexity of project geometry as well as the occasional need for meshing of higher refinement can make the modeling of mesh sets a lengthy process, even for programs that include an auto-mesh feature. The smart mesh feature is an advanced function that is unique to SoilWorks and enables you to automatically generate mesh of various refinements and shapes with a few simple mouse clicks, irrespective of any geometric complexities. The smart mesh feature is far more efficient than manual techniques and even auto-mesh functions since it eliminates any need to select surface areas or curves. The program conveniently recognizes surfaces and boundaries, and then automatically creates a mesh set for each surface.
The assigning of boundary conditions is required for every finite element analysis project. Manually assigning boundaries can be especially time consuming for projects that contain both complex geometry and very fine mesh sets since they create more nodes that need to be assigned boundaries.
The Smart Support feature overcomes these complications by enabling you to automatically assign all of the boundary conditions within seconds. All you need to do is simply select the Smart Support icon and all of your boundary conditions will be generated automatically regardless of the complexities of your project model.
Streamlined Parametric Analysis
Parametric analysis capabilities are available in each module. Base models can be seamlessly duplicated and modified using the analysis case input menu so that cases consisting of design and condition variations can be easily created. For example, when designing pile foundations it is often necessary to check multiple pile specifications and arrays. With other programs much time is often spent tediously creating model files and generating result outputs, especially for projects that require the design of many unique configurations. But with the advanced parametric function available in the Soilworks foundation module you will be able to intuitively create multiple arrays and loading conditions with a minimal amount of effort and time and then have every case analyzed within a few moments. The results for every case will be neatly organized in a single file, thus enabling you to easily sort through extensive amounts of data.
SoilWorks includes a specialized application for Ko parametric analysis. This application is widely used for tunnel projects in which multiple lateral pressure coefficients need to be taken into account. Multiple Ko values can be entered directly into the input menu and assigned to specific soil layers and analysis cases. The calculations for the ground and structural element strains and deformations will be generated for each Ko value specified.
SoilWorks also includes specialized applications for drain spacing parametric analysis. Multiple drain spacing options can be defined for a variety of drain types by simply entering the spacing options into a drop down list. The post processor will then create a detailed result file for each spacing option. Dozens of various drain types and spacing options can be quickly modeled and analyzed within minutes. This feature has been used extensively for drainage layout design since it enables engineers to view a wider array of design options and thus determine more optimal design solutions.
The slope module is capable of performing parametric multiple analysis types. Conventional limit equilibrium analysis as well as detailed strength reduction analysis can be done simultaneously. This is useful for projects that would benefit from having the limit equilibrium method to calculate the minimum safety factor with the limit equilibrium method but also need to the strength reduction method to analyze soil structure interaction for support and foundation structures.
Integrated Constitutive and Material Model Menus
These constitutive models are contained in the modules to which they apply and are conveniently organized in drop down menus. Once the model of interest is selected, the input parameters corresponding to that model will appear. SoilWorks also features an extensive ground material database of various rock and soil properties.
These easily accessible databases will enable you to define your ground material properties without having to search through any outside sources. The database includes sandy soils for the modeling of colluvial and alluvial sand layers, clay for consolidation projects, and various classes of soft, weathered and hard rock for general foundations.
The ground material database also includes a section for the dynamic characteristics of soil and rock. This section provides an extensive and detailed database of ground material properties that can be used for seismic design projects.
The databases are fully customizable so that you can easily import your own unique ground material properties. This feature enables you to create your own customized database according to the specific soil properties of your project location. These additions can be so that you will always be able to import your database for future projects. You will also be able to share these databases with other engineers so that they will have access to the same set of material properties.
The couple analysis features enables you transfer model and result data between modules. At any time you may choose to switch modules and your model data will be transferred to the module selected. To import results, the programs has a command function that enables you to extract results from a specific file. Once those results are imported, you may apply them to the analysis case.
For example, you can perform a seepage analysis that calculates the changes of pore pressure over several rainfall stages. Afterwards, you can import the original project drawing and water pressure loads directly into the slope module. The water pressure loads can then be applied so that the program will be able to take both dry and rainy weather conditions into account when performing the slope stability analysis. The same process can be implemented with the seepage and ground modules to design for the effects of shifting ground stresses due to rainfall for tunneling and staged excavation projects.
Another application includes the use of the slope module in coupled analysis with the ground module to compute the changing factors of safety for a slope that is being progressively altered over several phases of construction.
Automatic Report Generation
The report generation feature is capable of generating highly detailed, organized and professional reports. Results are automatically exported into an MS Word document complete with key values, spreadsheets and graphs. These reports are fully customizable so that you can freely revise and reformat the contents according to your needs. All reports include detailed spreadsheets of the material properties of soils and structural elements that are present in the project.
Slope stability analysis reports include graphical displays for analysis safety factors, displacements, and maximum shear stresses and strains.
Pile foundation reports include detailed spreadsheets and graphical displays of pile configuration geometry, maximum displacements of footings and pile members, vertical forces, shear forces, and bending moments for each pile.