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PLAXIS offers powerful tools to improve your geotechnical engineering workflows. But did you know that there are a number of ways that enable you to work more efficiently from the very beginning to save time and achieve more accurate results? This series will cover several helpful tips that can boost your productivity.

Part 1 | How to Model Structures and Visualize Structural Forces in PLAXIS

Soil-structure interaction is a crucial aspect for both geotechnical and structural fields. There is always an interaction between a structure and its foundation … and its proper investigation is an important design aspect which should not be neglected. Join our webinar to see how PLAXIS offers extensive modeling features to model structures and the interaction between the structures and the soil.

In this webinar, you will learn about:​​

  • Structural elements library
  • Modeling structures as solid elements
  • Structural forces evaluation

Part 2 | How to Perform Dewatering in PLAXIS

The study of groundwater is essential for geotechnical engineers who construct building foundations, tunnels, water conveyance channels, dams, mines, and other structures. Join our webinar to see how PLAXIS 2D and PLAXIS 3D are fully equipped with a complete set of tools to model changes of pore water pressure and, more specifically, dewatering, along with its influence on soil mechanical behavior.

In this webinar, you will learn about:​​

    • Terzaghi principle of effective stress
    • Water levels and hydrostatic pore pressure distribution
    • Groundwater flow analysis

Part 3 | Parameters Variation: Model Customization and Sensitivity Analyses in PLAXIS

A well-known engineering challenge in the framework of finite element (FE) analysis-based design is the large number of input factors involved in geotechnical computational models. There is always a significant amount of uncertainties associated with the properties of geomaterials, being naturally highly heterogeneous materials. In the context of model calibration and validation, conducting a sensitivity analysis is very important. This can determine the key factors which govern the system and efficiently characterize the geotechnical variability for any considered design problem.

In this webinar you will learn about:

  • Parameter variation
  • Sensitivity analysis

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Webinar Presenter

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Richard Witasse

Principal Product Manager, Geotechnical
Virtuosity, a Bentley Company

Recognized as an expert in geotechnical analysis and engineering, Richard Witasse has more than 15 years of experience in working with geotechnical digital tools and geotechnical finite element analysis software. After starting his career as a software engineer in the field of finite element analysis software for reinforced concretes structures, Richard became an application engineer and worked for the global leaders in geotechnical analysis software. Richard joined PLAXIS in 2008 and has always worked since the non geotechnical consulting, customer success and training for the many users of the most popular digital solutions for geotechnical engineering and analysis. Since 2018 Richard Witasse is Principal Product Manager with Bentley Systems.