Geoengineering projects made easy

3D Geotechnical Finite Element Software

Perform three-dimensional analysis of deformation and stability in geotechnical engineering and rock mechanics with PLAXIS 3D. Whether you are working on projects that are simple or complex, or you are working on excavations, embankments, and foundations or tunneling, mining, and reservoir geomechanics, this finite element package has what you need. Engineering companies and institutions in the civil and geotechnical engineering industry count on PLAXIS 3D's range of CAD-like drawing capabilities and extrude, intersect, combine, and array operations.

  • Create finite element models

    • Efficiently create models with a logical geotechnical workflow. Define everything from complex soil profiles or geological cross-sections to structural elements, such as piles, anchors, geotextiles, and prescribed loads and displacements. Import geometry from CAD-files. Automatically mesh to create a finite element mesh almost immediately.
  • Assess stresses and displacements

    • Accurately model the construction process by activating and deactivating soil clusters and structural elements in each calculation phase with staged construction. With plastic, consolidation and safety analysis calculation types, a broad range of geotechnical problems can be analyzed. Constitutive models range from simple linear to advanced highly nonlinear models through which soil and rock behavior can be simulated. Well proven and robust calculation procedures ensure converging calculations and accurate results.
  • Analyze results with post-processing

    • Leverage powerful and versatile post-processing and display forces, displacements, stresses, and flow data in contour, vector, and iso-surface plots in various ways. Cross-section capabilities allow for a more detailed analysis of the results. Data can be copied from tables or via Python-based scripting for further processing purposes outside of PLAXIS. The Curve manager enables graph creation, plotting various types of results from available calculation data.