What's New in LimitState:GEO 2.0
Enhanced analysis capability
- Model soil reinforcement such as rigid and flexible soil nails, as well as sheet pile walls (using the new 'Engineered Element' material model).
- Identify failure mechanisms involving rotations, such as overturning of retaining walls, rotation of footings etc. Also solve problems involving toppling failure in rock slopes and hinging failures in masonry block structures. LimitState:GEO 2.0 will automatically determine whether the critical failure mechanism involves rotations, translations or a combination of the two.
- Analyse problems involving horizontal and vertical seismic accelerations (since version 2.0c).
The new 'Engineered Element' material model allows modelling of rigid and flexible soil nails as well as sheet pile walls.
|Both rotational and translational failure mechanisms can be considered.|
- Rapidly explore a range of ‘what if’ scenarios with the ability to undo and redo any edit you make to your model.
- Modifying detailed areas of large models is made much easier with vertex and boundary widths that are dynamically scaled on zoom.
- Create models in a quicker and more intuitive way - split existing solid objects by drawing a line directly, rather than having to first add end vertices.
- Editing the geometry of problems containing many solid objects is now faster.
Boundaries and vertices are dynamically rescaled in LimitState:GEO 2.0 (right image)
Quickly access information that is useful and relevant to the model:
- Obtain the distributions of shear and normal stresses along the edges of solid objects, view them in graphical form and export them to file (watch video).
- An enhanced report contains new sections, additional data and easier to read free body diagrams.
- Assistance when building models, understanding theory and interpreting generated output is provided by hyperlinks to the help file - incorporated throughout the software in dialogs, the Property Editor and the output pane.
- Make use of the extensively updated user manual, with additional information on the theory underpinning the software and on the modelling process.
- Modify the material drainage behaviour within the wizards and access explanatory text throughout the software to explain the implications of running a 'long term' or 'short term' analysis.
- Gain an even better understanding of the failure mechanism by viewing and animating the solution in 3D. An animated 3D view helps users gain a better understanding of the critical failure mechanism, such as the one below involving a toppling rock slope.
- Produce better presentations by exporting high quality (1.4 Megapixel) GIF animations of the critical failure mechanism.
- Improve the appearance of the model using the high quality rendering setting (useful for custom reports and presentations). High quality rendering smoothes lines and improves the visual appearance of the model.
- Use the new 'Gradient' theme or choose from a variety of others.
An animated 3D view helps users gain a better understanding of the critical failure mechanism, such as this one involving a toppling rock slope.
- Enjoy peace of mind - the generation of an auto-recovery file allows projects to be retrieved following a power outage or system crash.
Metric and Imperial Units
- Use LimitState:GEO in either Metric (kN, m) or Imperial (lb, ft) units and convert values with the built-in calculator.
Extended report output
- Checking and validation of answers is made easier by the provision of free body diagram equilibrium equations in tabular format.
- The speed of report generation has been significantly increased.
- Information about the DLO method and LimitState:GEO is provided in the new 'About' section (useful for engineers and clients alike).
- Details of advanced properties for Mohr-Coulomb materials are now included (e.g. soil strength increase with depth, if set).
- The new 'Water table' section provides information on the water table settings.
- Quickly check the correctness of the model and likely accuracy of the solution with comprehensive information on the nodal spacing for all solid and boundary objects.
- Watch a video of report generation, or download an example here
The scope of the report output in LimitState:GEO 2.0 has been broadened.
Library of example files
- LimitState:GEO now ships with a library of example files containing both illustrative and real-life problems (provided by LimitState:GEO users).
- Each file demonstrates one or more of the abilities of the software and comes complete with descriptive text that gives the user an insight into the problem being tackled.
- Whether you are in need of technical advice or assistance with your model, our support team are on hand to offer expert advice on all aspects of the software.
Try LimitState:GEO 2.0 for yourself
Visit www.limitstate.com/download to obtain your copy of the latest version of LimitState:GEO then try it free for 30 days.