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August 24th, 2020
Seequent reinvents geotechnical analysis with new GeoStudio Core

GeoStudio Core integrates a completely redeveloped SIGMA/W product with updated SLOPE/W and SEEP/W products to solve a wider range of Civil, Environmental and Mining engineering challenges

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – High-growth geoscience software company Seequent today announced the release of GeoStudio Core. GeoStudio Core combines updated SLOPE/W and SEEP/W with a new, completely reformulated SIGMA/W product. These major upgrades allow geotechnical engineers to understand and tackle major engineering challenges for infrastructure and mining projects – from dams and levees to tunnelling and the stability of cuts in underground and open pit mines.

Paul Grunau, President of Seequent’s GEOSLOPE, says GeoStudio Core 2021 is the most significant GeoStudio release in the past five years.

“SIGMA/W has been completely redeveloped from the ground up, delivering new levels of confidence and capability for geotechnical engineers needing to assess ground deformations and stability. The new Strength Reduction Stability analysis in SIGMA/W complements the industry-trusted solutions in SLOPE/W to provide a rigorous understanding of slope failure mechanisms, allowing the engineer to design effective stabilization measures. These products integrate with SEEP/W to include the impact of changing groundwater conditions, providing a comprehensive solution for stability problems,” says Grunau.

“The combined GeoStudio Core solution runs in a single integrated environment, speeding up the project workflow and easily scaling with the user’s needs. All project data and analyses can be combined into a single project file, enabling smooth data exchange and simpler data management.”

Professor Soon-Hoe Chew, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore, says, “GeoStudio 2021 can model a wide range of geotechnical problems encountered in practical projects that deal with stress and deformation of soil. For example, the hardening soil models can be confidently used to model the soft clay in Singapore, especially for excavation related problems.

“While engineers need to have a good understanding of the key issues at hand and the soil mechanics, SIGMA/W’s well formulated features and its logical flow of the modelling steps make it very easy to use with less chance of errors or oversight.”

GeoStudio Core, with SIGMA/W’s expanded material model library and new analysis types, allows for comprehensive modelling of a wider range of soil and rock behaviour. For example, simulating the strain-softening behaviour of brittle clays enables stability control of a tailings dam or roadway cut.

The new GeoStudio multi-physics solver enables SIGMA/W to offer improved solver performance and enhanced modelling of rapid reservoir drawdown, open pit mine dewatering effects on highwall stability, and solute transport from tailings ponds.

GeoStudio Core and its use in civil, environmental, and mining projects will be showcased at Seequent’s upcoming virtual event Lyceum on September 23rd – which explores how technology and connection are playing an important role now and into the future.

For more details and registration for these and other Lyceum 2020 sessions visit: https://www.seequent.com/community/events/lyceum/

For more information about GeoStudio, new release notes and details of the free trial offer see: https://www.geoslope.com/products/geostudio