Visualizing the Factor of Safety in SVSlope
June 22, 2009
Our recent improved color mapping features have added some much-needed power to better visualize your data. This power has now been added to SVSlope, answering the key question, is my slope going to fail and if so, where?
SVOffice 2009 now has a new colormap designed specifically for SVSlope. This is a highlighting colormap, which colors all data values within a certain range as a single color. This is ideal for visualizing SVSlope results, where factor of safety is everything. The definition is straightforward:
The above two screenshots are taken from our Slopes_Group_1 > VS_1.SVM model. The one on the left is the default rainbow colormap. On the right, we see the highlighting colormap in action. Several steps are required to create this output:
With all of the above settings in place, we gain several benefits. The color gradient option ensures that the factor of safety values correspond precisely to our color highlights. The trial slip surfaces are also colored, so we can clearly see where the factor of safety is high or low. This adds a lot of meaningful information to the model, as we can see which physical areas are the most safe (or not safe). The data is now very easy to interpret!