Historical Development

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This section contains a brief history on SoilVision Systems Ltd. and our family of products.

 

SVSOILS History

The first version of SVSOILS was released in January of 1997 as SoilVision. SoilVision was developed out of a need to aid in the proper determination of unsaturated soil properties which would subsequently allow the easy application of unsaturated soil mechanics in practice. The SoilVision knowledge-based database system was the first product of SoilVision Systems Ltd.

 

SVFLUX History

The first version of SVFLUX was released in May of 2001. The application of the FlexPDE solver to the solution of the Richards equation was a research project conducted by SoilVision Systems Ltd. Work by SoilVision Systems Ltd. followed up work originally done by Pentland (2000) in his master's thesis under the supervision of Dr. Del Fredlund, Sr. at the University of Saskatchewan in which the application of generic finite element solvers to the solution of equations of heat and mass flow were explored. The culmination of the SoilVision Systems Ltd. research project resulted in the SVFLUX software, which writes the mathematical descriptor necessary for the solution of groundwater flow models.

 

SVCHEM History

The first version of SVCHEM was released in May of 2002 as ChemFlux. The application of the FlexPDE solver to the solution of fate and transport was a research project conducted by SoilVision Systems Ltd. The culmination of the SoilVision Systems Ltd. research project resulted in the ChemFlux software, which writes the mathematical descriptor necessary for the solution of fate and transport models.

 

SVHEAT History

The first version of SVHEAT was released in August of 2002. The application of the FlexPDE solver to the solution of freeze/thaw of material was a research project conducted by SoilVision Systems Ltd. The culmination of the SoilVision Systems Ltd. research project resulted in the SVHEAT software, which writes the mathematical descriptor necessary for the solution of geotechnical freeze/thaw models.

 

SVAIR History

The first version of SVAIR was released in May of 2006 as SVAirFlow. The application of the FlexPDE solver to the solution of air-flow in soils was a research project conducted by SoilVision Systems Ltd. The culmination of the SoilVision Systems Ltd. research project resulted in the SVAirFlow software, which writes the mathematical descriptor necessary for the solution of geotechnical air-flow models.

 

SVSLOPE History

The first version of SVDYNAMIC was released in September 2003. SVDYNAMIC has been developed based on the research work performed in this area by Baker (1980), Yamagami and Ueta (1988), as well as Pham and Fredlund (2003), and Fredlund and Gitirana (2003). SVDYNAMIC appears to be the first commercial software to utilize the dynamic programming methodology for determining the critical slip surface and the corresponding factor of safety.

 

SVSLOPE replaced the SVDYNAMIC software and is a complete re-design of the software. All the classic limit equilibrium method of slices analysis methods have been added to the software to make it a comprehensive slope stability analysis software package. The first version of SVSLOPE was released in June of 2008.

 

SVSOLID History

The first version of SVSOLID was released in March of 2003. The application of the FlexPDE solver to the solution of stress/deformation of solids was a research project conducted by SoilVision Systems Ltd. The culmination of the SoilVision Systems Ltd. research project resulted in the SVSOLID software, which writes the mathematical descriptor necessary for the solution of geotechnical stress-strain models.

 

With SVOFFICE 5, The SVCore solver was introduced and replaced the FlexPDE solver for the solution of geotechnical stress-strain models.

 

FlexPDE History

The FlexPDE generic finite element solver was developed by PDE Solutions of Antioch, CA, a company incorporated in 1995. Since that time the software has been developed and maintained by a team led by Bob Nelson at PDE Solutions. The FlexPDE solver continues to be a world leader in the solution of partial differential equations by the finite element method.

 

SVDESIGNER History

The first version of SVDESIGNER was released in February of 2016 with the release of SVOFFICE 5. SVDESIGNER is a 3D conceptual model builder used to visualize and manipulate your geotechnical or hydrological data. Volumes can be calculated or high-quality representations of staged geotechnical projects can be produced.