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December 2002
1. SVSolid beta release!
2. SVHeat release!
3. SoilVision tutorial manual available
4. TecPlot demo available
5. Details published regarding the SVFlux, ChemFlux, and SVHeat modeling packages

SoilVision Systems Ltd.
Saskatoon, SK Canada
ph (306) 477-3324
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December ChemFlux Special!
Purchase SVFlux 2D or 3D in the month of December and receive ChemFlux for a 50% discount! Please mention this eNewsletter special when placing your order.

University Special!
We now offer 25-user Student editions of our software at extremely reasonable prices. Place your order here!

December SVHeat Special!
Purchase SVHeat 2D or 3D in the month of September and receive a 15% discount! Offer valid only on non-educational software. Please mention this eNewsletter special when placing your order.

Automatic Mesh Refinement Example!



SVSolid beta release!

SoilVision Systems Ltd. is proud to announce the upcoming release of the SVSolid software package. The SVSolid software package offers 2D and 3D finite element solutions to stress/deformation problems in saturated and unsaturated soils. SVSolid will offer the following general features:

  • Easy-to-use CAD interface
  • 2D and 3D automatic mesh creation
  • 2D and 3D automatic mesh refinement
  • Model settlements in saturated or unsaturated soils
  • 2D or 3D analysis
  • Model stress/deformation using an unlimited number of soil regions
  • Five different soil models including linear elastic, hyperbolic Duncan and Chang, and a nonlinear elastic model
  • Imports groundwater pore-water pressures from SVFlux
  • Boundary conditions may be represented as constants or free-form equations
  • Input 3D problems as complex surfaces and layers

In addition to a stalwart group of features, the following contributions make SVSolid a state-of-the-art package.

  • models volume change in unsaturated soils when coupled with SVFlux
  • improved model convergence and stability with preconditioning of the convergence matrix
  • automatically identifies critical zones of the problems and refines the mesh according to any critical variable

Beta Testing Program
SoilVision Systems Ltd. is currently taking applications for beta testers of the SVSolid software package. A limited number of beta testers will be provided with a FREE beta version of the SVSolid software. We are particularly looking for comparisons to existing software packages or applications to real-world problems. If you are interested in becoming a beta tester, please submit your contact information in the form provided here.



SVHeat release!

SoilVision Systems Ltd. is proud to announce the release of the SVHeat geothermal finite element software. SVHeat represents the current state-of-the-art in geothermal modeling software. Modeling of heat flow in cold regions is both simple and powerful.

With features such as automatic mesh generation and refinement in both 2D and 3D as well as advanced convergence methods, SVHeat provides fast and accurate solutions. Modeling time can be reduced by up to 80% over currently available software packages.

Read our news release here or download one of our brochures.

SVHeat was designed to offer advances over currently available software packages in the following ways.

  • automatic mesh generation and automatic mesh refinement greatly reduces modeling time.
  • finite element based solution allows highly irregular geometry.
  • 2D and 3D solutions available.
  • 3D methods of surfaces and layers allows input of highly complex 3D models.
  • import of water contents from SVFlux allows modeling of heat movement in the unsaturated zone.
  • import of problem geometry from AutoCAD .dxf files.
  • benchmarked against existing software packages and published solutions.

SVHeat is available for shipping. Educational discounts are available.


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SoilVision tutorial manual available

A tutorial manual has been completed for the SoilVision database software and is available for download free of charge to all current users of the SoilVision, SoilVision Professional, SoilVision Enterprise and SoilVision Lite software packages. The tutorial manual is a comprehensive addition to the already detailed documentation of the SoilVision software package. It contains 76 pages of detailed instructions regarding the use of the SoilVision software. The tutorial manual is divided into three sections: 1) basic data entry, 2) theoretical estimations, and 3) making use of the SoilVision dataset of 6000 soils.

Section one walks the user through specific examples of entering sieve, hydrometer, soil-water characteristic, and permeability information. The basics of soil classification by the USDA and USCS methods are also outlined.

Sections two and three cover estimation of unsaturated soil properties using theoretical methods or statistical methods. Theoretical estimation of the soil-water characteristic curve as well as saturated and unsaturated permeability information is covered. Section three then shows the user how to confirm the results of a theoretical estimation by pulling soils information from the dataset of over 6000 soils.

If you are a registered user of SoilVision 3.x or SoilVision Lite 3.x the manual is available free of charge from the SoilVision download site. If you do not remember the location of the download site, Contact us.

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TecPlot demo available

A demo of the popular TecPlot 3D visualization software is now available for download! The demo may be downloaded and enabled for a one-month period. We also have posted results from our finite element model on respective web pages. The TecPlot visualization files may be downloaded and viewed to get a feel of the high-quality output possible with the TecPlot graphics engine. All our finite element packages use the TecPlot engine to visualize 3D output.

Download the TecPlot demo here.

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Details published regarding the SVFlux, ChemFlux, and SVHeat software packages

A detailed description of features has been published for the SVFlux, ChemFlux, SVHeat and SVSolid software packages. The detailed feature list provides details on why our modeling packages allow streamlined solution of complicated problems.

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