SoilVision Systems - Geotechnical Finite Element Software - SVHEAT™WR

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Conductive and Convective Heat Movement Analysis

The SVHEAT™WR software package is a market-leading geothermal analysis package which offers both 2D and 3D analysis. It is applicable to hydrogeological and mining-related engineering projects.

SVHEAT™WR is designed for the calculation of conductive and convective heat movement in saturated or unsaturated soils. The software implements the ability to handle water-vapor geothermal multi-phase flow and phase change with boiling and condensing. Advanced boundary conditions allow the accommodation of the injection or withdrawal of heat and fluids. SVHEAT™WR allows you to analyze steady-state or transient thermal conduction and convection models. Convection flow models may be created by coupling with SVFLUX™WR.

We are ready to release the SVHEAT™WR beta for testing and review. If you are a hydrogeologist with an interest in running conductive and convective heat movement analysis, then we invite you to apply as a beta-tester today. Applications to beta-test the software may be found here!


The SVOFFICE™5/WR release of SVHEAT™ software contains the following key features...
  • Simulation of heat conduction and heat convection in porous media
  • Simulate heat transfer in both saturated and unsaturated media
  • Simulation of non-isothermal, multi-phase flow of water and vapor in porous media
  • Account for the movement of water and vapor phases, transport of latent and sensible heat and change with boiling and condensing
  • Capability of simulating high-temperature (up to 360°C) and high-pressure (up to 110 MPa) geothermal systems
  • Fully implicit, fully coupled Newton Raphson solution of nonlinear equations:
    • Provide stability and higher accuracy for stiff problems
    • Density, viscosity and enthalpy of different phases are automatically calculated at each Newton-Raphson iteration based on the thermodynamics functions of temperature and pressure
  • Control volume (CV) and finite element method (FE) methods:
    • Provide stabilized numerical solutions for unsteady problems
    • Readily handle very complex geometry
  • Fully automatic unstructured (2D triangular and 3D tetrahedral) and structured (2D quadrilateral) mesh generation and manual mesh refinement:
    • The new SVHEAT™WR software introduces a new automatic mesh generation algorithm for increased user control over the mesh
    • We introduced the new Selective Mesh Refinement function to allow the user to manually select specific areas of interest, key zones or along critical boundaries for more targeted refinement processing
  • Easy to use and simplified CAD-based user interface:
    • The menu system within the software has been reorganized to be more clear. Primary functions are organized in a left to right format along the menu
    • Simple and powerful user interface allows rapid creation of models
    • the new 3D CAD graphics engine provides measurably faster overall operation
  • NEW SVDESIGNER™ Conceptual Modeling Software Package:
    • This brand new software program is tightly integrated with SVOFFICE™5/WR and allows for the representation and manipulation of complex 3D geometry and takes 3D modeling to a whole new level.

FEHM SolverFEHM Solver

Time-tested and Industry Proven

The FEHM solver was utilized on the famous Yucca Mountain nuclear storage project to model the regional groundwater flow to ascertain the ability of the site to accept nuclear waste.

The numerical background of the FEHM computer code can be traced to the early 1970s when it was used to simulate geothermal and hot dry rock reservoirs. The primary use over a number of years was to assist in the understanding of flow fields and mass transport in the saturated and unsaturated zones below the potential Yucca Mountain repository. Today FEHM is used to simulate groundwater and contaminant flow and transport in deep and shallow, fractured and un-fractured porous media throughout the US DOE complex. FEHM has proved to be a valuable asset on a variety of projects of national interest including Environmental Remediation of the Nevada Test Site, the LANL Groundwater Protection Program, geologic CO2 sequestration, Enhanced Geothermal Energy (EGS) programs, Oil and Gas production, Nuclear Waste Isolation, and Arctic Permafrost...READ MORE.


SVOFFICE™5 User Manual


Verification Manual



Common Applications:

The following list is a collection of the most common applications for SVHEAT™WR.

  • Model geothermal reservoirs: locating re-injection wells, production forecasting, volume calculation, heat resource estimation
  • Simulate non-isothermal, multi-phase flow of water and vapor in porous media
  • Simulate heat conduction and convection in porous media
  • Model high-temperature and high-pressure geothermal systems
  • Model borehole heat exchangers

Top 10 ReasonsTop 10 Reasons to Purchase SVOFFICE™5/WR

Top 10 Reasons to Purchase SVOFFICE 5

The investment in geotechnical / hydrogeological software is an important decision for most consulting firms. Software must perform well and yield results in a limited timeframe such that reports can be completed on time and under budget. We recognize this at SoilVision Systems Ltd. and and have worked hard over the past number of years to provide software which is both easy to use and technologically advanced. We believe that the current SVOFFICE™5/WR software product is the best software suite currently available for geotechnical and hydrogeological applications. Listed below are a few of the reasons why your firm would benefit from our software from the perspective of a manager.

1. 3D Modeling Solutions
  • Modeling of systems which are not adequately represented by a simplified 2D cross section may be accomplished in full 3D. Examples include regional flow, levee analysis, and planar geometry.
2. Advanced Slope Stability Analysis
  • With the highly advanced SVSLOPE® slope stability analysis package, your company will have access to the most comprehensive array of deterministic and probabilistic methods of limit equilibrium and stress-based analysis methods.
3. Advanced Model Coupling
  • Coupling of the air/water/thermal phases allows more comprehensive analysis of i) cover designs and, ii) waste rock flow, and iii) various other applications.
  • Coupled density-dependant flow allows handling of salt-water/ fresh water potash mine tailings scenarios and tidal inflow scenarios.
4. 3D Conceptual Geometry Modeling and Visualization and 2D Slicing with SVDESIGNER™
  • SVDESIGNER™ Allows for rapid three-dimensional geotechnical prototyping of designs.
  • 2D slices can be quickly and easily extracted from your geotechnical designs and brought into SVFLUX™WR for analysis.
5. Automatic Mesh Generation and Refinement 6. Spatially Varying Material Properties
  • Material properties may now be set to vary spatially in any particular region of the model domain. This is available in our SVSLOPE® and SVFLUX™WR packages
7. Product Integration
  • Products support highly integrated and coupled solutions. i.e. Rainfall on an unsaturated slope potentially causing instability.
8. Comprehensive Probabilistic Analysis
  • Monte Carlo, APEM, Latin Hypercube and other types of probabilistic analysis may be carried out in our SVSLOPE® package. Monte Carlo analysis for steady state models can be carried out in our SVFLUX™WR package.
9. Extensive Soil Database
  • Our SVSOILS™ (formerly SOILVISION®) Database of unsaturated hydraulic properties includes laboratory data on over 6500 soils and 24 theoretical methods of estimating unsaturated hydraulic properties.
10. World Class Support
  • Highly dedicated team with tracking and fast response to all raised issues - typically within 24 - 48 hours.