SVHeat™ is designed for the calculation of conductive and convective heat movement in saturated or unsaturated soils. The software implements the ability to handle thermosyphons and the input of detailed climate weather stations data to calculate the influence of atmospheric conditions. Advanced boundary conditions allow the accomodation of the thermally insulating effects of snow on a boundaryand is able to calculate geothermal gradients and the movement of freezing fronts. SVHeat allows you to analyze steady-state or transient thermal conduction and convection models. Convection models may be created by coupling with SVFlux™. User defined soil properties define the latent heat released or absorbed during the ice-water phase change.
SVHeat™ is currently being used by universities and consultants around the world. Feel free to contact us for more information.
With every new piece of software there is always a learning curve. While I was learning to use SVHeat, SoilVision was there every step of the way to help me through hurdles I encountered. When I needed a change or an improvement in the software, the development team responded promptly to my requests and made changes with impressive speed. SoilVision's SVHEAT has proved itself be an invaluable tool for designing structures in arctic conditions and permafrost soils. Predicting the results of a changed thermal regime allows us to design stable long term structures for our clients. SVHeat's excellent graphical and 3-dimensional output encourages an intuitive understanding of the dynamics involved. I would recommend the SVHeat software and SoilVision's support to anyone.
I do think this type of modeling should be more routinely done and until now there has not been an easy way of doing this. Beyond a few hiccups in setting up the model (mostly lack of CAD software experience on my part) and then the subsequent setting up and understanding of physical properties and units (small learning curve) the model ran and calculated quickly with good visual results. I would have no reservations in recommending SVHEAT heat modeling to better understand heat flow into borehole heat exchangers in a residential geothermal installation. This understanding can be applicable to borehole spacing and depth of drilling for any particular ground and aquifers that intersect the boreholes.
My study required the input of large data including surface temperatures ranging from 350°C to -300°C. The flexibility and versatility in SVHeat allowed me to run thermal simulations with sudden changes in boundary conditions using non-linear material properties.
Modelling can be time consuming but SVHeat improved our efficiency by allowing us to use AutoCAD™ drawings and automatic mesh generation while managing the input data through a database.