Our Customer Philosophy


Our goal is service first. We are in the software business for the long term and our first priority is to ensure that your modeling experience is successful. To that end, we are constantly researching and developing new solutions, and simplifying the user interface so that your experience is easy and your focus remains on the critical issue of creating a successful model. Please read our success stories below and testimonials to see how we value our customers. cha


SUCCESS STORIES


This section highlights instances where our numerical modeling software has been used by geotechnical consultants to provide their clients with rigorous numerical modeling solutions. The application of leading edge technologies describes the use of new models not previously available. We hope you will enjoy these brief descriptions of our software being used in the marketplace.



 

Testimonials

We were trying to solve rainwater infiltration with real rainfall data and we very impressed with how well the results from SVFLUX™ agreed with our tensiometer field measurements. We were also very pleased with how quickly SoilVision Technical Support helped to solve problems we encountered.

Dr. Zhai Qian,
Research Associate,
Nanyang Technological University

I utilized the SVFLUX™ package for the analysis of a one-dimensional seepage model for my thesis. I modeled a clogging drainage layer at a mine site closure. The software was easy to learn, quick to run, and results displayed comprehensive plots with all the information I needed for the analysis. I would highly recommend this software to other students completing their thesis.

Alexandra Nan,
Student, Geological Engineering,
University of British Columbia

We have been using SVSLOPE® and SVFLUX™ for the past year and have found them to be efficient and productive engineering tools which have allowed us to offer our services in an efficient manner. The capability of automated increased discretization of the mesh is an absolute benefit to our modeling, reducing time and effort. We have found the software quick and easy for our engineers to train and utilize. I would recommend this product to other geotechnical consulting firms.

Barry L. Carlson, P.E.,
President,
InTerraLogic

I'm very pleased with the software. It is stable, versatile, and fast, and so far has responded to my demands. Well worth the investment.

Matt Wickham
Senior hydrologist
Golder Associates

We found the response time regarding implementation of the new boundary condition feature impressive. The software has subsequently been utilized on various projects within AMEC including dry stack and traditional tailing storage facility design, as well as numerous closure cover systems. The comprehensive climatic and material characteristic relationships and CAD interface have been instrumental in reducing both modeling time and cost.

Justin Hall, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer
AMEC Earth & Environmental

The software developed by SoilVision Systems Ltd. for 3D saturated / unsaturated flow is a powerful tool for the analysis and design of reclamation systems for waste rock and mine tailings. Groundwater flow together with fate and transport issues are central to the design of remedial measures. SoilVision has demonstrated the ability to provide 3D solutions for difficult unsaturated flow problems in waste deposits at mine sites that cannot be solved using current software available. I feel that SoilVision offers a key service with respect to the remediation and design of long-term closure systems for mine waste management.

Dr. Ward Wilson
Professor
University of British Columbia
School of Mines

The SVFLUX™ software is very efficient, flexible and comprehensive. It fits well to different simulations while allowing you to quickly change several parameters without having to rebuild the model.

Fernando Junqueira
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
University of British Columbia, School of Mines

Research projects often require the use of raw data from conventional software packages to be incorporated into advanced customized solutions. It is often hard to find commercial software that allows you access to the raw data. SVFLUX™ not only gives you access, it allows you to export the raw data in several user defined formats. This feature has been invaluable in my Ph.D. program.

Jason Stianson
Ph.D. Candidate
University of Alberta

What I like most about the SVFLUX™ software is its easy-to-use interface and the superb user support SoilVision provides. By treating the vadose and phreatic zones as one coupled system SVFLUX™ avoids the problem of a free, moving boundary presented by a transient ground water surface that would otherwise hinder the application of a finite element approach. I can recommend SVFLUX™ to anybody with an interest in subsurface hydrology.

Prof. Szilagy, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska

I like the powerful AutoCAD input method and unsaturated soil properties estimation options. This gives me a convenient method to model complex geometry and material properties.

Yinhui Liu
Graduate Student
University of Kentucky

As an engineering tool no other software on the market can match the ability of SVFLUX™ and SVCHEM™ to explore creative solutions for seepage and contaminant hydrogeology problems

Robert Donahue, PhD, P.Eng.
Professor
University of Alberta

Based on my experience of other 3D Slope stability software on the market, SVDESIGNER™ and SVSLOPE® seem much more intuitive and user-friendly than other software. SVDESIGNER™ provides a great array of tools to the user, this means that building model geometry does not rely on a users expertise with other CAD software. SVSLOPE® has one of the most extensive and well laid out strength function libraries of any slope stability software, it also provides an excellent range and variety of trial slip surface search methods. SOILVISON also provides some of the best product support of any software. They are able to deliver requested updates and features with remarkable turnaround and work collaboratively with users to build the best possible software.

Jon Foster, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.(BC)
BCG Engineering Inc.

We approached this complex 3D analysis using SVSLOPE® and SVDESIGNER™. We were able to quickly develop the conceptual 3D model by bringing together information from multiple data sources. Once the conceptual model was built the slope stability analysis proceeded in excellent time. We requested a few clarifications on how the software operated and the SoilVision Systems team responded quickly. We would highly recommend this software for use on related projects.

Justin Knudson,
Senior Geotechnical Engineer,
Tierra Group

I've been a geotechnical engineer for more than 25 years and SoilVision has the best tech support I have ever worked with. I truly appreciate their patience and help over the past year.

Donald Tharp
Principal Engineer
Ninyo & Moore

We have used SVSLOPE® for a research program at the Royal Military College to develop simplified probabilistic slope stability design charts. The software performance has been excellent and our few questions related to it's use were answered promptly by the staff at SoilVision Systems Ltd. I would recommend this software for use in the geotechnical consulting community as it is stable, robust, and compares well to similar software based on our study results.

Dr. Richard Bathurst, Ph.D., FCAE, FEIC, P.Eng.
Professor of Civil Engineering (RMC and Queen's University)
GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's-RMC
Royal Military College of Canada

I utilized the SVFLUX™ package for the analysis of three-dimensional transient seepage for unsaturated soil slopes. The software worked well and the few questions I had were answered promptly and comprehensively by the staff at SoilVision Systems Ltd. I would recommend this software to others performing transient seepage analysis.

Dr Anthony Leung
Lecturer, Division of Civil Engineering
University of Dundee
Scotland, UK

Peter Brett Associates have been looking to update our existing slope stability software over the last year. After extensive research and trials, SVSLOPE® developed by SoilVision Systems Ltd, was found to meet all our existing and future design requirements. Its ease of use for modelling simple as well as complex geological and geometrical problems was a critical factor in our assessment as well as the incorporation of design to the Eurocodes. Their customer support has been faultless and their willingness to develop the software to meet our own specific design requirements is a most gratifying added bonus.

We love the fact that SVSLOPE® is part of an integrated suite of software and that, if required, 3D analysis can be undertaken. We would recommend this product to other geotechnical consulting firms.

Asmi Desai,
Principal Engineer,
Peter Brett Associates LLP

We have been using SVSLOPE® and SVFLUX™ for the past year and have found them to be efficient and productive engineering tools which have allowed us to offer our services in an efficient manner. The capability of automated increased discretization of the mesh is an absolute benefit to our modeling, reducing time and effort. We have found the software quick and easy for our engineers to train and utilize. I would recommend this product to other geotechnical consulting firms.

Barry L. Carlson, P.E.,
President,
InTerraLogic

The software is well documented and comes with number of useful example models. We were able to quickly begin creating models after a short review of the user interface and going through the available on-line webinars. The software offers solid benefits of less conservatism and the ability to model real geometry

Steven A. Haire, P.E.
Chief Geotechnical Engineer
Ninyo & Moore

This new software for stability analysis includes a number of state-of-the-art options for probabilistic slope stability analysis. This feature, combined with comprehensive deterministic analyses, will provide new opportunities to build confidence in the results of a site-specific analysis.

Prof. Dirk van Zyl, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor of Mine Life Cycle Systems
University of British Columbia

I'm excited to see the release of this new and innovative product. I look forward to and encourage the application of this software on additional geotechnical projects.

Prof. Ward Wilson, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Mining Chair
University of British Columbia

In consulting engineering practice, I am increasingly made aware of the important and beneficial role that modeling the unsaturated soil zone can play in providing the client with the best possible engineered solution. The SoilVision software has made it possible to readily estimate and incorporate unsaturated soil properties into the modeling of saturated-unsaturated soil systems.

Del Fredlund, O.C., Ph.D., P.Eng.
Senior Project Engineer
Golder Associates

So far, the experience of our research team with SVHEAT™ is very intuitive and successful. Among our favorite software features, one can mention the fact that it is very user-friendly and that the proposed step-by-step procedure is very helpful in ensuring an efficient and functioning model. One can also add the excellent graphing features, the numerous methods available to set the thermal properties and the possibility to access the numerical results even if calculations are not completed. We also appreciated the helpful and detailed tutorials, examples, manual, webinar and help team availability.

Chantal Lemieux
Research Coordinator, Université Laval

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™ 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.

Torsten Mayrberger, Ph.D.
Geotechnical Engineer
PND Engineers, Inc., Alaska

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.

Brad Ford, P.Geol.
Potential Energy Geothermal

My study required the input of large data including surface temperatures ranging from 350C to -300C. The flexibility and versatility in SVHEAT™ allowed me to run thermal simulations with sudden changes in boundary conditions using non-linear material properties.

Elsa Tan
Graduate Student
University of Saskatchewan

“Modelling can be time consuming but SVHEAT improved our efficiency by allowing us to use AutoCAD (tm) drawings and automatic mesh generation while managing the input data through a database.

Michel Noël, M.Sc.A., P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, GeoEnvironmental Engineering
SRK Consulting Ltd.

The software developed by SoilVision Systems Ltd. for 3D saturated / unsaturated flow is a powerful tool for the analysis and design of reclamation systems for waste rock and mine tailings. Groundwater flow together with fate and transport issues are central to the design of remedial measures. SoilVision has demonstrated the ability to provide 3D solutions for difficult unsaturated flow problems in waste deposits at mine sites that cannot be solved using current software available. I feel that SoilVision offers a key service with respect to the remediation and design of long-term closure systems for mine waste management.

Dr. Ward Wilson
Professor
University of British Columbia
School of Mines

As an engineering tool no other software on the market can match the ability of SVLUX™ and SVCHEM™ to explore creative solutions for seepage and contaminant hydrogeology problems.

Robert Donahue, PhD, P.Eng.
Professor
University of Alberta


We can attest to the value of these products in a consulting environment. We have used these software products to provide solutions we otherwise would not be able to deliver.

Dave Kent, P.Eng.
Chief Engineer
Clifton Associates

SVAIR is an extremely powerful tool utilizing finite element pore-air flow modeling and can be used for the design of pneumatic remedial systems, such as of landfill gas mitigation systems, as well as provide design refinement and certainty. The utilization of this software can also affect significant cost savings.

Matthew Ambrusch, EIT
Senior Staff Environmental Engineer
LANGAN


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SoilVision® is a valuable program which assists in the design of soil cover systems for waste management faculties such as landfills, tailing deposits and waste rock dumps. In many cases the soil-water characteristic curves and hydraulic conductivity values for the potential soils which may be used for construction are not available during the early stages of design. We use SoilVision to estimate the properties on the basis of the grain-size distribution and other simple index properties. This allows preliminary analysis to proceed almost immediately. The optimum soils may be selected for the more detailed and time-consuming testing. In many cases it is possible to provide a complete design while testing only a limited number of samples to confirm soil properties.

G.W. Wilson, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
University of British Columbia

The power of SoilVision® is in its large database of soil-water characteristic curves, and the fact that this database can be added to by the user. The "query" option allows grouping of soils with similar characteristics, such as grain-size distribution and classification. SoilVision is a valuable tool for use in unsaturated soil studies.

Claudia E. Zapata, Ph.D.
Arizona State University

SoilVision Lite has given us the capability our clients demanded to customize reports for a several-hundred soil sample project.

Rob Dionne
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

SoilVision® has many new features which enhance the usefulness of the software significantly. Some of these new options include the statistical evaluation of data, a new option for dealing with gap-graded soils, and the inclusion of shrinkage curves for enhanced representation of clay soils. Additional flexibility has also been added through the acceptance of soil suction data as a function of gravimetric water content, and the addition of soil-water characteristic curve fitting equations that are based on regression analyses.

Sandra Houston, Ph.D.
Arizona State University

I think everyone in the geotechnical field should have this valuable software. Laboratory data is centralized so the longer you own this valuable software, the more powerful the database becomes. This software saves man-hours and paperwork and helps proposals be more competitive.

The software quality plotting capability is unmatched. You will need to spend several thousands of dollars on different softare to produce what SoilVision® can do. I use the software to estimate soil properties by running limited testing and then probe the SoilVision database for similar soils. From just conducting a grain size, I can estimate permeability of the soil, cohesion, angle of internal friction etc... The sky is the limit with this software. I am confident of the software knowing it is maintained and updated by Dr. Fredlund who is a geotechnical engineer. You'll get personal attention when it comes to technical support. Other software companies have typical list of common questions that they call technical support.

Haytham Nabilsi
California Registered Geotechnical Engineer