Managing Projects and Models with SVOffice™ 2009

Presented by: Dr. Murray Fredlund, President of SoilVision Systems Ltd.


Hi, my name is Murray Fredlund and I'm here today to talk to you about managing projects and models within the SVOffice 2009 geotechnical software suite. This covers the basics of how to work with the interface that first displays when you first load the software. You should be aware that we have a free "Student Version" that users can download and install on your computer and once you first install the software it will ask you to download a list of example models. If that has not already occurred, then you can download the example models by pressing on the Download Examplesbutton as shown right here. Examples will then download, currently over 600 models, onto your machine. That number is increasing all the time as we incorporate new models and distribute them as valued pieces of information to our customers. Once users download those models your display should look something like it does here. On the left we have a list of projects and on the right you have models. In this one we have 37 projects and in this first project we have 5 models. The numbers of models in each project can be seen on the right hand side of the display.

Basic Ways to Access Help with SVOffice 2009

Help can easily be referenced by pressing the HELPmenu on any screen and, as well, there is typically a button on every dialog that brings up content sensitive help or a button such as this, in the lower lefthand corner. The basic Helpshows the functionality of the system. The Getting Started/Where Do I Startsection provides a lot of the basics of the software and how it works.

I'll also show you where models are located. This will give you a list of tutorials varied by product in our software so you can easily click on these links and jump straight to Tutorialsif you want to start entering numerical models.

On the Helpmenu you should be running the latest version of the software. We develop our software continuously and produce new versions routinely. Which means you, as a client of ours, can access new features and new types of implementation on a routine basis with the software. It's important you are up to date and you can do that by going under Help/Downloadsand checking for updates. The software will let you know, in this section, if updates are available and what actions to take.

Sections of the Project Manager Screen

You'll notice the main manager is divided into a number of sections. This picture shows the software packages available in the suite. The suite is fully integrated into one software package which allows for easy coupling between models. To the right you can see there are some web links for Latest News. You can pull up our Latest News, for example, and display that in your browser. Or you can access Latest Applicationsthat are added to the gallery of distributed models. So if you click on any of those items, they will be brought up in a browser and displayed and you can get a good idea for what the model looks like. So it's a good way of keeping updated on what new models we are adding to the system which is fairly continually.

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Managing Files with SVOffice™ 2009

Presented by: Dr. Murray Fredlund, President of SoilVision Systems Ltd.


Hi, my name is Murray Fredlund and I'm here today to talk to today you about Managing Files within the SVOffice 2009 Geotechnical software suite.

Getting Started

When you first installed the software you may have noticed that a lot of example models have been downloaded and organized on the hard drive of your computer. I want to show you exactly where those models were placed on your hard drive. If you click on Options menu and then Global Settings, you'll notice there is a tab called Root Folder. Root Folder specifies the place where the repository of current model files is located on your hard drive.

There is no limit to the number of repositories you can have on any one hard drive so these can be used as ways to organize groups of model files by project, by section or by whole company. These model files are placed under the default drive: C:\SVS\Model_Files. If you open up Windows Explorer you will see Model_files and a list of projects and these project names correspond with projects displayed in the software. If you look under any one of these projects and expand it, you will see they are first organized by 2D and 3D, then whether they are Steady State or Transient and then the individual folders contain model files necessary to run that particular model. It's a very simplistic system but it's important to note that this system and structure are important and are maintained by the SVS Software. It's important to not go into Windows Explorer and rename or re-manage this file structure. Please use the user-interface and the program will manage everything for you.

How Files are Organized

I would like to next show you what impact creating new models and projects has on that directory structure on your hard drive. So let's go under the software and create a New Project. Call it AA Trial so that it alphabetically is organized near the start of our projects. You'll see under Projects that this new project has been created. It asks you for a specific model name, let's use Trial. The folder structure for this model will then be created on your hard drive to contain this file.

Now that we've opened this model file, go back to Windows Explorer and note that a folder has been created for the project AA Trial and this is a 2D model that we selected so therefore a 2D model folder has been created. It's a Steady State model so a Steady State folder has been created. If you open those folders you will find the file that contains the model configuration for this scenario. This shows exactly how things are organized on the hard drive. We will go back to our software and save the model (File:/Save). Once the project AA Trial has been created it is possible to delete a project. Select the project from the Projects list and click Delete. You are asked for confirmation and then the project is deleted. If you view this through Windows Explorer you can confirm the project no longer exists.

Deciding on a File Structure

Given the repository based structure of this software, the user will have to make a determination on what methodology they are going to use to store their files in their company. You can use the system to store all modeling files in one giant repository or you can create a repository per consulting project and store all files related to that project within one repository and then back it up. Routinely back up your model files to avoid any loss of effort in building each model.

Importing Model Files

If you import model files they will always be imported into the current repository. To import, select the Import button and search for the model file, select it and add it to the appropriate repository.

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Opening Distributed Models with SVOffice™ 2009

Presented by: Dr. Murray Fredlund, President of SoilVision Systems Ltd.


Hi, my name is Murray Fredlund and I'm here today to talk to today you about Opening Distributed Models within the SVOffice 2009 Next Generation geotechnical software suite.

Getting Started

The first thing when you start this software you may have a particular application in mind that you want to see with the software. Applications are roughly grouped by category in the software. If you look under Projects you may want to analyze an earth dam. By clicking on Earth Dam in the Projects box a list of models available/distributed are displayed in the models list. This says under Earth Dams there are 30 models currently available and as you mouse over each model a thumbnail appears to show the model view and brief description.

Please note models are listed by 2D/3D, Type, the Application designed in and the time Since Last Edit. The same process can be applied in the Projects box. By selecting a Project Name you can view the details of each project folder. Of note, there are several slope folders such as Geomembranes, Heap Leach, Mine Stopes, Mine Tailings, Ponds, Pits, Roadways and more than three groups of Slope Stability Models.

Searching and Selecting Models

You can also narrow your search list through the List Criteria box. You can select the Application (such as only models created in the Slope Stability package). As well you can select by Model Origin (note: some models are created as demo models and are too complicated to run in the Student Version but are encoded to run in the full version to demonstrate a certain feature. They cannot be changed but they can be run as examples of how the software would perform under that scenario). Student Models adhere to all limitations of the Student Version. Any model can be opened and viewed in the Student Version. This is very useful because you can open models that colleagues send to you. Category can also be used to filter the list of models. For example, all models published in our Verification Manuals can be selected through the Verification category and these models exist in the matching manual. Keywords search allows you to search for specific words. For example, you can search for models with an Evaporative Component, and they are displayed in the folder.

This gets you to the point where you can search through the software. If we want to select Earth Dam Model and pick any particular model we can double click on the model or select Open to open the model. To run the model, select Solve/Analyze. The program writes a description file to the finite element solver, the solver grids up the model file and displays Done on the solver. To view the results in AcuMesh, click on the orange button (top left corner) that displays the results in AcuMesh. There will be more about this feature in future presentations.

Starting a New Project

To start and create a new project select New (located between Projects and Model) and add a Project Name. For example: AANew Project. The software asks you create a new model within that project. In our example, select the Application (SVSlope), System (2D), Unit (metric), Slope Direction (left to right) and World Coordinates. Once you select OK, the model is created and you are prompted to specify the grid spacing (2m:2m). Once you've created your new model, save the model before closing. The next presentation will talk in more detail how to create models.

Models can also be batch run. To select a group of Slope Stability models, hold SHIFT KEY use the mouse to select a group. Then select Models/Batch SVSlope Models/Analyze. Click Start and the solver analyses the models. When the results are displayed select Graph to view the graph. This feature is useful for Batch Analysis of these types of models.

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Creating a New Model with SVOffice™ 2009

Presented by: Dr. Murray Fredlund, President of SoilVision Systems Ltd.


Hi, my name is Murray Fredlund and welcome to the session on Creating a New Model within the SVOffice 2009 Next Generation Geotechnical software suite.

Creating a Model

What we want to look at with this session is how a user would go in, create a new project and organize models underneath that project. First, we're going to look at entering a new project. It is assumed that if you were getting a new project you would organize the models under that consulting project and give it a relevant name (e.g., Consulting Project1). Project Notes describe the project (E.g., new consulting project) and select OK. A new project is created. Please note, the Project Name is listed. Then the user must pick which Application they want to use to create the new model (e.g., SVSlope). Model Name prompts you to enter a new model name (e.g. Model#1) and select which System (2D/3D) will be used. In the case of a Slope Stability model, Type is not available because all of the models are steady state. Next select Units (metric or imperial) and Slope Direction (left to right or right to left). Finally, select the World Coordinate System tab and enter the Dimensions and Global Offset that you want to work with, if the user wants to translate the points on output back to some original GPS coordinate system.

Refining the Details

When all information is entered, select OK. The software creates a new model under the appropriate project. The model is opened by default and the drawing options are displayed. The user gets to choose what aids they would like in the Grid Tab (such as selecting Show Grid and then setting the Grid Spacing), what Format they would like the model displayed, in and the Layout. This gives the user a basic drawing template for a new model. If the user wants to draw a shape they would select Model/Geometry/Region Properties and select New Polygon. The user can either type in a polygon or can select OK and then select Draw/Region/Polygon from the top folder options. The user can draw any particular shape desired. The points of the curser and angle of line are displayed at any time. To finish drawing, the user can double click or right click, then select Terminate drawing. That object is then entered into the model.

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Basic Concepts with SVOffice™ 2009

Presented by: Dr. Murray Fredlund, President of SoilVision Systems Ltd.


Hi, my name is Murray Fredlund and welcome to the session on Basic Concepts within the SVOffice 2009 Next Generation Geotechnical software suite.

Background on the Software

The SVOffice geotechnical software suite is essentially made up of three modules: Front End, Solver and Back-End Visualization. The Front End module allows the user the nice graphic interface to design their model. The Solver provides the analytical solution to the posed problem and the AcuMesh Back-End Visualization module allows the user to see the results in a format that is meaningful. This software is designed to integrate all three modules such that the user may not even be aware of transitioning between the three modules. This is all part of the seamless interface that makes up SVOffice.

Negotiating Through the Software Menus

Once the user opens a numerical model in the SVOffice package, they will notice a variety of menus, toolbars, the main CAD display screen and a few objects on the screen. What I want to first talk about is the organization of the screen. Here you have toolbars which speed up certain common tasks with the numerical model such as the main menu system. If you click on any of the top menus, they drop down to display relevant action items. On the left hand side of the screen there is a toolbar that allows switching between the main manager and any numerical model. You can also switch between the front end and the back end (which is reached by clicking the AcuMesh icon). As well, for the help of the user, there is a side tutor bar (on the right hand side of the page) which outlines the main modeling steps someone would take in designing their first model. Clicking on any of the hyperlinks will bring up additional Help.

Menu Flow

Another important thing to realize about this software is that the menus are laid out in a left to right and top to bottom design. What this means is that if a user goes through the menu items in such a manner, they will be guided through the creation of a typical numerical model. There will be many options that a user may not need for their first model and because of this, most of the modeling options that a general user might need are located on the Model menu. If the user opens the Model menu the biggest items are the Geometry of the model, Initial Conditions, Supports, Loading Conditions, and how you want to search for your Slip Surface. The Draw menu offers a variety of ways to input graphic objects (discussed in other tutorials). Solve allows you to analyze the numerical model and view the results. The user can also adjust the settings of the model under the View tab. Settings changes include Aspect Ratio and Constraining in the X and Y direction. Various Display options such as Showing the Grid and Snapping the Grid can be selected. As well, the World Coordinate System can be specified to detail the overall map of coordinates within which your model should fall.

CAD Control

Another basic idea of the software is that everything is an object within the CAD control. The CAD control window contains the graphic display of current objects. The concept is that if the user clicks on any particular objects and right-clicks they bring up any relevant properties which affect the current object. For example, in a numerical model one can apply loading conditions, can delete the polygon, apply a material to that region or get help on that region. As well, the user should be aware that all of the basic functionality for drawing, editing objects, moving objects, etc. can be found under the Help menu. Issues such as Snapping, Moving points, Deleting points, Moving shapes, etc. can all be displayed.

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