ACCELERATE Course: GEOTECHNICAL ANALYSIS - an introduction to PLAXIS 2D (May 18-27, 2020)

The online introduction course to PLAXIS 2D aims to give novice users a quick start in using the software. The training course consists of four (4) sessions of approximately three (3) hours each. Sessions one and two mainly focus on the functionality of PLAXIS 2D while sessions three and four focus on one of the most important and also most difficult part of geotechnical analysis: obtaining soil parameters.

This ACCELERATE Virtual Series is normally part of the Computational Geotechnics Standard Course, and is now offered complimentary (No Fee) to all attendees.

All sessions include both presentations and live demos. Participants will also have some “homework” to do, in the form of an additional hands-on exercise, of which the results will be discussed at the beginning of the successive session.


  • Dennis Waterman, MSc. | Manager Content Development | Geotechnical
  • Stefanos Papavasileiou, MSc. | Manager Technical Support | Geotechnical
  • Micha van der Sloot, MSc. | Manager User Success | Geotechnical

The four sessions of this course are:

May 18 | Session 1: Introduction to PLAXIS 2D — Concepts and Structural Elements

Session 1 gives an overview of the functionality in PLAXIS. Participants will learn the possibilities of creating a model and defining the construction process. At the end of the session we will look into the use of structural elements.

May 20 | Session 2: Introduction to PLAXIS 2D — Initial Stresses and Groundwater

In Session 2 we will focus on generating the best possible mesh and also look into the generation of initial stresses. The latter is important to make sure that your project starts from the correct initial stress state

May 25 | Session 3: PLAXIS 2D Soil Parameters — Parameters for Sand

In Session 3 we shift our focus from PLAXIS modelling to obtaining correct soil parameters. The Hardening Soil model is introduced, and it is explained how the parameters for this model can be obtained, specifically for sands from laboratory tests.

May 27 | Session 4: PLAXIS 2D Soil Parameters — Parameters for Clay

In Session 4 we will look into obtaining parameters for clay materials from oedometer and triaxial tests to be used in the Hardening Soil model. Additionally, some attention is given to the importance of undrained behaviour of soils.

Attendees are highly encouraged to attend all four sessions. A basic working knowledge of PLAXIS 2D software is required to maximize learning of Soil Parameters (Sessions 3 and 4).

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