The PLAXIS 2D to 3D Converter takes the 2D model geometry and soil properties and will convert this as an extruded model in PLAXIS 3D. This video shows how to run the tool.
An active Bentley Geotechnical SELECT Entitlement [GSE] is required to use the tool.
To launch the PLAXIS 2D to 3D Converter find the menu option under the Expert menu, as shown below.
Since PLAXIS 2D CONNECT Edition V20.04, the PLAXIS 2D to 3D converter is delivered as a full feature and accessible from the Expert menu in PLAXIS 2D Input.
Instructions below are for PLAXIS Legacy versions.Note: This tool was made available as Technology Preview from PLAXIS 2D CONNECT Edition V20.01 to V20.03.
All dongle/hardware lock (HWL) based versions of PLAXIS 2D/3D are treated as "V8i SELECTseries 10" according to Bentley's Support Policy. This means that Bentley will discontinue support for hardware lock based versions of PLAXIS after December 31, 2021. This includes PLAXIS 2D 2019 and older, and PLAXIS 3D 2018 and older.
To see the benefits of the latest versions and how to get the latest version, please see PLAXIS CONNECT Edition: upgrade from Hardware lock to Flexible licensing