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Soil Profiles

In the Soil Profiles tab, you specify the type of soil profile you want to model:

  • Horizontal Soil Layers
  • Non-Horizontal Soil Layers
  • Extruded section layers (Section creator)


Horizontal Soil Layers

Select Horizontal Soil Layers if you want your model to have horizontal soil layers only. You will be able to define the soil profile using depth or elevation values. The soil layers are defined in elevation by default.

The soil layers will be defined by entering a thickness or bottom elevation for each layer, and that thickness will apply to the entire model.

A Ground Elevation other than zero can be specified.

Non-Horizontal Layers

This option must be enabled in order to model non-horizontal soil strata. With this option selected, soil layers are defined by entering an XY position for a borehole, and the soil thicknesses at that location. Soils are interpolated between boreholes.

When this option is selected you can also model a Non-Horizontal Ground Surface.

There is no non-horizontal bottom layer option. Using this option allows Settle3 to create a 3D soil model with multiple boreholes where the corners of the soil medium is drawn from the closest boreholes. From there, the bottom of the soil model is linearly connected at the bottom of each soil model corners. Note that this is for visual purposes only and the calculations are carried out separately with query point/line and grid points.


For the interpolation between boreholes, there are five surface interpolation options:

  • Inverse Distance
  • Thin-Plate Spline
  • Chugh
  • Local Thin-Plate Spline
  • TIN Triangulation

See the Interpolation Methods topic for more information.

Extruded Section Layers

This option enables you to create a soil profile using the 2D Section creator. Note you can only use elevation as vertical axis when this mode is selected.

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