Groundwater Analysis Mode

If you are performing finite element groundwater analysis (steady state or transient), the Slide Model program will offer three different analysis (modeling) modes:

The Analysis Mode can be selected from the Analysis menu, the tabs at the lower left of the screen, or the right-click menu.

The Analysis Mode option simplifies the modeling procedure by separating groundwater modeling options from slope stability modeling options. When you switch analysis modes, the menus and toolbars will change so that the appropriate modeling options will be available.

Analysis mode tabs at lower left

Slope Stability Mode

Slope Stability mode allows you to define boundaries, loading, support, slip surfaces, search methods and material strength properties. NOTE: the model boundaries can ONLY be defined in Slope Stability mode, you cannot add or edit boundaries in groundwater mode. If you are analyzing groundwater only, you will have to define the boundaries in slope stability mode.

Steady State Groundwater Mode

Steady State Groundwater mode allows you to define the finite element mesh, steady state groundwater boundary conditions and material permeability properties. It also allows you to run the groundwater compute engine independently of the slope stability compute engine. Steady State groundwater mode is only enabled if the Groundwater Method = Steady State FEA in the Project Settings dialog. See the Groundwater Method topic for details.

Transient Groundwater Mode

Transient Groundwater mode allows you to define the finite element mesh, transient groundwater boundary conditions and material permeability properties. It also allows you to run the groundwater compute engine independently of the slope stability compute engine. Transient Groundwater mode is only enabled if the Transient groundwater option is selected in the Project Settings dialog. See the Advanced Groundwater topic for details.

NOTE: if you are NOT performing steady state or transient finite element groundwater analysis, then the Analysis Mode option is not applicable. The Slide Model program will automatically be in Slope Stability mode, and the Analysis Mode options will NOT appear in the toolbar or the tabs at the lower left.