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Export 2D Sections to Slide2

1. Introduction

This tutorial will demonstrate how to use the Slide2 Section Creator tool. The Section Export to Slide tool option allows you to capture any 2D section of a Slide3 model, generate a Slide2 file from the section, and compute Slide2 file directly. All material properties and material assignments will be preserved from the 3D model. This allows you to easily perform a 2D analysis on any 2D section of a Slide3 model.

In this tutorial, the Slide2 Section Creator will be used to create better visibility of the slip surface by taking a snapshot of the model and analyzing it in Slide2.

2. Open the Model

Select File > Recent > Tutorials and read in the file Section Export to Slide2 - starting file from the installation folder.

3. Slide2 Section Creator- Single Section

Project Settings Icon

Select: Analysis > Project Settings

Only select Spencer Simplified under analysis methods to reduce computation time for the model.

Project Settings Dialog

Select OK.

Select Results tab.

Results Icon

Compute the model.

Compute Button

Select the Results tab to view the failure surface on the model.

Turn on the contours by selecting the Show Contours

Show Contours Button

option on the toolbar. The model should look as follows:


Multisection button

Select: View > Slide2 Section Creator. Or, select Slide2 Section Creator button on the toolbar.

Multisection button

Slide2 section creator dialog

Click on the Add a Single Section

Single Section icon

icon right below Section Data.


The Section Tool can be used to get a better view of the failure surface. Let's adjust the section plane to cut through the failure surface. The section can be defined either by adjusting the section manually in the Model Preview pane, or by entering coordinates under Plane Definition.

Enter the following U/V coordinates to draw a plane slicing through the failure surface:

X: 95424.52

Y: 93669.70

Strike: 41.04

Dialog box

Select the Right to Left option for Failure Direction.

It is important to select the appropriate Failure Direction to ensure that the failure surface can be located in 2D. Select OK to exit the dialog.

The section is now visible on the model and in the visibility tree.


To view only the section created, use the eye icon in the Visibility Tree to hide the layer "Global Min: Bishop". This will hide the results from the 3D analysis and display only the 2D section.

4. Slide2 Compute

Compute button

Select: Analysis > Slide2 Compute. Or select Slide2 compute icon

Compute button

on the toolbar.

Slide2 Compute option allows you to run 2D analysis for the sections you just created using Slide2 Compute Engine. (Slide2 must be installed for this feature)

Select Sections to Compute dialog

Section Selections to Compute dialog will show up to select exporting sections.

Select the Section1 to be computed and press OK. The selected sections will be exported as a Slide2 Multi-Group file. The Slide2 compute engine will now open and begin to compute the section. Select OK again to save the file to an appropriate location. The Slide2 engine will now open and begin to compute the section.


2D Section Results

When the engine has finished the computation, the results will appear on the section.

To better visualize the 2D surface:


Visible Dark Button

Toggle: visibility of Global Min: Bishop off using the eye icon in the Visibility pane.

Visibility Pane

You should now be able to see 2D global minimum surface displayed on the section.

2D Display

Let's proceed to add multiple sections using the multi-section tool.

5. Slide2 Section Creator - Multi-Section

Multisection button

Select: View > Slide2 Section Creator. Or select Slide2 Section

Multisection button

Tool button on the toolbar.

Select the multi-section button

Multi Section Button

from the top left corner of the dialog.

A Multi-Section data will be added into the list of sections. The first step for adding multi-sections is to draw the path that the sections will follow. This can be done either manually or by entering U/V coordinates.

To enter U/V coordinates in the grid:

1. Add 8 rows to the table by selecting the "Append rows to bottom of grid" button on top of the table.

2. Enter the following U/V coordinates: to add multi-section data.

An alternative option is to use 'Draw' function which allows users to draw path on the model in model view pane. After path is drawn you can select Done to exit the menu. For this tutorial we will be using the U/V Coordinates in grid.

Enter the following coordinates:

Coordinates Table

You can copy and paste the following Inputs into columns:





The path will now appear on the Model Preview pane (select Top View).

Slide2 Section Creator dialog

Next, define the number of sections to be added. Sections can be created by simply defining the total number of sections, electing to create sections at each vertex, or by creating sections on each segment. Select the option By total number of sections and adding 6 sections. In this case, do not check the box for Use last vertex for the last section.

Slide2 Section Creator Dialog

Note that the first section from the series will be displayed in the 2D Section View. you can look at each 2D section preview by selecting one specific section in the visibility tree.

Select: OK to exit the dialog.

New sections will be added into the model automatically. You will see the following section cuts as shown below.


You can export or compute these sections by using Slide2 Compute or Slide2 Export options.

Export 2D Section Slide

Select: Slide2 Compute > Slide2 Export… from toolbar or File > Export > Slide2 Export… from the menu.

This ends the Export 2D Sections to Slide2 from General 3D Geometry tutorial.

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