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Overview of Batch Compute

Batch Compute can quickly generate results for several SWedge model files.

To access the Batch Compute feature of SWedge:

  1. Select File > Batch Compute Batch Compute from the menu.
  2. The Batch Compute dialog will appear allowing you to:
    • Add files to the File Queue for computing
    • Select an Output File Format
    • See the progress of Completed Files
    • See if any issues occurred during reading, computing, or writing under Warnings

Input File

Batch Compute several Deterministic, Probabilistic, and/or Combinations analysis models using saved SWedge (*.swd, *.swd7) model files.

To add SWedge model files to the File Queue:

  • Select the Open Open File button button to choose individual model files.

Output File

When Batch Compute is run, a directory by the same name as the input model file will be created in the same directory as the input model file. This directory contains the computed results for the input model file.

The results of each model file can be output to either:

  • Comma-delimited text file (*.txt), or
  • Excel (*.xlsx) format

The text output file will be saved inside the Batch Compute Results Text Files subdirectory. The Excel output file will be saved inside the Batch Compute Results Excel Files subdirectory. One "Results" file is generated per model computed.

In a Probabilistic or Combinations analysis where more than one wedge can be considered, the output file is formatted to write one wedge per row.


The output file contains the following data:

  • Wedge ID
  • Safety Factor
  • Wedge Weight
  • Plunge Line of Intersection
  • Trend Line of Intersection
  • Length Line of Intersection
  • Plunge Line of Intersection Basal-Joint1
  • Trend Line of Intersection Basal-Joint1
  • Length Line of Intersection Basal-Joint1
  • Plunge Line of Intersection Basal-Joint2
  • Trend Line of Intersection Basal-Joint2
  • Length Line of Intersection Basal-Joint2
  • Persistence Joint 1
  • Persistence Joint 2
  • Persistence Basal Joint
  • Trace Length Joint 1
  • Trace Length Joint 2
  • Trace Length Basal Joint
  • Effective Normal Stress Joint 1
  • Shear Strength Joint 1
  • Effective Normal Stress Joint 2
  • Shear Strength Joint 2
  • Effective Normal Stress Basal Joint
  • Shear Strength Basal Joint
  • Driving Force
  • Resisting Force
  • Wedge Height On Slope Face
  • Wedge Width To Crest On Upper Face
  • Remaining Bench Width
  • Wedge Length Along Slope Strike
  • Spill Width (m) Dip of Joint 1
  • Dip Direction of Joint 1
  • Dip of Joint 2
  • Dip Direction of Joint 2
  • Dip of Basal Joint
  • Dip Direction of Basal Joint
  • Dip of Upper Slope
  • Dip Direction of Upper Slope
  • Dip of Slope
  • Dip Direction of Slope
  • Dip of Tension Crack
  • Dip Direction of Tension Crack
  • Friction Angle of Joint 1
  • Cohesion of Joint 1
  • Friction Angle of Joint 2
  • Cohesion of Joint 2
  • Friction Angle of Basal Joint
  • Cohesion of Basal Joint
  • JRC of Joint 1
  • JCS of Joint 1
  • Phir of Joint 1
  • JRC of Joint 2
  • JCS of Joint 2
  • Phir of Joint 2
  • JRC of Basal Joint
  • JCS of Basal Joint
  • Phir of Basal Joint
  • Power Curve a of Joint 1
  • Power Curve b of Joint 1
  • Power Curve c of Joint 1
  • Power Curve d of Joint 1
  • Power Curve a of Joint 2
  • Power Curve b of Joint 2
  • Power Curve c of Joint 2
  • Power Curve d of Joint 2
  • Power Curve a of Basal Joint
  • Power Curve b of Basal Joint
  • Power Curve c of Basal Joint
  • Power Curve d of Basal Joint
  • Waviness of Joint 1
  • Waviness of Joint 2
  • Waviness of Basal Joint
  • Percent Filled (%)
  • Hu
  • Water Pressure Joint 1
  • Water Pressure Joint 2
  • Water Pressure Basal Joint
  • Water Pressure Tension Crack
  • Ponded Water Depth
  • Seismic Alpha
  • Seismic Plunge
  • Seismic Trend
  • Maximum Persistence Joint 1
  • Maximum Persistence Joint 2
  • Maximum Persistence Basal Joint


  • If no valid wedge is formed, Safety Factor = N/A and any computed values will also be N/A.
  • The applicability of some computed values depends on the geometry, strength, force, and water options selected (e.g., any parameter involving the Basal Joint will be N/A since no Basal Joint exists).
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