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Import Joint Properties from Dips

If the SWedge Analysis Type = Deterministic, you can import individual plane orientations from a Dips file and assign the orientations to the Slope, Upper Face, Joint1, Joint2, Basal Plane or Tension Crack. Users of the program Dips may find this a convenient method of transferring orientation data from Dips to SWedge.

Dips is a program for the graphical and statistical analysis of orientation data using stereonets, available from Rocscience - click here for more information.

To import plane orientations from a Dips file for an SWedge Deterministic analysis:

  1. Select Input Data from the toolbar or Analysis menu.
  2. Select the Import from Dips button at the bottom of the Input Data dialog.
  3. You will see an Open file dialog. Navigate to the desired folder and open the desired Dips file. You may choose from:
    • Dips *.dwp files (created by Dips version 5)
    • Dips *.dipsvs files (created by Dips version 6 and later)
    *.dwp and *.dipsvs files are auxiliary data files generated by the Dips program. They are used to store joint set information and other data.
  4. You will see an Import dialog which provides a preview of all planes contained in the Dips file.
  5. At least one plane and/or joint set must be defined in Dips.
  6. Select the Data Type (Weighted or Unweighted), if applicable. This refers to the Terzaghi weighting which can be used to account for bias correction in joint orientation measurements (see the Dips documentation for information about bias correction weighting).
  7. The Dip/Dip Direction of all planes in the Dips file will be listed, and a stereonet preview of the planes helps to identify/select planes for input. Click on the Feature column to assign orientations to the desired SWedge planes (e.g. Joint1, Joint2).
  8. When the desired orientations have been assigned, select OK and the information will be automatically imported into the Deterministic Input Data dialog.
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