Introducing RocFall3 - Features and Applications

Published on: Mar 18, 2022 Updated on: Mar 06, 2023 3 minutes read

A 3D statistical analysis program, RocFall3 is designed to assess slopes at risk for rockfalls. The program can determine Energy, Velocity, and Bounce Heights along multiple rock paths. Not only can it spatially visualize runout distance on the 3D slope geometry but also generate distribution graphs and automatically calculate comprehensive statistics. Additionally, RocFall3 allows you to perform both Lumped Mass and Rigid Body rockfall analyses.

3D Model Creation

Constructing rockfall models is easier and faster than ever. Import ground surfaces from geological modelling or mine planning software along with digital elevation models from various sources in industry-supported file formats (obj, dxf, stl, dtm, etc.).

The Terrain Generator allows you to import digital elevation models from satellite data. Using RocFall3’s built-in surface construction methods, you can build surfaces from point cloud data, elevation data, polyline lofting, or by extrusion.

3D model creation in RocFall3
3D model creation
3D model creation
3D model creation

Analysis Methods

Like RocFall2, RocFall3 consists of both lumped mass and rigid body analysis methods. The lumped mass model includes impact and sliding physics, whereas the rigid body engine has a sphere impact model. Both lumped mass and rigid body physics engines can scale the coefficient of restitution (Rn) by velocity and mass.

Rigid body sphere in RocFall3
Rigid body sphere in RocFall3

Material Region Editor

The material region editor lets you select regions on the slope surface and apply material properties quickly and easily. You can select the area based on elevation, user-defined polygonal regions, or the various built-in triangle selection facilities available in the Rocscience suite of programs. When importing RocFall2 models, your material regions are created automatically.

Material region editor for RocFall3
Material region editor


Analysis of rockfall stabilization measures is crucial to any slope design. RocFall3’s barrier logic is designed after RocFall2 which includes unlimited number of barriers, deformable barriers, energy capacity, elongation, and adjustable height.

The image shows RocFall3 barriers
RocFall3 barriers

Rockfall Data Visualization

The ability to easily visualize and interpret analysis data is crucial for any rockfall model. RocFall3 allows you to view rock paths, trajectory, and final stopping location. It can also contour various data like energy and bounce height along the path while plotting runout distributions and spatial distribution of stopping location. RocFall3’s suite of visualization tools includes runout distributions, barrier statistics, and easy filtering of data for your analysis.

RocFall3 runout plot
RocFall3 runout plot
RocFall3 Data Visualization GIF
RocFall3 Data Visualization

Integration with RocFall2

The integration of RocFall3 with its 2D counterpart RocFall2 allows you to import models directly from RocFall2 and extrude the geometry to easily create a 3D model. You can also define a 2D section within a full 3D model and export it back to RocFall2 with predefined materials and parameters to seamlessly run 2D analysis.

The image shows RocFall2 model
RocFall2 file
The image shows RocFall2 file imported into RocFall3
RocFall2 file imported into RocFall3
RocFall3 model
RocFall3 model
Section through RocFall3 model in RocFall2
Section through RocFall3 model in RocFall2

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