Product Announcement

Latest Features in Slide2

September 2020

Multi-Modal Optimization (MMO)

Multi-Modal Optimization
Slide2 - Multi-Modal Optimization

The Multi-Modal Optimization feature was introduced to help address some of the real-world complexities of analyzing a slope. Slope stability analyses generally focus on the search for the single global minimum surface. Yet in reality, a slope will often have multiple critical regions that may fail, instead of a single critical region. This is where MMO comes into play.

Slide3: Multi-Modal Optimization
Slide3 - Multi-Modal Optimization

With the Multiple min option, the user can now let the algorithm search for multiple local mins instead of the single critical one – this is called multi-modal PSO. The parameter of note is the “radius span of search space.” The number of local mins found will be equivalent to the number of particles in the search (default 50 particles). As such many of these will be very similar. The radius option filters out the surfaces that are similar and only take the most critical local minima in each region.


Weak Layer Algorithm

The Weak Layer option in Slide2 and Slide3, allows users to define a weak layer using only a polyline with assigned strength properties. Since a weak layer polyline has no physical thickness, it is intended to be used for modeling interfaces, joints, or very thin weak layers with negligible thickness, along which sliding could occur.

A new algorithm has been introduced for this feature to address cases where there may be multiple weak layers that overlap in the model. Sometimes, the material beneath a weak layer can be weaker than the weak layer itself. Thus, the Weak Layer Handling feature has been added. When the Weak Layer Handling feature is enabled, Slide can determine which configuration of weak layers produces the most critical slip surfaces.


Defining Probabilistic Shear Strength using Coefficient of Variation (COV)

Slide2: Define Shear Strength using COV
Slide2 - Define Shear Strength using COV feature

Previously, when performing a probabilistic analysis in Slide2 and Slide3, a user would define the soil using parameters such as cohesion and friction angle. They would enter a mean value as well as a range for that value to be considered. For users that don't have sufficient data on how much cohesion and friction angle (for example) might vary, a new feature has been introduced to allow the user to define the probabilistic shear strength using the Coefficient of Variation (COV).

Slide2: Define Shear Strength using COV
Slide2 - Define Shear Strength using COV

With COV, the strength for each strength type is calculated with an equation based on the input parameters, which can make things much simpler for users. This also means users can now do probabilistic analyses for all strength types (shear/normal, anisotropic, etc.)

Slide2: Define Shear Strength using COV
Slide2 - Results of Probablistic Analysis

June 2020

Adding to the library of Manufacturers and Support Products

Slide2 Image

Slide2 is a powerful 2D slope stability analysis program that uses the limit equilibrium method to evaluate the safety factor of circular and non-circular failure surfaces in soil or rock slopes. This easy to use program can create and analyze complex models and be used for all types of soil and rock slopes, embankments, earth dams, and retaining walls.

This year Slide2 introduced a new library of manufacturers and support products that could be added directly into your model, making designing support solutions faster and more precise. This list of support products has continued to grow. This month we are excited to announce a new addition to the list of Geosynthetic products: Geosintex’s EDILGRID – a high modulus polyester geogrid use for stabilization and soil reinforcement.

April 2020

Integrate Specific Geosynthetic Support Products

As part of the many Maintenance+ upgrades to Slide2, Rocscience is adding an exciting new feature where users can integrate specific geosynthetic support products into their slope stability design.

Geosynthetic reinforcements are a great tool for providing additional slope stability when constructing embankments on soft soil. This new feature makes it easy to add those reinforcements into a design by letting users choose from one of the most extensive lists of manufacturers and products on the market. The specifications for each product are built into the Slide2 software, resulting in an overall faster design process and more accurate slope stability analysis.

Slide2 - List of common types of geosynthetic supports
Slide2 - List of common types of geosynthetic supports

Rocscience has already partnered with several manufacturers for this including Maccaferri and Tensar International (available now in Slide3). This roster of companies now continues to grow with the addition of several new manufacturers including ACE Geosynthetics, Huesker Synthetics, and TenCate.

With these manufacturers come several new products available to be used in your design. ACE Geosynthetics brings their AceGrid GG - flexible woven PET geogrids used for soil reinforcement. Huesker Synthetics has two products available: the Fortrac - a highly resilient, flexible geogrid for soil reinforcement and the Stabilenka - one of the world’s strongest woven reinforcement fabric. TenCate has three products available including their Mirafi PET - a woven high-strength polyester geotextile, and the Miragrid GX and Miragrid XT - geogrids used for soil reinforcement in Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Walls and Reinforced Soil Slope (RSS) structures.

The list of manufactures doesn’t just apply to geosynthetics though. There are now several soil nail and grouted tieback products available from the manufacturer Dextra, including the GEOTEC GFRP Rockbolt, GEOTEC GFRP Self Drilling Anchor, and several more.

Slide2 - List of common types of soil nails
Slide2 - List of common types of soil nails


Import RSPile files into Slide2

The installation of piles is one of the most common methods of slope stabilization in the industry. This makes the general pile analysis software RSPile a particularly useful addition to your slope stability suite. The RSPile program allows users to design and analyze numerous types of piles to meet the needs of their geotechnical project including driven piles, axial and laterally loaded piles, and grouped piles. In the case of slope stability analyses, RSPile automatically calculates the pile resistance by allowing the user to specify the range of sliding depths examined in the analysis and producing the corresponding pile resistance functions.

These pile resistance functions produced in RSPile are easily imported into the Slide2 program. Simply open the Define Support Properties dialog and select RSPile as your support type. From here you can launch RSPile and import the RSPile file directly into Slide2.

Slide2 - Define Support Properties dialog
Slide2 - Define Support Properties dialog

With one RSPile model file a user can define the soil and pile properties for multiple piles of various embedment lengths and soil layer configurations.

Slide2 - Model with pile support
Slide2 - Model with pile support

For each intersected slip surface to a pile, Slide2 will use linear interpolation to determine the appropriate resultant pile resistance and compute the factor of safety.

March 2020

Report Generator

This spring, Rocscience is excited to announce the introduction of the Report Generator, a dynamic new reporting tool coming to some of Rocscience's most powerful programs, including Slide2 & Slide3, RS2 & RS3, and EX3. Formerly called the Info Viewer, this new reporting tool lets you create sleek, professional-looking reports for your geotechnical project.

When you launch the Report Generator it will automatically create a report of your analysis, and package it with a customizable cover page, table of contents, headers and footers, and so much more.

Slide2 – Report Generator - Select visible sections for the report
Slide2 – Report Generator - Select visible sections for the report

The Report Generator includes a navigation bar that lets you quickly navigate and search the report. Just click on the document map to view to sections of the report or use the search bar to look for specific content. Included in the report is a table of contents that is automatically created and adjusted as you add and remove sections from your analysis.

RS3 – Report Generator - Edit Cover Page controls
RS3 – Report Generator - Edit Cover Page controls

A sleek, editable cover page is automatically created for your report and can be customized with your own images, company logo, and more. Use the controls to easily adjust the layout and select what sections to include. Once you’re happy with the look of your cover page, you can save time by saving these customizations for use on future projects.

RS2 - Report Generator - Manage the selected model views and add them to the report
RS2 - Report Generator - Manage the selected model views and add them to the report

With the Report Generator you can edit more than just the look of your report though. You can also add content of your own! Use the Add Images or Add Comments buttons to add text and images to any section of the report. If you want to add snapshots of the computed model, you can do that as well from the Interpret window of your Rocscience program. The tool lets you add multiples views of your model, add titles and descriptions, and even arrange the order of the views. The views of the model will then be added to the end of your report.

Once you’re done customizing your report, you can easily print or export the file.

February 2020

Reporting Done Right: Batch Printing And The New Report Generator

Batch Printing Feature in Slide2
Batch Printing Feature in Slide2

At Rocscience we talk a lot about the analytical capabilities of our software programs, but what about what happens after you’ve computed your results? When it comes to customizing and printing your reports, Slide2 has got you covered with its new Batch Printing feature and Report Generator.

The new Batch Printing feature is the perfect companion to Slide2’s multi-scenario modelling tool. Slide2 users already have the advantage of being able to compute the results of several different scenarios at once, and now with the batch printing feature, you can select, organize and print the results of your multiple scenarios all in one batch. Just click print as per usual and check the checkboxes for the scenarios you want to include in your batch.

New Report Generator in Slide2
New Report Generator in Slide2

In addition to the Batch Printing, the Info Viewer for Slide2 has gotten a serious upgrade. Now called the Report Generator, this new tool lets you customize the look and feel of your report like never before. You can add images, comments, select the sections you want to include, customize headers and footers and so much more. Once you’re done customizing your report, Slide2 has new export options that now include both HTML and PDF options.

Common Types of Geosynthetic Supports Now Available Within Slide2

Common types of Geosynthetic Supports
Common types of Geosynthetic Supports


This year Rocscience has partnered with several prominent manufacturers, including Maccaferri, Tensar and more, to make adding geosynthetic supports to your design even easier than before. When selecting geosynthetics as your support type, you will now be able to select from a list of commonly used geosynthetic support products. The properties of the selected geosynthetic will be automatically populated and a link will be provided to manufacturer spec sheet for even more details on your selected geosynthetic.

Slide2 users aren’t the only ones that get to enjoy this new feature though. This list of common geosynthetic supports will also be available in Slide3 and the upcoming release of RS2, so keep an eye out for that.

Sampling Method Added For Probabilistic Analysis: Response Surface

Latin-Hypercube results with 10 000 samples FS < 1
Latin-Hypercube results with 10 000 samples FS < 1
Response Surface results with 10,000 samples FS < 1
Response Surface results with 10,000 samples FS < 1

A new, faster sampling method for probabilistic analysis is being added to Slide2 this month: the Response Surface method. Overall, slope probabilistic analysis can take a long time to compute for complex models. With the Response Surface method though, a small sample of strategically selected cases are computed and the other cases are predicted. The result of using this method is that it can save a lot of computation time for users wanting to do a quick analysis.

The figures above show an example of two slope probabilistic analyses, one using the Latin-Hypercube method and the other the Response Surface method. In this example the Response Surface Method computes three times faster than the Latin-Hypercube, saving the user an hour of computation time.

November 2019

Added Tensar Geogrids

Rocscience Inc. is pleased to announce the inclusion of Tensar Uniaxial (UX) Geogrids in the new Slide2. Easy to handle and install, Tensar UX Geogrids are used for high-strength soil reinforcement in wall and slope applications.

Tensar® Uniaxial (UX) Geogrids, from Tensar International Corporation, are manufactured from select grades of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resins that are highly oriented and are designed to resist elongation (creep) when subjected to heavy loads for long periods of time. These geogrids are also highly resistant to installation damage as well as long-term chemical or biological degradation.

This partnership with Tensar means Rocscience will continue to deliver to its customers the most comprehensive and practical solutions through its offering of Slide2 and Slide3. Slide2 is the world’s most powerful, user-friendly 2D slope stability analysis program using the Limit Equilibrium Method. Slide3 is a tool that allows geotechnical engineers to calculate the Factor of Safety of complex 3D slope stability geometries that 2D models cannot fully simulate.

On the integration, Rocscience President Dr. Thamer Yacoub had this to say:

This addition to Slide2’s collection of pre-defined support types once again meets our customers’ need for comprehensive and practical 2D slope stability analysis solutions for rock and soil. We know our customers want programs that are easy to use so they can focus on what’s important—the analysis.

And as Tensar put it:

Tensar is pleased to have its Uniaxial (UX) Geogrids featured as support options within the latest version of Slide. Tensar UX Geogrids provide high-tensile strength at low strains for use in mechanically stabilized earth walls and reinforced soil slopes, backed by the most thorough quality assurance practices. When you stabilize your vertical earth structure with Tensar UX Geogrids, you can have full confidence that your model is based on technology, experience and expertise that have set the industry standard for more than three decades.


Added Macaferri Paramesh System

Rocscience Inc. is excited to announce the addition of the Maccaferri Paramesh system to Slide2 and Slide3. Paramesh, from Officine Maccaferri, is the most advanced solution for retaining walls and soil reinforcement consisting of Terramesh® units with Paraproduct soil reinforcement geogrids.

The renowned Maccaferri Terramesh system is a modular system used to form rock-faced reinforced soil walls (also known as Mechanically Stabilized Earth walls) and embankments. It has been used globally on some of the most significant infrastructure schemes, including what is believed to be the tallest reinforced soil structure in the world at 74m high. Terramesh units can be used in conjunction with Maccaferri Paraproduct high-performance polymeric geogrids, ParaLink®, ParaGrid®, and MacGrid® WG.

Benefits of the Paramesh system include flexibility, durability, fast and safe installation, and environmental friendliness, as well as certification and testing by leading international institutes in accordance with the latest guidance and standards.

This partnership with Maccaferri means Rocscience will continue to meet the demands of its clients for high quality and value through its offering of Slide2 and Slide3. Slide2 is the world’s most powerful, user-friendly 2D slope stability analysis program using the Limit Equilibrium Method. Slide3 is a tool that allows geotechnical engineers to calculate the Factor of Safety of complex 3D slope stability geometries that 2D models cannot fully simulate.

On the integration, Rocscience President, Dr. Thamer Yacoub, had this to say:

This addition of Maccaferri Paramesh to Slide2 and Slide3 means our customers now have access to an even more comprehensive collection of pre-defined support types. We know our customers want practical easy-to-use products they can count on so they can focus on what’s important—the analysis. This enhancement is just one more way that we meet that need.

And as Maccaferri Product Marketing Manager Settimo De Cario put it:

Construction clients within the infrastructure, mining and environmental sectors are demanding greater performance from the solutions they procure. They require a longer design life, reduced maintenance commitment, greater value and a lower environmental impact. Maccaferri Terramesh and ParaProducts, now available on Rocscience Slide2, address all these demands.
Indeed, Maccaferri Terramesh and ParaProducts are amongst the most tried and tested double twisted steel wire meshes and geogrids in the world offering 120 year design life and high performance with clear and transparent communication of the environmental impacts.

June 2018

Load Resistance Factor Design

Rocscience is excited to announce the addition of the load resistance factor design (LRFD) approach to slope reinforcement in the upcoming update to Slide2. LRFD has been gaining traction in past years, with more departments of transportation and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) adopting this method of analysis in response to federal and state compliance requirements.

Rocscience worked with several departments of transportation in the USA to develop a general method of applying partial factors to slope support elements that would work with the varying ways in which these factors are applied by different companies and organizations.

How LRFD works in Slide2

We’ve added a Partial Factors button to the Define Support Properties dialog (Figure 1 below) to enable input of LRFD factors corresponding to the failure modes applicable to each Support Type.

LRFD in Slide - Figure 1

Figure 1

For example, when selecting Grouted Tieback as the Support Type, clicking the Partial Factors button opens the Support – Partial Factors dialog (Figure 2 below), providing factor inputs for all four corresponding failure modes since all are applicable to that type. When the support forces applied to the model are calculated, they’re automatically divided by the factor values entered in the dialog.

LRFD in Slide - Figure 2

Figure 2

Table 1 below displays the factors that are available for each Support Type, based on the applicable corresponding failure modes.

LRFD in Slide - Table 1

Table 1

Note that the Partial Factors option is not available for the RSPile type or the User Defined type.

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