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Technical Specifications

Analysis Results

  • Sidebar information panel
  • Info Viewer analysis summary
  • One-click export of data and charts to Excel

Automation

  • Batch Compute model fi les
  • Automate Model Inputs from Excel

Bench Analysis

  • Optimize bench design for open pit mines

Combination Analysis

  • Unlimited number of joints
  • Analyze all possible combinations
  • Find minimum safety factor wedges
  • Import joints from Dips
  • View results on histogram, scatter, and stereonet plots

Import from Dips

  • Import mean planes
  • Import joint set statistics (probabilistic analysis)
  • Import all planes (combination analysis)

Joints

  • Two sliding planes (tetrahedral wedges)
  • Optional basal joint plane (pentahedral wedges)
  • Shear strength—Mohr-Coulomb, Barton-Bandis, Power Curve
  • Waviness angle
  • Import planes from Dips

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  • Water pressure on joints
  • Ponded water analysis
  • Seismic coefficient
  • External forces
  • Pressure (surcharge or support)

Persistence Analysis

  • Randomly vary wedge height and/or joint persistence
  • Allowable persistence determines if wedge can form

Probabilistic Analysis

  • Statistical distributions—normal, uniform, triangular, beta, exponential, lognormal, gamma
  • Fisher distribution for joint orientations
  • Histogram, cumulative, and scatter plots
  • Import joint set statistics from Dips
  • Monte Carlo or Latin Hypercube simulation
  • Random or pseudo-random sampling
  • Shear strength—define variability of mean strength envelope or individual strength parameters
  • Correlation coefficient for cohesion and friction angle
  • Best fit distribution, regression line
  • Highlight failed wedges on plots
  • Filter wedges by sliding mode
  • Probability of failure, reliability index

Sensitivity Analysis

  • Determine effect of individual variables on safety factor
  • Multiple variables on one plot
  • Vary strength of all joints simultaneously

Slope

  • Slope plane/upper face
  • Slope height, length, and bench width
  • Overhanging slope
  • Metric or imperial units
  • Eurocode design standards

Stereonet View

  • Plot great circles and poles
  • Show joint intersections
  • Highlight failed data
  • Equal angle/Equal area

Support

  • Rock bolts
    • Define bolt properties from the following bolt types: Mechanically Anchored, Grouted Dowel, Cable Bolt, Split Set, Swellex, and Simple Bolt Force
    • Option to use bolt Shear Strength
    • Option to apply Bolt Orientation Efficiency factor
  • Pressure
  • Active or passive support

Tension Crack

  • Optional tension crack plane
  • Arbitrary orientations
  • Location—user-defined or automatic

Wedge Size

  • Scale wedge size by slope height, slope length, bench width, trace length, persistence, wedge weight, and volume
  • Truncate wedge with tension crack
  • Persistence analysis (probabilistic)
  • Minimum wedge size

Viewing Options

  • 3D wedge view
  • Interactively rotate, zoom, and pan
  • Move wedge along sliding planes
  • Customize display options
  • Export image files

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