PLAXIS Geotechnical Analysis

PLAXIS is the leading geotechnical engineering simulation software developed specifically for deformation analysis of soils and rock. Renowned for ease of use and accuracy, it will help you optimise your designs more effectively than applying traditional conservative calculation methods.

The World's Leading Design and Analysis Solution for Geotechnical Engineers

Geotechnical applications often require advanced constitutive models for the simulation of the non-linear, time dependent and anisotropic behaviour of soils and rock.

Developed by Bentley Systems, PLAXIS is a user-friendly, finite element package with trusted results that is used by geotechnical engineers globally. From excavations, embankments, foundations, tunnelling and mining to reservoir geomechanics, users can determine deformation and stability to assess the geotechnical risk.

An extensive range of 2D and 3D versions are available, including finite element analysis (FEA), limit equilibrium, dynamics, transient ground water flow and thermal capabilities, to suit your project requirements and budget. Geometry creation tools and automated settings allow you to solve geotechnical problems efficiently and accurately with the minimum of training.

Flexible Software, Flexible Licensing

You can access PLAXIS software in many ways to suit your project requirements.

A range of capability levels for 2D and 3D analysis are available as Perpetual, Practitioner Subscription and Cloud Subscription Service (CSS) licenses.

These options give you the flexibility to either make a long term investment in PLAXIS, try the software for 12 months with complementary training and mentoring, or purchase short-term capability for limited-duration projects and peak workload situations on a pay-as-you-go basis. In all cases, the licenses include our technical support services and the latest software versions.

Which Option is Best for You?

This depends entirely on your circumstances.  Arrange a discussion with our PLAXIS sales team now to match the product and license choice against your technical requirements, project duration and budget. Trial licenses available on request.

Software at a Glance


    Industry leading 2D analysis of deformation and stability in geotechnical engineering and rock mechanics, with Standard, Advanced and Ultimate versions. Details


    Powerful 3D analysis of deformation and stability in geotechnical engineering and rock mechanics, with Standard, Advanced and Ultimate versions. Details


    Extensive 2D or 3D limit equilibrium slope stability analysis with related unsaturated seepage groundwater flow estimation or stress analysis. Details

  • PLAXIS 2D WorkSuite

    Combined finite element and limit equilibrium 2D package that includes specialized functionality for vibration, groundwater, and heat flow analysis. Details

  • PLAXIS 3D WorkSuite

    Combined finite element and limit equilibrium 3D package that includes specialized functionality for vibration and groundwater analysis. Details

  • PLAXIS Designer

    Geotechnical model builder to reduce time for design and analysis using engineered earth structures, construction, topology, borehole, and water data. Details

  • PLAXIS Monopile Designer

    Unique design tool for monopile foundations to reduce wind farm costs. Details

PLAXIS Subscriptions: Low Cost, Zero Hassle

Pair annual practitioner-named subscription licenses with expert services to ensure you are getting the most value from your software investment.

Affordable Lower Upfront Costs: plus access to expert training ensures a faster return on investment.

Accelerated Workflows: Boost design, analysis, and modeling skills team-wide while reducing rework.

Training Tailored to Individual Needs: Choose from customized instruction to on-demand learning and mentoring.

Each subscription license includes a number of Virtuosity Keys or tokens which can be used to help pay for the expert services and training you need to take your project to the next level.

Keys provide add-on value to subscribers with exclusive rights to the tailored training materials built specifically to help you work more efficiently. Choose from tailor-made training, on-demand learning, and mentoring services to build the support program needed for your engineers and designers. Expert services will help improve your design, analysis, and modeling skills to help increase productivity and reduce time away from project work.

The number of Keys received with each subscription varies based on the software purchased, while further Keys can be purchased separately.

PLAXIS proved an excellent tool for carrying out the study allowing the rapid modelling of the proposed construction stages and clear and concise output for review by third parties.

RJM Ground Solutions

I would recommend this training session to all personnel who have interests in soil mechanics or foundation engineering areas.

University of Salford (Civil Eng)

It demystified FEA. I have more confidence in approaching problems and also numerical analysis of geotechnical problems.

University of Southampton

Great support all round. Problem was resolved within 2 hours from the first email from a support technician. Time stated includes the time it took me to re-work my installation script to test the solution provided.

University of Brighton

This course provided an excellent link between understanding soil and FE modelling in Plaxis. It demonstrated (via example) how a knowledge of soil behaviour with sensible data input produces reliable visualisation of construction.

Transport for London

The focused course gave useful guidance on critical consideration for modelling inputs and methodology. I would recommend for beginners and intermediate-level PLAXIS users.

Cullen Grummitt & Roe

An interesting and enlightening introduction to the use of FEA in geotechnical analysis and design practice.

Hyder Consulting

Thank you. A very useful introduction to the software which will encourage me to use Plaxis on future projects.

Bachy Soletanche

I attended the PLAXIS course and found it very useful from a useability point of view. The course explained very well how to implement various models by various means and highlighed the limitations of particular models in certain circumstances.

Byrne Looby Partners

Very informative introduction to FE analysis in geotechnics. Good mix of theory and practical exercises.

Halcrow Group

PLAXIS is an essential string to RJM’s bow and provides us with a competitive advantage over many of our competitors both in the range and speed of analyses we can undertake. We use PLAXIS to help us investigate an increasing variety of geotechnical problems and find the fact that the results of complex analysis can be presented to clients in such a clear and visually attractive way really helps to explain our findings.

RJM Ground Solutions

Great introduction to PLAXIS and a reminder of soil theory for those who need it.

Tony Gee and Partners LLP

It was an enjoyable and informative course with the right balance of presentations and workshop exercises. I feel ready to put my new PLAXIS knowledge into use at the office.

Buro Happold

The course was very well organised. Even though I have used PLAXIS before, I still find it very helpful to be able to learn new functions/features that I wasn’t aware of before.

Mott MacDonald

Highly recommended to practising geotechnical design engineers involved in compex soil structure analysis

Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering

The course not only enhanced my skills in Plaxis analysis but also it helped me better my understanding of soil mechanics and finite element modelling. The tutor was very knowledgeable. A very informative course.

Ramboll UK


Magazine Article
Webinar Video
Webinar Video
Webinar Video
Webinar Video
Webinar Video
Webinar Video
Webinar Video
Webinar Video
Wilde Case Study
Demo Video
Demo Video
Demo Video
Demo Video

Can PLAXIS Help Your Upcoming Geotechnical Projects?

Please get in touch for more information, request a free trial or to buy a license.

Simply complete the form opposite or contact us using the details below and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Alternatively, if you would like to buy online straightaway, simply visit our PLAXIS Shop now.

Wilde Analysis Bentley Accredited Channel Partner status

    © 2024 Wilde Analysis Ltd.

    Web design and hosting by BFI®