PLAXIS Designer

PLAXIS Designer is an easy-to-use application for building 3D conceptual models that can help you overcome the challenges of merging and analyzing data.

3D Geotechnical Conceptual Modeller

Reduce design and analysis time while create stunning client visuals.

PLAXIS Designer is a 3D conceptual model builder used to significantly reduce model creation times by visualizing, optimizing, and merging engineered earth structures, staged construction and excavation, topology, borehole, piezometer, and field instrumentation geotechnical data into a well-defined design model for subsequent numerical analysis

Use data from OpenGround and numerous other sources and input formats. Analyze designs with PLAXIS 3D, PLAXIS 2D and PLAXIS LE.

  • Advance Design to Analysis

    PLAXIS Designer conceptual models can be exported to PLAXIS 3D LE, PLAXIS 2D LE, and PLAXIS 2D numerical modeling modules for analysis in the areas of slope stability, stress/deformation, consolidation and groundwater.

  • Create Stunning Client Visuals

    3D conceptual designs can be captured for display to clients and review of potential designs

  • Determine Construction Sequences and Volume Calculations

    Generate construction sequences by building layers of material to create roads, embankments, earth dams, or user-defined shapes. Calculate volumes of material to aid in planning

  • Integrate Borehole Information and Field Data

    Use Bentley’s geotechnical information management applications, connect to OpenGround Cloud, and import borehole data from gINT, as well as other standard formats. Create fence diagrams and interpret complex geology

  • Represent Complex 3D Geology

    Multiple 3D model-building methodologies are available, including extrusions, 2D cross-section stitching, 3D layer cake, or the material volume method.

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.


Calculate material volumes

Volumes of material can be calculated to aid in construction activities.

Create construction sequences

Construction sequences of layers or lifts of materials as placed in earth dams or in mining operations can be easily represented in the 3D conceptual model.

Create models quickly

Featuring a familiar user interface with easy-to-understand icons and functions, the software behaves exactly how you would expect with a short learning curve. You will be able to start modeling right away.

Create stunning client visuals

3D conceptual designs can be captured for display to clients and review of potential designs. Image draping of aerial site photos is supported

Edit geometry

A rich variety of functionality is implemented in the software to allow editing of existing geometry. This represents the integration of new geotechnical designs with existing topology. Editing features integrate with both surface grids and meshes.

Export to numerical modeling modules

2D or 3D representations of geometry scenarios can be exported to any of the SOILVISION numerical modeling modules for analysis. Exported models can utilize grids or triangulated meshes.

Generate depositional surfaces

Generate a set of slurried depositional surfaces for a user-defined filling scenario. A subsequent fitting curve showing elevation versus volume can be generated.

Import boreholes

Import lithology data directly into PLAXIS Designer. Advanced sub-surface imports include gINT, Keynetix, and OpenGround Cloud.

Import multiple file types

The majority of common 3D file storage types are considered. This allows PLAXIS Designer to provide an amalgamated 3D site view of relevant data on a consistent coordinate system.

Integrate field data

Integrated field data, such as piezometer data, can be pulled from the sensemetrics cloud platform to display piezometer locations and water levels as a function of time.

Intersect surfaces

Intersections of surfaces represented as grids, TINs, or MVMs can be accomplished.

Make surface cuts

Cuts into topography can easily be performed as designing a road cut into a hillside. Mining cuts, such as with open pits, can also be represented.

Represent complex 3D surfaces

3D surfaces can be imported from a variety of formats and represented as grids or triangulated surfaces consisting of hundreds of thousands of individual elements.

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.

Integrate Field Data

Integrated field data, such as piezometer data, can be pulled from various cloud platforms to display piezometer locations and water levels as a function of time.

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

Can PLAXIS Help Your Upcoming Geotechnical Projects?

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

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