PLAXIS Monopile Designer

PLAXIS Monopile Designer employs the most advanced and innovative method for designing laterally loaded monopiles – Pile Soil Analysis (PISA) – to optimise your foundation designs and lower steel, fabrication, transportation and installation costs.

Offshore Foundation Design Software

PLAXIS Monopile Designer addresses many of the shortcomings of other design methods for construction in the offshore wind turbine sector. Fully interoperable with PLAXIS 3D, it can be used either as a stand-alone application when defining the soil reaction curves (rule-based design) or with the most advanced and widely used geotechnical software solution when extracting them numerically from 3D FEM models (numerical-based design).

Working together, PLAXIS Monopile Designer and PLAXIS 3D easily automate the process of generating and calculating 3D models, deriving, normalizing, and parameterizing soil reaction curves, and extracting them to the 1D model.

  • Reduce Costs

    Significantly optimize the designs for your monopile foundation project. This will reduce overall steel, fabrication, transportation, and installation costs.

  • Gain Accuracy With The PISA Method

    Take advantage of the most advanced and innovative method for designing laterally loaded monopiles – Pile Soil Analysis (PISA). This method is the industry’s best practice for developing future generation of offshore wind farms.

  • Simplify Your Workflows With Interoperability

    Use PLAXIS Monopile Designer along with PLAXIS 3D to easily automate the process of generating and calculating 3D models. Derive, normalize, and parameterize soil reaction curves to calibrate your 1D model.

  • Analyze Layered Soils According To PISA Phase 2

    Combine multiple sets of soil reaction curves, either rule-based or numerically calibrated from homogeneous soil profiles, to conduct 1D analyses of monopiles in layered soil in accordance to the findings of PISA Phase 2.

  • Integrate Seamlessly With PLAXIS

    Pair PLAXIS Monopile Designer with PLAXIS 3D for a well proven and robust finite element solution for any type of offshore or onshore structure and reach your full design potential.

  • 3D Design Verification

    Automate the generation and calculation of a PLAXIS 3D FEM model to verify the final monopile geometry and validate the 1D design approach, as required by most design codes. Generate design verification models for both homogenous and layered profiles.

  • Optimize Your Monopile Designs

    Analyze the ability of monopile foundations to resist lateral loads based on a 1D Timoshenko beam finite element model and realistic soil reaction curves. You could reduce the embedded length of piles by up to 35%.

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.


Innovative, robust and reliable

PLAXIS Monopile Designer is developed following the Plaxis engineering process. The underlying procedure has been validated via large-scale testing of monopile foundations at two test sites, a sand site (Dunkirk) and a clay site (Cowden)

Efficient design

In the very competitive offshore wind industry, less conservative dimensioning of each monopile of a wind farm will result in a significant reduction in the amount of steel, transportation and installation costs.

Optimised monopile design method

The enhanced design method of PLAXIS Monopile Designer analyses the ability of monopile foundations to resist lateral loads on the basis of a 1D Timoshenko beam finite element model, accurate even for large diameter monopiles, and realistic soil reaction curves, while retaining many of the assumptions of the more conventional p-y approach. Research has shown a potential reduction in the embedded length of the piles by up to 50%.

Seamless integration with the PLAXIS environment

PLAXIS Monopile Designer can either be used as a stand-alone tool, if the user supplies the soil reaction curves, or in connection with PLAXIS 3D, to calibrate them numerically according to the specific properties of the site. In addition to enabling PLAXIS Monopile Designer reach its full design potential, PLAXIS 3D offers a complete, well proven and robust finite element solution for any type of offshore or onshore structure. With its broad range of capabilities, multi-core calculations and 64-bit architecture, PLAXIS 3D along with its add-on modules, 3D PlaxFlow and 3D Dynamics, can deal with the largest and most complex geotechnical models.

PLAXIS 3D geotechnical analysis of monopile foundation

State-of-the-art research brought to engineering practice

PLAXIS Monopile Designer has been developed in collaboration with Oxford University. It transfers the enhanced design method established in the PISA Final Report to current industry design practice. Future findings of PISA will be implemented as they become available.

Plaxis Monopile Designer in action, demonstrating user interface

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.

Can PLAXIS Help Your Upcoming Geotechnical Projects?

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