Ask any geotechnical engineer and they will agree – understanding conditions below ground is key to reducing risk above it. But unlike other engineering disciplines, their challenge is finding solutions across the natural variability of soil and rock.

“A better understanding of the subsurface to help identify geological complexities is crucial to building more resilient infrastructure,” Paul Grunau, Senior Vice President of Geotechnical Solutions at Seequent, said.

With over 30 years of software expertise, Mr Grunau has led Seequent’s geotechnical analysis team for the last four years, focused on connecting digital innovation with industry needs. Seequent software enables teams to ‘see’ the subsurface to avoid major risks and support robust decision-making across infrastructure, tunnels, slope stability, embankments, deep excavations and more.

“The importance of having a connected workflow to help ensure geotechnical engineering success cannot be overstated,” Mr Grunau said. “With our innovative 3D modelling technology, you can combine all geotechnical information into connected, auditable workflows and easily collaborate across your teams, contractors and projects.”

Conquer geotechnical challenges

Large-scale projects such as buildings, tunnels, bridges and dams are exposed to a multitude of complex subsurface conditions. “And we see common industry challenges,” Mr Grunau said.

“Often workflows are siloed – geologists work with their own data, geotechnical engineers have their own design, and project engineers simply have a copy of all the data produced. “For geotechnical engineers to create accurate designs, detailed, dynamic updates on areas of geological uncertainty that require additional information are a must.”

Having the latest 3D geological models at your fingertips means teams can share insights and collaborate on the most up-to-date understanding of the subsurface. “Helping to minimise errors, optimise efficiency in the design and construction process, make better-informed decisions and more quickly progress a project,” Mr Grunau said.

Empowering geotechnical engineers

Seequent is The Bentley Subsurface Company, with Seequent’s expertise in examining the subsurface complementary to Bentley’s infrastructure engineering software prowess.

“Together we intersect the worlds of built asset certainty above ground with the art of understanding the complexities below it,” Mr Grunau said. With GeoStudio, PLAXIS and OpenGround, Seequent offers the world’s most extensive suite of geotechnical analysis and information management solutions.

PLAXIS enables you to design and perform advanced finite element analysis of soil and rock deformation with OpenGround offering a secure, cloud-based geotechnical information management platform.

GeoStudio is an integrated software suite for slope stability, groundwater flow, and environmental challenges. It includes the recent release of SLOPE3D, an advanced slope stability analysis tool to improve safety and reduce project risks and costs.

SLOPE3D capabilities help navigate complex geology, topography and groundwater conditions to improve the safety of construction by increasing understanding of a slope’s potential fail points.

“Geotechnical engineers can also access stronger and more connected digital workflows with other Seequent subsurface solutions such as Leapfrog Works for geological modelling and Seequent Central, for model management and collaboration,” Mr Grunau said.

“And bringing a much more comprehensive understanding of subsurface conditions to help design and build safer, more sustainable, longer lasting infrastructure.”

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