Bentley is happy to announce the release of new PLAXIS CONNECT version (Edition V20 Update 3), including new PLAXIS Output Viewers, a calculation manager, MoDeTo’s new Soil Reaction curves in Design Verification and a much improved streamlining 3D FEM model generation.
The new versions that were released include:
The new PLAXIS Output Viewers serves as a free calculation results viewer, a calculation manager to queue up all your desired PLAXIS 2D and 3D calculations, MoDeTo’s new Soil Reaction curves in Design Verification and a much improved streamlining 3D FEM model generation for huge time saving and driving efficiency using PLAXIS MoDeTo.
Moreover, two of our Technology Preview features are now released as full features: ProjectWise integration and Command Line Autocomplete.
PLAXIS Output Viewers
The PLAXIS Viewers are standalone programs and offer you and your clients the ability to view calculated PLAXIS 2D and PLAXIS 3D projects for free! This enables you to easily communicate your PLAXIS results with your clients or other stakeholders.
The Viewers come bundled with your PLAXIS 2D or PLAXIS 3D installation but are also available as separate free downloads!
With PLAXIS Output Viewer you can:
After certain requests from users, Bentley released a new tool to easily queue up all your PLAXIS 2D and PLAXIS 3D calculations. Now, before leaving the office, you can set up a list of PLAXIS project files to be calculated and let them run sequentially over-night! When the calculation is done, you can directly check the Input model or jump to the results in PLAXIS Output. More details on the calculation manager are presenting in the following video.
New Polycurve designer in PLAXIS 3D
Bentley replaced the shape designer with a completely revamped Polycurve designer in PLAXIS 3D. it is now based on the look-and-feel of the Tunnel designer. More importantly, it offers more control and is easier to use. The new Polycurve designer includes new functionality for easy creation of circular and square polycurves as shown below.
New calculation state for PLAXIS MoDeTo
In a multiple scenario analysis conducted in PLAXIS MoDeTo, maybe one PLAXIS 3D calculation was stopped for some reason. In those cases, you could not access the results from MoDeTo. In a lot of cases, you could still learn something from the analysis and use its results. Currently, PLAXIS MoDeTo can still produce curves from these projects that are in a “Partially calculated” state.
Soil reaction curves in Design Verification
Soil reaction curves were added in PLAXIS MoDeTo so it will be quick and easy to compare between the Design Verification model and the 1D analysis.
Python environment improvements
With PLAXIS 2D CE V20.03 and PLAXIS 3D CE V20.03, a Python environment that can be used for user-created Python scripts along with the editor was delivered along with a trimmed-down environment intended for all PLAXIS extensions written in Python, e.g. the 2D to 3D converter and the structural Coupling tool. Also, PLAXIS MoDeTo CE Update 3 will make use of this internal PLAXIS-Python environment.
In addition, users may also choose their own custom Python installation over the delivered Python environment to further customize their automated workflows.
Command line Auto-Complete
Users have asked Bentley to help them write the correct command or use the correct PLAXIS object name in the command line so they could work more efficiently, make fewer mistakes and save time. Now you can do so by enabling this option from the Options menu option in PLAXIS 2D/3D Input. Watch the video below on PLAXIS 2D Autocomplete.
ProjectWise integration: a full feature
The ProjectWise integration to store your PLAXIS models in a version-controlled environment is now elevated to a full feature. Now it is easier than ever to keep your PLAXIS files in sync with colleagues and handle change management much easier and more efficient.
You can update to PLAXIS latest editions to benefit from these new features and software improvements using either the CONNECTION Client or download the software yourself by clicking here.
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