Interactive Graphics: Settlement and Slope Stability

by Robert L. Schiffman, (M.ASCE), Res. Asst.; Computing Ctr., Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO,
Jack R. Stein, Res. Asst.; Computing Ctr., Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 1, Pg. 253-272

Document Type: Journal Paper


Described are the results of research and development in the use of interactive computer graphics for soil engineering analysis and design. Two specific areas are described: settlement analysis and slope stability. The systems described herein have been implemented on a CDC 6400 using a CDC 280/282 interactive display system. Three soil engineering application systems are described. They are: Rate INteractive Graphics (RING), a system for predicting the progress of consolidation of multilayered soil deposits; Elastic LAyer STress-INteractive Graphics (ELASTING), a system for determining the stresses and displacements in layered elastic media; and FEllenius-May Analysis-Limiting Equilibrium (FEMALE), a system for analyzing the stability of earth structures using the Fellenius-May technique.

Subject Headings: Soil analysis | Interactive systems | Elastic analysis | Stress analysis | Graphic methods | Slope stability | Consolidated soils | Federal government

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