Maddie has a degree in Business Studies from University of Chester and has experience working with different software products.
She is responsible for all the sales and administration tasks for the ICG Software Codes and assisting with the day to day running of the office.
This FLAC3D V7.0 training course accommodates new and experienced users. It will be based on examples that attendees will develop and run by themselves to better grasp the mechanics of using FLAC3D V7.0, the key underlying calculation principles and the spectrum of available features. Attendees are encouraged to bring one of their specific cases that may be discussed.
The Fifth International Itasca Symposium will be held at the University of Vienna (Austria). The Symposium will features the application of Itasca software for solving engineering and scientific challenges in geomechanics, hydrogeology, microseismicity, and more.
Mr. Hughes has extensive experience working at ICL on developing enhancements to the InSite application including a new 3D visualizer, tools for velocity model calibration, array analysis, discrete fracture network inversion, source scan location and the real-time triggering of data from miniSEED files and multiple arrays.
He has also revised and enhanced the data acquisition software used with ICL’s laboratory test equipment. His expertise is in the use of the C++ programming language using Visual Studio. In addition to this, he has extensive experience using MFC, OpenGL, HDF5, SQL Server, .NET and TCP/IP socket programming.
In total, he has over 30 years of experience developing software, mainly PC based, but also hosted on embedded and IP telephony platforms. Mr. Hughes holds a B.A. in Physics from Oxford University.
FLAC3D (Fast Lagrangian Analysis of Continua
in 3 Dimensions) is numerical modeling software for geotechnical
analyses of soil, rock, groundwater, constructs, and ground support.
Such analyses include engineering design, factor of safety prediction,
research and testing, and back-analysis of failure.
FLAC3D utilizes an explicit
finite volume formulation that captures the complex behaviors of models
that consist of several stages, show large displacements and strains,
exhibit non-linear material behavior, or are unstable (including cases
of yield/failure over large areas, or total collapse).
Perpetual, monthly lease, and annual lease licenses are available as
either a local USB-key (which is portable) or a multiple-seat network
USB-key. Academic institutions qualify for special pricing discounts.
Continuum analysis can be applied to engineering design of civil, mining, and geotechnical excavations (e.g., slopes, tunnels, caverns, stopes, etc.) and constructs (dams, foundations, footings, walls, etc.) in soil, intact rock, and rock masses (i.e., heavily jointed rock). Using interfaces, FLAC3D can also simulate discontinuities such as faults, joints, bedding planes, and engineered boundaries along constructs. Consider 3DEC for simulations in blocky ground or if there are many more than 20 discrete faults, joints, or bedding planes in your numerical model.
Options in FLAC3D are sold separately from the general license, allowing users to extend the program’s capabilities as meets their own analysis needs.
Dynamic Analysis: Option for analyzing earthquakes, seismicity, and mine rockbursts, for example.
Thermal Analysis: Option for analyzing both conduction and advection in materials for nuclear waste disposal and cement hydration, for example.
Creep Analysis: Option for analyzing time-dependent material behavior, for excavations in salt or potash, for example.
C++ Plug-in: An option for building powerful custom functions and constitutive models using C++ scripting. Itasca maintains a library of user-defined constitutive models online.