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Soil Settlement and Consolidation Analysis

Settlement Analysis

Perform soil settlement analysis to analyze immediate settlement, primary consolidation and secondary settlement of embankments, foundations, and surface loads. Easily create soil profiles using RSLog, CPT boreholes with soil classification, or the section creator feature to generate models efficiently.

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Ground Improvement

Get more flexibility over ground improvement methods like soil replacement, vibro-compaction, or stone columns, which can be applied to regions with different staging at different depths. Sensitivity analysis is also available for settlement analysis with ground improvement properties such as stiffness, top depth, bottom depth, spacing etc.

CPT Analysis & Liquefaction Analysis

Perform CPT and Liquefaction analysis in conjunction with each other or as standalone modules. CPT analysis results offer 29 different parameter results. Liquefaction results can be calculated based on Standard Penetration Test (SPT), Cone Penetration Test (CPT), or Shear Wave Velocity (VST) data. Various triggering and post triggering methods are also available in Settle3.

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Features in Settle3

Technical Specifications


  • Non-horizontal soil layers
  • Multiple boreholes
  • Horizontal soil layers
  • Multiple layers/soil types
  • Multiple loads
  • Multi-stage analysis
  • Time-dependent consolidation based on Terzaghi theory
  • Immediate, primary and secondary consolidation (creep)
  • Hydro-consolidation
  • Ground improvement sensitivity


  • Field point grid
  • Line query
  • Point query
  • Back analysis using preload or time
  • Point query

Contour Data

  • Settlement
  • Secondary consolidation
  • Stress
  • Pore pressure and excess pore pressure
  • Modulus of subgrade reaction
  • Virgin and recompression consolidation settlements
  • Horizontal stresses

CPT Data Interpretation

  • CPT analysis based on qc, fs, and u2
  • Determine soil profile
  • Over 25 parameters calculated
  • Five SBT options

Empirical Methods

  • Burland and Burbidge
  • Schmertmann
  • Peck, Hanson, Thornburn
  • Schultze and Sherif
  • D’Appolonia


  • One click export to Excel
  • Copy to clipboard
  • Export image files
  • Info Viewer
  • Drawing, annotation, and dimensioning toolkit
  • Customize/save view options


  • Define multiple water grids
  • Define multiple piezo lines
  • Staged water table elevation
  • Horizontal drainage
  • Wick drain regions


  • Post-triggering LDI and settlement
  • Pre-defined SPT calculation methods
  • Ground profile for LDI
  • SPT, CPT, VST data
  • Dry ground settlement using SPT or CPT
  • Multiple analysis methods
  • Comprehensive results


  • Different shape load
  • Staged loading, pre-load
  • Embankment
  • Excavation
  • Uniform or variable
  • Flexible or rigid
  • Staged loading
  • Horizontal loading

Material Types

  • Linear elastic
  • Non-linear
  • Janbu
  • Koppejan
  • Collapsible soil
  • Variable with depth
  • Database of typical properties


  • Interactive editing
  • Right-click shortcuts
  • Easily define arcs and circles
  • Import/export .dxf files
  • Grid/vertex/object snapping
  • Interactive sidebar
  • Depth control
  • Undo/redo
  • Metric or imperial units
  • Data tips
  • Ground improvement: Stone Columns, Vibro-Compaction
  • Embankment Designer

Non-Horizontal Ground Surface

  • Define using boreholes and CPT points
  • 3D surface contour
  • Define soil profile by depth or elevation

Stress Computation Method

  • Westergaard
  • Vertical ratio (2:1, angle)
  • Multiple Layer
  • Boussinesq


  • Plan view/3D view
  • Plot contours on horizontal, vertical or user-defined planes
  • Plot results on vertical or horizontal lines
  • Plot multiple stages, times or locations on one graph
  • Animate/rotate 3D view
  • Isosurfaces

Settle3 across Applications

Full flexibility to model your embankments adding cross sections, multiple layers and user-defined staging sequences. Define the shape freely in 2D and extruded in 3D with user-defined end angles.

Apply foundations as loads with flexible or rigid footing. Define various shapes, loads per vertices and staging sequences. Gain the ability to import multiple loads obtained from structural software programs such as SAFE.

Ground improvement regions can be applied with respect to different loading conditions in Settle3. Choose soil replacement, vibro-compaction, or stone columns to design your foundation with ground improvement. Also wick drains and stone column drainage option is available as well for accelerating consolidations in your analysis.


Explore the latest features in Settle3

Have more flexibility in defining soil layer boundaries for 2D soil profile in Settle3 and freely draw soil profile without any limitations. Create models including discontinuous soil layers, sink holes, utility trenches and more. Add further details to your soil profile with drainage conditions between each soil layer.

For CPT analysis, Settle3 provides a standalone feature that allows you to see many different results available in Settle3, including soil classification. The soil classification can now be used to create a soil model for settlement analysis using the section creator feature in Settle3.

Have more flexibility in defining soil layer boundaries for 2D soil profile in Settle3 and freely draw soil profile without any limitations. Create models including discontinuous soil layers, sink holes, utility trenches and more. Add further details to your soil profile with drainage conditions between each soil layer.

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