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2D geotechnical engineering software

  • Model diverse geotechnical problems
  • Create FE models quickly and efficiently
  • Simulate various types of soil and rock behavior
  • Achieve consistently accurate results
  • Conduct powerful and versatile post processing

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This Virtuoso Subscription includes a 12-month practitioner license of this software, that comes with Keys (credits) to unlock training and services.

Seequent is the subsurface software company within Bentley Systems. Together, we’re helping build a more resilient future by connecting the built world above ground with the hidden world below it. It’s easy to purchase a Virtuoso Subscription, through Virtuosity, Bentley’s eStore, and still get the expert technical support from Seequent’s subsurface experts.

Model and analyze geo-engineering projects with finite element analysis in 2D

PLAXIS 2D is a user-friendly, finite-element package that provides you with the ability to model diverse geotechnical problems from a single, integrated application. You can analyze the deformation and stability of projects ranging from excavations, embankments, and foundations to tunneling, mining, and geomechanics.

We offer various versions of PLAXIS 2D, so you can choose which one is best for you:

  • PLAXIS 2D Advanced
  • PLAXIS Ultimate
  • PLAXIS WorkSuite

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  • Spatial variation of preconsolidation
  • Tunnel deconfinement
  • CAD export
  • Nonlinear geogrids: Elastoplastic (N-Œµ) and Viscoelastic (time-dependent)
  • Cross and parallel permeability in interfaces
  • Polar and rectangular array
  • Nonlinear embedded beam row (M-ƒ∏ diagrams)
  • Easy definition of rock bolts in Tunnel Designer
  • Unlimited combinations of point forces and distributed loads

Material Models

  • Anisotropic Clay Models: S-CLAY1 and S-CLAY1S
  • Concrete
  • Masonry
  • Mixed Isotropic-kinematic Hardening Elastoplastic Models for Structured Clay
  • N2PC-Salt
  • Hoek-Brown with parameter guide
  • Generalized Hardening Soil
  • OC-Clay
  • PM4Sand
  • Soft soil (with and without creep)
  • Sekiguchi-Ohta| viscid and inviscid
  • Swelling Rock
  • Jointed rock
  • UDCAM-S with cyclic accumulation and optimization tool
  • User-defined soil models
  • Visco-elastic perfectly plastic
  • CLoE Hypoplastic
  • Creep-SCLAY1S
  • Frozen and Unfrozen Soil
  • Material Models
  • MIT S1
  • Mohr-Coulomb (Linear Elastic Perfectly Plastic)
  • Modified Cam-Clay
  • Hoek-Brown (rock behavior)
  • Hoek & Brown model with softening
  • Hypoplastic model with inter-granular strain
  • Hardening Soil (Isotropic hardening)
  • Hardening Soil with small-strain stiffness (HSSmall)
  • Isotropic Jointed Rock with Mohr-Coulomb Failure Criterion
  • Joined Rock (anisotropy)
  • UBC3D-PLM (based on UBCSAND)
  • Soft Soil
  • Soft Soil Creep (time dependent behavior)
  • Sekiguchi-Ohta
  • NGI-ADP (anisotropic undrained shear strength)
  • NorSand
  • PM4Silt
  • Fluid


  • Field stress initial calculation type
  • Well-proven and robust calculation procedures
  • Multicore computing
  • Include or exclude soil clusters and/or structural elements in safety analysis
  • 64-bit calculation kernel
  • Facilities for steady-state groundwater flow calculations| including flow-related material parameters| boundary conditions| drains| and wells
  • Distinguish between a plastic calculation| consolidation| and safety analysis
  • Automatic regeneration of construction stages


  • Load-displacement curves
  • Use the Output command line to display plots| or save plots with user-defined resolution
  • Select number of significant digits displayed
  • PLAXIS 2D Viewer
  • Automatic centerline extraction for structural forces plots
  • Structural forces in Volumes (Tunnel lining| retaining wall)
  • Resulting Force View
  • Preview Calculation results
  • Plot Annotations


  • Rock-mass response and surface settlements due to tunneling| mining| or reservoir depletion
  • Slope stability and seepage analysis for large earth dams| tailing dams| embankments| and pit mines
  • Predicting differential settlements of buildings adjacent to excavation pits
  • Stability of and seepage into excavation pits| lateral displacements of diaphragm walls
  • Calculate necessary consolidation time for pore pressure dissipation in undrained loading problems
  • Bearing capacity and foundation settlement analysis for high-rise buildings| LNG tanks| and other structures

Subscription Entitlement Service Supports

  • Provides a universal ID to link together all activity within Bentley applications
    • Manage license entitlements at a user level| without requiring activation keys or hardware dongles
    • Access personal learn material| paths and history| timely product related news| automatic product updates| and notifications

We offer various versions of PLAXIS 2D| so you can choose which one is best for you:


PLAXIS 2D includes all the essential functionalities to perform everyday deformation and safety analysis for soil and rock that do not require the consideration of creep| steady state groundwater or thermal flow| consolidation analysis| or any time-dependent effects.

PLAXIS 2D Advanced

PLAXIS 2D Advanced includes everything that is included in PLAXIS 2D| plus it offers more advanced features and material models to consider creep| flow-deformation coupling through consolidation analysis and steady state groundwater or heat flow. It also solves your problems faster with the multicore solver.

  • Model diverse geotechnical problems
  • Create FE models quickly and efficiently
  • Simulate various types of soil and rock behavior
  • Achieve consistently accurate results
  • Conduct powerful and versatile post processing
PLAXIS 2D Ultimate

Extend the capabilities of PLAXIS 2D Advanced with additional capabilities for analyzing the effects of vibrations in the soil| such as earthquake and traffic loads; simulate complex hydrological| time-dependent variations of water levels| or flow functions on model or soil boundaries; and assess the effect of transient heat flow on the hydraulic and mechanical behavior of soil.

  • Dynamic Modeling
  • Groundwater Flow Analysis
  • Thermal Modeling
PLAXIS 2D WorkSuite

PLAXIS 2D WorkSuite is the most comprehensive option of PLAXIS 2D which includes PLAXIS 2D Ultimate and PLAXIS 2D LE. PLAXIS 2D WorkSuite integrates the powerful and user-friendly finite element and limit equilibrium analysis capabilities of PLAXIS applications for the design and analysis of soil| rock| and associated structures.

Operating System

Windows 10| Windows 11

Graphics Card

Required: GPU with 256 MB OpenGL 3.3
Bentley strongly recommends avoiding simple onboard graphics chips in favor of a discrete GPU from the nVidia GeForce or Quadro range with at least 128-bit bus and 1 GB of RAM| or equivalent solution from ATI/AMD.


Required: Dual Core CPU| Recommended: Quad Core CPU


Recommended for 2D: minimum 4 GB. Large projects may require more.

Hard Disk

Minimum 2 GB free space on the partition where the WindowsTEMP directory resides| and 2 GB free space on the partition where projects are saved. Large projects may require significantly more space on both partitions.

For best performance| ensure that the TEMP directory and the project directory reside on the same partition.


Required: 1024 x 768 pixels| 32-bit color palette| Recommended: 1920 x 1080 pixels| 32-bit color palette


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