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3D Modeling Technology Offers Groundbreaking Solution for Engineers

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A 3D rendering of the Seattle skyline.

New software will help engineers develop safety assessments of structures and their foundations by helping to identify collapse mechanisms in three dimensions.

Credit: Parsons Brinckerhoff

Software developed at the University of Sheffield will make it easier for engineers to develop real-world safety assessments of structures and foundations.

The software is designed to directly identify three-dimensional (3D) collapse mechanisms and provide margin of safety information. The software uses the same basic approach of a method for directly identifying two-dimensional (2D) collapse mechanisms, which Sheffield researchers developed in 2007.

"The software we have developed means that engineers should in the future be able to model real-world geometries much more easily than before, obviating the need to idealize a complex 3D problem as a much simpler 2D problem," says Sheffield professor Matthew Gilbert. "This should lead to more reliable assessment of margin safety and, ultimately, save companies time and money on projects."

From University of Sheffield
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