This webinar is for people who have used 3DEC before and are interested in the latest developments.
This hands-on, virtual training course is 16 hours total, spread over four days in a 1.5-week period, and covers the analysis of embankment dams using FLAC.
Dr. Sharrock has 15 years industry experience in a wide range of rock mechanics positions such as Principal Geotechnical Engineer (Newcrest Mining NL), Rock Mechanics Engineer (Mt Isa Mines), Senior Geotechnical Consultant (AMC Consultants), Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering (UNSW) and Associate Professor - Caving Geomechanics (UQ).
Python is a general-purpose programming language with good support for scientific and numerical programming. The Python programming language is embedded inside 3DEC and extended to allow 3DEC models to be manipulated from Python programs. Itasca's own scripting language, FISH, continues to be supported and developed.
Python in 3DEC has the advantage of being widely used, easy to use, and has additional functionality. Control 3DEC entirely using Python data files and/or using the enhanced interactive IPython console built right into 3DEC. IPython provides a powerful set of tools, such as:
Create custom publication quality figures using matplotlib, a Python 2D plotting library that produces figures in a variety of hardcopy formats and interactive environments across platforms. Plot types include lines, bars, pie, polar, statistical, contours, fields, and a large number of specialty charts.
Use NumPy for scientific computing with Python for:
useful linear algebra, Fourier transform, and random number capabilities; and database integration.
Advanced, customizable calculations are available via SciPy which builds on the NumPy array object. SciPy contains modules for optimization, linear algebra, integration, interpolation, special functions, FFT, signal and image processing, ODE solvers, and other tasks common in science and engineering.
Pyside provides Python bindings for the Qt library that is used by the 3DEC user interface (UI). With PySide, users can modify, manipulate or extend the 3DEC UI, create and control custom UI panes, including labels, text boxes, pane docking, and command buttons. Streamline your modeling of complex problems by creating custom applications with dedicated user dialogs to input parameters and post-process simulation results.
The FISH programming environment is still available. Python has the advantage of being faster, easy to use, and has additional functionality. However, an important difference between the Python and FISH programming environments is that the Python state is not connected to the model state or saved in the save files.
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