David is a principal geotechnical engineer with more than 20 years of operations and consulting experience in the mining and civil industries. Since joining Itasca in 2007, David has performed numerical back analyses and forward analyses for numerous open pit and underground mining operations around the world using Itasca software. David has also performed numerical analyses for several surface and underground civil infrastructure projects.
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.
Karen joined Itasca Australia in 2017, and with a background in marketing and process improvement, she provides administration support to the team and manages software sales for the region.
Mesh quality is crucial for the stability, accuracy, and fast convergence of numerical simulations. However, given the geometrical complexity of some models and the tools available for mesh creation, it is often necessary to accept meshes that deviate significantly from the known ideal shape. Since mesh generation can be a very time-consuming process, it is also necessary to be able to judge if a given mesh will perform well enough for a given model or if more effort needs to be made to improve its quality. There are many well-understood rules of thumb for judging mesh quality in Finite-Element applications, but these rules do not apply to the Lagrangian finite-volume with mixed-discretization approach used by FLAC3D zones. The goal of this study is to determine simple metrics that allow a user to judge how deformed the initial shape of FLAC3D zones can be before they begin to significantly affect the quality of the solution.
Abbasi, B., D. Russell, and R. Taghavi (2013). “FLAC3D mesh and zone quality,” Continuum and Distinct Element Numerical Modeling in Geomechanics, Zhu, Detournay, Hart, and Nelson (eds.), Paper: 11-02, Itasca International Inc., Minneapolis, 12 pages, ISBN 978-0-9767577-3-3.
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