GEO5 – geotechnical software A software suite that can be applied in a wide array of engineering applications such as foundation design (piles, strip footings, pad footings, raft foundations etc), slope stability analysis, retaining wall design, masonry wall design and FEM based terrain settling analysis.

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The GEO5 options

Individual programs

The GEO5 software modules are available for purchase individually and as bundles. The individual modules are summarized below, with links to the Fine Software pages describing the software functionality in more detail.

  • All programs can be selected as needed or you can bundle the software to achieve excellent discounts
  • Volume discounts are available on the individual modules
  • You can elect to purchase the maintenance option to ensure your product always has the latest updates
  • Indicative ZAR prices are shown in brackets, based on the current exchange rate

Stability analysis

Slope Stability analyses the stability of generally layered soil slopes. It is used mainly for stability checks of embankments, earth cuts and anchored sheeting structures. The slip surface is considered as circular (the Bishop, Fellenius/Petterson, Janbu, Morgenstern-Price or the Spencer method) or polygonal (the Sarma, Janbu, Morgenstern-Price or Spencer method)

Rock Stability analyses the stability of rock slopes and walls for a specified type of failure, including a planar or polygonal slip surface or soil (rock) wedge

MSE Wall (Mechanically Stabilized Earth) Walls design is used to verify mechanically stabilized earth walls and segmental retaining walls reinforced by geogrids

Excavation design

Sheeting Design is used for the design and analysis of sheet piles and other retaining wall types. The program is used for design and analysis of a variety of retaining structures such as anchored retaining walls and sheet pile retaining walls. It provides required pile embedment lengths (for fixed and hinged toes), bending moments, internal forces and forces in anchors

Sheeting Check provides excavation design and analysis (Non-linear elastic/plastic model). The program is used for the analysis of shallow and deep excavations and retaining structures (anchored, non-anchored cantilever and prop or strut walls) by the method of elastoplastic nonlinear analysis i.e. the magnitude of pressures acting upon a structure depend on its deformation. The Program allows the accurate modelling of structural behaviour during the construction process, determination of the displacement field, the internal forces in the structure and the post-tensioning of anchors

Retaining wall design

Abutment provides for bridge abutment and wing walls analysis The program serves to verify abutment design. It allows for checking the abutment for overturning, translation, bearing capacity of foundation soil and for dimensioning of decisive concrete or reinforced concrete sections (including wings), respectively

Cantilever Wall for design and check of cantilever retaining walls The program is used to verify cantilever wall design. It offers a number of wall shapes and checks reinforced concrete cross-sections

Earth Pressures computes basic earth pressures (active, passive pressure, and pressure at rest) acting upon an arbitrary shaped structure

Gabion is used to verify the design of walls built from wired baskets filled with rock (gabions). It allows the analysis of arbitrary shapes including overhangs requiring anchoring

Gravity Wall is used for design and check of gravity retaining walls. The program is used to verify gravity wall design. It offers a number of wall shapes and checks mass concrete cross-sections

Masonry Wall provides for reinforced masonry retaining wall analysis

Nailed Slopes analyses nailed walls and slopes of various shapes

Prefab Wall is used to verify retaining walls made from prefabricated blocks (block walls)

Foundation design

Beam provides the analysis of foundation beams resting on elastic subsoil

Micropile verifies tubular micropiles (micropiles reinforced by a steel tube). When calculating the micropile bearing capacity, the program checks both the micropile root and shaft

Pile CPT provides Pile Design based on cone penetration test results (CPTs) The program verifies the bearing capacity and settlement of either an isolated pile or a group of piles based on the results provided by (static) cone penetration tests (CPT)

Piles is used for the analysis of a single pile (both vertical and lateral load) The program is designed to analyse vertical bearing capacity of a pile loaded both in tension and compression, pile settlement as well as bearing capacity of a solitary pile. Verification analysis can be performed employing EN 1997-1 standard or classical approach (limit states, factor of safety)

Pile Group performs analysis of a group of piles (raft foundation with a rigid foundation plate) using both spring method (FEM) and analytical approaches. The program assumes a rectangular grid of vertical piles, general loading acting on an upper plate. Geological environment consists of horizontal layers. Both floating piles and piles fixed into the subsoil can be considered

Plate performs the analysis of foundation mats, slabs on grade of any shape using the Finite Element Method

Spread Footing is used for the design of spread footings subject to general loading. It computes bearing capacity, settlement and rotation of a footing, and determines required longitudinal and shear reinforcement

Soil settlement analysis

Settlement provides soil settlement analysis and consolidation analysis used to determine vertical settlement and time-dependent consolidation of soils underneath embankments, foundations, earth dams and surface loads

Ground Loss provides risk assessment of building damage due to tunneling. The program is designed to analyse and determine the shape of the subsidence trough above excavations and to evaluate the damage to buildings situated in the affected area

Digital modelling of terrain

Terrain creates digital terrain models (DEM, DTM) from input data points and holes. The Program calculates excavation and embankment fill & cut volumes and also serves as the task manager for other GEO5 programs

Analysis of advanced geotechnical tasks using FEM

FEM allows the user to model various geotechnical problems by the Finite Element Method (FEM). The program can model a wide range of geotechnical problems including terrain settlement, sheet piling/diaphragm walls, underpinning of structures, slope stability, beams on foundation, excavation, etc.

FEM - Tunnel provides analysis of tunnels by the Finite Element Method. Tunnel is the extension module of the FEM program

FEM - Water Flow extends the program FEM. The module serves to perform steady state analysis of water flowing through a mass body

Bundled options

GEO5 has 2 bundled options:

  • GEO Package Professional contains all software modules and includes a 44% discount compared to purchasing each module separately.
  • GEO Package Basic contains all software modules EXCLUDING FEM and GROUND LOSS and includes a 39% discount compared to purchasing each module separately.

GEO5 has 2 bundled lease options:
  • GEO Package Professional as above, with full access for a 1 year period, with maintenance and HW lock included.
  • GEO Package Basic as above, with full access for a 1 year period, with maintenance and HW lock included.

GEO5 provides very favourable terms for academic institutions:
  • GEO Package Professional as above, with a 10 seat network license.
  • GEO Package Professional as above, with a 50 seat network license.
  • GEO Package Professional as above, for research purposes.

Additional licenses for bundled software

Additional licence discounts for the bundles apply.

  • The 2nd user license is 60% of the price of the 1st license
  • Licenses for the 3rd to 5th user cost 40% of the price of the 1st license
  • A network license costs 150% of the price of the 1st license. This fee makes all licenses purchased available via your network, for use within your organisation's network in a single country. Additional licenses would need to be purchased for your organisation if you maintain offices in another country, or if you trade under different names in various locations.
  • A multi license costs 300% of the price of the 1st license. This fee makes GEO5 available via your network, for unlimited use within your organisation's network in a single country. Additional licenses would need to be purchased for your organisation if you maintain offices in another country, or if you trade under different names in various locations.

Volume discounts for individual programs

Volume discounts apply to the purchase of individual modules. Note that the number of programs refers to the number of different modules purchased, and not to the total quantity of modules purchased

  • 3-4 programs - 5% discount
  • 5-8 programs - 10% discount
  • 9-11 programs - 15% discount
  • 12-14 programs - 20% discount
  • 15-19 programs - 25% discount
  • more than 20 programs - 30% discount

Maintenance and support

A maintenance fee for the GEO5 application is payable annually, in order to obtain automatic program updates, as well as technical support. However, it is possible to pay a "Single Upgrade" maintenance fee, if you have not paid maintenance for a lengthy period. This fee is calculated based on the current version of the software you own, compared to the latest version of software available. The difference in the number of versions is multiplied by the single upgrade fee in order to calculate the total fee. Once paid, you can then resume paying the annual maintenance fee thereafter once again.

  • Fine Maintenance Program - 15% a year from total price of your software
  • Single Upgrade - 10% of all purchased licences per each upgrade version

HW Keys

In order to use the GEO5 package, it is necessary to have a hardware key attached either to the PC that you are using in the case of a standalone license, or to a network PC in the case of a network licence. These fees are as follows:

  • Local key (single computer) -
  • Network key (max. 10 users) -
  • Network key (max. 50 users) -


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