Computational Mechanics and Design Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Practical geotechnical analysis & design software


Discontinuity Layout Optimization is a recently developed computational limit analysis procedure which provides visually clear failure mechanisms and accurate predictions of the associated margin of safety. At the heart of the DLO procedure is a simple yet robust and highly efficient algorithm that can identify the critical failure mechanism from a very large number of possibilities. By using code and methods developed by CMD researchers, spin-out company LimitState, have produced the LimitState:GEO commercial software application for geotechnical applications. The software is now widely used by practitioners, and is free for academic use.

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(2010). Application of discontinuity layout optimization to geotechnical limit analysis problems. In Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering - Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering , Abstract: Limit analysis provides a long-established and powerful means of assessing the stability of...
(2007). Application of discontinuity layout optimization to plane plasticity problems. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 463 (2086), (Full Text)., Abstract: A new and potentially widely applicable numerical analysis procedure for continuum mechanics...