Software Upgrades and New features in DeepEX

Continued innovation and excellence!

In this page, we present the software features that have been added and improved within DeepEX software for each version since DeepEX 2015. We work hard constantly to keep our software up-to-date, as well as, to improve and enhance it with new options and modules, according to the industry requirements and the latest scientific methods and design codes.

Developing such a user-friendly software program for geotechnical design and analysis, with many estimation tools, graphical interface and verified accuracy, is a sophisticated procedure. In DeepEX we combine the latest scientific methods in geo-engineering practice with unique personal engineering experience. We are grateful for all our customers that support us all these years and their feedback is very much appreciated.

The following paragraphs present most of the new features that were added in each software version and newly released additional optional modules, as well as, the major fixed issues throughout the years. Apart from the mentioned major changes, each and every year we include some minor changes that target to make the software more user-friendly and powerful.

ANALYSIS METHODS Limit Equilibrium
Combination (LEM+NL)
Finite Elements - -
Combination (LEM+FEM) - -
3D Frame Analysis
Gravity Walls
DXF Drawings
Building Damage Assessment
Finite Element Analysis - -
Pile Supported Abutments - -
Soil Estimation Statistical Analysis - - -
Marine Walls - Quay Walls - Wave Pressures - - - -
Steel Connections - - - -
Integration with Monitoring Data
Citywide Damage Assessment
Ka x Load Factor
Between Ka (or Kp) and Ko
At-rest Ko
Peck 1969 Apparent
FHWA Apparent
NYC DEP Pressures - -
German EAB
Custom Trapezoidal
Adaptive Apparent
Two-step Rectangular
Two-step Rectangular User Split - -
Chicago CTA apparent earth pressure - - - -
Schnabel 1982 Apparent - - - - -
Model Wizard
Slope Stability
Additional Wall Elements
Mechanical /Hydraulic Struts
SPT/CPT Test Data
Voice Recognition
Optimize Structural Section (Walls,Supports)
Optimize Support Location -
Wall Rotation -
Multiple Walls - -
Train Loads (AREMA etc) - -
Base Pressures for Base Slabs - - -
Include Tiedowns for Slabs - - -
Include Vertical Steel Columns - - -
Include Pile Rows - - -
Prestressed Concrete - GFRP Walls & Piles - - - -
Import 3D Buildings from Google Maps - - - -
Tunnels in 3D map / Tunnel Analysis with FEM - - - -
Splays in Frame Module - - - -
Import Topographic Data from Google - - - - -
3D Flood Embankment Generation - - - - -
Subway Line & Tunnel Project Lines Wizard - - - - -
Soil Zones with Changeable Soil Properties - - - - -
Import City Map from Google & Draw Tunnel Lines - - - - -
Auto 2D Sections Generation in Regular Intervals - - - - -
Settlements caused by Soil Loss (Tunnels) - - - - -
Settlements caused by Consolidation - - - - -

1. New Features in DeepEX 2022 (in comparison with previous software versions)

  1. Easy 3D Flood Embankment Generation.
  2. New 3D World tab (3D Models Generation and Design Options).
  3. Import elevation data from Google (API key required), Open-Street, Topographic data.
  4. Cut 2D sections through terrain.
  5. Evaluate the ground deformations caused by soil losses, consolidation, and dewatering for any tunnel.
  6. New Option in FEM Analysis - Hoek-Brown Rock model.
  7. Subway Line & Tunnel Project Lines Wizard with Damage Assessment.
  8. New Codes: PEN DOT LRFD 9th load combinations.
  9. New Codes: AASHTO LRFD 9th steel design.
  10. New Codes: Canadian NR 24-28-2018.
  11. Draw soil zones with changeable soil properties.
  12. New Wall Type: Vinyl sheet piles.
  13. New Earth Pressures: Schnabel Apparent Pressure Diagrams.
  14. Construction Progress: Connect construction events with dates.
  15. Water Drawdown.
  16. FEM Improvements: Convergence improvement, dewatering and water flow analysis through tunnel lining.
  17. New Module: Integration with monitoring data, Calculate moments and support reactions from developed displacements.
  18. New Module: Citywide damage assessment:  Perform damage and risk assessment due to tunneling and excavation works on an entire city.

2. New Features in DeepEX 2021 (in comparison with previous software versions)

  1. Multi-Core Analysis - Speed up calculations.
  2. Chicago CTA apparent earth pressure diagram and methods..
  3. Improved slope stability automatic search procedure.
  4. New Structural Codes: AASHTO LRFD 9th load combinations, AASHTO LRFD 9th steel design.
  5. New Structural Codes: BS 6349 Parts 1-2 Load combinations for Marine Structures and Quay Walls
  6. New Option in FEM Analysis - SSHS model.
  7. Splays in Frame Module to provide increased open spacing.
  8. Design of Tunnels with the Finit Element Analysis Module.
  9. Draw existing tunnels in 3D for visualization in HoloDeepEX in 3D, augmented reality or virtual reality.
  10. Prestressed Concrete and GFRP Walls & Piles.
  11. Import 3D Buildings from Google Maps.
  12. Google Maps Project Placement.
  13. New Module: Marine Walls - Quay Walls - Wave Pressures & Overtopping
  14. New Module: Steel Connections.

3. New Features in DeepEX 2020 (in comparison with previous software versions)

  1. New analysis methods for NYCT DEP.
  2. Timber struts, rakers, and walls.
  3. Improvements on multiple stepped walls.
  4. New wizard options for multiple stepped walls.
  5. Improvements and additions for exporting project plan to DXF.
  6. View boreholes and geotechnical investigation data in 3D and virtual reality.
  7. Updated concrete codes: ACI 2019.
  8. Updated AASHTO LRFD 8th edition.
  9. Additional FEM capabilities, partial consolidation, speed, mesh generation.
  10. Model base soil pressures in base slabs, and soil-structure interaction in FEM.
  11. Tiedowns for base slabs.
  12. Include pile rows for base slabs (independent from walls).
  13. Include pile rows for slope stability (independent from walls).
  14. Type to create a model: Instead of using your voice, you can now type a logical phrase and you can create a model. For example, you can type “create a 30 foot deep excavation with struts” and DeepEX will automatically generate a model for you.
  15. Google maps project image.
  16. Scaled picture images for project image.
  17. New Module: Soil estimation reporting and statistical analysis.

4. New Features in DeepEX 2019 (in comparison with previous software versions)

  1. Model train and train embankment loads directly with AREMA and other methods.
  2. Multiple walls and multiple stepped walls.
  3. DXF drawings for plan views, elevation drawings to DXF. From plan view and 3D model, export drawings to DXF. Elevation drawings options.
  4. Improved all project types and models generated with the Model Wizard.
  5. Import elevation survey data into 3D Frame Analysis Module.
  6. Added features to the 3D Frame Analysis: Load rebalancing, automatic generation of struts for complex wall perimeters.
  7. Improved diagnostic features.
  8. Improved HoloDeepEX (holographic representation of 3D models created by DeepEX 3D Frame Analysis module). View buildings and adjacent pile foundations in 3D and virtual reality.
  9. Updated Sheet pile section lists.
  10. New Module: Finite Element Analysis (to be released in February).
  11. New Module: Pile Supported Abutments.

5. New Features in DeepEX 2018 (in comparison with previous software versions)

  1. Improved speech recognition commands and interactions.
  2. DXF drawings for plan views, elevation drawings to DXF.
    From plan view and 3D model, export drawings to DXF. Elevation drawings to be added soon in a free upgrade
  3. Support points for struts in plan-view.
  4. Provide intermediate supports in the 3D plan view for struts to reduce the unbraced length.
  5. Reductions in axial loads on walers (3D).
  6. Reduce the axial force on walers due to static friction.
  7. Improved report output: Condensed quick input/output summary.
  8. Improved 3D Frame Analysis module.
  9. Improved all project types and models generated with the Model Wizard.
  10. Structural Steel Code Updates: AISC 2016.
  11. New Wall Types: Secant walls with different reinforcement for main & secondary piles.
  12. Automatic optimization with depth change for supports.
  13. DeepEX will vary the support elevation to achieve minimal wall moment, or cost (for 1 support level).
  14. Distribution load approach on surcharge for 3D loads.
  15. Soil mix block walls.
  16. Base resistance for wall embedment safety factor calculations when embedded walls are end bearing.
  17. Inclined walls from vertical axis.
  18. CIRIA recommendations.
  19. Additional options for recent CIRIA C760 publication such as geotechnical axial capacity of walls.
  20. New water flow analysis options.
  21. New diagnostic features added.
  22. New module: Finite Element Analysis.
  23. New software: HoloDeepEX (holographic representation of 3D models created by DeepEX 3D Frame Analysis module).

6. New Features in DeepEX 2017 (in comparison with previous software versions)

  1. Speech recognition commands and interactions.
    User can use speech commands to access quickly partial software dialogs, perform changes on the model (excavation/backfill operations, water elevations etc), as well as, command the software to create a model automatically, describing the excavation depth, support type and number of supports. The model with all staging can be generated in seconds.
  2. New wall types:
  3. Timber piles, box sheet piles, composite walls.
  4. Direct input of SPT and CPT test records and soil property interpretation.
  5. Expanded basal stability options.
  6. Expanded slope stability options. New slope stability analysis method added.
  7. DeepEX 2017 introduces the Ordinary Method (Swedish)
  8. Structural code and steel member updates.
  9. Chinese Standards (structural and geotechnical) are implemented.
  10. New module: Damage assessment for surrounding buildings.
  11. Fixed analysis engine.
  12. The linear external loads are now taken into consideration in the conventional analysis.
  13. Improved model Wizard.
  14. Improved Report options.

7. New Features in DeepEX 2016 (in comparison with previous software versions)

  1. Model Hydraulic and Mechanical struts. In some countries, hydraulic and mechanical struts are very popular. These struts can be assembled by joining a main strut section together with a hydraulic piston or mechanical jack. Transition strut sections are attached on the main strut section towards the strut ends. DeepEX incorporates some commonly used mechanical and hydraulic struts and considers particular design aspects.
  2. New conventional analysis and surcharge calculation methods. DeepEX now offers two additional methods for calculating the effect of surcharges on the wall with the distribution angle approach.
  3. Arch modeling for the Non-Linear analysis. The non-linear analysis is improved on by including arching capabilities. The arching has been verified and compared against a series of finite element simulations. Arching reduces the wall bending moments and loads on the lowest struts, while increasing the load on the top struts or braces.
  4. Structural codes update – AISC 360-10, Australia and New Zealand AS 3600, ACI 2014.
  5. New module – Export drawings to DXF. The drawings offer great detail and save significant time. The export allows to generate cut sections, with stages included in sequence, illustrating what new is happening on each stage.
  6. New wall friction options. DeepEX 2016 allows to model different wall to soil friction angle between the excavated and the retained wall side.
  7. New water pressure method. The balanced water pressure method is introduced. In the balanced water pressure method, hydrostatic pressures are assumed down to the lowest water level, and the water pressures balance out at the wall base.
  8. Thermal effects for struts and rakers. Thermal loads can be included by assuming a temperature difference and an adjustment factor.
  9. Accidental loads for struts and rakers. Accidental loads can be incorporated for struts and rakers (such as from accidental excavator or backhoe impact).
  10. Sheet pile corrosion. DeepEX includes capabilities for modelling corrosion of sheet piles, following standard procedures described in EN 1993 with varying corrosion rates.
  11. New wall types. DeepEX now implements secant piles with double or triple unreinforced piles, T-panel diaphragm walls and gravity walls.
  12. New conventional analysis method pressures. DeepEX gives the option to model lateral earth pressures between Ka and K0.
  13. Rowe’s moment reduction method on free earth moments for cantilever walls.

8. New Features in DeepEX 2015 (in comparison with previous software versions)

  1. Move ground surfaces and water tables by dragging
    In DeepEX 2015 you can use your mouse in order to modify the soil surface or water tables elevations. We can take the mouse over the ground surface, press and hold the left mouse button when the surface highlights and move the surface elevation with the mouse.
  2. New Wizard
    We have improved the wizard making it more intuitive. We can now select the type of excavation to be modeled directly from the wizard.
  3. Interactive tracking of result graphs
    In 2015 version, we can trace one of the graphs with the mouse and the value at the elevation will appear on your screen.
  4. New Limit Equilibrium Analysis options (Simple span analysis with negative moments)
    The 2015 version offers new options for limit-equilibrium analysis. One of the options is analyzing the wall beam with a simplified approach where negative moments can be applied. The percentage of negative moments can be defined by the user.


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