FLAC 8.0 Introductory Training course

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

March 6-8, 2017

Fourth Day Option Additional US$500

Details and Description 

Itasca Consulting Group is pleased to offer introductory training for FLAC  Version 8.0. This training course introduces users to the application of FLAC for geotechnical numerical analysis. The course consists of three days of general feature training with an optional fourth day. 

General feature training topics include grid creation, application of boundary conditions, selection of appropriate constitutive (material) models, solution of the static equilibrium state, simulation of the construction stages, installation of structural support, inclusion of either transient or steady groundwater flow states and example applications of FLAC for civil underground construction analysis.

This course is “hands-on” training, and exercises with FLAC are provided throughout the course.

This year we are offering the option of a fourth day of training on an additional topic at a cost of $500. Choices include the following:

Advanced FISH


If you are unsure which topic best suits your needs, you have the option of choosing or changing topics during the week of training.

For the same cost of $500, you may also choose four hours of one-on-one time with an Itasca employee to discuss other topics to meet your individual needs. This option is subject to availability. 


 Day 1

  • Introduction to FLAC
  • Introduction to the FLAC Graphical Interface
  • FLAC Theoretical Background
  • FLAC Operation
  • Grid Generation
  • Basic Material Models
  • Boundary Conditions/Initial Conditions

Day 2

  • Introduction to Effective Stress and Groundwater Flow Analysis
  • Soil/Rock Structure Interaction
  • Factor of Safety Calculation
  • Introduction to FISH in FLAC

Day 3 (At least two practical applications will be covered)

  • Practical Application 1 - Braced Excavation Analysis
  • Practical Application 2 - Tunnel Construction
  • Practical Application 3 – Landfill Stability Analysis

Day 4 (Dynamic Option)

  • Dynamic Analysis
  • Considerations when running dynamic analysis include wave attenuation, dynamic loading and boundary conditions, material models and damping, comparison of nonlinear analysis to equivalent linear analysis, liquefaction modeling principles.
  • Practical Exercise: Pile-supported wharf on liquefiable soils; setting up and running a seismic analysis.

Day 4 (Advanced FISH Option)

  • Introduction and tools
  • FISH Basics
  • FISH for FLAC
  • Further topics
    • FISH library
    • Tables  



Dr. Varun is a geotechnical engineer with specialization in earthquake engineering and soil dynamics. He has experience with analytical and numerical modeling and has been involved with projects related to seismic hazard mitigation for waterfront structures, dynamic response of foundations, site response, and soil-structure interaction.



Dr. Radaković-Guzina's research has focused on the areas of structural dynamics, non-destructive characterization of concrete, damage mechanics and wave propagation. She is responsible for FORTRAN and C/C++ programming development and support for Itasca's FLAC and FLAC3D software, and she assists with the development and testing of the Graphical User Interface (GUIfor Itasca codes.


Mr. Wang is a senior geomechanics engineer with experience in mining engineering and geotechnical engineering. His research involves numerical modeling and simulation, and has involved projects related to sheet-pile walls with retained slope, mine-void detection using geophysical methods and stability of underground mines.


What to Bring? 

All attendees must have a laptop.


The course will be held at The Depot, Renaissance Hotel.

225 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55401

You may want to stay at either the Renaissance Hotel or the Residence Inn. Both are located within one block of our office.

Renaissance:  http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mspdd-renaissance-minneapolis-hotel-the-depot/

Residence Inn  http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mspmw-residence-inn-minneapolis-downtown-at-the-depot/  

For Residence Inn reservations, mention you are coming for an Itasca Consulting Group training to get our corporate discount.