Analyzing the results of a numerical model requires the highest level of expertise in the overall modeling process. Useful and meaningful results are realized when the modeling is conducted by experienced engineers who possess an expert understanding of numerical modeling and are well aware of its benefits and limitations.
An important step of the analysis is to interrogate the results to verify they follow the set of rules set forth during the development of the model. For example, stress and strain values should match the soil behavior prescribed by the constitutive model; boundary conditions are validated throughout the geometry and dynamic timesteps; loads are applied as prescribed, and the results are obtained within the convergence criteria.
The conclusion is the answer to our main objective of the scope, and it is perhaps the most straightforward task of the entire process because of the care and effort taken to follow the discussed milestones and steps.
Gannett Fleming, as your trusted advisor, is ready to collaborate on all aspects of the numerical modeling of dams. From developing a consistent and applicable scope of modeling, to completing challenging, useful, and meaningful numerical models, our dam safety experts lead the way in shaping the future of dam safety.
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