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Loadcap is a software for the bearing capacity and settlements computation on rocks and loose soils, according to the methods of: Terzaghi (1955), Meyerhof (1963), Vesic (1975), Brinch Hansen (1970), Meyerhof and Hanna (1978), Richards et al. (1993) and computation of bearing capacity factors. In the software it is possible to chooce several types of settlements such as: Elastic (Timoshenko e Goodier, 1951); ii) Oedometric; iii) Schmertmann (1970) and Schmertmann et al. (1978), iv) Burland e Burbidge (1985); v) post-seismic (Boulanger e Idris, 2004; Idriss e Boulanger, 2008; Pradel, 1998; Yasuhara e Andersen, 1991)

Moreover, Loadcap solves liquefaction cases using the method of Seed and Idriss (1971) and allows to carry out soil reinforced analysis with geogrids by computing of the increase bearing capacity, deformation in the reinforcements, strain tensile force for membrane effect.






Bearing capacity, settlments – Loadcap: calculated at any point either inside or outside the foundation.


Bearing capacity in seismic conditions: SHIKHIEV & JAKOVLEV, RICHARDS


Diagrams: Bearing capacity as a function of the foundation base, of the depth of the bearing surface, of the acting loads. Unlimited number of layers. Display of pressure bulbs and failure wedges.


Supported computation standards:

• Eurocode 7/8

• British Codes BS8004

• Other standard…



•  Multi level undo-redo

•  Numeric input in tabular form

•  Graphic input

•  Automatic conversion of measurement units



•  Strip footing; Spread footing; Mat foundation; Circular foundation; Foundation on slope

•  Bearing capacity according to: Terzaghi, Meyerhof, Hansen, Brinch-Hansen, Vesic, Zienkiewicz, Eurocode, Meyerhof & Hanna

•  Settlements: Elastic, Oedometric, Schmertmann, Burland & Burbidge with progress over time

•  Permanent settlements after the earthquake: Idriss and Boulanger, Pradel, Yasuhara and Andersen

•  Seismic corrections: SHIKHIEV & JAKOVLEV

•  Presence of Gorund Water Table

•  Analysis in terms of total and effective stresses

•  Display of pressure bulb and failure wedges 2D, 3D

•  Computation of the stress state induced by external loads at any point

•  Analysis in relation to total and effective tension

•  Display of tensional state and pressure bulb

•  Computation of stress state induced by external loads at any point

•  Nspt correlation with geotechnical parameters according to: Meyerhof, Sanglerat & Peck, Hanson and Thorburn

•  Verification to translation

•  Analysis of imbedded plans

•  Automatic reading of stratigraphic columns generated by Stratigrapher software

•  Data exchange with Micropiles and Piles for foundations software

•  Automatic computation of loads acting on foundation

•  Computation of tensions: Boussinesq,Westergaard

•  Interactive graphic construction

•  Multi level undo-redo function

•  Embankment analysis and settlement computation

•  Differential settlements 3D



•  Computation of the bearing capacity for multi layered soils using a weighted averages and punching verification

•  Foundations on slopes

•  Foundations with inclined bearing surface

•  Foundations subject to eccentric loads

•  Generating the bearing capacity table as a function of depth and width, exportable in Excel or in memory

•  Construction of graphics allowable load-depth

•  Construction of graphics allowable load-foundation width

•  Load – settlement diagram

•  Computation of subgrade reaction modulus using the model of Terzaghi and Bowles

•  Water table, even above the bearing surface

•  Display of pressure bulbs – Boussinesq or Westergaard

•  Display of stress states in any point of the foundation soil

•  Display of failure wedges

•  Setup of influence area

•  Computation of oedometric settlements in any point inside or outside the foundation




Geostru company created a service available on the Geoapp web page where there are several applications for making online calculations. Some of these can be used together with Rock Plane, for example: Bearing capacity; Lithostatic tensions; Liquefaction (Boulanger, 2014); etc., more details are shown in the Geoapp Section of this Help.











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