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Map3D is a fully integrated three-dimensional layout (CAD), visualization (GIS) and stability analysis package (BEM elasto-plastic numerical modelling stress analysis). Various integrated program modules (Map3D Versions ) can be used to construct models, analyze and display stresses, strains, displacements, strength factors and probability of failure contours. Map3D is suitable for building and modelling rock and soil engineering design problems involving both irregular 3D massive excavations, tunnels, faults and tabular shapes.

Models can include underground excavations, rock slopes, open pits, tunnels, fractures and surface infrastructure loads. The stress analysis models can simulate yielding (non-linear) zones of different moduli (e.g. stiff dykes or soft ore zones) and loads due to steady state thermal/fluid flow. Excavations can be intersected by multiple discrete faults (non-planar and gouge filled) that slip and open. Map3D can simulate ground support elements such as arches, steel sets, props, thick liners, chalks, backfill etc.

The program is designed for fast, easy building and visualization of 3D models:

  • Self-contained 3D CAD system for model construction
  • Integrated GIS for storing, analyzing and displaying geographical reference information
  • Advanced elasto-plastic boundary element (BEM) stress analysis
  • 64 bit platform and parallel processing allows for practiaclly unlimited problem size

Map3D is suitable for mining, geotechnical and civil engineering applications.

What sets Map3D apart from other analysis programs is its ability to accommodate a very wide range of problems in 3D. Large, complex, fully 3D problems can be built with ease using the built-in CAD functionality. Combined use of both FF and DD elements allows for simulations of 3D excavations with intersecting fractures or shear planes.


Powerful pre-processing capabilities automatically fix most model construction problems. Overlapping and intersecting surfaces are accommodated by the program without user intervention. Model discretization can be optimized by setting a few control parameters to automatically concentrate elements at locations of interest. These capabilities greatly ease the burden of model building letting you get on with engineering rather than spending your time debugging models.

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Upcoming Map3D courses:

  • September 2014 - Sudbury, Canada.
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    Recent publications:

    Map3D multi-processor/multi-disk benchmarks
    Three Ways to Assess Mining Induced Fault Instability using Numerical Modelling - SARES (2014) - Keynote address
    Evidence based model calibration for reliable predictions - Deep Mining (2007) - Keynote address 3-20
    Reliability of Numerical Modelling Predictions - Int. J. Rock Mech. & Min. Sci. 43 (2006) 454-472
    Rockburst Prediction Using Numerical Modelling - Realistic Limits for Failure Prediction Accuracy - RaSiM6 (2005) 57-63
    Rock reinforcement design for overstressed rock using three dimensional numerical modelling - Ground Support (2004) 483-489
    Loading system stiffness - a parameter to evaluate rockburst potential - Deep and High Stress Mining (2002) 8:1-11
    Interpretation of microseismic monitoring data using numerical modelling - ACG Newsletter 2002
    Integration of deterministic modelling with seismic monitoring for the assessment of rockmass response to mining: Part I Theory - RaSiM5 (2000) 379-387
    Map3D-Cylindrical Hole in a Mohr Coulomb Medium.pdf
    Map3D-Tunnel with Overlying Fault in Mohr-Coulomb Medium.pdf

    Mine Modelling Pty Ltd
    P.O. Box 637, Mt. Eliza, Victoria 3930 Australia
    Email: support@map3d.com
    Rock Mechanics and Stress Analysis for the Mining, Civil and Geomechanics Industries