Plaxis (Plane strain and axial symmetry, indicating the geometric types handled in the original code[1]) computer programme that performs finite element analyses (FEA) within the realm of geotechnical engineering, including deformation, stability and water flow.[2] The input procedures enable the enhanced output facilities provide a detailed presentation of computational results. PLAXIS enables new users to work with the package after only a few hours of training.

Developer(s)Bentley Systems
Initial releaseDecember 1982 (1982-12)
Stable release
2018 (2D); 2017.01 (3D)
Operating systemWindows
Available inEnglish, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, Polish and Hungarian
TypeComputer-aided design, Finite Element Analysis
LicenseStandalone, Floating licensing

Plaxis was acquired by Bentley Systems in 2018.[3].


  2. Chalmovský, Juraj (2014). Základy matematického modelování v geotechnice s využitím programu Plaxis (in Czech). Brno: Vysoké učení technické v Brně, Fakulta stavební. ISBN 978-80-214-4938-1.

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