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PLAXIS MoDeTo is a specific tool introducing an enhanced design method for monopile foundations. It transfers the results of the PISA Joint Industry Research Project to daily engineering practice. PLAXIS MoDeTo enables dramatic reductions in the amount of steel of each monopile, and, as such in the overall costs of any wind farm. It can be used as a stand-alone tool for the rule-based design method and in connection with PLAXIS 3D for the numerical-based design method.

Key Benefits

Innovative, robust and reliable

PLAXIS MoDeTo is developed following the Plaxis engineering process, which has consistently been delivering stable and well defined software for decades. The underlying procedure has been validated via large-scale testing of monopile foundations at two test sites, a sand site and a clay site.

Efficient design translates to XXL savings

In the very competitive offshore wind industry, less conservative dimensioning of each monopile of a wind farm will result in a significant reduction in the amount of steel and, therefore, in fabrication, transportation and installation costs.

Optimised monopile design method

The enhanced design method of PLAXIS MoDeTo analyzes the ability of monopile foundations to resist lateral loads on the basis of a 1D Timoshenko beam finite element model, accurate even for large diameter monopiles, and realistic soil reaction curves, while retaining many of the assumptions of the more conventional p-y approach. Research has shown a potential reduction in the embedded length of the piles by up to 50%.

Seamless integration with the PLAXIS environment

PLAXIS MoDeTo can either be used as a stand-alone tool, if the user supplies the soil reaction curves, or in connection with PLAXIS 3D, to calibrate them numerically according to the specific properties of the site. In addition to enabling PLAXIS MoDeTo reach its full design potential, PLAXIS 3D offers a complete, well proven and robust finite element solution for any type of offshore or onshore structure. With its broad range of capabilities, multi-core calculations and 64-bit architecture, PLAXIS 3D along with its add-on modules, 3D PlaxFlow and 3D Dynamics, can deal with the largest and most complex geotechnical models.

State-of-the-art research brought to engineering practice

PLAXIS MoDeTo has been developed in collaboration with Oxford University. It transfers the enhanced design method established in the PISA Final Report of May 2016 to current industry design practice. Future findings of PISA will be implemented as they become available.


  • Non-linear soil reaction curves for lateral loading, rotation, base shear and base rotation
  • Optimised design method for monopile foundations


Seamless integration with PLAXIS 3D
Non-linear soil reaction curves for lateral loading, rotation, base shear and base rotation


Use of Timoshenko beam theory ensures accurate results even for large diameter monopilesOptimised design method for monopile foundations
Automatic calibration and optimisation of soil reaction curves (PLAXIS 3D)
Robust 1D kernel with highly efficient calculation times

Realistic assessment of displacements and structural forces
Visualisation and export of soil reaction curves


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Operating System requirements

Supported: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, Windows 8 Professional 64-bit, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Recommended: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (all with latest service packs applied)

USB Port

1 port required for USB licence

Graphics card

Required: GPU with 256 MB OpenGL 1.3
Plaxis strongly recommends avoiding simple onboard graphics chips in favour of a discrete GPU from the nVidia GeForce or Quadro range with at least 128-bit bus and 1 GB of RAM, or equivalent solution from ATI/AMD.


Required: dual core CPU
Recommended: quad core CPU

Hard Disk

At least 2 GB free space on the partition where the Windows TEMP directory resides, and 2 GB free space on the partition where projects are saved. Large projects may require significantly more space on both partitions.
For best performance, ensure that the TEMP directory and the project directory reside on the same partition.

Random Access Memory (RAM)

Recommended for 2D: at least 4 GB. Large projects may require more.
Recommended for 3D: at least 8 GB. Large projects may require more.

Video modes

Required: 1024 x 768 pixels, 32-bit colour palette
Recommended: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 32-bit colour palette

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