Numerical simulation services

Geomechanica offers technical consulting services using its Irazu simulation software for various industries, including: oil & gas, mining, dam, and nuclear waste management organizations. Below are a few of the highlighted services. Click on each service to read more.

Excavation Damaged Zone

The stability of underground openings is a key issue in tunnelling, mining, construction of deep geological repositories, and borehole drilling. Geomechanica’s numerical simulations are able to explicitly capture the nucleation and propagation of fractures within the rock mass, thus providing unique insight into the failure process around underground excavations.
Hydraulic fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing is key to the extraction of hydrocarbons from low-permeability rock formations such as clay shales. Geomechanica has developed an innovative simulation tool capable of capturing the interaction between fluid pressure-driven fractures and rock fabric features such as faults and bedding planes.

Slope Stability

Stability analyses are routinely applied to both engineered (e.g., road cuts, open pit mines) and natural (e.g., cliffs) rock slopes. Our simulation software is capable of reproducing multiple modes of instability as well as the subsequent fragmentation, run-out, and trajectories of failed rock material without assuming the mode or volume of failure a priori.
Dam stability analysis

The assessment of the stability against sliding, overturning, and shearing of concrete dams, founded on a bedrock foundation is crucial for ensuring the safety of this type of structures. Using Geomechanica’s Irazu software, the deformation of a dam can be modeled considering the actual foundation profile without selecting the failure mode a priori.

Rock failure analysis

Geomechanica’s Irazu software is perfectly suited for investigating the fundamental principles of the mechanical behaviour of brittle rocks under a variety of loading conditions. The numerical approach allows reproducing complex phenomena such the nucleation, growth and coalescence of microcracks as well as the interaction between discontinuities.
Block caving

The block caving method is being used to mine lower grade ore bodies economically. Understanding the factors governing caving mechanisms and predicting surface subsidence are of the utmost importance. Geomechanica’s simulations allow investigating the initiation and propagation of the caving front as well the mechanisms of secondary fragmentation.

Rock Laboratory Testing Services

Geomechanica offers standard rock testing services using its laboratory testing facility located in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada.

Rock Mechanics Laboratory Testing

Geomechanica's laboratory testing services provide clients with the data needed for the design and analyses of various civil and mining engineering projects.