PFC / PFC3D Introductory Training Course

Course Language 
  • English
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

March 27-30, 2017

50% Academic Discount Available

Details and Description 

This four-day introductory course provides guidance in the use of the Itasca codes PFC and PFC3D to simulate the mechanical behavior of granular and solid materials. The focus is on simulating the fracture and flow of brittle rock-like materials. The PFC codes provide a general distinct-element engine along with the embedded language FISH, which provides full access to the internal variables of the model and allows one to implement user-defined behaviors. Most PFC modeling requires the use of FISH. After the distinct-element framework that forms the theoretical basis for PFC is understood and FISH is mastered, the PFC codes can be used to simulate any physical process whose physics can be described by the interactions of discrete bodies. This course combines lectures with hands-on modeling exercises.


Dr. David Potyondy

Chief Scientist Discontinuum Modeling

Dr. Potyondy has developed and applied both continuum and discontinuum models to represent damage and flow processes on both a macro- and a micro-scale. He has directed development of the PFC codes, has developed the structural-element logic in the FLAC3D code and has developed novel techniques for applying micro-mechanical discontinuum models to fracture-related boundary-value problems, including the prediction of excavation damage produced by stress, temperature, and stress corrosion.

Derrick Blanksma

Geotechnical Engineer

Mr. Blanksma is a geotechnical engineer with experience in experimental design and analysis of soil and rock. He has experience in laboratory testing, including direct shear, uniaxial compression, triaxial compression, and fracture testing. In addition to experimental applications, he also has experience in numerical modeling applied to slope stability in soil and rock mass containing inclusions. Derrick also has experience with computer-aided design relating to experimental fabrication and surface structure rendering.

What to Bring? 

This is a hands-on course. Each participant must have a laptop. You must have administrative rights and Windows 7, 8, or 10.


This course will be held in Itasca's home office located at 111 Third Avenue South, Suite 450, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Itasca Consulting Group has a corporate room rate available at The Residence Inn in Minneapolis.