Main Developer: Roozbeh Geraili Mikola, PhD, P.E.


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How it started

As a young student, I was always fascinated by the power of computers and the help that they provide to obtain results that are easy to understand for complex simulations. It was not until 2006 that I was introduced to the world of open source Software and since then I contributed with couple of open source geotechnical programs such as NT-DDA and Opensees both developed at University of California at Berkeley. During this period I realized that although some of the academic geotechnical programs have advanced analysis methods and can be very reliable, the lack of good GUI coupled with a complex modelling procedure may result in the software being ignored by the potential users; its practical capabilities will not be embraced and exploited by the engineering communities. So at the beginning of the year 2013, after graduation from school I decided to start my own research project with objective of creating a unified interactive finite element program for geotechnical applications. After almost three years of part-time programming the first version of ADONIS has been released.

The objective of ADONIS is to eventually offer to engineers and teachers a service similar to that of integrated commercial packages. The development of ADONIS is ongoing. New element formulations, contact algorithms, and constitutive equations are being implemented and will become available in future versions. Continued emphasis will be placed on support and dissemination of ADONIS in the form of documentation of the software and its example problems, online manuals, and on online forum. I hope that this free finite element framework using modern software design principles will not only provide a new and useful tool for computational geomechanics, but also set a new standard for computational simulation software in this field.

The Licensing

ADONIS is a free software lisenced under LGPLv3. Therefore you may freely use ADONIS for academic, educational and even commercial purposes. However, the LGPL license includes a viral effect i.e. all derived work, if distributed, must be distributed under the same license. The ADONIS source code also contains 3rd party libraries and various resources which are distributed under their respective licenses. 3rd party libraries and plug-ins are distributed under their respective licenses:

triangle: free and open source library, Please note that although triangle is freely available, it is copyrighted by the author and may not be sold or included in commercial products without a license. See

QCustomPlot: GPL version 3.0. See

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The Campanile-my favorate place in UC Berkeley campus