PEER and NEES are sponsoring a blind prediction contest for a full-scale reinforced concrete bridge column that will be tested on the NEES Large High-Performance Outdoor Shake Table located at UCSD’s Englekirk Structural Engineering Center. The bridge column will be subjected to increasing intensity of uniaxial earthquake ground motions on September 20 and 21, 2010.
The contest is open to teams from the practicing structural engineering community and the academic and research community (including students). The winner from each category: one from researchers and another from practicing engineers, will be recognized and awarded.
The prediction contest will be “blind” and compare analytical response “predictions” with those measured during experimental testing. Each participant should predict failure mode of the specimen before the test and several response quantities after the test. Because the actual loadings will be determined during the course of the testing each participant should use these loadings in the analytical simulations. The closest predictions to the test results will be awarded.
While names and affiliations of all participating teams will be identified, results will be presented anonymously (unlabeled), except for those of the “winning” entries from each contestant category. The winners will be announced and awarded at Quake Summit, 2010. PEER will reimburse a representative of the winning team from each of two award categories allowable travel expenses to attend the Quake Summit 2010 that will be held in San Francisco, October 8-9, 2010.
Due dates for submitting results of pre-test and post-test analysis are September 7 and September 28, respectively.