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Concrete Column Blind Prediction Contest 2010

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PEER and NEES are pleased to announce a blind prediction contest for a full-scale reinforced concrete bridge column which 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 from September 9 to 13, 2010.

The contest is open to teams from both the practicing structural engineering community and the academic research community. One winning submission from each community (academic research and practicing engineering) will be recognized and awarded. The prediction contest will be “blind” and compare analytical response “predictions” with those measured during experimental testing. Because the actual loadings will be determined during the course of the testing based on observed response, the contest has two parts: pre-test analysis and prediction based on anticipated earthquake loadings, and post-test analysis and prediction using the actual loadings from the experimental test. The analytical column model for the post-test analysis must be identical with that for the pre-test analysis. The closest predictions to the test results will be awarded, based on the posted rules.

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 analysis and post-test analysis are September 6 and September 20, respectively. Details regarding the contest rules, the test specimen, and the ground motions can be found at http://nisee2.berkeley.edu/peer/prediction_contest/.