PEER is organizing a blind prediction contest for a bridge bent that consists of two self-centering resilient columns tested on the PEER UC Berkeley shaking table in October 2017. The specimen was subjected to increasing intensity shaking using several near-fault ground motion records until significant peak drifts are reached.
The contest is open to teams from the practicing structural engineering community and the academic and research community (including students). International entries are welcome. 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 several response quantities. 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 the PEER Annual Meeting to be held at UC Berkeley in January 18-19, 2018. PEER will reimburse a representative of the winning team from each of two award categories allowable travel expenses to attend the PEER annual meeting.
Due date for submitting results of post-test analysis is December 4, 2017.