Thick Foundation Element Blind Prediction Contest 2021 is Now Open!

September 15, 2021

PEER is pleased to announce that the Thick Foundation Element Blind Prediction Contest 2021 is now open!

This year's second Blind Prediction Contest, "Monotonic Test of a Thick Foundation Element," is related to the prediction of the shear strength of a reinforced concrete deep beam, which is intended to represent a slice through a thick foundation mat. The target test dates of this beam are late September and early October. Tests will be carried out in the Structures Laboratory at UC Berkeley as part of an ongoing research project of Professor Jack Moehle and graduate student Jerry Zhai of UC Berkeley.

This blind prediction spans a relatively short time frame (see Important Dates below) and is designed for relatively easy participation, where the sought predictions are only the failure mode and strength of each of the two spans of the deep beam. The Contest Organizing Committee will announce the laboratory test results, compare failure modes and measured strengths with the range of predicted results, and identify those participants who predicted failure modes and strengths closest to the test results.

This contest is open to anyone in the structural engineering field, and the participant categories include Practicing Engineers, Researchers, and Students. We hope to get as wide a response as possible worldwide among practitioners, researchers, and students.

Important Contest Dates:

  • Contest Opens: September 15, 2021
  • Deadline for questions: September 21, 2021
  • Deadline for submissions: September 28, 2021
  • Announcement of results: October 2021

More information, details, data, and submission requirements can be accessed on the 2021 Blind Prediction Competition page.