Institute of Geotechnics of TU Darmstadt’s Blind Prediction Contest

As part of the GEOLAB project, the Institute of Geotechnics of TU Darmstadt is calling geotechnical engineers from industry and academia to participate in an international Blind Prediction Contest on the response of piles under monotonic and cyclic lateral loading.

Two separate tests will be performed on a hollow open-ended steel pile embedded in dry sand. One test under monotonic loading and the other under quasi-static harmonic loading with more than 10,000 loading cycles.

Contestant teams can submit predictions for both tests or for the monotonic test only. The predictions will be objectively marked based on their discrepancy with the experimental values. The teams with the higher score in the prediction of each test will be publicly announced. The rest of the submitted predictions will be anonymised and used for assessing the state of the art and the state of practice by the organiser committee.

To participate in the contest, teams must complete a spreadsheet with their prediction and fill in a document with a brief description of the methods used. Templates for these documents will be available via the link below on 27 May 2024.

To read the support documentation and the rules for the the Blind Prediction Contest visit TU Darmstadt’s website here

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