GeoChallenge is a set of student competitions sponsored by ASCE's Geo-Institute. The competitions are design for to challenge and encourage undergraduate and graduate civil engineering students who are interested in geotechnical engineering. There are three different components to this year's GeoChallenge
- GeoWall: Design and build a model mechanically stabilized earth wall
- GeoPrediction: Predict the behavior of a real world geotechnical system
- GeoPoster: Present your research in poster form
Finalists in each competition will be invited to the Geo-Institute's GeoCongress 2012
to compete with the best geotechnical engineering students in the country.
The objective of GeoWall is to design and build a model mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining wall using paper reinforcement taped to a posterboard wall facing. The design objective is to use the least amount of reinforcement needed to support the retained soil plus both vertical and horizontal surcharge loads. The winning team takes home the prestigious Atterberg trophy.
The objective of GeoPredict to predict the behavior of a real world geotechnical system. The team who's prediction best matches the actual field performance is the winner of the Mohr's Circle award. Details of this year's problem will be posted soon.
GeoPoster gives undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to present their there research at a special student poster competition at GeoCongress
. Details of this year's competition will be posted soon.
- Jan 9, 2012: GeoWall papers due
- Jan 27, 2012: GeoPrediction papers due
- Feb 10,
2012: GeoPoster abstracts due
- Feb 24, 2012: All
competitions finalists and travel grant winners announced
25, 2012: GeoWall Captain's meeting at GeoCongress 2012
26, 2012: Finals for all competitions 2:30-6:30pm on exhibit floor of
- March 27, 2012: Awards Luncheon