Welcome to GeoChallenge 2012

This website is to keep student participating in the Geo-Institute's GeoChallenge competitions up to date.   All official data and announcements for the GeoChallenge competitions will be posted on this site.  It is important that you stay up to date with any changes or notifications that are posted on the site.

GeoChallenge Overview:

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 2012 .  Details of this year's competition will be posted soon.

Key Dates

  • 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
  • March 25, 2012: GeoWall Captain's meeting at GeoCongress 2012
  • March 26, 2012: Finals for all competitions 2:30-6:30pm on exhibit floor of GeoCongress 2012
  • March 27, 2012: Awards Luncheon

Rolling Updates

  • GeoPoster Deadline Extended The deadline for submitting GeoPoster abstracts has been extended to Feb 10.
    Posted Feb 2, 2012, 8:32 PM by Willliam Kitch
  • Stipends to support regional GeoWall competitions announced The Geo-Institute is providing $200 stipends to schools which adopt the GeoWall competition for their regional ASCE student conferences.  More information is available on the Funding page.
    Posted Dec 2, 2011, 1:16 PM by Willliam Kitch
  • Student funding information posted Information on funding for student participants in GeoChallenge has been posted on the Funding page.
    Posted Dec 2, 2011, 1:14 PM by Willliam Kitch
  • GeoPrediction Rules Posted The rules and data for the GeoPrediction 2012 have been posted in the Competition Documents tab.
    Posted Nov 16, 2011, 11:01 PM by Willliam Kitch
  • Regional GeoWall Competition Kit We would like all ASCE regions to consider holding the GeoWall competition at their regional student conferences.  To help you with this we've uploaded a kit containing all of ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2011, 3:20 PM by Willliam Kitch
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GeoWall Recent Files

  • GeoWallRegionalRules2012.ZIP   1529k - Oct 16, 2011, 3:16 PM by Willliam Kitch (v1)
    ‎Kit to create your own GeoWall competition at your regional ASCE student competition.‎
  • GeoWall Competition Rules 2012 v0.pdf   450k - Sep 21, 2011, 7:21 PM by Willliam Kitch (v2)
    ‎2012 rules: Version 0 posted 9/21/2011‎
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GeoPoster Recent Files

  • StudentPosterCompetitionForm 2012.doc   28k - Oct 11, 2011, 1:14 AM by Willliam Kitch (v1)
    ‎Entry form for GeoPoster Competition‎
  • StudentPosterCompetitionRules2012.pdf   73k - Oct 11, 2011, 1:12 AM by Willliam Kitch (v1)
    ‎Rules for the 2012 GeoPoster competition‎
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GeoPrediction Recent Files

  • GeoPrediction2012_Data.xlsx   118k - Nov 16, 2011, 11:02 PM by Willliam Kitch (v1)
    ‎Data file for GeoPrediction 2012‎
  • GeoPrediction2012_Rules.pdf   71k - Nov 16, 2011, 10:59 PM by Willliam Kitch (v1)
    ‎GeoPrediction rules‎
  • GeoPrediction2012_Problem statement.pdf   89k - Nov 16, 2011, 10:58 PM by Willliam Kitch (v2)
    ‎Problem statement for GeoPrediction‎
  • GeoPrediction2012_Announcement.pdf   41k - Nov 16, 2011, 10:58 PM by Willliam Kitch (v1)
    ‎GeoPrediction announcement suitable for posting‎
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