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There are four GeoChallenge Competitions in which students are invited to participate each year at the annual conference. They are: GeoWall, GeoPrediction, GeoPoster, and GeoVideo. GeoChallenge participants are eligible for travel grants in accordance with the published rules for each event.


COVID UPDATE: GeoWall 2021 event cancelled!

Dear colleagues,

The Geo-Challenge Directors and the Geo-Institute have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 National GeoWall Competition to be held during the ICFEE 2021 conference in May. This decision was made after careful consideration and monitoring of the pandemic as well as the associated impacts at universities and communities across the country. In particular, we recognize that institutions have different policies in place regarding student groups working together and their access to laboratory/work spaces on campus. Furthermore, we realize the difficulties associated with obtaining identical backfill materials across different regions of the country. Given these equity and logistic issues along with the on-going and changing impacts of the pandemic, we take this step to cancel the 2021 National GeoWall Competition as it is the best decision for the safety of our community. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Although the 2021 National GeoWall Competition will not be held this year, we encourage all students to consider participating in one or more of the other GeoChallenge Competitions. 

We look forward to receiving your submissions.
We hope to see your students participate in the 2022 National GeoWall Competition next year.

Thank you very much. Please stay safe and healthy amid this difficult time.

Binod Tiwari
Director, ASCE GI GeoChallenge Student Competitions

Geo-poster 2021 rules (Director: Dr. Daniel VandenBerge)
Geo-prediction 2021 rules (Director: Dr. Matthew Sleep)
Geo-shirt 2021 rules (Directors: Erik Jensen)
Geo-video 2021 rules (Directors: Dr. David Saftner)


The objective of the GeoPrediction competition is to develop an accurate prediction of geotechnical behavior given detailed information regarding subsurface, boundary, and initial conditions, as well as the geotechnical/structural/hydraulic loading. This competition may involve using geotechnical software, empirical correlations, or developing a simple computer code for making this prediction.


For each year’s competition, the subject of the posters should focus on topics germane to the theme of the annual congress.Some examples of acceptable poster topics include senior design projects, design class projects, or student research experiences. Posters should present original work by the student(s) but may contain content based upon work conducted under the direction of a faculty member.


The objective of the GeoVideo competition is to develop short videos explaining various geotechnical concepts that could be used in classrooms at various levels (elementary school through college) and by the lay person to understand geotechnical principles.

2021 GeoVideo Competition Application

GeoChallenge Collaboration Website

Event rules, discussions and files can be found on the GeoChallenge collaboration website located on the GeoWorld website.