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E-Defense Blind Analysis Contest Results

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I just wanted to share this good news with you, and congratulate Dr. Ganesh Thiagarajan. He is a friend and colleague of mine. Dr. Thiagarajan is a professor of engineering at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC). The UMKC structural engineering program is very modest.
Please take a moment and review the link to the competition results:
This is an outline of the competition:
Dr. Thiagarajan led the team that won an E-Defense international competition on performing a 3D analysis and prediction of the behavior of a steel building subjected to earthquake ground motion. The competition was from some of the best universities of the world in earthquake engineering.
Dr. Thiagarajan has every right to be proud to win this competition. Please take a moment, and review the link to the competition results.
Harold O. Sprague
-----Original Message-----
From: Thiagarajan, Ganesh [
Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2007 8:35 AM
To: Sprague, Harold O.
Subject: FW: E-Defense Blind Analysis Contest Results

Dear Harold and Jon,
I wanted to share with you a good tiding we have had with simulation. Our team stood first in an international competetion (7 countries participated) which required a two stage simulation and blind prediction of many parameters (acceleration, velocity, displacement, relative drift, drift angle ,
base shear, overturning moment) of a 4-story steel building. The building was subjected to
a three dimensional acceleration motion simultaneously. It was both a shock and a surprise to us with
a number of practicing engineers and researchers worldwide competing.


Ganesh Thiagarajan Ph.D P.E Assistant Professor Civil Engineering 350J, Flarsheim Hall, 5100 Rockhill Road University of Missouri, Kansas City Kansas City, MO-64110 816-235-1288 816-235-1260(Fax)
From: E-Defense [
Sent: Fri 12/21/2007 12:22 AM
To: Thiagarajan, Ganesh
Subject: E-Defense Blind Analysis Contest Results
To participants in Blind Analysis Contest
Thank you for participating in the E-Defense Blind Analysis Contest.
We finshed examining Blind Analysis Contest and announce the Results.
Yours very sincerely. 
National Research Institute
for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention,
Hyogo Earthquake Engineering Research Center
Blind Analysis Contest

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