The T.E.A.M. Approach in Geotechnical Engineering
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During the design of a project, the engineer has to calculate the best estimate of the project behavior. Taking the average of several estimates is a process which is sometimes used by engineers. The TEAM approach, which stands for Technical Expert Averaging Method, takes its roots in this averaging process. The TEAM often improves the precision of the estimate (scatter around the mean) and sometimes the accuracy of the estimate (proximity between predictions and measurements). The TEAM approach is described together with various levels of sophistication in the averaging technique. Examples of TEAM successes and failures at prediction events are presented, the theory behind the TEAM is discussed, and a data base of pile load tests is assembled and used to show the improvement in precision and accuracy that can be obtained with the TEAM.