It’s back to school time in North America!  As college students head back to campus, my mailbox is slowly filling up with pleas from ASCE Steel Bridge captains.

They are hopeful that we will again sponsor the Student Steel Bridge competition, and send some goodies their way. Each team is naturally seeking to win their ASCE regional competition, to secure an opportunity to prove their mettle at the National competition next May.


 Never fear, steel bridge teams!

I am pleased to announce that Bentley’s academic team is happy to extend our support for a third year; we will indeed co-sponsor the 2011 ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition

Challenges like the ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition are an important step in putting students’ Engineering education to practical application. Just as importantly, they are a fun way to learn—and a great opportunity to interact with other student teams, far and wide!

In addition to our financial support for NSSBC, Bentley's Be Careers Network is also pleased to offer participating ASCE student chapter Steel Bridge teams the following materials, to further support your learning efforts:

Free software (STAAD.Pro V8i, and Structural Modeler V8i) for the duration of the 2011 competition.

Supporting tutorial materials (document & dataset) to help design, analyze and document your steel bridge. (Videos to accompany the tutorial document can be found here: )

Please note: if your school already subscribes to the Academic SELECT program, then your student team already has access to this software.

Participating ASCE student chapters should contact us at to request these materials. Please provide your School name, Faculty Advisor & Steel Bridge team Captain's name, and full Shipping address on campus.

Not lucky enough to be a student on a steel bridge team, but still hankering for an opportunity to play and learn?

If you already have the software, the tutorial and accompanying dataset developed for the 2011 competition are a useful guide for anyone interested in an example of the integration of STAAD.Pro V8i and Structural Modeler V8i for bridge design, analysis and documentation.

Therefore, we offer the tutorial and dataset here as well.

The past academic year's finals at Purdue University were exciting (see my 2010 NSSBC blog), and I look forward to the National Student Steel Bridge Competition at Texas A&M University in May 2011.

Best of luck to all the participating teams; I hope to see you at the National competition next spring!