Bentley Institute Sponsors 2018 ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition

For the 10th consecutive year, Bentley is pleased to co-sponsor the ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition. This yearly challenge gives ASCE student chapters the opportunity to organize a team on their campus to tackle a bridge design project by directly applying engineering principles. While testing their skills in steel design, fabrication, scheduling, and project management, they also can harness their competitive spirit—and produce tangible proof of their school’s engineering excellence!


Along with our continuing financial support of the National competition, Bentley is pleased to once again offer steel bridge teams from participating ASCE student chapters free software, and also learning materials and support.

For the 2018 competition, we offer the following to participating teams:

Free software (STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition) for the duration of the 2018 competition.

We will contact your student chapter’s Faculty Advisor with more information.

If you don’t hear from your faculty advisor within the next few weeks, then participating ASCE student chapters can contact us at Please use a Subject line of Student Steel Bridge Competition Request, and provide the following information:

1. School Name and Location

2.  Name and Email Address of team's Faculty Advisor

3.  Name and Email Address of Steel Bridge Team Captain(s)

4.  Name and Email Address of each steel bridge team member requesting access to software, learning materials, and support

Support is available, to help teams use STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition to design, and then analyze, their steel bridge.

Please Note: refer to the Official 2018 NSSBC Rules, when designing and analyzing your bridge!

Take advantage of these free learning options:

  • Live, Online sessions with basic training, and a template model, will be offered on:
    • Monday, January 8, 2018

      12:00pm EST - 1:00pm EST

      Join the session
    • Tuesday, January 23, 2018

      12:00pm EST - 1:00pm EST

      Join the session
    • Wednesday, February 7, 2018

12:00pm EST - 1:00pm

Join the session

Registration is not required for these online sessions.  Simply use the “Join the session” link, below the date you prefer, to join at the time indicated! (We suggest that you click the links now, and then copy & paste each accompanying URL into your calendar for that date & time. Don’t forget to set a reminder alert!)

  • Technical questions?

With our RAM | STAAD Forum  you can talk to experts at Bentley, and from industry, anytime!

 Be sure to tag your Forum questions with #SteelBridge

Of course, if your school has Bentley’s Academic SELECT Subscription, then your student team already has access to this software (and a far more!), via STUDENTserver. You can use your normal login for STUDENTserver to access both the software and the learning materials (the latter via the links above).

The 2017 national finals were full of fun and excitement, and we look forward to meeting the finalists at the 2018 National Student Steel Bridge Competition at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign May 25-26, 2018.

Best of luck to all the participating teams!



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