Bentley Institute Sponsors 2019 AISC’s Student Steel Bridge Competition

We are happy to announce Bentley Institute’s association with American Institute of Steel Construction - AISC as the sponsor for 2019 Student Steel Bridge Competition. This year marks the 11th year of our partnership with AISC as we jointly envision of empowering future professionals with the digital skills required to contribute to the structural design community and construction industry.

As such, we are pleased to offer all the steel bridge teams with free software along with the required learning material and support.

Offerings for participating teams:


 Free software (STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition) for the duration of the 2019 competition.

 We will soon contact your Faculty Advisor with more information on how to download the software.

In case, if you fail to hear from your faculty advisor within the next few weeks, then participating teams can reach out to us at

** Don’t forget to mention 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

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.


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

YouTube Training Course –  A curated a training course – “Model Steel Bridge Structures using STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition for the AISC Student Bridge Competition”

  1. Introduction to STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition
  2. Modeling Structural Members in STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition
  3. Assigning Properties in STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition
  4. Assigning Specifications and Supports in STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition
  5. Modelling and loading in STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition
  6. Perform Analysis and design in STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition

On-demand learning materials (simply sign in using your STUDENTserver credentials, or register!): 

  • Expert forum for technical support

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

We look forward to meeting you at the finals to be held at Southern Illinois University Carbondale May 31 - June 1. Best of luck to all the participating teams Blush