For hundreds of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapters, back-to-school time also signals the start of their steel bridge team’s work—and another chance to design and build a steel bridge that will win the national finals!


For the eighth consecutive year, Bentley is pleased to co-sponsor the ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition. This yearly challenge gives students an opportunity to work as part of a design team directly applying engineering principles, and to test their skills in steel design, fabrication, scheduling, and project management. Students have the chance to represent their school, tap into their competitive spirit, and have a lot of fun along the way!

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 training.

For the 2016 competition, we offer the following:

  • Free software (STAAD.Pro V8i) for the duration of the 2016 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:

    • School Name & Location
    • Name & Email address of team’s Faculty Advisor
    • Name & Email address of Steel Bridge Team Captain(s)
    • Name & Email address of each steel bridge team member wanting access to software & training

  • Supporting tutorial materials will help teams to use the software to design, and then analyze, their steel bridge. This useful guide can be used by anyone interested in an example of using STAAD.Pro V8i for modeling steel bridge structures, applying load tests, and performing an analysis.

Please Note: The tutorials have proved so popular that we’re making them available again. Refer to the Official 2016 Student Steel Bridge Competition Rules, when following the tutorial example—since several aspects have changed since last year!)

The free learning materials are available here (simply sign in or register!) divided into two sections:

    • Model Generation (short videos & accompanying practice workbook)

    • Loading and Analysis (short videos & accompanying practice workbook with Dataset)

Of course, if your school has Bentley’s Academic SELECT Subscription, then your student team already has access to this software, via STUDENTserver! You can use your normal login for STUDENTserver to access the training materials via the link above.

The 2015 finals in Kansas City were exciting, as usual, and I look forward to meeting the finalists at the 2016 National Student Steel Bridge Competition at Brigham Young University May 27- 28, 2016.

Best of luck to all the participating teams!