Be Careers Sponsors the 2010 ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition


Autumn in North America evokes many images: scores of students head back to school, the changing foliage provides a spectacular backdrop, apples and pumpkins appear in roadside stands, and steel bridges take shape on campuses across the country.

Okay, so only some people will follow me on that last image (and you know who you are!)--but Fall to those of us on the Academic team in North America means ramping up to continue our support of various student design competitions. 

Supporting Academic institutions and students is part of our mission at Bentley, to help students prepare for their future careers.

The participation of ASCE student chapters in challenges like the AISC/ASCE Student Steel Bridge Competition ( is an important step in putting their Engineering education to practical application.

Therefore, we are proud to co-sponsor the 2010 ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition.

To further support the learning efforts of the steel bridge teams, Bentley's Be Careers Network is pleased to offer participating ASCE student chapters the following:
    Free software (STAAD.Pro V8i, Bentley Structural V8i, and MicroStation V8i) for the duration of this year's competition.
    Supporting tutorial materials (document & video) to help design, analyze and document your steel bridge

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

Participating ASCE student chapters can contact us at to request your CD; please provide your School name, Faculty Advisor/Chapter President's name, and Shipping address.

Not lucky enough to be a student on a steel bridge team?

Fortunately, the tutorial and accompanying video developed for this year's competition provide a useful guide for anyone interested in an example of the integration of STAAD.Pro V8i and Bentley Structural V8i for bridge design, analysis and documentation.

Therefore, we offer the tutorial here as well:

and you can access the accompanying video here:

I enjoyed meeting the teams at last year's finals at University of Nevada Las Vegas (see my 2009 NSSBC blog here and look forward to this year's National Student Steel Bridge Competition at Purdue University in May 2010!

 Best of luck to all the participating teams, and I hope to see your team at the National competition next spring!