University Programs

Student Steel Bridge Competition

Student Steel Bridge Competition with AISC and ASCE logos

Are you ready? The 2023 SSBC challenge is wild…life-friendly, that is.

This year, we’re asking you to design, fabricate, and construct a conceptual scaled steel bridge to serve as a hypothetical crossing in the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. The bridge will allow users to access trails on both sides of Sweetwater River and also provide better access for park service vehicles. It must be able to support the weight of pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians as well as maintenance and park vehicles. Remember, this is a wildlife refuge, so you must respect existing habitat--no construction activity can take place within the river.

The 2023 Official Rules are now available, along with updated resources for teams, faculty advisors, and hosts. The 20 regional competitions will take place in spring 2023, and the top performing teams will gather at the University of California San Diego for the national finals on June 2-3, 2023. 

Are you up for the challenge? 

Thank you to our 2023 SSBC Program Sponsors






Software Sponsor



Bentley Education









Allplan SDS2

American Galvanizers Association

Atlas Tube

DS Solidworks


Ironworker Management

LeJeune Bolt Company

St. Louis Screw and Bolt

      Steel Tube Institute



Unytite Inc.

Wicks Aircraft & Motorsports