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SSBC Pre-registration

2018 SSBC National Finals. Photo Credit: T. Bart Quimby

In order for your school to compete in the 2020 AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition, the teams Faculty Advisor must complete the pre-registration form by November 15, 2019. Upon pre-registering, your team will receive your $500 SSBC Participating Team Stipend from AISC.

Instructions 

  1. The team Faculty Advisor should go to the following URL to register: https://imis.aisc.org/AISCIMIS/Members/SSBC/SSBC_Pre-registration_Landing.aspx
  2. If you already have an AISC login simply login and fill out the form.
  3. If you do not have a login simply click on the “Create a New Account” link. Create your account. After your account is created click on the “continue” link to be returned to the Pre-registration form.
  4. After submitting the form you will be taken to a confirmation page. An email summary of your submission will be sent to the email address associated with the faculty advisor and team captains.

Complete pre-registration form

Pre-Registration FAQS

Participation & Eligibility

 

What are AISC’s eligibility requirements for participation?

You must represent a school in the U.S. or U.S. territories with an undergraduate and/or graduate ABET-accredited engineering technology program to be eligible to participate. You also must have a faculty advisor.  

Are International Schools eligible to participate?

International teams may be allowed to participate as Guest Teams at Regional Events.   View more on Guest Team participation

Does my school need an AISC Student Club to participate?

No. Schools are not required to have an AISC Student Club to participate in SSBC. AISC does not have any restrictions when it comes to how a team is organized within a university. AISC understands that each school operates differently, and so we hope our loose guidelines will allow schools to organize their team in a way that meets their needs best. Below are ways you can organize your team on campus:

1. AISC Student Club (affiliated with AISC via contract)
2. SSBC Club not affiliated with AISC
3. Class project or department program
4. Unofficial student group

How do I organize an AISC Student Club?

Visit www.aisc.org/studentclubs to learn more!

What’s the difference between an AISC Student Club and an SSBC Club not affiliated with AISC?

AISC Student Clubs- Each AISC Student Club is formally affiliated with AISC.  Your Club will receive tax exempt status, insurance coverage for your official Club activities, and the support of AISC staff and our extensive membership network! Additionally, you will have access to AISC’s EIN for other financial purposes, such as opening a club bank account.

Each Club must renew its status each year in order to maintain an active, AISC-recognized Student Club status. Learn more at www.aisc.org/studentclubs.

SSBC Club not affiliated with AISC- If your school wants to organize a club on campus for SSBC activities but don’t need the resources offered to AISC Student Clubs, you can organize an un-affiliated SSBC Club on your campus. No approval is required by AISC. Simply go through your schools process to organize a club. 

Note: If your school requires a letter of affiliation in order to establish a club, you will need to organize an AISC Student Club. 

Does my school need an ASCE Student Chapter to participate in the competition?

No. Schools are not required to have an ASCE Student Chapter to participate in SSBC. AISC welcomes all domestic schools with an undergraduate and/or graduate engineering or engineering technology program.  

SSBC Regional Events divisions remain the same as the U.S. ASCE student conferences,  All schools should pre-register with the instructions above. AISC will review requests to join a Regional Event from schools not already part of an ASCE conference. Expect to be contacted within two weeks of your pre-registration.

How are the SSBC- Regional Event regions determined?

SSBC- Regional Event divisions remain the same as the U.S. ASCE student conferences. Exceptions may be made for new schools and special cases. Dates and locations of the Regional Events are posted on the Regional Event section of the AISC website.  Some Regional Events may be held concurrently with the ASCE conference as an independent event. 

Does my school need an ASCE student chapter to participate?

No. Schools are not required to have an ASCE Student Chapter to participate in SSBC. AISC welcomes all domestic schools with an undergraduate and/or graduate engineering or engineering technology program.

SSBC Regional Events divisions remain the same as the U.S. ASCE student conferences, All schools should pre-register with the instructions above. AISC will review requests to join a Regional Event from schools not already part of an ASCE conference. Expect to be contacted within two weeks of your pre-registration.

My school does not have an ASCE Chapter, how do I pre-register and determine my region? 

If your school does not have an ASCE Chapter, we recommend that you view our Regional Event listing to determine the Regional Event/ region that is closest to you. If you are not sure which region is closest to your school, contact Sean Faron (faron@aisc.org) and we will assist you!

Once your region is determined, the Faculty Advisor must pre-register with the instructions linked above. AISC will review pre-registrations from schools not already part of an ASCE conference. Expect to be contacted within two weeks of your pre-registration with confirmation of your Regional Event participation.

Can my school participate in an SSBC Regional Event that is not our assigned ASCE Region?

In rare instances, schools will ask to switch to a different conference region than their assigned ASCE region due to a schedule conflict or travel issues. AISC will contact the host for approval prior to approving the switch. 

All schools wishing to switch regions for the 2020 competition should complete the pre-registration form. AISC will review pre-registrations of ASCE schools wishing to participate in a Regional Event outside of their assigned ASCE region. Expect to be contacted within two weeks of your pre-registration with confirmation of your Regional Event participation.

 

Next Steps: After pre-registration

 

What happens after I pre-register my team for the competition?

Once your team is pre-registered with AISC for the 2020 competition, you can expect the following:

  • Your team must also register to attend with the Regional Event Host at a later date. All pre-registered teams will receive an email from their SSBC- Regional Event Host School with registration information by December 15. Visit www.aisc.org/ssbc for more information on your Regional Event.

  • The $500 SSBC team participation stipend check will be sent to you by December 15. 

  • Teams that pre-registered for a SSBC Regional Event outside of their assigned ASCE Student Conference region will be approved on a case by case basis with the Host School. Please expect AISC to follow up with you within 2 weeks of your pre-registration.

  • If your school is licensed or chartered outside of the U.S. or a U.S. Territory, please read and understand Guest Team Participation information. Please expect AISC to follow up with you within 2 weeks of your pre-registration.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding your pre-registration, please contact Sean Faron, faron@aisc.org.  

ASCE Student Conferences

Beginning with the 2019 competition year, AISC became the sole organizing sponsor of the Student Steel Bridge Competition, including the Regional Events and the National Finals. We know this change may bring about changes for some and questions for many. Therefore, list of FAQs and answers are listed below.

 

Are AISC and ASCE both still partners in the Student Steel Bridge Competition?

No. With respect and appreciation for our many years together as partners, AISC decided to separate from ASCE because differences in our organizational goals grew to become fundamentally incompatible.

What differences caused AISC to separate from ASCE?

There are two main differences that we’ve discussed between us for several years:

  1. AISC has a domestic focus while ASCE has international growth goals.

  2. AISC prefers fewer eligibility restrictions while ASCE desires to increase ASCE Chapter requirements in order to qualify to participate.

These differences are not new and were small at first but have both grown with time. They have been discussed progressively for many years, and previously, we found common ground. We didn’t find common ground this time.

Did AISC and ASCE attempt to resolve these differences?

Yes. When ASCE informed AISC in May 2018 that they had made changes to their eligibility criteria and would like to expand international participation, AISC responded that such changes were not agreeable. We actively discussed possible solutions for the two months between then and August 2018. Multiple compromise proposals were put on the table, but none were found acceptable to both AISC and ASCE.

Did AISC separate because of a vote taken by its Board of Directors?

No. This has been claimed but is not correct; there was no such vote. The AISC Board was updated on the state of the disagreement between AISC and ASCE. They confirmed that the decisions were for AISC staff to make. Thereafter, AISC staff made the decision to inform ASCE we would separate.

Has AISC decided to include only U.S. schools in the AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition?

No. While AISC previously announced that international schools were no longer eligible to participate, we have since found a workable compromise that will allow participation by international teams as Guest Teams in Regional Events.  Guest Teams may participate at the discretion of the Regional Event Host School. Guest Teams are not eligible to receive monetary support from AISC and may not advance to the National Finals.View more on Guest Team participation.  (Revised 10.31.18)

Are domestic ASCE student chapters still welcome to participate?

Yes. AISC welcomes all domestic ASCE student chapters to participate in the AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition. This affiliation is not required, however, and bridge teams can be created separately from ASCE student chapter activities. It's up to you.

Can a regional Event be hosted in conjunction with a domestic ASCE regional conference?

Yes. AISC welcomes any domestic host school that wishes to hold their Regional Event as an independent event in conjunction with their ASCE regional student event weekend. This is not required, however, and it can be held as a standalone event on a different date. It's up to the host.