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Team Resources

Here, you will find the information you need to know as a team competing in the 2019 AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition. 

UW-Madison 2018


The first SSBC - Regional Event will take place at South Dakota State University on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23. In total, seventeen Regional Events will take place throughout March and April. By now, each competing team needs to have been in touch with their respective Host School. Please contact your Host immediately if you have not been in communication about your upcoming Regional Event. Contact information for each Regional Event can be found here.

Each Host School has worked hard to organize a successful competition. Student teams have spent countless hours designing, fabricating and constructing their bridges and will finally get to showcase them and their engineering talents on the competition floor. We wish all participants the best of luck, and we hope to see you in Carbondale for the National Finals!

New Competition Guide for Participants

AISC has released a new Competition Guide filled with information, general guidelines and helpful tips for SSBC Teams. This new resource is a supplement to all other SSBC resources provided and is to be used as a companion to the SSBC Rules. This guide can be especially helpful to first-time competitors or those brand new to the competition.


SSBC Structure

SSBC Structure

The Student Steel Bridge Competition (SBBC) is a program sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).   There will be 17 SSBC Regional Events with approximately 200 schools participating. The winners of the Regional Events advance to the National Finals. 

Regional Events

The 17 Regional Events are organized independently by host schools under the guidance of AISC. View the 2019 Regional Events here. The winners of the Regional Events, with the exception of Guest Teams, advance to the National Finals. 

The number of teams from each Regional Event that qualify for the National Finals is dependent on the number teams that have entered the Regional Event, excluding Guest Teams. See the table below:

# of Teams at Regional Event*

# of Teams that can qualify for National Finals from Regional Event

1-4 teams 1 team invited to National Finals
5-13 teams 2 teams invited to National Finals
14-21 teams 3 teams invited to National Finals
21+ teams 4 teams invited to National Finals

  *does not include guest teams

National Finals

Top finishers at the 2019 Regional Events qualify to compete at the 2019 National Finals to be held at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, May 31 - June 1.  Please note: The competition is not being held on Memorial Day weekend.

Register with AISC

AISC Team participation registration in an SSBC- Regional Event is closed. Participating teams will be contacted by their host school in January to register their team for the actual event. 

Start an SSBC Club!

There are a variety of ways Student Steel Bridge Competition Teams are structured. One of them is through an SSBC Club. Learn about tips and benefits to forming a club here.

Additional Resources

Plan your Bridge Project

For a successful performance at the Regional Event and National Finals, it’s important to get started early! An example timeline is provided here to ensure your team has the resources necessary, is properly registered, and has enough time to practice constructing your bridge for competition.  Note: This timeline may vary depending on school calendar and date of Regional Event.

Team Faculty Advisor Expectations

Please review our faculty advisor expectations to learn about the role.

Branding Guide

While your team is a separate entity of SSBC, we encourage you to follow our branding guidelines on all external communications. Together, through consistent usage and branding, we can communicate a unified message.

Social Media

The official SSBC hashtag is #SSBCxAISC. Be sure to follow the hashtag to see what other SSBC teams are up too! AISC will post your tagged pictures to our instagram, @AISC! View more social media tips here.

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