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Here, you will find the information you need to know as a team competing in the 2019 AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition.
The 18 Student Steel Bridge Competition Regional Events are organized by host schools under the guidance of AISC. The winners of the Regional Events, with the exception of Guest Teams, advance to the National Finals.
For planning, convenience, and team budgetary reasons, the 2020 Regional Events will largely follow the ASCE Student Conference dates and locations. However, this was not possible in all cases, so please take special note when your region is announced. The 2020 Regional Event locations, dates will be posted as hosts are confirmed. This information will be updated throughout the summer, so please check back for updates!
We wish all participants the best of luck, and we hope to see you in Blacksburg, Virginia for the 2020 SSBC- 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.
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.
The 18 Regional Events are organized independently by host schools under the guidance of AISC. 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
Top finishers at the 2020 Regional Events qualify to compete at the 2020 National Finals to be held at Virginia Tech, May 22-23, 2020.. Please note: The competition is on Memorial Day weekend.
More than 200 schools are expected to participate in the SSBC. To be eligible to compete, teams must consist of undergraduate and/or graduate students from a college or university with an engineering program licensed or chartered in the United States or U.S. territories. The teams assigned to each Regional Event will be based on the ASCE Student Conference divisions with rare exception.
Non-ASCE Conference Schools
AISC will review requests to join a Regional Event from new schools not already part of an ASCE conference or schools that cannot attend their assigned conference due to schedule conflict or travel issues. Non-ASCE conference schools should complete the team participation form and select 'Not Applicable' for the question 'PLEASE LIST THE ASCE STUDENT CONFERENCE WITH WHICH YOUR SCHOOL IS AFFILIATED'. Once the submission is received, AISC will notify regional host schools to determine where the school(s) can be accommodated. AISC will notify teams of region placement.
International Guest Schools
International teams may be allowed to participate as Guest Teams at Regional Events*. Regional Event host schools are welcome to invite Guest Teams at their discretion. Before inviting Guest Teams, Host Schools will determine if venues can accommodate these additional teams. Some Guest Teams may need a letter of invitation to obtain travel visas. Please contact Sadie Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) if a letter of invitation is needed.
Learn more about guest teams here.
*AISC does not fund Guest Teams to participate in the Student Steel Bridge Competition. These Guest Teams are not eligible to qualify for the National Finals.
All of the Regional Events, as well as the National Finals are based on the same rules document that describes the competition and states the Official Rules. The Rules are developed by the SSBC Rules Committee and are changed every year. The current Rules must be used without modification for every Regional Event and the National Finals. This is necessary so that bridges from all conferences may compete nationally without disadvantage. The 2020 Rules will be posted in August/ September. View the 2019 Rules
Questions & Clarifications
AISC maintains a clarifications page, where the rules can be downloaded and Rules questions are addressed. Rules questions may be submitted only through the official online form. Rules questions are reviewed by the SSBC Rules Committee, and the Rules Committee’s clarifications are posted online for access by all competitors.
Teams* registered to participate at a Regional Event will receive $500 in funding from AISC. This funding is provided in the form of a check and will be mailed once your Faculty Advisor registers your team for a Regional Event. Additionally, each faculty advisor will receive hotel reimbursement for their individual stay while attending the Regional Event. (See Guidelines for Faculty Reimbursement and Request Form) Students will not receive hotel reimbursement by AISC.
As one of your team's sponsors, please remember to include AISC in your lists of donors. If you plan to advertise your sponsoring companies, as many teams do, you may use the AISC logo that is available for download here.
*Guest Teams are not eligible to receive funding from AISC.
Invitations to the National Finals are extended to the top performing teams at each Regional Event. (See Section 4 of the 2019 Rules for specifics on eligibility.) Each team that qualifies for the National Finals receives $1,000 from AISC. This funding is provided in the form of a check and is presented at the Captains' Meeting at the National Finals.
To assist your SSBC Team in securing partnerships with local fabricators, please fill out this fabricator partnership request form. Once your solicitation request is submitted, AISC will provide you with a list of member fabricators in your area, as well as a plan of action for your ask. This will include contact information, letter templates, and more. AISC will ensure your team has the most accurate information prior to making your solicitation ask and will provide you with items such as solicitation history, brand use, donor intent, and solicitation language.
Clubs are encouraged to request additional funds from their college/ university or engineering department.
Team Solicitation and Sponsorships
In addition to AISC and school funding, we encourage you to raise funds for your team's expenses through fundraisers and sponsorships. Local businesses and alumni are great resources for fundraising!
Local SEA Member Organizations
We encourage you to reach out to your local SEA member organizations for member support!
Team Registration Required
2020 Regional Event registration will open soon! Check back in August for more details.
Register with AISC
AISC Team participation registration in a 2020 SSBC- Regional Event will open in August/ September. Check back soon for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.