The Steel Conference


The Steel Conference in Baltimore

Baltimore is a year-round vacation destination filled with experiences that appeal to travelers of all interests. From free museums and unforgettable dining experiences to strolls along the Inner Harbor and afternoons at Camden Yards—Baltimore's attractions leave visitors wanting more! We can't wait to see you there April 11-13, 2018! 

Traveling to Baltimore

Situated in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic, Baltimore is easily accessible by plane, train or highway. Just 15 minutes from downtown, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport offers more than 650 flights daily to more than 70 domestic destinations. This means that once you land at the airport, you're just minutes from the convention center and our official conference hotels! And once you’re there, getting around is simple thanks to their wide selection of transportation options, including the free Charm City Circulator, Uber and Lyft, and the Baltimore Water Taxi. If you have questions about how to get around check out Baltimore's Visitor Center.

Baltimore Convention Center

The Baltimore Convention Center is the premier location for conventions, tradeshows and expositions in the Mid-Atlantic states. Nestled in the heart of downtown, the Center's location is a tourist's dream and an attendee's delight. From the world renowned Inner Harbor to historic Little Italy, the Baltimore Convention Center offers participants a variety of attractions in an affordable prime destination.


Tickets for the tours can be purchased during registration. 

N4 Part 2 - Hands on Tour of the National Fire Research Lab

1.5 PDHs
Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Price: $5 per person

As a follow up to Wednesday’s presentation given by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), participants will be provided the opportunity to visit the National Fire Research Lab in person! There will be a shuttle bus provided for participants to board Thursday at 7:30 AM. A presentation will be given on the way to the lab for 1.5 PDH credits, and then there will be a hands-on tour to see all the amazing work NIST is doing in their facility. NIST’s recently commissioned National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL) has the unique capabilities of testing full-scale large structures subjected to real fires. This session will introduce the audience to NIST’s historical role in structural-fire research, and, through a hands-on tour, to the NFRL facility. Detailed test setups, advanced measurements, and results from recently conducted experimental studies will be presented and discussed.

Food and drinks will not be provided on this tour, but participants are welcome to grab coffee/breakfast from the Starbucks located on the 3rd level of the convention center. The bus will return to the convention center by 12:30 PM, in time for lunch in the Exhibit Hall. Some additional notes regarding the tour are below:

  • Hard hats and goggles will be provided
  • Closed-toe shoes are required
  • Photo ID is required for US citizens
  • Passport is required for non-US citizens


Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price: $70 per person

For more than 35 years, the Baltimore Water Taxi’s have become an integral part of the city’s history and culture. Every day they transport the city’s residents and visitors to destinations around the harbor. Guests will be escorted from the docking area to board their own private charter to Ft. McHenry. Best known for its role in the War of 1812, it was also here that Francis Scott Key wrote the “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 1814. This poem would later become our national anthem. Guests will walk through the star-shaped fort, stand upon the ramparts where our patriots saw “the rocket’s red glare” and see the exciting film depicting the events surrounding this marvelous anthem. Following their tour, guests will re board their Water Taxi and return to dock. Note: Lunch will not be provided


Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Price: $85 per person

Lunch is not included in the price of the tour but participants will have plenty of time to enjoy one of the restaurants along Main Street. This Annapolis tour touches on all things related to the Maryland state capital. A guide will lead you through Annapolis’ historic district and into the Maryland State House. Highlights include walking in the footsteps of George Washington where in 1783 inside the State House, George Washington resigned as Commander in Chief. Continuing through the downtown area – on your way to the United States Naval Academy – you pass many 18th century mansions and learn about the significance of their beautiful architecture. In the shadows of these buildings, your guide will share with you Annapolis history including stories of the famous statesmen that built these magnificent structures. 

USNA certified guides will then take you on an informative and inspiring Naval Academy tour. Founded in 1845, the United States Naval Academy is home to 4,000 of our country’s future naval leaders. As you tour this beautiful campus you will experience the sense of military tradition and heritage everywhere. Your visit will include the Naval Chapel, the Crypt of John Paul Jones and Bancroft Hall. Note: Valid photo ID is required

Notes for all tours:

  • Round trip transportation will be provided from the convention center. The bus pick-up location is in the Pratt Street Entrance on the 2nd level of the convention center.
  • Tour tickets will be printed with name badges at the registration desk. Final tour details will be printed on the ticket.
  • Walking shoes are recommended.
  • Refunds will not be offered for cancellations. However, participants may transfer tickets to another person. Please contact if you would like to transfer your ticket.
  • AISC reserves the right to cancel tours. In the event of an AISC cancellation, participants will receive a full refund.

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