NASCC: The Steel Conference


FAQs

1. Conference Information

1.1. What is NASCC: The Steel Conference?

NASCC: The Steel Conference is the place for engineers, fabricators, detailers and erectors to learn about structural steel design and construction, to interact with their peers and to see the latest products for steel buildings and bridges. The Steel Conference offers more than 100 technical sessions and is the premier educational event for structural engineers, fabricators, erectors and detailers. In addition to practical seminars on the latest design concepts and construction techniques, the Conference offers an extensive trade show (featuring products ranging from structural software to machinery for cutting steel beams) and plentiful networking opportunities. It's a once-a-year opportunity to learn the latest techniques, see the most innovative products and network with your peers and clients. One low registration fee gains you admittance to technical sessions, keynote address, the T.R. Higgins Lecture and the exhibition hall

1.2. What is the Stability Conference?

The Structural Stability Research Council’s Annual Stability Conference has been held in conjunction with the Steel Conference since 2001. In addition to 12 sessions with more than 30 papers, the Stability Conference includes the 2017 Beedle Award and MAJR Medal presentations. SSRC also holds its annual meeting immediately prior to the Conference. Admission to all Annual Stability Conference sessions is included with your registration. (See pages 38–40 of the advance program for session descriptions)

1.3. Who attends NASCC: The Steel Conference?

Around 4,500 structural engineers, steel fabricators, erectors, detailers, educators, and others involved in the design and construction of fabricated steel buildings and bridges attend the conference each year. In addition to conference seminars, attendees have many networking opportunities, including the annual Fabricator Roundtable and a series of "Quick View" sessions where four or five speakers give very short presentations and the rest of the session is devoted to discussions between small groups and the speakers

1.4. What will I find in the Exhibit Hall?

This year’s exhibit hall features more than 200 exhibitors demonstrating their latest products. You’ll find fabrication equipment, bridge products, detailing software, con­nection products, safety equipment, engineering software, and coatings. Equipment manufactur­ers typically provide full demonstrations of their equipment; steel beams are cut, punched and drilled right on the exhibit hall floor! The exhibit hall is open March 22-24, 2017.

1.5. What is the conference dinner?

Join us at Sunset Station for an event that comes from deep in the heart! Guests are greeted with true Texas hospitality in a setting as comfortable as an old pair of boots and as elegant as Texas Chic. The themed event will take you on a journey through various regions of the Lone Star state, where you’ll enjoy authentic cuisine and entertainment. The night is young, so let your hair down, and “kick it up” for a unique Texas experience!

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1.6. Is The Steel Conference open to the public?

Although the show is tailored for structural engineers, steel fabricators, erectors, detailers, architects and educators; anyone is welcome to attend the show. All attendees must be registered in order to enter any of the sessions or gain access to the exhibit floor

1.7. Are children allowed on the Exhibit Hall floor at The Steel Conference?

Children 12 and under are not permitted on the Exhibit Hall Floor for safety reasons.

1.8. Will the papers be available online?

Very few presenters at The Steel Conference provide formal papers, but when a paper is submitted, it is made available to all attendees online both prior to the conference and for three months after the conference. In addition, most of the sessions are audiotaped and the digital recording is synchronized with the speaker’s PowerPoint presentation. These presentations also will be available after the conference.

See past conference recordings

1.9. Will I receive Conference Proceedings?

 NASCC: The Steel Conference does not offer conventional proceedings. Instead, approximately 45 days after the conference we then post slide shows (complete with audio presentations) of most of the presentations. 

See past conference recordings

 

 

1.10. What is the breakdown of attendees to The NASCC show each year?

Approximately 1/3 of the attendees are fabricators, 1/3 are engineers, and the remaining 1/3 is a combination of detailers, erectors, educators and others involved in the design and construction of fabricated steel attend the conference each year.

1.11. How many PDHs can I earn?

Attendees can earn 17 PDHs plus an additional 4 PDHs if they attend the optional Tuesday afternoon short course (see page 34 of the advance program for more information)

1.12. How do I submit my PDH Credits?

During each NASCC session the speaker will announce a PDH Code, be sure to write each code down! Then,

1. Once you attend the session, go to the PDH portal at www.aisc.org/nascc/conferencepdh

2. Login to the PDH portal with the last name and email address used to register for NASCC (or your badge number)

3. Enter each PDH Code for the sessions attended

4. Print or email yourself a PDH summary

1.13. I forgot the PDH Code for a session I attended, who do I contact to get the PDH code?

If you misplaced your PDH Code, please contact nascc2017@aisc.org with your first name, last name, session title, and time of session. We will verify your registration and get the code for you.

1.14. Do PDHs received at NASCC: The Steel Conference qualify for New York state continuing education requirements?

AISC is approved by New York State as a provider of continuing education programs. New York does not pre-approve individual courses. While AISC considers its courses to contribute to the enhancement of the professional practice of engineers, individuals must determine for themselves whether or not they consider a course to satisfy the requirements of the New York State Board for Professional Engineering and Land Surveying.

1.15. Do you have a Steel Conference app?

Yes, you can find everything you need to know about NASCC: The Steel Conference in the mobile app. The app for this year's show will be available in early January 2017.

2. Convention Center Information

2.1. What is the contact information for the Convention Center?

Henry B. González Convention Center
900 E. Market Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
210.207.8500
www.sahbgcc.com

2.2. Where can I find parking information and driving directions to the convention center?

Visit the Henry B. González Convention Center’s website for parking information.

3. Registration Information

3.1. How do I register for the Conference?

Attendees:
Go to www.aisc.org/register to register and view registration fees.

Exhibitors:
All exhibitors should register via the exhibitor management console (EMC). Log-in information and instructions will be sent via email to your booth coordinator in early December. Please email nascc2017@aisc.org with any questions. 

3.2. I have a question about my registration; who should I contact?

If you have questions prior to registering please contact AISC Meetings Department at NASCC2017@aisc.org or (312) 670.7019

If you have already registered or need to make changes to your registration contact Wyndham Jade at 972.349.5930 or 800.830.5812 (toll free), or e-mail nascc@wyndhamjade.com

3.3. When will I receive my name badge?

Attendees:
If you have registered prior to February 17, 2017, you will receive your badges in the mail during the week of March 6, 2017. If you register after February 17, 2017, or if you do not receive your registration materials, please proceed to the registration counter. Badges and event tickets can be printed on-site.

Exhibitors:
If you have registered prior to February 17, 2017, you will receive your badges in the mail during the week of March 6, 2017. Please note all badges and tickets for your booth will be mailed to the Booth Coordinator, and they will distribute the badges to you and your colleagues. If you prefer to not have your badges and tickets mailed, please email the AISC Meetings Department, NASCC2017@aisc.org by February 17 and we will hold them at the exhibitor registration desk. If you register after February 17, or if you do not receive your registration materials, please proceed to the exhibitor registration counter. Badges and event tickets can be printed on-site.

3.4. How do I modify my registration?

Attendees:

Your confirmation email includes a web ID number. Visit the registration page and click "modify registration." If you misplaced your ID number, call 972.349.5930 or 800.830.5812 or email nascc@wyndhamjade.com .

Exhibitors:

To modify your registration, please contact your Booth Coordinator. Booth Coordinators are responsible for registering and modifying booth personnel registrations in the Exhibitor Management Console (EMC). Should you have any questions about your registration, or require additional details, please contact Sadie Brown at 312-670-5448 or brown@aisc.org  

3.5. What are the requirements for receiving the educator registration discount?

Educators currently employed full-time by an accredited university in the U.S. qualify for the discount.

3.6. What associations qualify for member pricing?

Members of AISC, NSBA, CISC, IMCA, SSRC, and NISD qualify for member pricing. 

3.7. What is a guest registration?

Guest registration refers to a significant other or personal friend, not a business associate, staff colleague or fellow student. This entitles them to visit the exhibit hall.

3.8. What are the on-site registration hours?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
noon - 4:00p.m.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, March 24, 2017         
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

3.9. Do I need to register for individual sessions?

No, with the exception of short courses. Entrance to all technical sessions is included in full registration pricing. See the Advance Program for a listing of what's included in your registration type. Short courses are available at an additional fee.

3.10. I would like to attend a Short Course. Is that pricing included in any registration types?

No.  You must register separately for all Short Courses and they include an additional fee.

4. NASCC Live

4.1 What is the cost for NASCC Live?

The NASCC Live registration price for AISC members is $225 ($350 for non-members) for the first person from your firm. Each additional registrant is just $10 ($20 non-members)

4.2 I am the second or more registrant with my firm, and the $10 price is not coming up, why?

In order for the 2nd or more registrants to receive the $10 ( $20 for non-members) price, the company name must exactly match the company name of the first registrant in our membership data base. If your company name is different than the 1st registrant, the registration system will think it is a new firm and charge the full price.

(For example- if registrant #1’s company name is listed as AISC, and registrant #2’s is listed as American Institute of Steel Construction, the system will think it is a new firm and charge the full price for registrant #2) 

If you need to update your company name, contact AISC Membership at membership@aisc.org or call (312)670-2401

For any additional questions or support, email nascc2017@aisc.org

4.3 Does the NASCC Live Registration cover all NASCC Live sessions?

Yes! With NASCC Live registration, all 24 NASCC Live Sessions are included. The schedule will be posted December 2016

4.4 How do I receive PDH Credit for NASCC Live sessions?

During each NASCC Live session the speaker will announce a PDH Code, be sure to write each code down! Then:

1. Once you watch the session go to the PDH portal at aisc.org/nascc/conferencepdh

2. Login to the PDH portal with the last name and email address used to register for NASCC Live (or your badge number)

3. Enter each PDH Code for the sessions watched

4. Print or email yourself a PDH summary

If you’re having trouble with PDH Credit please email nascc2017@aisc.org

4.5 I would like to do a group viewing of NASCC Live sessions, is this allowed?

You are more than welcome to watch the NASCC Live sessions with a group. However, in order for your personnel to receive PDH credit, they must be registered individually.  If your group is just interested in watching and not receiving PDH credit- only one person needs to register.

4.6 I missed a NASCC Live streaming session, how can I view it?

NASCC sessions, including NASCC Live sessions, will be available approximately 45 days after the conference, We will post slide shows (complete with audio presentations) of most of the presentations to www.aisc.org/2017nascconline. You can find 2016's slide shows (complete with audio presentations) online at www.aisc.org/2016nascconline

4.7 How do I access the NASCC Live sessions when it is time to view them?

To watch the NASCC Live sessions on March 22-24, 2017 you will be directed to log into the streaming portal at www.aisc.org/nascc/live . Please reference your registration confirmation email for the password to enter the portal.

5. General Inquiries

5.1. I would like to bring a spouse to the Conference Dinner. Are guests welcome?

Welcomed and encouraged! Additional tickets can be purchased in advance or on-site through registration. Attendees and guests of all ages are welcome to attend this year’s conference dinner, however, you must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. Please bring your ID to the event. 

5.2. Are guests welcome to attend the sessions?

Guests can register for the conference for a discounted fee of $40. This entitles them to visit the exhibit hall and attend only the Keynote Sessions. However, guest registration does not include the technical sessions.

5.3. What activities are planned for spouses/guests?

There will be organized tours planned for spouses/guests. See page 43 of the Advance Program for tour information

5.4. What other meetings does AISC plan throughout the year?

AISC sponsors a number of seminars and live webinars as part of its continuing education programs. For more information, please visit www.aisc.org/webinars.

5.5. Where will NASCC: The Steel Conference be held in the future?

April 11-13, 2018 – Baltimore, Maryland [Baltimore Convention Center]

April 3-5, 2019 – St. Louis, Missouri [America’s Center Convention Complex]

April 22-24, 2020 – Atlanta, Georgia [Georgia World Congress Center]

April 14-16, 2021 – Louisville, Kentucky [Kentucky International Convention Center]

5.6. What should I wear to The Steel Conference?

Business casual attire is recommended for the conference. Attendees and exhibitors should dress in office appropriate attire. If you have any questions about what is appropriate, please email Scott Melnick at melnick@aisc.org for additional information.

5.8. I'm a student. Are there any sessions offered specifically for me?

Yes! Students are welcome and encouraged to attend NASCC: The Steel Conference. As part of their student membership, The Steel Conference registration fees are waived and stipends are available to help offset some of your travel expenses. 

Visit www.aisc.org/scis to learn about the free student program called Students Connecting with Industry Sessions (SCIS), which includes a morning session on career tips and an afternoon session called "Direct Connect," which allows students to interact one-on-one with leading industry experts.

6. Exhibitors Information

6.2. What are the hours of the exhibit hall?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday, March 24, 2017         
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

6.3. How do I inquire about reserving booth space?

Contact Renae Gurthet if you are interested in exhibiting.

Renae Gurthet
RG Enterprises
540 Leeward Court
Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone: 231.995.0637
Mobile: 231.631.4614
Fax: 231.995.0638
Renae@GurthetMedia.com

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