NASCC: The Steel Conference


1. Conference Information

1.1. What is NASCC: The Steel Conference?

NASCC: The Steel Conference is the premier educational and networking event for the structural steel industry bringing together structural engineers, structural steel fabricators, erectors, detailers, and architects. 

The Steel Conference, along with this year's specialty conferences, offers nearly 250 sessions on topics ranging from "Lions, and Tigers, and Bearings, Oh My" to "The Stability Game Show - 2nd Edition" to "The World's First Metal 3D Printed Bridge."

In addition to practical seminars on the latest design concepts, construction techniques, and cutting-edge research, the conference also offers an extensive trade show, featuring products ranging from structural design software to machinery for cutting steel beams, and many networking opportunities.

One low registration fee gains you access to all of the technical sessions, the keynote addresses, the T.R. Higgins Lecture, and the exhibition hall.

1.2. What is the SSRC Annual 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 SSRC Conference includes the Beedle Award and MAJR Medal presentations. The SSRC Conference also holds its annual meeting immediately prior to The Steel Conference on Tuesday. Admission to all SSRC Conference sessions is included with your registration. For more information visit

1.2.5 What is the World Steel Bridge Symposium?

The World Steel Bridge Symposium (WSBS) brings together bridge design engineers, construction professionals, academicians, transportation officials, fabricators, erectors, and constructors to discuss and learn state-of-the-art practices for enhancing steel bridge design, fabrication and construction techniques.

The 2020 WSBS, in conjunction with NASCC: The Steel Conference, will be held April 22-24, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Two full bridge tracks featuring topics in research, design, fabrication, and construction will be available.

1.3. Who attends NASCC: The Steel Conference?

More than 5,100 structural engineers, steel fabricators, erectors, detailers, educators, and others who design and build steel buildings and bridges participate in The Steel Conference each year. 

1.4. What will I find in the Exhibit Hall?

Steel beams are cut, punched, and drilled right on the exhibit hall floor!

This year's exhibit hall features more than 240 exhibitors demonstrating a wide array of 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 April 22-24, 2020.

1.5. What is the conference dinner?

This year's Conference Dinner is a Block Party that will be held Thursday, April 23 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. It will be the perfect opportunity to network with other attendees and industry members. Click here for more information on this networking event and others.

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?

NASCC: The Steel Conference does not offer conventional proceedings and papers. Instead, approximately 45 days after the conference, we post slide shows (complete with audio) of many of the presentations. Visit our education archives to view recordings from past conferences. 

1.9. Will I receive Conference Proceedings?

The Steel Conference does not offer a conventional proceedings and papers. Instead, approximately 45 days after the conference, we post slide shows (complete with audio) of many of the presentations. Visit our education archives to view recordings from past conferences.

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?

This year, participants can earn up to 17.5 PDHs.

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

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 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 I need my PDH summary from a previous conference. How can I get it?

Please contact the AISC Meetings Department at to request a copy of your PDH summary from a past conference. 

1.15. 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.

1.16. 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. App will be available in 2020!

1.17 Are any sessions approved for AIA continuing education credit (LU or LU/HSW)?

AISC is a Registered Provider with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES), and some sessions are approved for AIA continuing education credit (LU or LU/HSW). List of approved sessions coming soon!

2. Convention Center Information

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

Kentucky International Convention Center

221 South 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202 

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

Please visit Kentucky International Convention Center's website for parking information.

3. Registration Information

3.1. How do I register for the Conference?


Registration will open at noon CST in February. 


Registration link coming soon!

Fax or Mail

Complete this form and mail it along with payment to the following: 

American Institute of Steel Construction LLC
P.O. Box 8761
Carol Stream, IL 60197-8761


You may register in person at the convention center at the increased rates. 


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 January 2021. Please email 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 the Membership Department:

p: 312.670.2401

If you have already registered or need to make changes to your registration please contact our Official Registration and Housing Partner, MCI USA:

p: 800.830.5812 (in the U.S.) 972.349.5930 (outside of the U.S)
f: 972.349.771

3.3. When will I receive my name badge?

Upon your arrival to The Steel Conference, please bring your registration confirmation, or your handheld device/mobile phone with the included barcode, to the Badge Print station located at the registration area within the convention center.  There you will be provided with all of your badge materials, as well as your complimentary conference bag.
Please note: Badges will not be mailed in advance of the conference.

3.4. How do I modify my registration?


Your confirmation email includes a Record ID number. Visit the registration page and click "modify registration." If you misplaced your ID number, contact our Official Registration and Housing Partner, MCI USA at

Domestic: 800.830.5812
International: 972.349.5930

f: 972.349.771


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 Lisette Miller at 312.670.5433 or  



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, 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 | 4.13.21 Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday | 4.14.21 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday | 4.15.21 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday | 4.16.21 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 advanced program in January 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 $20 ($30 non-members). All 28 NASCC Live Sessions are included in your NASCC Live Registration. However, you will only be able to obtain PDH credit for one session each time slot. 

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 second or more registrants to receive the $20 ( $30 for non-members) price, the company name must exactly match the company name of the first registrant in our membership database. If your company name is different than the first 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 or call (312)670-2401. 

For any additional questions or support, email

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

Yes! With NASCC Live registration, all NASCC Live Sessions are included. The full schedule will be available at

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

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

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. Approximately 45 days after the conference, we post slideshows (complete with audio presentations) of most of the sessions to our education archives at Proceedings for the SSRC Conference will also be available in the archives.

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

To watch the NASCC Live sessions you will be directed to the streaming portal at

5. General Inquiries

5.1. I would like to bring a spouse/ guest 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?

Louisville has many things to offer for visitors! Louisville Tourism has many options on their website. Check out the Explore page: 

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

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

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

March 23-25, 2022 – Denver, Colorado [Colorado 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. Closed-toe shoes are required to enter the exhibit hall. 

The Thursday night conference dinner is casual attire, so jeans may be worn.

If you have any questions about what is appropriate,  check out photos from the 2017 conference or please email Scott Melnick at 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 to learn about the free student program called Students Connecting with Industry Sessions (SCIS).

6. Exhibitors Information

6.1. I'm interested in becoming a sponsor. Are there still sponsorships available?

Yes! Please email Elizabeth Purdy at if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities.

6.2. What are the hours of the exhibit hall?

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 
Noon - 7:00 p.m.

Lunch | Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

Thursday, April 15, 2021
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Coffee Break | 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Lunch | Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Coffee Break | 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 16, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Snack Break | 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.



6.3. How do I inquire about reserving booth space?

Fill out this form to contact Renae Gurthet and to learn more. 

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

7. Students Connecting with Industry Sessions (SCIS)

7.1 What is NASCC: The Steel Conference, and what is there to do for students?

NASCC: The Steel Conference is AISC's annual premier event for engineers, fabricators, detailers, general contractors, erectors, educators and students to learn about structural steel design and construction, to interact with their peers, and to see the latest products for steel buildings and bridges. Students are encouraged to attend! Plus, we offer a great networking event and session specifically for students, called Students Connecting with Industry Sessions (SCIS)

7.2 When and where are NASCC: The Steel Conference and SCIS taking place?

The 2020 NASCC: The Steel Conference will be held April 14-16 at the Louisville International Convention Center. The Students Connecting with Industry Sessions (SCIS) will be announced soon!

Learn more about this year's SCIS events at

7.3 How do I register for SCIS and/or The Steel Conference?

As a student member of AISC, you can attend The Steel Conference and SCIS for free.

If you are not yet a student member of AISC you’ll need to complete your student membership application as soon as possible. Once your membership is confirmed you can register for The Steel Conference and receive the discounted price. Download the student membership application here. Please note: you'll need to submit a copy of your class schedule and your student ID with your completed application.

7.4 What companies will be represented at Direct Connect?

Direct Connect is no ordinary networking session! While you may attend job fairs or networking sessions on campus, the companies in attendance may be limited by geography. Often, these events are attended by HR personnel, with few actual engineers.

Direct Connect features engineering firms from around the country, from a variety of industries. The people you will meet at Direct Connect are almost exclusively engineers, and many are leaders at their respective firms. The engineers that participate in Direct Connect may also be some of the speakers that you'll see as part of The Steel Conference.

Companies participating in Direct Connect in prior years include Walter P. Moore, ARUP, TY Lin International, and Parsons. View the SCIS page for a list of companies that participated in 2019. The 2020 list will be confirmed a few weeks before The Steel Conference. 

7.5 Tell me more about the reimbursement.

AISC Student Members who attend the SCIS program will be eligible to receive up to a $175 reimbursement.

While at SCIS, you will receive an expense form to log your hotel and travel costs. You must either attend the Afternoon Session or Direct Connect session to receive an expense form at the end of the SCIS program. Receipts are required for reimbursement. 

Complete the form with your expense information and submit the form with copies of all of your receipts. Approximately, 4-6 weeks following the conference, upon approval by AISC, you will receive a check. View our expense guidelines for the complete list of what's included.  

Note: You must be an AISC Student Member to receive reimbursement.

Also note: Reimbursable expenses have changed for the 2020 program and include lodging and transportation costs only.

7.6 What can I do to start planning my trip to attend The Steel Conference?

  1. Register to become an AISC Student Member here
  2. Register for The Steel Conference and SCIS.
  3. Make your travel plans. 
  4. Book your hotel. 

Information about conference hotels is now available here. If hotel rooms are not available through our block(s), you may be asked to signed up for a waitlist. We recommend that you pair up with other student attendees and share the cost of the room. Keep in mind this cost can also be shared as part of the student travel reimbursement. 

Conference hotels fill up quickly. We recommend that you reserve your room as soon as possible. If you are having trouble finding rooms through the conference website, you can try contacting MCI directly by phone (800.830.5812). You can also check back on the website; additional blocks of rooms are sometimes released, and if other people cancel their rooms, they can become available online immediately.

7.7 What should I do to prepare for attending SCIS?

Once you register, there's five steps to take to prepare for SCIS.

  1. Prep your resume. You'll want to have extra copies, especially to hand out during the Direct Connect. 
  2. Create a LinkedIn profile. You can connect with representatives from companies you meet at the conference.  
  3. Make business cards. People may not always be able to take a hard copy of a resume, but they can always take a business card. Business cards can be created and printed from your own computer (Avery creates business card paper that can be purchased at Staples or any office supply store), or you can also look into services such as and which allow you to design and print your own cards. 
  4. Complete the student questionnaire. This questionnaire, sent to SCIS registrants before the conference, allows you to specify information about your educational background, and whether or not you are seeking a job or internship. In addition, the LinkedIn profile that you created above can be included, and with your permission, this information is made available to all of the companies participating in Direct Connect.
  5. Review the final program (available in spring 2020). You'll be able to find sessions outside of SCIS to attend. 

7.8 How should I dress for The Steel Conference and SCIS?

The Steel Conference is a professional atmosphere; however, you will see all levels of attire, from jeans and polos, to suits and ties, and a few t-shirts.  

However, we like to go by the saying: "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." We recommend that you wear professional dress for all SCIS events, and at least business casual (no jeans or t-shirts) to all other The Steel Conference events. You'll be networking with professionals that could make hiring decisions someday, so dress to impress!

7.9 Who can I contact with additional questions?

Any of the three people listed below can help you with your questions!

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