NASCC: The Steel Conference


FAQs

 

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 and detailers. The Steel Conference offers nearly 150 sessions on topics ranging from properly specifying welds to connection design to tackling the skilled trade shortage. 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 plentiful networking opportunities. And 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 2018 Beedle Award and MAJR Medal presentations. 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 www.ssrcweb.org/asc-nascc.

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 2019 WSBS, in conjunction with NASCC: The Steel Conference, will be held April 3--5, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. 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 4,500 structural engineers, steel fabricators, erectors, detailers, educators and others that design and build  fabricated steel buildings and bridges participate in The Steel Conference each year. 

1.4. What will I find in the Exhibit Hall?

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 3-5, 2019.

1.5. What is the conference dinner?

More information coming soon!

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?

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. 

1.9. 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?

Participants can earn 16 PDHs plus an additional 4 PDHs if they participate in the optional short course

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/nasccpdh

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

Please contact the AISC Meetings Department at nascc@aisc.org 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. The app for this year's show will be available in early February 2019.

2. Convention Center Information

3. Registration Information

3.1. How do I register for the Conference?

Attendees: 

Registration will open Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at noon CT. Please check back for registration details. There are four ways to register:

Internet

Registration link coming soon!

Fax or Mail

Registration form coming soon!

On-Site

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

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 on January 1, 2019. Please email nascc@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 nascc@aisc.org or (312) 670.7019

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

nascc@wyndhamjade.com
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?

Attendees:

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, Wyndham Jade at nascc@wyndhamjade.com

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

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 Maggie Liston at 312-670-7019 or liston@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, April 2, 2019
noon - 6:00p.m.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 4, 2019
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, April 5, 2019    
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 $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 nascc@aisc.org

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

Yes! With NASCC Live registration, all 26 NASCC Live Sessions are included. The full schedule is available at www.aisc.org/nascclive.

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 www.aisc.org/nasccpdh

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 nascc@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. Approximately 45 days after the conference, we post slideshows (complete with audio presentations) of most of the sessions to our education archives at  www.aisc.org/educationarchives. Proceedings for the SSRC Conference will be 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 on April 3-5, 2019 you will be directed to the streaming portal at www.aisc.org/nascclive

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?

There will be organized tours planned for spouses/guests. Visit back soon for a schedule of tours.

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 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]

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 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/nascc/students 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 purdy@aisc.orgif you are interested in sponsorship opportunities.

6.2. What are the hours of the exhibit hall?

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
noon - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 4, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday, April 5, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 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

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!  The Steel Conference offers more than 100 technical sessions, an extensive tradeshow of more than 200 exhibitors (featuring products ranging from structural software to machinery for cutting steel beams) and plenty of networking opportunities for professionals and students, alike!

The Steel Conference features three days packed-full of technical sessions, including the Students Connecting with Industry Sessions, or SCIS, which is offered on Thursday of  from 11:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

In addition to the technical sessions, there are plenty of networking opportunities during the conference. From the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening, to the SCIS Direct Connect networking session on Thursday, to the Thursday night Conference Dinner, you’ll be able to connect with engineers and other industry professionals and conference attendees to start to develop relationships that will last throughout your career.

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

The 2018 NASCC: The Steel Conference will be held April 3-5 at the America's Center Convention Complex. The SCIS events will take place on Thursday, April 4, from 11:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

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. Visit www.aisc.org/nasccregister

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 Weidlinger Associates, Walter P. Moore, AECOM, TY Lin International, and Parsons. View the SCIS page for a list of companies that participated in 2017. The 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, travel and meal costs. You must either attend the morning or afternoon sessions to receive an expense form at the end of the afternoon session. 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.  

*You must be an AISC Student Member to receive reimbursement. 

 

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 here
  3. Make your travel plans. 
  4. Book your hotel. 

Information about conference hotels will be available on January 2, 2019. 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 uprinting.com and vistaprint.com 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 2018). 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 be making 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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