The Steel Conference




Unlike other conferences that issue a call for papers and then allow the presenters to simply summarize their papers, The Steel Conference instead selects topics of interest, then seeks out the top experts to present informative and practical seminars.


There are more than 240 exhibitors showcasing everything from fabrication equipment to structural engineering software. The Steel Conference is your destination for seeing the latest in equipment, services and software.


We keep the price of The Steel Conference affordable. Members can register early for less than $300, which includes dozens of technical sessions, keynote sessions, daily lunches, and entry to the Wednesday welcome lunch. Participants can earn up to 20 PDHs.


The Steel Conference includes more than 4,500 participants who are involved in the design and construction of the steel buildings and bridges. Whether you want to interact with the leading expert on wind design, the author of a design guide, AISC Code of Standard Practice committee members, or other professionals experiencing similar issues, The Steel Conference is the best place to connect.

What's New This Year?

Welcome Reception

This year features the return of the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening in the exhibit hall! 

Conference Dinner

We’ve now included the cost of the Conference Dinner on Thursday night with your full registration!

Keynote Sessions

There will be three keynote sessions—one each day. The first is a general topic designed to engage the audience and will feature a a former rocket scientist turned law professor who’s best known as a professional contrarian. Ozan Varol will share why not following the herd can lead to spectacular success. The second will feature a presentation from a top-rated speaker from the last decade of conferences—Jon Magnusson from MKA, who will share stories from his amazing projects and use his crystal ball to look at future trends that will impact design and construction. And the third will offer the 2019 T.R. Higgins Lecture by Ron Ziemian for his work on brace stiffness for compression members.

Earn More PDHs

The conference offers 17 PDHs plus an additional 4 PDHs if they participate in an optional Short Course on Tuesday afternoon and another 8 PDHs for the optional short course on Saturday.


With so many seminars running concurrently, it can be tough to select the one that’s right for you. So we’ve created tracks (or groupings) to help you find the seminars you’re most interested in—but we don’t require you to pre-register for specific tracks, and we encourage you to explore a wide range of seminars (including the 13 sessions at the Annual Stability Conference and the 26 sessions at the World Steel Bridge Symposium). All of the sessions are included with your conference registration!

National Student Steel Bridge Competition

On Wednesday in the exhibit hall, you’ll be able to witness student teams demonstrating the erection of their entries into the Student Steel Bridge Competition. If you’ve never participated in one of these fabulous events, you’re in for a surprise!

Women Who Weld Workshops

Women Who Weld will hold a special workshop in the exhibit hall on Thursday and Friday morning.

Professional Development Hours (PDHS) at The Steel Conference

Earn PDHs

Attendees earn one professional development hour (PDH) for each hour of participation at a technical session at The Steel Conference  (One PDH is equivalent to 0.1 CEU). Additionally, 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). You can find information on all of the AIA approved sessions here. Some industry and business focused sessions may not align with the PDH criteria for licensure requirements and have been assigned Attendance credit (AU).  Session credit information (PDH, LU, LU/HSW and AU) can be found in the program and in The Steel Conference mobile app.  It is ultimately up to the individual to determine whether or not the content of a session meets the requirements for his or her particular licensure.  In all cases, the credits earned will be noted on the attendee’s certificate. 

A numeric session-specific code will be given during each session so only those who participate will have access to the code. It is critical that you keep track of your session codes as this is the only way you will be able to obtain your credits. For your convenience, you can keep track of the codes on the inside back cover of this final program or in The Steel Conference mobile app. 

Registering PDHs

Register your credit hours on the mobile app or at Alternatively, there will be two credit recording stations located on Level 2 across from Room 260. Following submission of the corresponding codes, you can download or email yourself a PDF of your certificate. If you’re having trouble registering your credits,  contact us at

Proceedings and Recordings

The Steel Conference does not offer a conventional proceedings. 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. 


What's the next best thing to attending this year's NASCC: The Steel Conference? Watching the sessions live on your computer or in your conference room. Click here for more information on NASCC Live.