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NSBA Webinar: Application of NSBA Design Resources in a Design

On Thursday February 22, NSBA will hold a lunchtime webinar on the application of NSBA design resources that you can use to create more efficient and economical steel-girder bridge superstructure designs. There will be a dedicated focus on the AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration Guideline documents and the FHWA Steel Bridge Design Handbook. Additionally, other NSBA-published documents will be covered, including the Continuous Span Standards, the Steel Span to Weight Curves, Bolted Field Splice Design Examples, and two Steel I-Girder Bridge Fit documents.

$185 Members
$285 Non Members
$155 Student/Faculty

Attendees will receive 1 PDH upon completion. Registration can be made through AISC Education website.


World Steel Bridge Symposium Registration is NOW Open 

NSBA’s biannual conference, the World Steel Bridge Symposium, returns in 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore April 11-13. Join bridge engineers, academics, construction professionals, fabricators, erectors, and transportation officials from across the country and around the world as they learn about topics related to the design, fabrication, construction, and maintenance of steel bridges.

The WSBS brings together designers and constructors to discuss and learn about innovative practices. This year’s program features two full bridge tracks with more than 25 separate sessions spread out over three days. Included with their registration fee also are the more than 125 NASCC: The Steel Conference sessions and well as the 200+ booth exhibit hall. A complete listing of sessions and exhibitors are available in the Advance Program.

To register visit the NASCC homepage.


Spring AASHTO/NSBA Collaboration Meeting Dates Set

The 2018 Spring AASHTO/NSBA Collaboration meeting will take place May 1-3, in Minneapolis. Join NSBA and industry representatives for three days of meetings on the design, detailing, fabrication, and construction of steel bridges. The meetings are free to attend and are an excellent opportunity to get involved in the steel bridge industry. A full schedule of meetings will be coming soon.

While the meetings are free to attend we do ask that individuals register to ensure an accurate count. Registration can be made here.

Hotel accomodations can be made online here. Alternatively, reservations can be made by calling 1-888-933-5363. When calling, reference “AAS” to receive the discounted group rate of $149.00 plus applicable taxes.

About the Collaboration

The AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration is a joint effort between the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) with representatives from state departments of transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, academia, and various industry groups related to steel bridge design, fabrication and inspection. The mission of the Collaboration is to provide a forum where professionals can work together to improve and achieve the quality and value of steel bridges through standardization of design, fabrication and erection.


SAVE THE DATE: NSBA’s Networking Event at SCOBS

NSBA’s annual networking event during AASHTO’s Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures meeting returns again in 2018. The event will be held Tuesday night (June 26) in Burlington, VT. Join NSBA for a night out on Lake Champlain.

On the cruise enjoy an evening of networking with colleagues, drinks, and food. In the coming weeks check back at or contact your NSBA representative for more information and how to register.


 New Thermal Spray Coatings Document Now Available

Over the past two years the AASHTO/NSBA Collaboration task group on coatings (TG8) has been developing a specification for the application of thermal spray coating (metallizing). In 2017 AASHTO and SSPC officially adopted S8.2 Specification for Application of Thermal Spray Coatings on Steel Bridges. The document provides guidance on shop metallizing steel girders while establishing and defining the functions, operations, requirements, and activities needed to achieve a consistent quality. A collaborative effort was taken in the development of the document to ensure Owner’s and Applicator’s representatives have clearly defined roles and responsibilities.

While thermal spray coatings on steel structures is not new, it is new to steel bridges and has been growing in popularity with bridge owners, especially in the northeastern part of the U.S. At least four steel bridge fabricators now have in house thermal spray application abilities. With growing interest, and increasing fabricator capabilities, it was imperative a specification was developed to define a consistent set of standards. This document works to achieve that goal.

S8.2 is written in specification language so the document can be adopted in whole as part of the project contract documents. It joins a growing list of documents devoted to improving quality and value through the standardization of design, fabrication, and erection of steel bridges.

To download, visit