“The mission of the ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition (SSBC) is to supplement the education of civil engineering students with a comprehensive, student-driven project experience from conception and design through fabrication, erection and testing, culminating in a steel structure that meets client specifications and optimizes performance and economy. The SSBC increases awareness of real-world issues such as spatial constraints, material properties, strength, serviceability, fabrication and erection processes, safety, esthetics and cost. Success in inter-collegiate competition requires effective team work and project management. Future engineers are stimulated to innovate, practice professionalism and use structural steel efficiently.” -NSSBC
The Carleton Laboratory provides active support and guidance for students in the design, fabrication, and construction phases of the bridge. The staff supports the students with practical input on the proposed design, training and support in the use of the heavy machine tools available to trained students, to providing space to practice building the bridge in a competition simulation. Carleton Laboratory also frequently hosts the regional NSSBC conference.
For the official NSSBC site, click here.
For a compilation of recent NSSBC rules, click here.