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Posted by Tasha Weiss on May 23, 2012 at 11:09 AM.
While there’s no substitute for attending NASCC: The Steel Conference in person, AISC offers the next best thing: the conference proceedings.
The proceedings document much of the material presented at NASCC, including a synchronization of the speakers’ voices along with their PowerPoint presentations. The recorded sessions from this year’s conference in Dallas are now posted for free online viewing at www.aisc.org/2012nascconline (you can find previous conference seminars by visiting www.aisc.org/freepubs and clicking on “Steel Conference Proceedings”). Some of this year’s sessions are also available in MP4 format, with speaker video.
Why do it this way? Because The Steel Conference takes a different approach to its sessions. While most conferences issue a call for papers, NASCC’s planning committee selects topics and then seeks out the top experts on those topics. As a result, AISC doesn’t require presenters to produce papers. Instead, the proceedings are an actual documentation of the material presented at the conference. AISC then makes much of this material available at no charge as part of its mission to disseminate information that makes it easier to design and build with structural steel.
For the first time, the National Steel Bridge Alliance’s World Steel Bridge Symposium was collocated with NASCC. The entire exhibit hall was sold out and the attendance of nearly 3,600 made it the third largest Steel Conference ever. Many of the WSBS sessions are included in the online conference proceedings. You can also download this year’s WSBS papers at no charge at www.steelbridges.org/2012WSBSProceedings.
Next year’s NASCC will be held in St. Louis, April 17-20. To learn more about The Steel Conference, visit www.aisc.org/nascc.