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Steel Shots: Staging
Posted by Tom Klemens on June 4, 2010 at 11:21 AM.


Fasteners for one of the entries in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition, held last weekend. As shown on page 38 of the 2010 rules, the staging area is 30 ft from the erection site and consists of four 7 ft by 10 ft areas designated for fasteners, members, tools, and temporary piers. (Click for larger image.)


Forty-six teams competed in the 2010 National Student Steel Bridge Competition finals held May 28-29 on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. The competition is co-sponsored by AISC and ASCE. Structured to simulate a real-world project, teams build a 1:10 scale model bridge to meet a particular challenge which is different each year. For 2010, teams constructed 21 ft 6 in. simple span deck bridges crossing a 13 ft 6 in. river and an adjacent 5 ft  floodway.


A complete description is available in the 2010 Rules, which can be downloaded from (in the History and Results section).


The competition includes both designing the steel bridge and erecting it. Entries are evaluated in six individual performance categories: display, construction speed, construction economy, lightness, stiffness, and structural efficiency. An overall award is also given.


A list of this year’s winning student steel bridges is posted at


For a detailed list of all the finalists’ scores, by category, go to the History and Results section of


Several photos from the 2010 competition are available online on the AISC Facebook page at


North Dakota State University - 2010 NSSBC overall winnersThe North Dakota State University team shown here with its bridge during the display session at Purdue. NDSU won the 2010 NSSBC overall award with a lightning-fast construction time of 3 minutes 12 seconds.




Save the date! The 2011 NSSBC finals will be held on May 20-21 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Check back for updates at

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