Structures Congress 2018

Fort Worth, Texas | April 19–21, 2018

Call for Submissions

Call for Session Proposals and Abstracts for Individual Presentations

The National Technical Program Committee seeks sessions and abstracts addressing topics identified in this list (PDF) . We are placing emphasis on papers and presentations that highlight innovative topics with practical applications and encourage audience participation. For questions about submissions, please contact Debbie Smith at 703-295-6095.

All session proposals and abstract submissions are due , 2017. No extensions will be made. 

Submit a session or abstract

Session Types

At time of submission you must select your first choice of one of the following options. Note: First choice is not guaranteed.

  • Innovative Executive Sessions (IES): 10 speakers present for 3 minutes each, each with one PowerPoint slide. Then all move to an area for small group discussion with each presenter. This consists of three 20 minute blocks so the audience can rotate to different speakers.
  • Comprehensive Sessions may extend beyond the traditional 90 minute session and will provide comprehensive information as well as practical or technical application. An example of this might be a session on a new Code or Standard. Audience participation is encouraged and dividing into small working groups if appropriate.
  • Panel Sessions: multidiscipline project team members discuss project’s success and lessons learned, etc. Panel sessions can also include debates or other formats.
  • Case Studies: presenter(s) describe in detail an entire project including issues like management structure, design, issues encountered, solutions to overcome problems and outcome.
  • Other creative sessions: encourage audience participation and even breakout groups
  • Traditional Sessions: a moderator and 4–5 presentations/papers.


Single Abstracts address a single subject. These are reviewed and grouped with other single abstracts to create a full session, but may also be used in other session types described above.

NEW! Part of the submission process will include you telling NTPC how this abstract/session impacts and improve the Structural Engineering profession. How does this help create leaders in the Structural Engineering Profession? How does this benefit the profession? what impact does this have globally or socially? How does this bring together the broader project teams? Or How does this help SEI move towards the goals of the Vision for the future of Structural Engineering Profession.

NOTE: All accepted presenters and moderators are required to register for the conference.

View the instructions for session proposals (PDF) and abstract submissions (PDF). Sessions with abstracts - there are two options for uploading abstracts (PDF) (the person who uploads the session must have presenter information). 

Review & Evaluation

All submissions will be reviewed and evaluated based on the following areas:

Technical Content

  • Contribute to science and/or practice of Structural Engineering
  • Quality of methodology and approach
  • Impact on Structural Engineering Profession
  • How this supports the advancement of the Structural Engineering Profession
  • Practical applications

Quality of Presentations

  • New Dynamic presentation formats are strongly encouraged to include audience participation
  • All requested information is included in the submission; including confirmed presenters
  • Content (objectivity, methodology, results, conclusion, and/or limitations
  • Clarity of writing, organization of abstract or session
  • Grammar and mechanics of writing
  • Format and size requirements

Goals of NTPC

  • Create a program that supports the advancement of the Structural Engineering Profession including how we are creating leaders, new and innovative information with practical and technical applications, global and social impacts, bringing together project teams and supporting the SEI Vision for the future.
  • Balance the program to include a variety of different topics and new delivery formats that engage the audience and are more interactive.
  • Provide adequate time frame and formats for speakers to share information and allow for audience participation including questions and answers.
  • Limit five abstracts/presentations per traditional sessions; NTPC prefers four.
  • Create a value-added program for attendees.
  • Encourage as many different speakers as possible.

Submit a session or abstract

Final Papers

Final papers are optional but strongly encouraged. They should be 10–12 pages. A few additional pages are not a problem. Final papers will be evaluated to ensure the following:

  • The content is consistent with the approved abstract.
  • The paper is not a commercial for products or services.
  • Paper formatting, copyright and permission requirements have been complied with.
  • The paper is readable (no significant issues with spelling, grammar, etc.).
  • Photos, figures, and drawings are properly credited in the caption or legend. See example (PDF)
  • Paper includes a conclusion and provides references if appropriate.
  • The paper has not been published or submitted for publication any other place even ASCE.

If the final paper meets all the copyright/permission and format requirements (PDF), it will be included in the conference proceedings.

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