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Call for Proposals

Submit Session Proposals and Single Abstracts

SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED. Notification of the status of your submission will happen by October 6th. 

NOTE: All accepted presenters and moderators are required to register and attend the conference. Before submitting, confirm you are able to attend the conference.

Be sure you can receive emails from [email protected]. Check your spam after you make a submission/or work with your IT. 

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The SEI Structures Congress National Technical Program Committee (NTPC) invites abstracts and sessions on topics of interest to structural engineers at every level of their career. Emphasis is on presentations that support advancing the structural engineering profession including leadership development, innovation and novel project solutions, emerging technologies, resilience, sustainability, functional recovery, Global Climate Change, and innovative research with practical applications. Implementation of these topics to the full life-cycle of structures including design, analysis, fabrications, construction, testing and maintenance welcomed. NTPC welcomes submissions from architects, owner's representatives, construction engineers, attorneys and more.

Suggested topics include:

  • Blast & Impact Loading
  • Bridges, Tunnels and other Transportation Structures
  • Buildings
  • Business and Professional Practice
  • Career Development
  • Education
  • Forensic
  • Natural Disasters
  • Nonbuilding and Special Structures
  • Nonstructural Components and Systems
  • Innovative Research

Note: The National Technical Program Committee strongly requests that no more than 2 submissions are made per person.

Submission Options: (Sessions are 60 or 90 minutes)

*Request specifically for 60-minute session proposals

  1. Sessions without abstracts
  2. Sessions with abstracts
  3. Single abstract

Make sure you understand the type of submission you want to make. Note: If not asked by a session organizer to be part of a session you will submit only a single abstract - please do not submit the same abstract twice.

Sessions without Abstracts

60 or 90 minute program. Do not have the option to submit final paper later in the process. Could be a panel, debate or other creative program. Moderator and all confirmed speakers with e-mails must be included in the author tab of the paper management system at submission.

Session with Abstracts

60 or 90 minute program. Option to submit a paper if accepted. Two-part submission process. Read instructions below on how abstracts are connected to a session. Moderator and confirmed speakers/authors with e-mails must be included in the author tab of the paper management system at submission. Download How to Add Abstracts to Sessions (PDF) for more detailed information. 

Single Abstract

One person's presentation submitted to a topic will be reviewed and grouped together with other single abstracts to create a 60 or 90 minute session including IES sessions. Option to submit a paper if accepted. Presenter and authors with e-mails must be included in the author tab of the paper management system at submission.

Session Ideas

  • Innovative Executive Sessions (IES): (60 min -8 speakers) 90 min (10–12 speakers) each speaker has 3 minutes for the presentation and one PowerPoint slide. Then all move to an area for small group discussion. This consists of 20-minute blocks, so the audience can rotate to different speakers.
  • Panel Sessions: Multidiscipline project team members discuss project's success and lessons learned. Panel sessions can also include debates or other creative formats. No more than 5 panel members.
  • Case Studies: Presenter(s) describe in detail an entire project including issues like management structure, design, issues encountered, solutions to overcome problems and outcome. Project teams encouraged.
  • Interactive Sessions: Encourage audience participation and breakout groups, game show format. 
  • Traditional Sessions: A moderator and 4–5 presentations/papers.

Goals of the National Technical Program Committee (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 of SE.
  • 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 90 min session: NTPC prefers four.
  • Requesting more 60 minute sessions.
  • Create value-added programs for attendees.
  • Encourage as many different speakers as possible. Individuals should not submit more than 2 proposals.

Review and Evaluation

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

Technical Content

  • Contributes to science and/or practice of Structural Engineering?
  • Quality of methodology and approach.
  • Impact on Structural Engineering Profession.
  • How does this support the advancement of Structural Engineering Profession?
  • Practical applications.
  • Is this new or innovative?
  • Will this advance the attendee career?
  • What will the audience learn?

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.
  • One presenter would not have more than 2 speaking opportunities.

Final Papers

Final papers are optional but encouraged. They should be 10–12 pages. A few additional pages are not a problem. Deadline for final publication ready papers is 11:00 pm ET.

Proceedings will be available online to all registered attendees one month after the conference.

For questions about submissions contact Debbie Smith.

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